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Volume 1 . Issue 1 . April 2018


Table of Contents

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Introduction On Instincts and Values

An introduction to the current issue A discussion of the interaction between

human instincts and values, and the
need to direct one’s impulses

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Initial Thoughts Micropolitics
On Post Fidem
An early outline (circa 2016) of the Considering a framework for individual
ideas that led to the development engagement with the external world
of the platform


Hi-Passing the Mind

Relating audio-mixing to
mental hygiene

On Sacrifice

Considering the hidden costs of success

On Channeling

Assessing the value of directing

impulses towards positive outcomes



his journal functions as an end-point for a variety of
original writing. The impetus of Post Fidem was a
vision, amplified by decades-worth of engagement
with popular media, and focused by historical context. This
being the introductory issue, it is worth stating the basics.
Post Fidem is an original content outlet that operates across
multiple digital (and eventually print) platforms producing
audio, written and visual content to convey ideas that are
tangentially related to a few foundational notions.
Post Fidem, which translates to "after faith" is focused
on that which comes after faith, that being action that
manifests internal virtue in the physical world. We
identify spiritual cultivation as the source of physical
and mental improvement for oneself and those around
them. We represent traditional concepts, aesthetics, and
practices through modern multimedia channels and forms.
Contained in this issue are an assortment of writings that
were composed prior to, and during the establishment of
this outlet. As such, they reach for a conclusive answer
without touching it. Future issues will reflect the progress
made in this regard.

Post Fidem

April 2018


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An early outline (circa 2016) of the foundational ideas that led to the development of the platform

ost Fidem suggests an understanding persons agency in a related environment.
of faith as a mere entry point for the The process of gaining knowledge results in
eventual acknowledgement of a belief. a heightened ability to detect and gain further
The concept of faith itself, in any amount, knowledge. The mental processes required to
implies some trace amount of doubt. Faith translate incoming information become more
can also be viewed as a downgrade from an efficient as more information is digested. As
assumption, a "Trojan Horse" for doubt, or one grows their capacity for knowledge, the
a barrier to complete oneness with a goal act of parsing the useless from the useful
or state of being. One does not have faith (usefulness being defined as that which best
that they have eyes or that they breathe. serves one's self-directed aim) becomes
This is because they can see and they are second nature. A person may attain mental
alive. Over time, faith becomes an excuse growth simply by activating and de-activating
for a lack of oneness with a thing and offers their attention in parallel with the arrival of
a permanent degree of separation between useful and useless information. However,
a person and the object of their focus. knowledge cannot merely be defined as
empirically validated information.
Motivation, Knowledge, and Self-Awareness
are three factors closely associated with Knowledge is also awareness of one's own
personal growth. Each of these areas informs limits, capabilities, and tendencies. It is
another, creating a feedback chain in both the tool and the product that the tool
which the energy exerted towards personal creates. The external world is comprised of
improvement becomes self-propagating. signals that must be interpreted by the mind.
Eventually, greater energy is produced with A person's ability to interact with this world
lesser input. The motivation to act in a self- in service of their desires is dependent upon
directed manner is derived from belief. For awareness of their own desires, strengths, and
one to experience motivation, they must first limitations. Self-awareness serves to amplify
believe that they are capable of performing productivity while hedging against systemic
one action to some degree of completion. risks posed by the world, and accounting for
Despair erases motivation and is derived from the unsystematic risk one poses to their self.
any degree of self-doubt or, in other words, Belief is the foundation of motivation. A
a lack of hope. If one has faith that they canperson when properly motivated, when utterly
transcend their current state, they must also convinced of the viability of their vision, will
have either some degree of comfort, or some apply their mind to the task of acquiring the
degree of despair in the knowledge of their knowledge needed to reach a destination. In
potential failure. this process, they will learn to lose all faith,
Belief is not permanent and must be monitored and give up all hope in exchange for complete
by maintaining awareness of one's capacity certainty.
for comfort-seeking and challenge-aversion.
Knowledge in a specific area increases a


