Anti-rivalrous conversation

Wholesomeness is the new punk rock—Akira The Don

Cain Slaying Abel, by Jacopo Palma, 1590
The original inspiration for this article

“Dox, harass, troll, lie, smear, mock, distort, harangue, and preferably ruin” — Andrew Sullivan

The anti-rivalrous mentality is born in the death throes of the rivalrous mode, when toxic communication reaches its maximum pitch. As Andrew Sullivan has described in his recent article America, Land of Brutal Binaries: ‘Dox, harass, troll, lie, smear, mock, distort, harangue, and preferably ruin: those are the tools of the alt-right just as much as they are the tools of the woke left.” Internet communication brings out the worst in people and the entire toxic ‘alt’ community—but it also creates the possibility of long form conversations and deep learning. If the old media is dying, the dead matter of this caterpillar can become the butterfly of new form of anti rivalrous media. Or it can become the ‘alt’ monster Sullivan describes.

Cain and Abel

The original cautionary tale of rivalry, the story of Cain and Abel, tells us why we need to adopt spiritual anti-rivalry. Cain kills his brother out of envy and resentment, and the cycle of violence and war begins. The logic of Cain is one of poverty and resentment. Rivalry and envy may have helped us build the shiny office towers of the modern world but it is also what will bring them down in the end. Rivalry is the nightmare of history, the story of empires which rise and fall—the story of Cain. Rivalry is binary — it is brother against brother.

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