Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Prognostications of the Past & Memoirs of the Future

Hmmm. Some of these journals have notes for various books Bob has considered writing. This one says "Evolutionary Politics: Preserving the Radical Spiritual Vision of America's Founders." Too bad it will never get written. How do I know? Oh, I know, I know. He's all talk. Anyway, I think he prefers the immediacy of blogging, as it allows his ideas to become irrelevant much more rapidly.

Anyway, here are some of the topics the book would have covered and obscured. Sounds like the usual Coon porn to me:

--Neuro-cosmology
--Man is the symbol and key of the cosmos, the abridged edition of God's adventure from the One to the many and back again
--Arc of Salvation
--Trial by existence
--Interiorized religion as final frontier
--Politics of infinite possibility vs. material scarcity & cognitive limits of the left
--Unless people can relate their horizontal freedom to timeless vertical realm, situation is hopelessly meaningless. We escaped the circle only to be lost in the line. Must find the open spiral. Spiral = hope.

People of the distant past possessed (or at least were guardians of) superior metaphysical knowledge embodied in tradition, whereas we have superior empirical knowledge, often knowing more about them than they knew about themselves. And yet, if revelation is true, they clearly knew essential things about modern man that he has forgotten about himself.

Natural selection does not predict. Rather, it takes already complete traits and retrospectively looks for their "partial" manifestation in the past. Thus, for the Darwinian with 20/20 blindsight, no current trait can be complete, or "essential"; rather, they are always an illusory resting place, "on the way" to another one. But they certainly don't feel that way to us. Human perfection -- i.e., something in the realm of Truth, Love, or Beauty -- doesn't ever appear as something "on the way" to something else. Rather, it cannot be surpassed. Thus, how can a process which only allows for temporary rest stops arrive at universal moral imperatives, aesthetic perfection or absolute truth -- including the "absolute" truth of Darwinism? Presumably, as we continue evolving, we will "evolve" a new theory of our origins. But if a transient entity such as Man can know Absolute truth, then he is not what the Darwinians think he is.

This is merely faith posing as science, only it is a false faith, since it is an adequation to a false absolute, whereas genuine faith involves comformity of the will to absolute truth as seen and understood by the higher intellect. Just as there are religious superstitions, there are scientistic substitions.

Interior control of religion vs. Exterior control of state: the more religious truth is ignored, the more laws are required, and by extension, a larger state to externally control thought and behavior. This is why it is always in the best interests of the liberal to attack religion, as it results in more state power.

Also, for this reason, the liberal never learns to master himself, as he gives over this mastery to the state. This creates the context for the victim culture, as liberalism teaches from the earliest age that you are not responsible for your own problems or for your destiny, whereas religion teaches that your greatest obstacle in life is yourself. (Thoughts on a remark by Dennis Prager.)

Also, in the absence of transcendent truth, there is no "higher self" to appeal to. Rather, we are treated as an animal, for example, with regard to sex education. Only for a human being can sexuality have a higher purpose than procreation, but can you imagine this purpose being discussed in a typical sex eduction class? No, of course not, for it is against the law. In short, for a liberal "humanist," it is against the law to be human.

Science describes reality from the outside. Mysticism discloses it from the inside. From the standpoint of the latter, science is subjective, while from the standpoint of man's lower nature, science appears objective. But science requires the bifurcation of subject and object, whereas metaphysics only requires the pure subject dwelling on objective truths that cannot not be. This is analogous to God, standing outside time, surveying creation and pronouncing it "good."

Leftists have undermined the "interiority" of America -- the shared feeling of what it is like to be an American -- and replaced it with a coercive, top-down, false unity (for unity can never be forced). The call for "unity" is required because they are the ones who have systematically divided us along fault lines of race, class, gender, and "sexual orientation." Thus, Obama is truly a symptom of the disease he purports to cure. As Dr. Sanity writes today, "Eliminate the politically correct, 'identity politics' victimhood sweepstakes, and we will have no need for a 'conversation on race.'"

Obama's speech was like an Enron executive saying, "Forget about what I did. Let's have a broader conversation about the stock market and about retirement security."

It seems that it is very difficult for conservative principles to take root in a culture where they haven't already taken root, the "root" being in the eternal verities.

Only more manliness, not less, can treat the problems of mere men. In other words, only conformity to the transcendent archetype of Manhood can overcome our mere biological maleness. It is the absence of essences in leftism, such as Manhood, that inevitably leads to nihilism and chaos.

When you speak truth, it is "toward" a target one is attempting to reach. But suppose you were Truth; then you would be the target, a sort of lure that pulls men toward you. In this sense, we are "caused" by Truth, while Truth, or the Word, is uncaused. It must co-exist in eternity.

I would like to write a sentence so perfect that to read it would make God present. Not that I could do it, only that the trying is its own reward.

