How bad Jason Silva got wrong Dylan Thomas?

Jason is back in full throttle again. He definitely sounds this time more like Captain Jason Silva Sparrow. We got him, the bliss junkie, the epiphany whore, the God-hacker.

We wouldn't have him any other way. Long life to the junkie!

Now that we can hear our pirate Sparrow in all his glory, a question becomes highly relevant. Can we tap into what actually pushes him to get things so wrong about entropy in his own terms despite his insidious euphoric efforts to contravene it?

Jason is not profaning Dylan Thomas, we know he can't do that. He, raptured in his own usual frenzy, has removed Dylan Thomas' poem from its raging context and manipulated it to serve his hyper-optimistic agenda. Dylan's context is completely the reverse of that of our ranting eye-candy pirate.

When Dylan wrote, "Rage, rage against the dying of the light", he was encouraging his father to fight his death. Even when Dylan's words can be applied not only to death but to any life and death adversity that we might face, to raise it as a principle of life, in general, is actually to accelerate more our own demise and death.

Dylan Thomas' life was a tragic one, affected by alcoholism and poverty. He lived a life wrought with pain and struggle. He was afflicted by neuroticism and mental illness since he was a kid. He also barely made his ends meet as a writer. He and his family were regularly on the cusp of poverty. This isn't by any stretch of our imagination Jason's situation.

And you might wonder, why even when captain Silva Sparrow extracts Dylan's words out of its context, it still serves quite well to our pirate's burning desires? It is all in the "burning" part of our pirate desires.

Burning is how things fast decay. Even when burning might sound like "more alive", it is not. We often use "burning" as a metaphor to express vitality, but actually burning is the opposite of vitality. If all we do in term of using energy to live were to burn it, we would be dead long ago.

The so call burning energy or calories by us actually involves much more. Our bodies do actually two main things to process energy. It catabolizes (breaks apart) and it anabolises (brings together). Catabolism and anabolism are how our body, rather than fighting, rejoices entropy. For every cycle of this process, our cells regenerate but simultaneously decay one bit.

The problem here is not how to fight entropy and decay, but how to elongate it, how to cool it down and regenerate more vital forces with an optimal level of entropy. Fighting entropy when we are not on the brink of death is actually to overburn and decay faster. This applies as much to our body and mind as to our ideas and emotions.

Jason rhapsodic outburst of emotions, of lullaby reasoning, relentless pursuit of ecstasy and mentally over engineered autopilot ranting performances of "shot of awe" or "flow states", since they are not really solidly reasoned, they act on our minds like someone saying:

"Yes, I feel it, I feel it. It is awesome! Thank you, thank you, Jason."

A few days later, the same person needs more of it since their minds never become the source of it. Like when we start with a therapist and after a while, it feels like we rather stay with it until we die.

Jason's energy, as a source of mental or spiritual enrichment, feels more like a sugar rush or candy rush than actually solid food for thoughts. I wouldn't even consider his rants as philosophical coffee shots, as he loves to call them. They are rather sugar cube shots, and worse, ultra refined white cube shots.

With Jason, as never before, the culture of sugary fizzy drink with all its luminary and enlightened appearances of "zero sugar" has insidiously and offhandedly hijacked what we commonly label as a practical philosophy.

Famously, Steve Jobs said to Pepsi executive John Sculley to lure him to Apple:

"Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”

Jason should go back to Sculley and tell him:

"Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world with sugary thoughts?"

Jason creates his own dichotomy around entropy and decay out of his assumed premises and later expect his audience to carry his burden with him as a metaphysical conundrum that afflicts all of us.

We might still remember the quote wrongly associated with James Dean:

"Live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse."

Jason, no doubt, wouldn't want such phrase to be associated with him. He, obviously, want to live fast, not die young and leave no corpse.

Jason, hey Jason, you can achieve that. Just slow down on camera from time to time. Just let go of your ego from time to time. Existing individuated in this world is not such the big deal that you want desperately to make of it.

Accept your mortality gracefully. I am sure eternity has visited you enough times. Dylan Thomas never lived to salivate in the kind of indulgence you rejoice yourself with, and yet, I am sure he felt immortality in ways that you might stay hoping for.

To Dylan Thomas' quote:

"Do not go gently into that good night."

I will add:

"Do not go too fast into the Light."

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights. Friedrich Hegel.