Male and Female He Created Him (Not Feman and Shemale)
But before getting into that, Dennis Prager made a fascinating point yesterday while interviewing a moonbattress named Laura Flanders, an Air(America)head with a new book entitled Blue Grit. (Hmm. Pretty easy on the eyes, especially for a moonbat woman -- speaking of which, when did leftism become the movement of Cindy Shemales? Trust me, it certainly wasn't that way when I was a lad -- rather, it was come for the craven draft-dodging, stay for the willowy, braless babes. This explains much more about a young man's politics than you might realize.)
I'm sure you've noticed that speaking with a conservative is easy, since they are logical, coherent, clear, dispassionate, and able to explain exactly what they believe and why they believe it. You may not agree with them, but you will know exactly what they think -- i.e., small federal government, low taxes, school vouchers, economic liberty, don't make stuff up that's not in the constitution, etc. As humorously expressed in the play My Unfair Lefty, you might say that conservative (classical) liberals
are so honest, so thoroughly square;
Eternally noble, historically fair.
Who, when you win, will always give your back a pat.
Why can't a Democrat be like that?
Why does every lib do what the others do?
Can't a moonbat learn to use his head?
Why do they do everything their mothers do?
Why don't they grow up, well, like their father instead?
Why can't a lefty take after a man?
Men are so pleasant, so easy to please.
Whenever you're with them, you're always at ease.
But why is it the opposite with illiberal leftists? Why can they never give a straight answer? Why all the evasion and double-talk that they confuse with "nuance?" That's what it was like during Prager's frustrating interview with this woman. At the conclusion of the interview, during his summary of the hour, he made the passing comment that the reason it is so difficult to talk to a liberal is that when you ask them for substance, they give you theory.
Ah ha! Not only does this explain a major aspect of the cognitive pathology that afflicts leftists, but I realize that it is actually a more widespread mechanism that many annoying people share. For example, I notice it all the time in conducting psychiatric evaluations. There is a certain kind of patient who will always answer a general question with a particular, and a particular question with a generality. For example, if I ask, "how often does your back hurt?," they might answer, "it hurts right now." Or, if I ask, "how has your mood been in the past couple of weeks," they might answer, "I've haven't felt the same since my supervisor started yelling at me two years ago."
In the same patients, there is often an inability to distinguish between the external and internal worlds. If you inquire about emotional symptoms, they will speak only of external events that are supposedly making them feel bad, whereas if you ask for an objective chronology of external events, they will tell you only how they felt about them.
Years of experience have taught me that this is an unconscious process, and that there is nothing I can do about it. I can politely say something to the effect of, "you're making this more complicated for yourself than it needs to be. Just listen carefully to the question. There's no need to answer beyond it. Don't worry, we'll eventually cover everything." But it never works. Somehow, they don't hear the question in the way it is posed, but instantaneously transform it into a different question.
I've never thought about it in this way before, but I can see that this cognitive style, if that's what you want to call it, is pervasive on the left. It is not just that leftism is felt rather than thought. We already knew that. Rather, they chronically confuse abstract and concrete, and internal (subjective) and external (objective). Furthermore, this is how they are able to make reality conform to their fantasies, for they can always identify exceptions to general rules. For example, it is a truism that America is the most wealthy and prosperous country because it has the most free economy. But how difficult is it to find a particular person who is not prospering?
Conversely, the leftist will champion a generality such as "universal healthcare," but entirely overlook the particulars -- that is, how the cruelty and inefficiency of such systems actually affects individuals who, for example, must wait six months to get an MRI while there is a tumor growing inside them. In fact, you might say that this is the secret that has allowed abstract leftist ideas to continue despite their obvious failures. Wherever the theory has has been concretely put into practice, it has been unworkable and usually destructive. But this has no effect on the leftist's belief in the abstract theory.
Now, does this have anything to do with the seventh commandment of nihilism, you shall commit adultery? Yes, I believe it does, but in a gnuanced sort of way. Here is a reminder of what I wrote about the actual seventh commandment last summer:
“You shall not commit adultery.” Like the other commandments, this one has an outward, exoteric meaning, as well as an inner, esoteric one. After all, adultery is related to adulterate, which means to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance. In this case, we are talking specifically about the purity of the soul, and avoiding activities that corrupt it.
