Death, and the denial of death, are the root of much human folly. The ego deludes itself into believing in its own necessity; in order to maintain this delusion, the ego must constantly erect defenses; these defenses are constantly torn down and assaulted by their own inconsistency; more defenses are erected to protect the old ones; a spiral into entropy results. The true defense is the destruction of the ego, or at least, its acquiescence to dissolution.
To deny the usefulness or healthiness of anger or hatred is to cordon off an entire region of human emotional space and declare it a no-man’s land, which, of course, makes people want to go there. One ought not to be controlled by hatred, but if something is evil, it ought to be destroyed, and hatred toward something, from my perspective, is just an inclination to destroy it. The seething, simmering impotent hatred – that’s the unhealthy kind.
When someone is afraid of the meaning of something, they resolve to find it meaningless. Hence the pompous music critic’s assertion of the “egotism” of Romanticism (anything but!) or the “emotional shallowness” of metal music. One whose eyes cannot see to the end of a road may very well miss the road entirely.
The bite of the “tarantula” effects only those parts of us that are akin to the tarantula. If there is no tarantula in you, their venom has no effect. Even the best among us have a little tarantula in them, and many of our best are still enslaved to tarantula-thinking. The goal is to find those who are, despite being on the upward path, still suffering an internal battle between their higher nature and the venom of the tarantula, and give them good medicine. Appeal to their higher nature, and show it the correct move to defeat the venom. They will cure others in turn.
Where do we place our confidence? On the best. But we live in an age of dissolution, so we are infected with plebeian modes of thinking. Whenever things seem hopeless for us, do not ask, “What is the error in my thinking?” but “Where is my thinking still making the assumptions of the Crowd?” One typically finds the solution in short order, and always finds it eventually. Somewhere, you’ve made a faulty assumption that you’ve been pressured into making. Get rid of those plebeian assumptions, and you will find that another piece of the puzzle clicks into place.
You don’t care about other people’s opinions, but your vanity does. So tell your vanity this: “If you stop caring about what they think, they’ll love it. They will see through deception, so you have to actually stop caring.” Once your vanity is convinced – rightly, I might add – that the only way to be satisfied is to disappear, it will do so. This breaks another fetter.
“Consider that men would do the same thing nonetheless, although thou shouldst burst.” – indeed! But keep in mind that this is only a problem when one has an attachment to results. Simply do what tends to produce good results, without any emotional attachment to whether or not such results obtain. Do what works, but have no sorrow if it doesn’t work in a particular instance. Just observe the consequences and learn dispassionately.