Saturday, 16 February 2019

Romanticism and the hungering for 'depth' in life

From the age of about fourteen I became painfully aware of the shallowness of nearly-all of life - of human interaction; of literature, music and art; and especially of human aspirations. Thus I became a spontaneous 'romantic'.

I recognised the shallowness innately, by my boredom at the triviality of nearly-everything - but also in contrast to what I sometimes encountered in my reading, listening, and experience of landscapes and architecture. The clearest example was Lord of the Rings, which I read at this time - a world of exactly the depth I craved.

But the bulk and average of human interaction was by far the most frustrating shallowness. Even people who had composed deep literature or deep music; when I saw them interviewed on television would witter-away in the most superficial and glib fashion.

I wanted to be serious and earnest most of the time; but almost everybody else hated that kind of thing, and kept interaction rigorously a matter of small talk - with a permanent, reflexive under-cutting facetiousness added, especially when 'intellectuals' were involved.

(This facetiousness is a particular sin of English people.)

There were a few people with whom I could sometimes have what I termed a 'deep' conversation; and I would travel literally the length and breadth of the country to have such conversations - so starved was I.

And this has never really gone away. Nowadays - because of my family - I do not need general human interaction with the intensity and hunger of my adolescence; but I would - now as then - much rather be alone than engaged in the kind of (as it seems to me) chit-chat that constitutes pretty much the entirety of life for almost everyone*.

*Except when interspersed with emotionally incontinent sessions of shouting and weeping. If novels/ movies and TV are any guide; the pinnacle of human desire is to have a life consisting entirely of witty banter interspersed with sexual psychodrama.

Friday, 15 February 2019

What does it mean to be 'free'? Does it emanate from original sin or virtue?

Free means self-caused - only that which is self-caused, and that which is capable of self-causation, can be free.

Free does not mean un-influenced. That which causes is often subject to external influence but free means that behaviour cannot wholly be explained by influences.

Ultimately, freedom cannot be explained - nothing self-caused can be explained.

Thus, freedom is irreducible. We cannot know what goes-on, or how freedom arises.

There is no 'natural' (analytic, rational, scientific) explanation for what leads-to freedom (or else it would not be free). Freedom stands outside cause and effect.

Indeed, freedom is divine in nature.

We can perceive only the result of freedom; and all we can do is just take it, or leave it.

We may, or may not, be aware of that which is free - but it emerges complete and ready; so all that can be done-about freedom is to accept or reject it (whether unconsciously or deliberately).  

Therefore, it is crucial to know whether that which is innately free is good, or evil.

This is the question of original sin.

Is that essential-self which is free basically evil/ sinful in nature; or is it good/ of God?

One or the other must be assumed.

Frank Berger or Berger Ferenc? What a difference a name makes

At his blog, Francis Berger makes an amusing but serious point about the importance of our names. Excerpt:

In Hungary, my father’s name was Berger Ferenc (Hungarians always place the surname first) pronounced something like Bairgair Fairains in Hungary, but in America he became Frank Berger, and I became the junior variety of that name. He chose Frank over Francis because he thought it sounded more manly. It took him a while to learn that when most Americans heard his new, Anglicized name, all they could think of were barbeque meats.

Think about it. Frank. Berger... I bloodied many noses and had my nose bloodied many times defending my name when I was growing up because whenever kids heard my name, the hamburger jokes were quick to follow...

Yeah, I pretty much heard them all. Naturally, the taunting diminished as I grew older, but even as an adult, I could tell my name still inspired mild amusement among fellow adults. No matter where I went, I was confronted with thinly veiled expressions of bemusement and lightning flash grins whenever I introduced myself...

Read the whole thing...

Demonically mind-controlled zombies as national leaders

The phenomenon of the UK Prime Minister Theresa May is very interesting, and perhaps deeply significant. Of course, I only know about her whatever the mass media chooses to put in my direction; but what that is quite extraordinary, and indeed impossible

What seems to be the situation is that someone without leadership qualities, incompetent, utterly lacking in charm and charisma - whom everybody dislikes and wants gone (I mean, all the power blocs - her party and the opposition; the mass media and the civil service; upper, middle, working and under- class: Brexiteers and Remainers; Atheists and real Christians; the EU and the US and teh Commonwealth... everybody) - yet she stays in power, month after month, year by year... 

From what I see in the media, she seems to be a literal zombie - dead-eyed, shambling, tragically miserable; shuffling around from place to place moaning and gibbering. It is a pitiful sight - until you realise that she is all the time clinging to power with unyielding tenacity, meanwhile systematically demoralising and destroying.

But the important question is: What keeps her functioning (albeit barely)?

(And She Is Not Alone among the leadership of great powers - because Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel are copies in the essentials, and there are many others at lower levels and earlier degrees of corruption.)

How can this 'impossible' situation be sustained? So far as I can tell, with so many and such overwhelming dis-advantages, there must be some extremely powerful forces that want Theresa May to hold-onto the premier leadership position in Britain.

This is the crux of my argument: Since no powerful Theresa May supporters are visible, they must be occult, hidden, behind-the-scenes. There must be decisively powerful, forces and influences that are off-the-radar. Further, since there are no observable mechanisms by which TM is maintained in operation; I assume the methods must be suprasensory, supernatural - again 'occult'.

What I am implying is that with TM (and her like) we may be observing the actuality of rule by demonically mind-controlled zombies.

Why middle aged, mediocre, middle manager women like TM, HRC and AM? Because - I assume - these are the easiest to mind-control. Apparently, their combination of inability and ambition, and their lack of a strongly agent 'self', makes them especially willing to do a 'deal' with the demons - yielding control to attain power.

Such women are very far from ideal as puppet leaders - because they can't lead; but they are demonically the most controllable, which presumably is the decisive factor. And the demons take care of the rest of it. 

The personal cost of this channelling of evil is very horrible to behold; it takes a toll on human flesh and mind - which all can see, even though very few people realise what is going-on. The body may be nearly dead, but the remnants are externally activated and energised by the forces of evil - so that basic functionality is retained far beyond what one would have supposed possible.

