God May be Known by His Absence
Which, by the way, is one of the more convincing proofs of God. In short, God may be known -- "unKnown" -- by his absence, an apophasis of which I frequently remind the young master. Where you see shadows, look for the Light without which the shadows couldn't exist. Where there is godlessnessness, there lurks the God of Irony in the background.
For which reason the old Meister remarked that "the more they blaspheme the more they praise God."
Thankfully there is a whole lotta blaspheming going on these days, which is precisely How We Get More Trump.
It is difficult to conceive of something more nihilistic than the drive to eradicate human sexual differences, AKA the Bathroom Wars. When we speak of "natural rights," this is generally because we are able to make distinctions that are "in the nature of things" and thereby available to any man whose soul is relatively intact.
These universal distinctions include, for example, parent and child, husband and wife, individual and group, and member and outsider. It is not coincidental that the left wishes to eradicate each of these, for example, via the redefinition of marriage, open borders, and now their preposterous Bathroom War.
Last night Tucker Carlson interviewed a spokesthing for the ideology of gender over biology, and it was the usual evisceration.
The spokesthing was insisting that words trump biology, such that if I say I'm a woman, then that is what I am. This itself, if true, implies some shocking properties of language, but this is not a new idea, as it forms the basis of magic. For example, the etymological meaning of abracadabra is "I create as I speak."
Which is another way of affirming that In the beginning is the Word, and the Word is with God. Except that this word is with (and of) godlessness. And that this godlessness, if you follow the logic, simply elevates its speaker to godhood. Which is precisely the distinction between magic and religion: magic is a misappropriation of divine magic in order to aggrandize the personal ego.
So, for example, "God created them male and female." But godlessness overrules the Creator and his stupid biology and maintains that we can choose either one.
Now, you will notice an extreme irony at work here. Note again that God creates us male and female. The godless still retain God's categories of male and female, but insist that we get to assign them based upon our own superior wisdom. So once again God and his categories are affirmed in their denial.
It reminds me of the old story about an argument between God and a scientistic atheist:
God was once approached by a scientist who said, “Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transplant organs and do all sorts of things that used to be considered miraculous.”
God replied, “Don’t need me huh? How about we put your theory to the test. Why don’t we have a competition to see who can make a human being, say, a male human being.”
The scientist agrees, so God declares they should do it like he did in the good old days when he created Adam.
“Fine” says the scientist as he bends down to scoop up a handful of dirt.”
“Whoa!” says God, shaking his head in disapproval. “Not so fast. You get your own dirt.”
Similarly, we might say to the biology deniers: Not so fast. Get your own genders!
Here we see that there cannot really exist a literal nihilism, for what is Nothing but the more or less distant echo of Something? What can nothing be but the negation of something? Likewise, what can absolute relativism be but a tribute to the Absolute? What is materialism but a pronouncement -- a wacky pronouncement -- of Spirit?
"Nihilism, in a word, owes its whole existence to a negation of Christian Truth; it finds the world 'absurd,' not as a result of dispassionate 'research' into the question, but only through inability or unwillingness to believe its Christian meaning" (Rose).
Did you ever wonder why the left is so irrationally frightened of Trump? It calls to mind the old gag that if you strike at a king, you had better kill him.
Analogously, if you strike at God, you'd damn well better kill him too. The left has been striking at God for over a century, and as recently as 9:00 PM EST last November 8 considered the matter settled. God was, if not dead, then grievously wounded. This was not supposed to happen, "progress" being a one-way phenomenon.
Along these lines, Rose observes that "no Nihilist is so blind that he fails to sense, however dimly, the ultimate consequences of his action." Thus, "the nameless 'anxiety' of so many men today testifies to their passive participation in the program of antitheism." This is merely a fall from their own imaginary height; or from a faux being that evaporates into non-being upon contact with Truth.
The Aphorist says that In order to challenge God, man puffs up his emptiness. In order to avoid the sense of falling into non-being, the atheist maintains his counterfeit center by fighting God:
"To the man afflicted with such Nihilism, the sense of falling into the abyss, far from ending in passive anxiety and despair, is transformed into a frenzy of Satanic energy that impels him to strike out at the whole of creation and bring it, if he can, plummeting into the abyss with him."
George Soros and his minions have their marching orders.