This commandment goes directly to the heart of the mysterious bond between body and soul, that which distinguishes us from the beasts. According to Valentin Tomberg, “The power of mutual love unites soul and body. Life, which consists of the union of soul and body, is the marriage of soul and body. For this reason the commandment: ‘You shall not commit adultery’ follows from the commandment: ‘You shall not murder.’ For adultery is essentially a form of killing -- of separating soul and body, whose union is the archetype of marriage.”
Let's stop right there for a moment. You've probably never thought of it this way before, but thinking itself is a sort of marriage, or mystical union of opposites. Carl Jung certainly understood this, as did the psychoanalyst W.R. Bion. In fact, in the case of the latter, he actually used the abstract symbols for male and female in his theory of thinking. You might say that the female represents the general, while the male represents the particular. Obviously, it is impossible to think generatively without a "fruitful" interaction between male and female, general and particular, abstract and concrete, induction and deduction.
This is actually not too far off from Schuon's metaphysics, in which he says that the highest reality of which we can conceive within the realm of being consists of the Absolute -- i.e., male -- which is necessarily Infinite -- i.e., female. To say absolute is to say infinite: the one implies the other, just like male and female.
As above, so below. To say that we are "made in the image of God" is to acknowledge that male and female are not merely biological categories, much less arbitrary genders assigned to us by culture. Rather, they are sacred categories that reflect the very metaphysical structure of reality: So he created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Do you catch Rabbi Mo's drift? The passage speaks in the singular before it speaks in the plural: God created man, or the human being, male and female. Then he created them male or female, i.e., the particulars from the divine archetype.
Thus, proper thinking is "male and female." Now that you're properly thinking about it, you will notice that this sacred union is generally absent in the mind of the moonbat. Forget about their attack on marriage, for that is merely an inevitable consequence of their failure to respect the sacred union of male and female within their own soul.
Now don't get me wrong, for what follows obviously has nothing to do with any animus toward the anima. Just ask Mrs. G. But you are now in a position to understand why the leftist is just like a woman, only worse. In other words, their thinking is "pure female," or female-female instead of male-female. However, there is another form of distorted thinking that "supports" the left, and this would be the male-male varieties of scientism, atheism, materialism, empiricism, logical positivism, etc. All of these defective philosophies are way wrong because they lack the intuitive and interior feminine element that would make them complete.
Marriage is simply a sacred memorialization of God's own inner nature and activity (leaving aside the trinitarian aspect, which is the subject for another post). A functioning marriage will transform both members and make them more truly "whole." Perhaps I should emphasize that this wholeness is obviously not denied single people. It is just that they will have to pursue the spiritual marriage more consciously, whereas for a normal man and women -- and they must be normal, not weird aberrations -- marriage affects this transformation naturally, "in the course of things."
I know that this is how it has worked for me. In the course of our relationship, my wife has made me more masculine, while I have made her more feminine. But this dynamic, as it has played out through time, has made each of us more "whole" as a result of internalizing the wholeness of the union. Somewhat hard to explain, and I'm not sure I'm doing a good job of it. Suffice it to say that I could not conceivably be the person I am today without my wife and her transformative influence, and I am sure she would say the same. In her case -- which is probably true of all female Coons, or Herman's Hussies -- she has become much more masculine in the course of becoming more feminine, in that her thinking is just so much more clear and coherent than it was 20 years ago, but without losing any of its feminine qualities. Meanwhile, my mind has become much more... infinite and enveloping.
We can symbolize the relation between these two aspects of Supreme Reality by the following images: in space, the absolute is the point, and the infinite is extension; in time, the absolute is the moment, and the infinite is duration. On the plane of matter, the absolute is the ether – the underlying and omnipresent primordial substance – whereas the infinite is the indefinite series of substances; ...finally, on the plane of number, the absolute will be unity or unicity, and the infinite will be the unlimited series of numbers or possible quantities, or totality.