At times, during the 2016 Presidential Election, HRC looked and behaved like a crude and primitive remote-controlled robot - but so corrupted are the Godless and cowardly Western populations at this point; that tens of millions of people regarded her as a suitable even wonderful, person to lead their nation - and presumably the same applies to AM.

But with TM, it seems that the humans are not fooled. So we have the bizarre spectacle of a mind-controlled zombie operating without visible means of support.

In most past societies, the demonic fingerprints would have been obvious, and remedial action taken - but with modern materialism and the elimination of better alternatives, the British are merely bewildered.

What we see makes no sense; but the real answer is ruled-out a priori, by unknown and denied metaphysical assumptions - and so the macabre charade continues...

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Failing the Brexit test - revelations of fake radicalism (example: Alan 'V for Vendetta' Moore)

For an Englishman of Romantic and/ or Christian convictions, for anyone honest and on the side of Good; supporting Brexit is as near to a no-brainer as can be imagined in this complicated and confusing world.

I can understand that people might be unaware of how strategically evil is, for example, something like the United Nations - but for a person of adult years to have lived in the UK over the past forty-something years is to have multiply-experienced the European Union in its reality as a mega-bureaucracy - hence intrinsically evil; to know its true nature (anti-Christian, dishonest, destructive of beauty and virtue), and to be aware of exactly where it is inexorably aiming: totalitarianism.

Therefore, when grown-up people actively support the European Union, and lose no opportunity publicly to pour scorn and venom onto those who wish to extricate themselves and their nation from the EU - we know them for what they really are (which may be very different from what they themselves think they are).

Over the past nearly three years, the Brexit litmus test has been a revelation of many public figures. I came across a particularly egregious example today, from Alan Moore the legendary comic author of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen etc. One might suppose that Alan Moore is a radical, an outsider, a man of the working class; one might suppose that the author of V was against actual totalitarianism... but no!

When it comes to the crunch, when put to the test in actuality; Alan Moore shows what he really is - an active, public, explicit supporter of the agenda for evil. And indeed, given his anti-Christian, aggressively pro-sexual revolution, his hedonism, his dark occultism - that ought not really to be a surprise. But it does go to show how widely image is dissociated from truth.

Of course, Alan Moore cannot see this, cannot see how tendentious and dishonest he is; but that is exactly the special value of Brexit - Brexit cuts-through all the pose and public relations, all the mess and fuss: it focuses everything onto a single clear moral decision which every adult Englishman is well-equipped to make.

And what has been revealed is that (almost) everyone on UK public life fails this test, spectacularly! And having made the wrong decision and stuck by it, we can also observe how rapidly and extensively they have been further corrupted.

Whatever happens from now, whatever the outcomes - Brexit has been a very valuable learning experience - perhaps the most valuable experience within living memory; at least, for those who remain capable of learning from experience.

Philosophy without God is just self-help - or self-harming... (Colin Wilson and William Arkle)

This struck me as I was considering Colin Wilson's discussion of the prevalent pessimism in philosophy - worse in the past 200 years, but always prevalent.

Most philosophy is an act of self-harm, insofar as it devalues life; insofar as it has the view that it would either be better never to have been born, or that life may be pleasant or unpleasant, but ultimately makes no difference to anything...

I have always affirmed Colin Wilson's basic optimism - but in a not-created world and absent a creator who is good and who loves us; I would have to admit that the pessimists are correct!

Because CW avoided metaphysics, his discussion operates at the level of feelings. He argues that our happiest and best, most meaningful feelings are correct about life - yet in the deepest analysis, if these are just feelings, then that basic situation is a pessimistic one.

In contrast is the Nobel prizewinning author Samuel Beckett, whose work is an act of self-harm, directed at harming others - designed to make life pessimistic, to persuade that despair is the rational response to this world. The read Beckett with seriousness is the psychological equivalent of slashing one's own wrists, or drinking poison.

Of course we want to be happy and optimistic (at least, we want this with a part of ourselves) but this happiness must be True. To mean more than just a fleeting emotion, flickering in the mind of a finite being; happiness needs to derive from Good news about Reality. Otherwise the situation would be that Beckett is describing reality correctly; and Wilson's denial of pessimism is merely a way of feeling, and perhaps functioning, better - in what is otherwise an intolerable universe. 

So philosophy is only about what we feel unless real-life really-is Good.

For William Arkle his optimism was based on his knowledge (and awareness) of the fact that this is a created reality, and the creator is our loving Father - so reality is designed-around each of us, and what we most need.

Furthermore, Arkle is convinced that we personally chose to be born into our lives. So - with these underpinning convictions - we have an essentially 'optimistic' situation, in which our life is has purpose, meaning, is specifically what we need; and this actual life (its situation) was specifically chosen by our-(pre-mortal)-selves. Therefore William Arkle's philosophy is more than just about feelings.  

What 'evidence' does Arkle have? Quite simply: intuitive conviction. Arkle asked basic questions of reality, and knew the answers directly. He asked - is there God, is this reality created - answers came yes. Then, he knew by direct apprehension that this God was Good, and loved him. Looking around at life - he recognised meaning and purpose everywhere and in everything. 

Arkle might have been happy merely because he was optimistic by nature - as was Colin Wilson. The two men were indeed good friends, and would have long conversations together, keeping in touch from the 1950s into the 1990s. And on the surface, they were saying similar things.

Implicitly, I suspect that Wilson did have similar beliefs to Arkle - but he was not aware of them, and did not state them explicitly. Therefore, Wilson's work can reduce to self-help - to advice on how to be happier and more optimistic.

But the fact that Arkle stated his fundamental assumptions meant that his happiness and optimism were linked to, and derived-from, ultimate reality by means of stated assumptions. Thus Arkle, unlike most philosophers, broke-through from self-help to metaphysics. 

"I wish it was real" - or, the Re-entry Problem

A child who has read a story, seen a TV program or movie that they liked a lot, when it ends and the 'spell begins to recede' may say something like 'I wish it was real' - this is the re-entry problem and has been evident at least since the beginning of the Novel in the middle 1700s, and probably before in the theatre.

