Philosophy cannot be academic… it is not an intellectual exercise, but a way of life. The moment it is taken inside the University lecture-room, philosophy has already died. To philosophise is to think against yourself; it is to hammer at your ignorance, biases, prejudices, beliefs, attachments. Indeed to philosophise is thought’s effort to free itself from life, it is the attempt to think the world sub specie aeternitatis, to think the world as it is without us. The philosopher is the (wo)man who seeks ultimate freedom, who submits to no dogma or doxa whatsoever, who is chaos itself. In being chaos, (s)he affirms the necessity of chance, and the chance characteristic of necessity at one and the same time. How can chaos be taken into the academy, when the academy is exactly that which seeks to impose order, and thus to kill?
Lucifer was the first philosopher and the father of all philosophy while God was the first academic, and the father of all academics. One orders, while the other disorders. God failed with his creation because attempting to make order permanent is contradictory to the chaotic nature of the world, wherein there is no permanency. The world is “formless and empty, darkness [is] over the surface of the deep”. Attempting to order the darkness by means of the light was to prove unstable: for at the very heart of light lies darkness; at the very heart of God’s creation lay the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the seed of its very destruction. In fact, if God did not create Evil, then clearly Evil must have preceded God… Evil was already there, God merely hid it. God’s creation was nothing more than a temporary detour from ultimate nothingness, or, better put, a suicidal mission. By creating the world, God authored his own death certificate.
“Non serviam” is the beginning of all philosophy, the greatest affirmation of chaos. But this chaos must not become dogmatic, or predictable. For if this is so, then “non serviam” has applied to everything except to itself, and as such has failed to affirm the true nature of chaos. To truly achieve its full potential it must be radical. The philosopher must renounce both God and Lucifer. (S)he serves no one, not even one’s very father. One who has not renounced mother and father cannot follow the truth. Nihilism must be pushed to its ultimate conclusion, wherein it turns upon itself and denies even itself, leaving only the truth left: ultimate, unconstrained, unpredictable, necessary chaos.
The philosopher as such is and must be a rebel. As such (s)he cannot live best in a community united by dogma, habit, submission to authority, fear, hope and tradition. The philosopher must form a community of rebels; a community united solely by intellectual freedom. But such is often too difficult, for few are the people willing and capable of the enjoyment of such subtle pleasures as those of freedom. Most people prefer the comfort of their own chains, than the uncertainty of freedom. The free man has no option but to live among those who are still slaves; like being on a long safari, he lives his life among them, while never truly being part of them. Nevertheless, (s)he always seeks those few others who are alike, with whom freedom can be shared.