A discussion of the interaction between human instincts and values, and the need to direct one’s impulses

hree primary factors that define the person perspective. Individualism can also
human experience are individualism, refer to a practice of pure self-interest, or the
self-identification, and idealism. justification of actions based upon internally
In order to productively channel these derived morality. Individualism is required
tendencies, one must align them with existing for basic self-preservation. However, hyper-
value systems. People are instinctually drawn individualism results in animalistic behavior
towards self-interest, group identification, and s and the construction of a flawed self-image.
the transcendent. Instincts are like vacuums In this case, self-destructive outcomes could
that must be filled with direction; in seeking be avoided by channeling the individual
to direct the manner of their expression, one impulse into the philosophical framework of
can do no better than choosing from time- Stoicism.
tested practices. It is important to note that
Stoicism was created in 3rd or 4th century
values are relative to groups and individuals,
Athens in the midst of a massive intellectual
and selecting values for integration into one's
expansion. In modern times, Stoicism is
life requires honesty and partial awareness of
generally associated with emotional restraint.
a desired outcome. Putting values into practice
One desired outcome is a measured response
first requires their distillation into actionable
to otherwise uncontrollable factors, acheived
units of knowledge. This involves a reductive
through a combination of self-awareness
process by which impulses stemming from
and discipline. A prime example of Stoic
the aforementioned tendencies are identified
methodology is the assignment of positive
and contextualized. Once understood, sets of
or negative markers to human experiences
impulses may be contained within a mental
(habits, feelings, memories, etc...). This
or philosophical framework (system). In this
is followed by the elimination of negative
case, the credibility of a given value system
(destructive) factors, and the amplification
may be determined by its ability to produce a
of positive (productive) ones. The ability to
positive outcome, relative to a specifc group.
objectively assess feelings and their respective
Individualism outcomes is a core focus of Stoic philosophy.
Individualism may refer to the embrace of an Stoicism also places great emphasis on the
internally derived identity, self-awareness in concept of natural law. Natural law entails
relation to the surrounding world, recognition a recognition of the systems that make up
of self-interest as opposed to the interests the natural world, and the physical realities
of others, or the independent attribution of that bind human decision making (though a
moral values to the self. Knowledge-of-self complete definition falls outside the scope of
forms early in life along with "theory of mind" this writing). The practice of Stoicism requires
which describes the recognition of one's own a respect for the mechanics of the natural
mental framework, as well as the projection world, and consideration of the consequences
of this framework onto others from a second- of transgressing them.


In this sense, Stoicism can be described town, my county, my state, etc...

as a means of controlling the inherently A moral system naturally develops along
transgressive nature of the individual. It reigns
these lines. A moral system that results in an a
in human instinctual bias while highlighting morally undesirable outcome is dysfunctional.
that which separates men from animals. Most A morality that results in an immoral outcome
importantly, it provides a structure in which is effectively an anti-morality and requires
to contain the most selfish impulses. an entirely separate linguistic definition. A
Identity morality which results in the destruction of it’s
Identity, in this case, refers to externally progenitor has effectively defied its category.
derived self-placement. The only true identity Moral frameworks are developed over the
is a group, or corporate, identity. Imagining course of time and in the context of groups.
one’s self from another's perspective results The goal of this writing is to promote the
in the construction of an externally formed adoption a moral framework that provides the
identity. Individual behaviors, beliefs, and greatest moral outcome. Moral outcomes only
values may be further shaped by processing exist relative to groups, as a solely individual
external sensory signals through a social morality would be indistinguishable from
filter. the survival imperative. As such, aligning
This relates directly to theory of mind, which with a group, or hierarchy, is a key factor in
then relates to empathy, or the ability to the development of an (externally-derived)
internalize the imagined feelings of others. identity. Just as morality only exists relative
Empathy and theory of mind form the basis of to groups, groups only exist relative to shared
human connection, as emotions are generated values. A common characteristic must exist
from mental responses and reflection on in a group, per definition, and a value serves
the external world. Unselfish relationships such a role. It is for this reason that the moral
are forged through the projection of one’s framework adopted by the individual must
inherent self-value on to another person. be measured in worth by its adherence to
Human connections produce inquiry into group values, and may only be validated by
moral frameworks; morality serving as a producing a positive outcome for the group it
catch all foundation for the existence of right serves.
and wrong, or good and evil. Idealism
Ideals do not exist outside of the imagination.
Morality can be thought of as a channel through
which people communicate with the external They may be represented in reality, but they
world. The external world can be visualizeddo not exist in an objective sense. They are in
fact purely subjective as they pertain to the
in a concentric fashion, with external circles
desires of a specific subject. Ideals may take
encompassing internal circles and developing
outward from point of origin. This order the form of skills, situations, characteristics,
can take the form of personal, biological, appearances, etc... and may be based upon a
geographic, or ideological proximity to theconcrete or imagined concept. Idealism may
self. also pertain to a belief in forms which do not
yet exist. For idealism to be a positive force, it
For example: myself, my nuclear family, my
must serve as an end towards which concrete
extended family, my people, etc.
steps are taken; in other words, “functional
Another example: me, my neighborhood, my idealism”.