We have been living in the world of imagination, and by comparison 'real life' seems a lesser thing. The experience of imagination may be more passive and guided or more active and inventive; it may range from simple wish fulfilment fantasy to 'world building' - when we imaginatively inhabit another reality...

Interestingly, the yearned-for imagined fantasy world may be fuller of suffering and hazard than our own life; yet is feels more real, more present, more immersive - and this is what we crave.

The gulf between imagination and reality has been the root of 'Romantic despair' as it has afflicted The West from more than two centuries - the gap between what we can imagine and actuality. And, the usual response of 'I wish it was real' leads to a kind of despair because 'it' is not real, and never can be real...

Yet, we should not stop at that point; because even if it could be real, it would not suffice - and this is the clue we need.

For example; if we read about Lothlorien in The Lord of the Rings, and say to ourselves 'I wish it was real' and are filled with a yearning to visit it; it is true that we cannot go and visit; but the deeper point is that even if Lothlorien was a place we could visit, and stay as long as we wanted; we know that the magic would fade, and we would 'get used to it' and come to take it for granted.

A real Lothlorien would not be real in the same way that the imagined Lothlorien is real. The actuality of any possible real Lothlorien would not be as good as that which we can imagine and yearn for...

This impossibility might seem to render Romanticism even more hope-less than before; but it is actually a clue to a possible answer. The traditional source of despair is the cleft between subjective imagination thinking and objective real-life - that thinking and real life are tragically regarded as two different worlds - with thinking as merely an imperfect copy or distortion of real-life.

The impossibility of replacing imagination with real, solid, objective objects; ought to lead us to the possibility of strengthening imagination - not to avoid real-life but because thinking is a necessary part of reality.

Thinking is not just 'thinking-about' - thinking can be a primary activity, a real-reality. Reality and thinking are not two things - but all reality includes thinking.

So our ideal Lothlorien is not a solid working-model of an imaginative 'picture' - but, because imaginative thinking is a reality; the ideal Lothlorien is an intensification of that which is imagined: More Thinking, instead of a solid model of what has been thought.

The principle is generally applicable. What is needed is not a copy of that which is imagined, nor is it a recognition of the unreality of imagination and replacement with 'real things'; but a recognition that we need a development of consciousness such that ever-more of our thinking - including our imagination - becomes real thinking: thinking that satisfies because it is primary; instead of the feeble, evanescent, secondhand, manipulated, passive stuff that passes as thinking for most people, most of the time.

If we know what we need to aim for, and that it is possible; then we may be able to make progress towards it. There is hope because progress has already been made - which why why Romantic despair happened in the first place. We need to continue along that same line of development: more imagination, more powerful imagination - but this time rooted in Christianity.  

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

My strange fascination with Joseph Beuys (1921-1986)

Beuys and family

On the face of it, there ought to be nothing to interest me, and much to repel me, in the avant garde artist Joseph Beuys - whose art works were worthless and pretentious; and who has had a great deal of garbage and gobbledegook written about him by people for whom I have little respect.

I first came across Beuys when I say an exhibition at a gallery in Bristol, more than thirty years ago, which left me stunned by its triviality and attitude of servile reverence - if I mention that it included his toenail clippings in a display box, I think that probably says enough.

But somehow, for some (apparently) inexplicable reason, I have felt compelled to explore the life and work of this chap over the years; and have seen a fair bit of it by now.

I have never found anything of his which I thought was good, and almost all of it I regard as very bad - I don't think he had any discernible artistic talent, or less than most ordinarily-competent art students. Indeed, Beuys as good as acknowledged this with his most famous mantra that 'everyone is an artist' - implying he had no greater ability than anyone else. Furthermore, Beuys behaved like an objectionable poseur and guru; and seems to have been surrounded by worshippers for much of his later life - which is psychologically and spiritually a bad place to be.

And yet I cannot help but like the chap! - I seem to discern in him a good heart and a real Romantic Christian spirituality. Beuys was, indeed, an Anthroposophist who (unlike most) tuned-into the deep aspects of Steiner. There is Christian symbolism throughout - and it seems that he discussed such matters with his disciples (despite that they did not share his interest or beliefs).

I find my paradoxical long-term fascination and liking of Beuys to be a phenomenon worth dwelling upon. What seems to be going-on is that all the 'information' about Beuys is against him, all the 'communications' indicate little to appeal and much to repel... But my non-visual, non-verbal, non-conceptual 'direct' discernment tells me a different story.

From a materialist perspective, this is explicable in terms of Beuys's legendary charisma - eye-witnesses say that he was someone who simply compelled attention, fascination and admiration from many people; wherever he went, whatever he did. This comes across in photographs and movies, and in the way people talk and write about him... maybe I have simply tuned-into this? 

Yet charisma usually dissipates inexorably after death. Later generations typically cannot understand why so much attention was given to the charismatic, when his works seem so mundane. Despite all of which, I am drawn - and more strongly with the years - towards the man!

There is a, widening, gap between surface and depth; between apparent and response - And therefore I tend to assume that this a spiritually significant phenomenon.

Is it then good, or bad spiritually? The basic trend of modern art is certainly evil, and Beuys seemed to do much to establish and amplify this trend. Maybe my fascination is 'demonic'?

However, in modernity, good impulse is often used for evil ends; and Beuys cannot be blamed for the fact that he never found an audience for his deepest concerns and meanings - that is, after all, the normal situation (and was also the case for Beuys's obscure artistic contemporary, William Arkle).

Could this then be an example of the presence of the dead? The idea seems fanciful - but the very dissonance between the surface and the depth; the fact that there is so little I like, so much I dislike, about what Beuys did artistically, may actually be the best evidence for it.

It's a working hypothesis...

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Another explanation of what Jesus did

This is far from the first blog post I have written on this vital topic. While wholly accepting the necessity of Jesus, clearly I find the usual explanations for this necessity, and the usual explanations of just what he did that was necessary, to be unsatisfactory (for one reason or another). This is why I keep trying different ways to explain 'what Jesus did', in the plainest and most comprehensible but (albeit partially) True way that I can. While the reality is what it is, no single explanation works for everyone (for one reason or another) - a new explanation may be the best for some specific person.

