Some months ago I came across a little gem of a book entitled, Fuck it the ultimate spiritual way by John C. Parkin. I use this magnificent phrase on an almost daily basis, but rarely if ever have I stopped to consider the powerful effect this simple phrase can have on the average being.
Below is an excerpt from this fine book, that will hopefully inspire you to find out how to say fuck it to all your problems and concerns. Say fuck it to all the "shoulds" in your life and finally do what you want to do, no matter what any other fucker thinks.
Why Saying Fuck It Is A Spiritual Act.
When we say fuck it to things that are really getting to us (the things that are mattering to us the most) we do carry out a spiritual act. Fuck it is the perfect western expression of the Eastern spiritual ideas of letting go, giving up and relaxing our hold on things (attachments).
Of course we could argue until the second coming (mmm, don't you just love that expression?) about what “spiritual” actually means. In a broad sense it's usually defined as the non-material: in whatever non-shape or non form. But even this doesn't quite do it for me.
When you say Fuck it to anything you move form tension and attachment to release and freedom. All philosophies, all religions, all spiritual disciplines offer the same promise: Freedom.
The problem is that it's a very difficult promise to fulfill.
In fact any philosophy that could fulfill that promise would be the ultimate philosophy... welcome to the philosophy of Fuck it.
The problem for most of us in the West – as stressed out, uptight, anxious and controlling as we are – is that we need something with the balls of an expression like Fuck it to jerk us into a more relaxed state.
It also has the added advantage that it doesn't involve any of the following. Praying, chanting, meditation, wearing sandles, singing songs on acoustic guitars, developing a belief that you are right and everyone else is wrong, killing people, eating beans, wearing orange, stopping yourself doing things you want to do, rules, pretending to be happy when you are not, saying Amen, unless you really want to.
It's all about Anarchy
Saying Fuck it is like sticking two fingers up to the world of meaning, convention, authority, system, uniformity and order. And this is Anarchy. Anarchy literally means “without a ruler” And anarchists do propose a state free from rulers and leaders. But the wider meaning of “anarchy” is the absence of any common standard purpose of meaning.
And this is the key to the anarchistic heart of Fuck it. In life everything everything supports our relentless pursuit of meaning and the collection of numerous meanings. Even though meaning cause us pain, everything around us supports the process of collection meaning.
In order to live harmoniously together we agree on standards, purposes and meanings.
So anything that threatens some of these collective meanings, the sacred cows of our semantic universes, is a great threat. Anarchism – the actual absence of meaning and purpose – is the greatest threat of all.
The narrower political connotation of anarchism – to overthrow the state – is nothing compared with the disruptive power of its true meaning: to overthrow a common perception of meaning and purpose. Anarchism in this sense is the most disruptive, radical philosophy, that man could dream up.
When you say Fuck it, this is where you're going: you're tapping into a philosophy that scares the living daylights out of everyone.
So Fuck it is loaded with two types of explosive: the word “Fuck” itself packs an impressive and offensive punch, and the phrase taps into the philosophy of pure anarchy.
And just before you get scarred and stop reading and think, “I;m not interested in anarchy,” here is an interesting philosophical footnote hidden within the etymology of the word “anarchy”: Anarchos was a description often applied to God – to be “uncaused” and “without” beginning” was considered to be divine.
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