Functional idealism takes the idealistic

understanding of reality as mentally
constructed and commits to the actualization
of a self-constructed reality. As for ideal
forms which have never existed, one may
benefit from the growth gained in striving
for the acheivement of an unprecedented
state. Similar to idealism is edification, which
describes a process of transcendence and
empowerment. If an ideal is a destination,
edification is the vehicle used to get there.
Thinking in terms of edification and ideals
confers a sense of romanticism upon the
mundane notion of self-improvement. In
keeping with this line of thinking, actions
taken towards the acheivement of an ideal
matter less than the terms in which they are
Note: Discussing the manner in which
historical concepts may be applied to the
modern world is a primary goal of Post
Fidem. The writing herein is not intended to
align with existing academic standards and/or


Considering a framework for individual engagement with the external world

ach man is a nation, and the president In this case, the fate of each nation is self-
of his own country. Decisions determined.
concerning interactions with other
This is not to say that macro-political
nations pass through multiple internal checks
decisions cannot affect the physical state of a
and balances. Various factors are considered
micro-political nation, but the extent to which
when determining the appropriate level of
one cedes sovereignty, if at all, is nonetheless
interaction with other nations, or groups
decided from within. Compliance with the
thereof. To practice micro-politics is to act on
force-backed commands of another nation,
the smallest scale with the greatest degree of
group of nations, or a macro-political
power. Any person, at any time, has the ability
collective is undergone completely at the
to host a personal political forum in which
determination of the micro-political entity.
they hold executive power over the rules and
outcomes. One must weigh the consequences of non-
compliance and decide upon a course of action
Where a political body may enact legislation accordingly. The existence of macro-political
to produce results, a single person can force has no bearing on the indestructible
employ targeted directives with little delay. nature of individual will. No action can
Micro-political action thus usurps all existing remove the political will of a micro-political
political order, re-shaping reality in the entity. This is true for as long as one remains
process. conscious of their ability to exert complete
Most people reduce their capacity for direct authority over all aspects of their internal
action by associating with the macro-political government, and is willing accept their role
ambitions of an existing nation-group. Such as the sole leader of their nation.
an arrangement serves as a representative The concept of self-reliance is not new. The
substitute in which one's values and identity idea that a person may shape their own sense
are upended by those of the chosen collective. of reality through determination is a common
While some sovereignty may be retained one. However, consumers of mainstream
in this context, there will always be an thought are continuously engaged in
overwhelming gravitation towards greater dialogues related to macro-political opinion.
conformity. Members of large-scale democratic forums
Alternatively, micro-political networks may are involuntarily engaged by macro-political,
be created, and based upon a dedicated ideological collectives in relation to their
set of principles. If at any point one party identity as "constituents".
decides to forego these principles, it may Constituency itself demands participation
cease to participate in the network with no in a macro-political system. Constituency
loss incurred to secondary parties. There and participation are interdependent, as an
is an assumed understanding that these individual becomes a constituent by agreeing
foundational principles are not malleable, to participate, and participation is expected
and that one participant has only the power of constituents above all else. There are two
to leave the alliance, and not to alter its terms.


options when faced with this dilemma:

1. Constituency and participation in an
unappealing macro-political entity
2. The utter rejection of societal organization,
structure, meaning
The micro-political concept exists as an
alternative to both.