1. God is the creator - and God has an eternal body, is separated from that-which-is-created, is localised in space. A body is necessary to be a source of creation.

2. God's aim was that all Men could become divine, live eternally; dwell-with and participate-with God in the work of on-going creation.  

3. Men begin as eternal spirits - but Men cannot become divine unless each has a body; and for the situation to be permanent, each body must be eternal.

4. An immortal body cannot be created in one step. This is just a fact, a constraint, of reality. It cannot be known 'why' this constraint exists - but it is the reason that God alone was not sufficient, and that the life and work of Jesus was needed.

5. Jesus was born a mortal Man, and he became fully-divine when baptised by John and the spirit descended and stayed upon him. Jesus was chosen because of his perfect love of God while still a spirit. This meant that Jesus's motivations were wholly in accord with those of God; such that he could and would, henceforth, harmoniously participate in creation.  

At this point of baptism by John - and because he then became a divine-Man - Jesus made it possible for all other Men to attain life everlasting.

6. At this point (of baptism) Jesus was fully divine and participated in God's creation. Henceforth the work of creation was a 'collaboration' between God and Jesus, with potential for this collaboration to be extended to other Men.

From this point, the miracles of Jesus show harmonious creation in action - including the primary creative act of resurrecting Lazarus, which demonstrated that Jesus really was divine. However, Jesus was still a mortal Man - with a 'temporary' body. To become both divine and eternal, Jesus needed an eternal body.

7. An unique human spirit can only attain to an unique and eternal body via death of the body: biological death must precede the goal of embodied immortality. So, first Jesus's body died, and his eternal spirit remained.  

Then, because his (unique) eternal spirit had previously dwelt in a (unique) mortal body, the eternal spirit could 'make' an eternal body specific to that spirit.  (Only spirits that have incarnated, may be 'used' to 'make' an eternal, indestructible resurrection-body.)

8. Jesus was therefore the first Man to participate in creation and the second Man to be resurrected. Lazarus was the first Man to be resurrected (by the divine creative act of Jesus); and (although we are not shown this in the Gospels) Lazarus was presumably the second Man to participate in the ongoing work of creation.

Does the Global Elite want a massive reduction in world population?

I am, in general, quite sympathetic to conspiracy theorists - and find that something useful can be learned from many of them. But there are some conspiracy theories that have as their background assumption that the evil Global Establishment want a massive reduction in world population, and they are working to achieve this by multiple simultaneous mechanisms; such as fertility and sexuality suppression, seeding the atmosphere with toxic 'chemtrails', causing cancer with electromagnetic radiation (5G) and so forth.

While some of the high level globalist humans are, no doubt, motivated by the intention of killing masses of people whom they regard as useless, or despise for whatever reason; I do not believe that the ultimate conspirators want to damage health or reduce the human population.

In the first place; if even a few powerful and wealthy people really did want to kill vast numbers of people, this would be almost trivially easy for them to accomplish.

It is not difficult to kill people and make them sick (and a great deal of modern understanding and technology has been developed for exactly that purpose) -- it is keeping people alive and healthy that is the problem.

It takes a vast superstructure and infrastructure of human organisation to maintain seven billion people. All that would be required in order to kill most of them is to bring-down that global system of organisation - and (in general) is is the global conspiray who are in charge of the global system of organisation. It would be a quick and simple matter for Them to collapse The System, and kill billions of people in a few months. 

In other words, if They really wanted to kill billions of people; then those billions of people would already be dead.

But the main reason it is not true is because of the motivation of the Conspiracy.

Ultimately, They don't care how many people live or die, or whether they are healthy or sick. The evil Establishment is Not motivated by any desire to accomplish anything that would be helped by population reduction.  

They are demons - not ordinary humans. They want More Demons - not dead, saved humans.

This is a spiritual war we live in; and the concern of evil is negatively-spiritual: in other words the ultimate desire of the Global Establishment is to corrupt the souls of Men, as many Men as possible

So, for the Evil Conspiracy: the more Men, the better.

Monday, 11 February 2019

The real Leftism cares Nothing At All about implementing the (current) Left agenda

It is a trap of the materialist perspective among those who (think that they) oppose the Left, to notice that the main pillar of the (current) left agenda - that is, the Sexual Revolution - is very probably going to be defeated, then reversed, by Multiculuralism.

They say this as a Gotcha! - as if it is an error on behalf of the Left - or something that those who control the left agenda have not noticed, or are - perhaps - too idealistic to believe.

But in fact this is not conflict, nor an oversight - but an important clue to the real nature of Leftism and the real agenda of those behind it - an agenda which has nothing to do with any of the shopping list of the Left agenda.

The real Left care precisely Nothing At All about social justice, socialism, antiracism, feminism, pacifism, the homosexual or trans agendas... So why should they care if multiculturalism defeats the sexual agenda?

The real Left has a spiritual agenda and merely uses the shopping list of 'isms' as temporary, expedient, disposable means to that spiritual end.

Musical arrangers - Ronald Binge

I am fond of British Light Classical Music - and, while melody is (of course) the most important thing; I have noticed that some of the best pieces achieve their greatest effect by some 'novelty' of arrangement.

Perhaps the most inspired arranger was Ronald Binge - who began by working for Mantovani, and apparently invented the sound of massed 'silver strings', with the famous cascading/ overlapping 'waterfall' effect for which this orchestra became so well known:

Binge, as composer, wrote a handful of unsurpassed classics within his genre. As well as lovely tunes - these each have something distinctive about the arrangement.

My favourite must be the sublime Elizabethan Serenade, with its very special repeating flute-dominated phrase from the woodwinds, alternately contrasted with flowing violins, and a repeated choppy rhythm from the lower strings:

Another piece that is famous in Britain is Sailing By (from its use some decades ago by the BBC, when the radio station closed-down each night). This has a gorgeous melody, gorgeously-developed. But what makes it extra-special is the bubbling accompaniment - again, on flutes and woodwind.