Rejected bumper snickers:

"Become a Muslim and bag more chicks."

"No one bangs more women than a Palestinian."

"Progressives: The more they change, the more they stay the same."

Our leftist universities prove the adage that history is written by the wieners.

In the new age movement, there are many spiritual McMansions.

People accuse Islamophobes of being "racist." Well, Islam is a race. To the bottom.

Is there a way to harmonize the empirical and metaphysical, and not just reject one or the other? Yes, the One Cosmos promise: For the Hole in Your Head or a Whole New Head.

12 Comments:

Blogger julie said...

Off topic (I haven't even seen the post yet), I just thought some of you Raccoons would be interested to know Van Morrison has a new album out, available on iTunes, called "Keep it Simple."

4/01/2008 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

"I would like to write a sentence so perfect that to read it would make God present. Not that I could do it, only that the trying is its own reward."

You've gotten awfully close, though, on more than a few occasions ;)

Now having read the post, my only complaint is that you throw all these tantalizing seeds out there and they just start to germinate when the next seed comes along and starts to sprout into something equally new and illuminating (and possibly right on top of the last one); they're starting to choke each other out. Is that what it's like inside your head? Wow.

4/01/2008 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Julie asked Bob - "Is that what it's like inside your head? Wow."

I don't think we want to know what it is like inside Bob's head. Very scarrry :-)

Great post today Bob.

4/01/2008 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

Bravo on the bumper stickers!

4/01/2008 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gumshoe said -

"In the natural sciences, language (mathematics) is a useful tool: like the microscope or telescope, it enables us to see what is otherwise invisible. In the social sciences, language (literalized metaphor) is an impediment: like a distorting mirror, it prevents us from seeing the obvious.

That is why in the natural sciences, knowledge can be gained only with the mastery of their special languages; whereas in human affairs, knowledge can be gained only by rejecting the pretentious jargons of the social sciences."

-Thomas Szasz

4/01/2008 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous ximeze said...

For fans of straight-talk about Islamists, Pat Condell has a new one regarding Fitna

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxbYBIlT6VE

4/01/2008 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having done some work in experimental psychology in my sadly misspent youth, it is extremely difficult to get that subject-object split. In fact, I would suggest that guys like Skinner, the old worm-runners, and to some extent the social learning theorists (imitative learning -- I can't remember the guy's name) arose primarily because you could really call it science in the materialist tradition.

Anything else was "counseling" psychology. Not that we didn't learn stuff -- like how may digits the average hung-over college freshman can hold in short-term memory. It's that the questions we all wanted to answer just had to be ignored.

Now we find that cosmologists (or cosmetologists -- I always get them mixed up) are saying we have caused the cosmis-osmic pinball machine to TILT by trying to read the numbers. Observation, they claim, has altered the amount of dark matter/energy in the universe.

Somehow I suspect Jung would not be surprised by this claim.

4/01/2008 06:54:00 PM  
Anonymous hoarhey said...

Un-con,

How about a little collaboration to help Bob get this baby cranked out? ("Evolutionary Politics: Preserving the Radical Spiritual Vision of America's Founders")

4/01/2008 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"Must find the open spiral."

Not to be coonfused with the open spyrole.

It seemed funnier as I was typing it. Now...not so much.

4/02/2008 03:02:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"Also, for this reason, the liberal never learns to master himself, as he gives over this mastery to the state. This creates the context for the victim culture, as liberalism teaches from the earliest age that you are not responsible for your own problems or for your destiny, whereas religion teaches that your greatest obstacle in life is yourself. (Thoughts on a remark by Dennis Prager.)

The victim culture is so self-destructive too.
This is demonstrated in many ways, not in the least, the democratic primary battle.
Racism vs sexism is the only way the victim culture can see this contest of fools.

They turn on each other so quickly they surprise each other with their special form of sub-human viciousness, as Hillary's supporters at the DailyKos cussfest have found out.

One would be hardpressed to find a more treacherous brood of backstabbing vipers, spewing racist and sexist comments so vile they can make neo-nazi's jealous.

Behold: the "all inclusive, multicultural, tolerance and fairness" community in all their glory.

4/02/2008 03:47:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"Man is the symbol and key of the cosmos, the abridged edition of God's adventure from the One to the many and back again."


That would be a pretty long chapter, I think, even in the abridged version.

4/02/2008 07:19:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Julie said:
"Now having read the post, my only complaint is that you throw all these tantalizing seeds out there and they just start to germinate when the next seed comes along and starts to sprout into something equally new and illuminating (and possibly right on top of the last one); they're starting to choke each other out. Is that what it's like inside your head? Wow."

That depends on how wise acres Bob's got on his funny farm.

Allowing for wise cracks of course.

4/02/2008 07:23:00 AM  

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