Connecting audio mixing methods to mental hygiene practices

here is a practice commonly utilized and character have been influenced by the
during the mixing stage of a musical unconscious internalization of external
project in which a Hi-Pass Filter is signals.
applied to an audio track to remove the
Note: It is important to discern between
lowest frequency ranges. The purpose of
signals, and the artifacts of previously
this is to allow the instruments that require
received signals, or ingrained information.
low frequencies, such as the bass guitar or
the kick drum, to stand out from the other The ability to identify the source of distinct
sounds present in the song. Although non- thoughts and feelings that exist in the mind is
bass instruments, such as hi hats and violins, predicated upon an honest relationship with
may not sound as though they contain lower the inner voice. Self-talk is a powerful tool,
frequencies when played, vibrations generally and when used correctly can help a person
manifest in the lower registers nonetheless; set priorities, identify unspoken needs, and
often resulting from the interaction between achieve a sustainable sense of fulfillment. It
sound waves and objects in the recording is incredibly beneficial for one to part ways
environment. Extending this filtering with patterns of thought that no longer serve
method to the realm of thought presents an a newly clarified vision of the future. When
opportunity to improve mental clarity by faced with repeated failures, people tend to
isolating dysfunctional sensory signals from chain themselves to restrictions of their own
functional ones. creation. This provides a temporary sense
of order in one's life, albeit with none of the
As Napoleon Hill once explained, the mind benefits that true and balanced discipline
is like a garden that will sprout weeds if left provides. To acheive progress, artifacts of past
untended. The modern world is rife with experiences (that offer no useful application
media oversaturation. Noise is unceasingly to an improved version of the self) must be
broadcasted from public and private entities ended, freeing up space in the mind and
with intentions to sell, seduce, manipulate, imagination.
or all of the above. The natural instinct of a
developed mind is to process information On the other hand, to identify incoming
as it is received. Selective attention is a rare signals in real time is to actively engage in
trait, so the majority are left to unconsciously the practice of self-awareness. Momentarily
process unending streams of data without questioning all present engagements
ever taking into account the inevitable toll on offers an opportunity to reset ingrained
their mental health. responses that operate behind the scenes,
many of which are evolutionary in nature. A
In contrast, one may establish recurrent, physical manifestation of one such process
responsive protocols to address the influx is "binbo yusuri"; or the unthinking leg-
of questionable information and determine shaking undergone by people in moments of
to what extent their feelings, thoughts, impatience or mental strain. Similarly erratic


processes continuously occur in the brain, impactful experiences. Those caught in a

out of sight, and ironically “out of mind”. reality forged from habitual lack of awareness
Impulses such as these are highly prevalent need only ask if their behaviors reflect their
in the mind for a number of reasons: most positive self-image, and if not, whose
1. The role of the brain as the control center of image do they reflect? The answer to the
latter question can be found by assessing
the human experience.
the most commonly encountered sources of
All thoughts, actions, or ideas originate from sensory information in one's day-to-day life,
the brain. Incoming signals do not "exist" to and generating a composite image consisting
the subject until they are processed. Prior to of the most emotionally resonant aspects of
this, every "thing" exists only in the abstract. each source.
As such, the brain can be understood as the
origin of empirical reality. In order to congeal To underestimate the effects of external
the scattered inputs and contradictions that signals on the psyche is to increase one's
comprise human existence into a singluar vulnerability towards them. On the other
functional entity, the brain must overlook hand, to overestimate this effect undermines
many problematic processes in service of the the unique ability of people re-shape their
"mission critical" functions.
2. The lack of awareness, social feedback
systems, or incentives to reduce them.
Mental processes that result in physical
manifestations, such as binbo yusuri, are
subjected to social feedback systems because
they are visible to others. A person's incentive
to rectify such mental processes stems from
their desire to increase social acceptance or
reduce social stratification.
Increased awareness, or meditation upon the
present moment, allows one to measure their
engagement with external signals. When a
person fails to actively manage their response
to an incoming emission, portions of their
mind begin functioning in the interest of the
originating party of said emission. To question
the meaning of all aspects of one’s internal
and external environment in real-time
requires patience and honesty. Questioning
the foundations of thoughts and feelings
can result in the surfacing of uncomfortable
truths, and ultimately cognitive dissonance.
As this process intensifies, a person may begin
to realize a split in their persona or character
between an "ideal" self, and a "base" self that
has been molded by repeated patterns and


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Assessing the value of re-purposing energy and directing impulses towards positive outcomes