Ah, the delicate art of arrangement!

What's going on with UFOs?

I have read quite a lot of UFO writing over the years. The reason I haven't blogged about it is that I don't have a great deal to say on the matter. But yesterday somebody asked - so here goes.

I don't rule out that - at some level - the UFO phenomenon is, or was, genuinely 'paranormal' and purposive. Yet I somehow don't regard the matter as very serious or significant - at least, not unless an interest in UFOs was to lead-onto a more spiritual way of thinking and living, as happened with John Michell (Michell's first book was about Flying Saucers).

My main hypothesis is that UFOs are part of the spiritual warfare between angels and demons; and how this is manifested to certain people in certain circumstances. However, the matter is of UFOs nearly always discussed in a materialist (and unChristian/ anti-Christian) context. In other words, some UFO phenomena are probably angels (or made by them) while others are demonic.

But UFO appearances do not seem to be a very effective method of spiritual intervention - at least not for the angels. Why would angels do such a daft thing? Well, I regard angels as fallible creatures - being not a separate creation from Men, but pre-mortal and resurrected that are Men active in earth life. That is, angels are the not yet born, and the so-called-dead. Such angels are doing their best and learning from the experience; but it is inevitable that some of their ideas will fail to achieve their intended results - and maybe UFOs are an example?

UFOs, when they originated in the late 1940s, might have been modern miracles; spiritual manifestations designed to break the belief in materialism. For example, the Fatima miracles of 1917 would probably have been interpreted as UFOs if they had occurred in 1947*.

So what may be happening with UFOs is that spiritual phenomena of light (with its ancient symbolism of divinity) were misinterpreted materialistically; as high tech spaceships piloted by aliens. Then demons (who are pre-mortal, un-incarnated-spirit Men that are actively opposed to God, Good and divine creation) may have exploited this situation; and engineered other manifestations and contacts, in order to reinforce a world view that favours their evil agenda.

This is just a vague idea, and I don't have much interest in making it more precise; but it is part of my more general understanding that modern people are so deeply and habitually materialistic; that they will reduce anything spiritual into this framework.

Many millions of people very quickly developed strong and detailed beliefs in alien existence, contact, communication and plans that were based on no more than hearsay and dishonest mass media accounts, or (more rarely) on very ambiguous personal experiences of strange phenomena.

And this happened at such a large scale and so rapidly, because modern people find aliens possible (no matter how unlikely); while angels (and demons) are ruled-out a priori - because the metaphysical Christian beliefs that make sense of angels and demons are nowadays (generally and officially) regarded with bored disdain or loathing.

*Indeed, pretty much all the ancient supernatural events of the Christian Bible, and records from other religions, have (at one time or another in the UFO literature) been re-re-interpreted and explained as early examples of interactions between humans and various combinations of alien beings, alien-advanced technologies and flying saucers. Either this - or the opposite mainstream Establishment attitude of complete rejection, mockery and denial - is how a metaphysics of extreme and convinced materialism inevitably deals with anomalous phenomena. 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Leftist contradiction is not contradiction

Leftism is materialism, and materialism has it that human life ends with biological death and has no meaning. Thus a our life has no other goal than hedonism - to be got-through as pleasantly, and with as little suffering as possible.

Yet Leftism include some of the most fanatical, zealous, venomous, ruthless moralists ever to have lived.

There is an apparent contradiction. But since this contradiction is seen in so many tens of millions of people; in private as well as in almost all mainstream, high status, public discourse - it can't really be a contradiction. 

How can moral relativists also be moralists? How can solipsistically-selfish hedonists also be maniacal humanitarians, pathological altruists and suicidal empaths?

Well, this apparent-contradiction is statistically-normal in the modern West, it is mandatory - anything else is severely sanctioned; but what is going-on?

Given that there is zero philosophical coherence, I must assume that there is a strong psychological coherence - and it must be quite a simple and straightforward kind of coherence, since so many people seem to be able to hold Leftist views, over the long term, and resistant to alternatives.

Fortunately, I have the advantage of having been a Leftist atheist for most of my life - so all I need to do is look back on what was my own state of mind. And that yields the simple answer that my psychological coherence came from what I was against, not what I was 'for'.

As a Leftist atheist, I knew what I was Not - and I knew this very clearly. I was not a Christian, I did not believe in God or anything spiritual. Just like tens of millions of others - I was against all forms of authority justified by tradition. I was against distinctions of class, sex and race. I was against the infliction of suffering. I was against Conservatives, Republicans, and any other party that was identified as to the Right.

This is psychologically coherent, and it is perfectly simple on the basis of 'us' and 'them', in-group and out-group.  Throughout human history; most people, most of the time have defined themselves more strongly by what they hate than by what they love. 

(While it seems that everybody can hate; not all that many people seem able to love...)

Indeed - what people are 'for' is very seldom coherent; and people don't seem to mind all that much - probably because people think in short, detached, sequences.

When incoherence is noticed, this requires holding several things in mind simultaneously (in 'working memory'), which is difficult to manage and impossible to sustain... and then this fades-away and the incoherence problem disappears. 

So we can see that having major motivations defined negatively and by opposition is quite 'normal', even when it makes no sense.

On the other hand, it does make a difference.

In the short term - well, there no problem from incoherence. After all we can only do one thing a a time. People simply focus on the task in hand...

But holding mutually incompatible convictions over the long-term, across a span of human life - well, then, and inevitably, contradiction makes that life meaningless, lacking in purpose, and at war with itself.

And this is what we find.

The importance of the (so-called) 'dead' in life

I have previously noticed that this current era is strange, even within context of the past couple of centuries of the post-industrial revolution era, in terms of matters that used to be regarded as having great significance being now regarded as utterly trivial or non-existant.

Perhaps the most extreme devaluation is the role of those who have died: the so-called dead.

We now experience a total denial that the dead have any active role in everyday life - indeed, the idea strikes modern people as ridiculous, since death is understood to be the opposite of life. For modern people, where there is death, there is no life; and life excludes the presence of death.

Yet it seems that Men of the past dwelt in a world composed of both the living and the - far more numerous - dead. 