The distinction between the Absolute and the Infinite expresses the two fundamental aspects of the Real, that of essentiality and that of potentiality; this is the highest principial prefiguration of the masculine and feminine poles. Universal Radiation, thus Maya both divine and cosmic, springs from the second aspect, the Infinite, which coincides with All-Possibility. --F. Schuon
Here is some more of what I wrote about the seventh commandment last summer (and you will notice that the number seven is important, as it symbolizes completion, specifically, the completion of a cycle):
Jewish tradition regards the bond between Israel and YHVH as a marriage covenant; similarly, think of the covenant between Christ and the church, or the mystical union between the soul and Jesus, or Shiva and Shakti.
Soul and body form a harmonious union, and the separation of the two in any sphere of activity is the equivalent of murder, since the higher life is not possible without their union. When we talk about the death culture, we are really talking about the soulless culture, because so much of our culture has become empty and soulless.
In adhering to the soul in all we do, we remain “faithful” to the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. On the contrary, if we transfer our loyalty to that which corrupts us, we will soon discover that it clings to us as much as we adhere it it. The death culture begets death.
As we have mentioned before, depth is a dimension of soul, so that achieving depth is a pathway toward recognition of the soul’s existence. In the absence of soul, the world has no depth -- everything is of equal importance, or else simply has the importance our fleeting feelings attach to it.
This is why the postmodern strategy of deconstruction is not just bad philosophy. Rather it is murder, specifically, soul murder. And this is why, to paraphrase Richard Weaver, all attacks on religion inevitably result in attacks on the mind itself. Deconstruction is “intellectual crack,” as someone once put it.
In fact, any kind of radical skepticism -- the male principle run amok -- represents nothing more than an esoterism of stupidity: the lower mind’s ability to doubt anything is elevated to the central truth of our existence. It is the worst kind of soul betrayal, because it operates under cover of a counterfeit pursuit of truth.
Perhaps it should be emphasized that this commandment does not imply some sort of dry, austere, or anti-pleasure approach to life. Quite the opposite. In fact, in Jewish tradition, it is said that the first thing God will ask upon your death is why you didn't partake of all the permitted pleasures He so generously bestowed for your enjoyment.
The point is that existence is embodied, but not only embodied. There are two false paths; one is the descending path into hedonism, distraction, and other various soulless activities. But the other false path is the purely ascending one: going up the sacred mountain with the soul, but leaving the body behind.
This is a persistent message of both Judaism and Christianity. Both, in different ways, stress the embodied nature of existence, and the problem of how to sanctify our lives by remembering the soul in everything we do.
But clearly, if one stands back and looks at the historical situation from the widest possible vantage point, we can see a problem. Because the Judeo-Christian tradition regards the world as real and worthy of our attention, it can lead to an exteriorizing tendency that ends up severing soul and body.
On the other hand, if we look at the philosophies of the east, they have tended to regard the world as illusory, or as only maya, unworthy of being taken seriously. Historically they have made the opposite mistake of becoming too interior: “Brahman alone is real.” Thus, Buddhism and Hinduism have a bit of an interiority complex.
I do believe that the evolutionary task of our age is to bring these two extremes back together -- to fully reconcile soul and body and achieve the mystical marriage of a Life Divine in a monkey body. In truth, it is merely a matter of emphasis, for there is no question that this is at the heart of the uncorrupted Christian message.
Likewise, although Sri Aurobindo corrected Vedanta’s overemphasis on otherworldly concerns, he too was simply going back to the original message of the Upanishads: “To darkness are they doomed who devote themselves only to life in the world, and to a greater darkness they who devote themselves only to meditation,” says the Isha Upanishad. Rather, “Those who combine action and meditation cross the sea of death through action and enter immortality,” that is, through the sacred union of soul and body, spirit and matter, male and female, mamamaya and papurusha (for those who know their punskrit).
I once had a psychotic patient who took one look at my name--Godwin--and blurted out, “Godwin--is that like a combination of God and Darwin?” I thought about it for a moment and knew that he was right, for while he might have been crazy, he wasn't stupid. Because the whole point of my philosophy is to marry Adam and Evolution in such a way that they love hopefully over laughter, both aspiring and helping each other toward the same nonlocal goal 'til death deus part, but only for awhole. Like the song says, "We've only just begun..."
How feelings trump thought in the environmental movement: How about Ecomomic Progress Day instead of Earth Day?