he ancient martial art known particularly violent episode earlier in their
as Haikido is based largely upon adolescence may understandably suffer
momentum. In Haikido students are from bouts of fear, anger, or shame derived
taught to re-direct the kinetic force generated from fear. It is possible, through insight
by an opponent's attack. The metaphorical (self-awareness and self-knowledge) and re-
lesson here is that existing energies may be contextualization to essentially transform
utilized to one’s strategic advantage. However, such emotions into a feeling of conviction;
the capacity of individuals to act against replacing hollowness with strength and
their own interest is essentially limitless. substance. Channeling this strength into a
The process through which positive change physical expression, like correcting one's
may be achieved is wrought with seemingly posture (and increasing testosterone levels),
endless opportunities for failure. The path reaffirms the newly formed counter-emotion,
one must follow to become their ideal self is and attaches a visible product to the mental
lined with self-generated pitfalls. The existing transformation. The response received from
self will attempt to prolong its existence as others in relation to this visible shift completes
the new self is being constructed, resulting the conversion of the emotional energy from
in self-sabotage. This in mind, it is valuable to destructive and limiting, to constructive and
consider ways to re-direct energies generated productive.
by our unconscious and habitually formed
Likewise, various disciplines may be also
faculties to shatter barriers of our own
channeled into one another. Creative pursuits
may be channeled into technical ones and
Momentum is an uncontrolled mass of energy vice- versa, enhancing both areas in the
that can be utilized to great ends. To avoid process. Art is a product of such channeling.
channeling this mass towards a productive Art resonates with an audience because
end is to waste potential energy, which itself is the energy from some existing emotion,
limited in availability. Emotions are masses of experience, or thought process was placed
energy that build upon one another, gaining into it, as a battery into a conduit. Art is the
momentum as they linger. Destructive transmutation of one thing into another more
emotions (those that act against long-term or less digestible thing, digestion being the
interests) can be difficult to nullify outright, sensory intake of one or more parties. In this
and attempts at emotional nullification sense, practices such as construction and
may result in repression. Emotions when cooking may be considered artistic depending
not honestly addressed from a place of raw on the effect they take upon their audience.
self-awareness can become lingering "time Learned methods, or items of information
bombs", and may later serve to damage the are similar to ingredients as they merge
structure of one's identity. If the source of
to form new items of greater value. Skills
problematic emotions is properly identified,
derived through the process of studying may
the power they wield may be channeled into be used to solve a specific problem, or used
constructive mental pursuits. as a lens through which one may re-envision
For example, an individual who witnessed a seemingly unrelated topics. Traditionally,


courses of study have required students to

acquire an understanding of topically-related
items of information which, when combined
in a modular fashion, allow for the solution
of increasingly complex problems. Students
engage in this practice for social recognition
and monetary gain, often without taking
advantage of the additional benefits that
knowledge offers. A practitioner of rock-
climbing with unique insight into the study of
musculature and stress-response may channel
that knowledge into the field of physical
therapy. A man with extensive knowledge of
cartography may channel his understanding
of geospatiality and visual distance into
sketching or computer-aided-design.
Art is most impactful when supporting a
greater ideal and channeling the energy
derived from compelling music or video
content into a campaign that claims to improve
the physical or mental well-being of a specific
population increases usefulness and appeal
of the content itself. Similarly, creating art
for the explicit purpose of inspiring oneself
to exert greater effort towards acquiring the
resources that would allow one to create even
greater art is another example of channeling.
Self-propogation and sustainability serve one
another just as the mind serves the body.
Destructive emotions contain the energy
required for progress. If a person stands in
their own way on the path to success, they
may simply need to re-direct their own energy
to move forward.


Considering the hidden costs of success

very decision is born from sacrifice. To follow one path is to forego all others;
and a person will only ever know one version of who they could have been.
Mastery is achieved through the process of elimination. The value of one's
success may be measured by how much they lost to acheive it. If the energy produced
by a battery is divided into multiple receptacles the charge available to each is thereby
reduced. The product of the drain becomes more widespread and less directed. Each
person holds a limited amount of mental energy and chooses to allocate it towards
specific action areas. Assigning greater energy to one area fosters vulnerability in all
others. Each person is a battery, powering aspects of the surrounding world. There is
no neutral state.
A person who chooses to allocate the bulk of their energy to intellectual pursuits
risks hindering their instinctual nature, and vice-versa. For one to acheive degrees
of success in a single area they must pass through multiple phase-gates. At each gate
portions of the imagination and aspects of the identity are removed and left behind,
reducing ones burden and increasing their ability. Over time, direction of energy
towards a concentrated point may transform an opaque collage of potential futures
into a clear vision.

Each thing is an illusion to the extent that we attribute to it some subjective meaning. The things we most value
are special illusions. To accept something as real is to give it life, and with life comes the trait of impermanence.
The beauty of life is crystallized in the act of embrace.

To embrace something is to form an attachment to it, and with attachment comes vulnerability to loss. In this
way, the more deeply one embraces something, the greater their pain will be upon it’s perishing.
That which we accept as real holds value in both the joy and pain it brings. (PF, 2010)

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