In the most remote past, the dead were apparently perceived as present 'here and now' - the dead were often seen, heard, felt... There was a social relationship between the living and the dead much the same as between the living. The presence and activity of the dead was therefore a matter of everyday sensory experience.

Indeed the dead were not dead as we understand the world. We understand biological death to be the extinction of life and Being; but in the past death was regarded as a transition, the crossing of a threshold - a change of form.

Therefore the dead remained alive but in a different form. When a person had died biologically, he continued to to play an active part in life - and this was potentially a permanent situation.

The living and the dead had a two-way interaction; they could help or harm each other - they were mutually engaged in the making of the world. The presence of the dead was sensed, was known - the dead provided all manner of guidance and warning; the living might do things to please and assist the dead.

If this were the only factor at work; the dead would tend become more numerous, more important, with each generation. But working in the opposite direction, was the dead undergoing a transformation back into life; by some kind of reincarnation. Another aspect was the potential for transformation between men and other types of Being - such as animals - the same 'soul' being able to remain a spirit, or to take-on different forms.  

Needless to say, modern Man typically does not experience the world this way, and believes that ancient men did Not really perceive the dead around them, and did Not really interact with them - they were in error and only imagined this situation.

What was really happening (we believe) was that the living were doing everything... and the dead were absent - because they we obliterated by having died.

However, such an interpretation is based on two things: the absence of sensory awareness of the dead combined with the theoretical assumption that death is the end.

Of these, the assumption is stronger than experience; because the assumption that death is the end is so powerful, so overwhelming; that when a modern person does experience the presence of the dead - by seeing, hearing, touching, interacting with a dead person - then this (and any possible) perceptual experience is always explained-away.

Any perceptual or experiential account of contact with the dead is always (for typical modern Men) interpreted as being the result of some kind of pathology (an hallucination due to mental illness or sickness) - or a self-deception, wishful thinking or imagined fears.

At the extreme, the claimed experience is stated never to have happened: to be a fraud.

In other worlds, our assumptions about the finality of death are stronger than any possible experience that the dead remain present and active.  

This open-up the possibility that the dead are still actually 'with us', as much as ever they were; and that the difference between ancient and modern Men is at the level of perception: they perceived the dead, we do not.

The possibility is confirmed when modern men are (rarely) conscious of the dead - despite not perceiving them... when we simply know that the dead are present. For example I may know that I am are interacting with someone dead, and may know what he wants, and how he is responding to me.

In other words, the awareness and relationship with the dead may be something that happens in Consciousness - and without Perception. The theoretical basis, the metaphysical assumptions, that explain the primacy of Consciousness, the primacy of Thinking, for modern Man; are something I have often written about.

But here I simply want to say that modern Man may, on this basis, return to the situation of ancient Man - to a situation in which ordinary everyday life is lived in awareness of the presence of the dead, and indeed in a social interaction with the dead. 

Furthermore, this may lead to an awareness that the dead are concerned-with this mortal life on earth, and we are concerned with the continuing life of the dead: both sides have roles to play, jobs to do, destiny to pursue.

Further-more, we may come to agree that this is a matter of primary importance; and that the typical modern failure to acknowledge the presence of the dead is seriously damaging to us and to them - in a manner closely analogous to an act of denial of the existence of other living people, despite that they are all around us: as if, solipsistically, we regarded all 'other people' around us as merely hallucinations and delusions.

The typical modern, and absolute, metaphysically-rooted refusal to acknowledge the presence and importance of the (so-called) dead is - at root - a denial of Love; having the inevitable consequence of spiritual isolation and existential loneliness.

When modern man assumes that death is annihilation, and holds to that assumption in despite of all experience - this acts like a wish: the wish to be cut-off from reality.

And this deep yearning for the nothingness of total isolation fulfils itself in a horrible fashion, as we see all around us.    

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Two steps forward, one step back - Francis Berger's encapsulation of the strategy of evil

How does the “two steps forward, one step back tactic work?”

First step forward

Evil sets an objective that might help it attain its ultimate end goal. It seeks to achieve this goal in step two, but does not reveal this. Instead, it merely floats the idea or subtly introduces the evil through minor actions or events. Reaction to this is gauged.

Second step forward

The evil course of action is implemented, often in a severe or extreme manner. The goal set in the first step forward is achieved here. This is met with opposition only after the damage has already been inflicted.

One step back

Evil is finally resisted and it deliberately takes a step back to feign weakness or seem diplomatic, but it leaves the achieved goal and the consequent damage it has caused intact. Those resisting evil feel as if they have won some sort of victory, as if they have forced evil into some kind of compromise. There exists the illusion of regained territory, but nothing has been gained at all because the territory evil won in step one remains firmly within its control. In other words, it has advanced while its opponents have been pushed back.

Cue the music again

Evil begins planning its next “two step forward, one step back tactic” on the same battlefield to gain further ground if needed; or it opens a new front somewhere else if all of its objectives on a given battlefield have already been achieved.


From Francis Berger's excellent blog - read the whole thing.

Francis is a regular and valued commenter here, but I only recently started reading his blog. He posts daily at present, and this contains some of the best writing and wisest thinking you'll currently find on the blogosphere.

Why not take a look?

William Wildblood's civilisational 'call to arms'...

At Albion Awakening (excerpt)...

The question is, can humanity progress from this current state of awakening intelligence to a deeper awareness before it destroys itself spiritually?

To put it at its simplest, can we move on from a state in which knowledge is our chief aspiration and focus to one of wisdom? In a state of ignorance, the majority of the populace could be guided by traditional religion. In essence, they did as they were told.

Now, as we leave our spiritual childhood we are learning to think for ourselves, but knowledge without wisdom has led to our corruption because, although we have begun to think for ourselves, we are not yet capable of thinking very deeply.

These are the two problems that confront us and to which we must find a solution.

Kurt Vonnegut - epitome of a modern evil genius

In a dark year of my life, while a House Officer (or medical 'Intern' in the US nomenclature), I went fast and deep into the works of Kurt Vonnegut - and experienced their brilliance and their despair.

I was introduced by the Scottish novelist Alasdair Gray in the autumn of 1982, when I first met him in Glasgow - he either quoted from memory or read aloud something deeply amusing from Breakfast of Champions, and lent me a copy of Slaughterhouse Five. I rapidly went on to read everything by Vonnegut written up to the middle 1970s. It made my life A Lot worse.

(...After the mid 70s publication dates, I found the work unreadable - a kind a embarrassing, contrived self-parody. Interestingly, I believe this happened because Vonnegut so insightfully explained-himself, in the non-fiction collection Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons. Having explained himself, made his methods conscious and explicit in lectures and essays; he could no longer do them spontaneously and naturally - and it destroyed his genius. This is what Glenn Gould called the 'centipedal' problem in relation to piano technique - that when the centipede tried to explain how it was he could manage to coordinate so many legs, he then found he could no longer do it: this was why Gould refused to teach pupils.)

I think Vonnegut's best work is Cat's Cradle - which is written with extraordinary wit and deftness, and is packed with very clever ideas. But it is deeply subversive and despair-inducing, exactly because it gets so deeply and sympathetically into the religious impulse, the impulse to perceive and know life as meaningful and purposive... which it then alternately mocks and pities as false: a self-gratifying and socially-beneficial delusion.

This is the Vonnegut mood: surface wit, powerful depth charge jokes; empathic explanation and description - then the resigned shrug that the whole thing is a trick; either a trick we play on ourselves to keep ourselves going, or a trick played on us by rulers who are manipulating us for their own benefit.

Vonnegut is therefore an extreme example of the nineteen-sixties counter-cultural ideology that has since grown and taken-over as the dominant mainstream. He is both a hedonist (because nothing else matters) and a pathological altruist (especially in God Bless You, Mr Rosewater).

Vonnegut combines that paralysing pacifist pity with shallow, slavish and partisan Leftism, in the way so familiar from nearly all Western ruling elites. The pity makes them feel superior, their careerist hatred of the less-extremely-Left is what daily-motivates them. 

My point is that Vonnegut really was a genius - albeit a minor genius, but undoubtedly - and consequently the harm he did (especially via Slaughterhouse Five, in context of the Vietnam War protest movement) was massively amplified in a world where the social ethos so exactly matched his own.

Vonnegut and the late sixties-early seventies shared a dangerous resonant frequency -  much as he did with my own pervasive misery, self-righteousness and failure of courage.  

Friday, 8 February 2019

The 'promise' of demonic power = service to the demonic agenda

People often talk and behave as if someone can get power for serving the demonic agenda; but they never can. What they can get (for a while) is pleasurable rewards for self-subordination to the demonic agenda.

For example, someone may pledge (explicitly, more often implicitly) to serve the evil, demonic agenda - and in return he will be rewarded sexually, or in terms of high salary and social status. This trade is perfectly normal, mainstream - and applies to the great majority of successful people in The West.

But - whatever their initial hopes or motivations, and whatever their short term pleasurable payment - such people do not actually get enhanced power; they never get to impose their own personal agenda on the world.

Demons are not that stupid: the one thing a demon will never yield is power over himself. He will never allow himself to be harnessed to a weaker person's agenda - because that, by definition, can unilaterally be made irreversible.

Selling your soul in return for the reward of power is therefore always a trick - in both the short and long term. It is, in fact, a bait-and-switch - where instead of power the person is given pleasure (i.e. something they crave - often sex, perhaps revenge).

(Among and between those in service - control is 'hedonic'; by fear and lust, sticks and carrots, threats and bribes. Escape is always possible; but requires repentance - and repenting typically entails immediate hedonic penalties.)  

The end result is always that the self-enslaved power-seeker lies to himself that in being compelled to serve the demonic agenda - in doing what is required of him - he is 'really' doing just exactly what he most wants to do.

Not overwhelming, no power: Actually achieving Final Participation - but neither noticing nor caring

Many or most people achieve Final Participation quite frequently - and in a reductionistic, psychological sense it isn't all that difficult to do so.

The problem is that achieved Final Participation is not noticed; or when noticed it is rejected as unimportant.

In a minimal sense - Final Participation is happening to me in those, mostly brief, 'moments' when I look at the stars or a beautiful and beloved landscape, read and really 'get' The Lord of the Rings, am suddenly moved by music and recognise it happening to me, or become aware of myself among my family, or awaken in the night feeling my-self to be at the centre of a great field of awareness.

That is IT - but it is generally regarded as trivial or delusional - just a random firing of neurons, or evidence of the human ability to imagine themselves more significant than they really are... In a word: the subjective experience is regarded as merely subjective - and having no relevance or importance to anybody else or any-thing else.

And this interpretation is understandable; because by this-worldly criteria it is nearly-always true.

For a start - we expect to be overwhelmed by reality (when it is really-real). We figure that anything real will impose-itself on us, so that we cannot resist it - that we will be swept-along by real-reality... so brief and delicate moments are not what we are looking for.

But being overwhelmed would not be a good thing; not for an adult; not for a soul that is aimed at becoming fully a part of the divine family...

If we are ultimately to become fully divine, and to participate in God's works of creation - then (to be valuable, for each to make a substantive contribution) we must be operating from a situation of full agency.

This, in turn, means that we need to to be consciously aware of our own thoughts, and of the ultimate realities external to our-selves. We cannot be immersed unconsciously in reality, we ought not to be overwhelmed nor swept away by reality. In contrast, we need to be able to stand-outside of reality and perceive reality and our-selves, and the creative integration of original thought from our-self and the already-existing reality.   

And secondly - our interest in reality is typically a (covert) interest in power. We are prepared to believe that something brief, delicate and subjective is real if - like mathematics, science, and engineering - it promises to bring us power.

Such power might be personal enhancements (such as money, a job, high status) or it might be more remote and idealistic power - the power to build a bridge or cure pneumonia... but our interest in subtle, non-overwhelming reality is linked to our optimism that it will have 'cash-value' in our mortal lives. 

(To put it another way: Almost all people, almost all of the time - are doing things for reasons of 'power' (by this broad definition); and, for obvious reasons, none of these people can be allowed anywhere near teh process of creation - or else creation would be poisoned and destroyed. But the prevention it does not really work by exclusion; it works by inability... Anyone motivated by person power - 'egotism', pride etc. - thereby automatically and totally excludes himself from participating in the creative process.) 

So we seldom notice Final Participation because it is outside of our metaphysical assumptions about what is really real - but even when we do notice it, our interest usually fades rapidly when it becomes apparent that we cannot (under any circumstances) use that knowledge to get power to improve our mortal lives: when we realise that such knowledge is not power.

Indeed, the knowledge that we get from such moments as I listed is not easy to share - it is not translatable into the common language of our times - partly because that common language excludes such matters, and partly because we don't even know how we might be able to communicate or explain such matters beyond (as I did above) merely describing the situation in which it happened.

It seems that an important part of it is that there must be a direct form of knowing, a knowing without communication - so that two people might know exactly the same thing without sensory perception or having to interpret symbols... by some mechanism whereby the same knowledge is being (simultaneously) shared...

Since the entirety of modern culture is based on the assumption that no such mechanism can exist, that all knowledge arises by a complex, multistage and unreliable chain of communication-steps... well we can barely even formulate the possibility of direct knowing.

However, however, however... If we are able to understand that these brief and delicate moments of Final Participation are In Fact direct glimpses of truth and reality; attained because our minds are (briefly) attuned with the divine creation - we can see why they are brief and incommunicable; and we can also see why the knowledge we attain is disconnected from power.

When we are directly observing divine creation, we are indeed only one step away from actually joining-in-with divine creation - but that is a vast step, seldom taken. It is one things to observe reality - but another and qualitatively more-difficult thing to engage in the making of reality; because for creation to continue entails that it be coherent, harmonious - that all additions to creation be fruitful and (of course) Good.

You and I are (almost certainly) a very long way from being able to contribute to divine creation; because we are not in harmony with the divine. (In other language, we are creatures of sin.) But I am not saying it is impossible for a mortal Man to add something to creation - indeed, that is precisely what a true creative genius has done (done objectively; whether or not recognised by fellow men).

But we can also see that the situation in which this happens is rare and unstable. When the situation is right, when a person is (however briefly) truly aligned-with the goals of divine creation - when he observes and loves creation... then it may be that his own divinity, his own agency, may not only observe but also contribute to on-going creation in some way - quantitatively microscopic, but eternal and therefore significant.

Perhaps, indeed, there is do distinction between observing and co-creating; perhaps these ephemeral moments of Joy are in fact our own, individual, nano-contributions to the actuality of divine creation? I would not rule it out - and indeed perhaps this is why we are mortally alive - our destined purpose. Perhaps the contributions of mortal men - no matter how small and infrequent - offer something of great and permanent value to the vast totality of God's creation? 

Yet even if or when this happens, there need not be any observable relationship with mortal life in this world. Such a happening is Not about power, Not about 'will power', not about the limited situation of a 'successful' (comfortable, convenient, pleasurable) mortal and earth-bound life; but way beyond and above and far wider-than such superficial and ephemeral considerations.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Gods under the ground, in the sky, in consciousness...

There are many prehistoric monuments in England - the earliest seem to be under the ground - such as West Kennet Long Barrow of some five and half thousand years ago, perhaps the centre of the religious landscape of that time...

While somewhat later are the more famous stone circles such as Avebury (near to West Kennet, and part of the same 'ritual landscape')

In general, through human development it has become more and more difficult to contact the divine. And this may be related to the assumed whereabouts of the divine.

Probably (there are no records), the earliest humans lived always 'in' the divine world - there was no separation between divine and mundane. Later, among the recorded simple hunter gatherers - contact with gods and spirits was more difficult; only attainable intermittently by a minority of specialist 'shamans' - who had to undergo some training, or else learn to use altered conscious states.

I would guess that the next stage - after the development of agriculture, and corresponding to the early Neolithic as at West Kennet - involved a professional priesthood, each of whom would experience a prolonged initiation. And also sensory deprivation and isolation - hence the underground sacred places.

(The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt are likely a highly developed version of this - the inside of the pyramid being the sacred space.) 

Under-ground was also the place of the divine - corresponding to the intuition that the divine was 'within' everyone and every-thing.

The monument Seahenge had an upside-down oak tree at its centre - roots above the surface, trunk and branches projecting deep into the earth - perhaps linking the divine underworld with this mundane surface world...

In the later neolithic, and into the bronze age - it seems likely that the contact with the divine became even more difficult - such that the gods were no longer experienced 'inside' - but in the sky, far away, imperceptible - and only indirectly and abstractly contactable by such methods as divination.

Hence the great stone circles (and pyramidal 'mounds' such as Silbury) were 'sky temples' - astronomically-shaped and aligned. I also assume that there was a supreme single god, by this time (henotheism); corresponding to centralised priestly government. 'Heaven' also means sky.

(The gods-under-ground, and god-in-the-sky temples seem to have co-existed for a long time - perhaps catering to different types of person; but the distinct impression is that the sky temples to the supreme god had the highest status, at least among the ruling group - since the greatest efforts were put into these structures.)

By this point, the kind of knowledge-based, abstract, priest-led religion was established which survived (gradually changing, becoming more theoretical and less direct) right through to the Reformation, and (somewhat modified) into modernity - after which it declined.

Until, from the advent of modernity (?1500s) increasing up-to nowadays, most people cannot contact the divine at all, under any circumstances - and deny its reality.

The idea of Romantic Christianity is that - starting with a few people from about the middle 1750s, and increasing, modern people are implicitly aware of the divine in a different, and individual, way; but which is not recognised as divine contact.

This is the process of conscious intuition, which I have often tried to describe on this blog. My understanding is that it happens to many (or most) people - but that nearly-always its validity is denied, and it implications ignored.

The modern sacred space is each Man's consciousness.

Note: If you are interested by the above line of argument, although not the specifics, you can find it superbly explored in Jeremy Naydler's The Future of the Ancient World, 2009.