Friday, December 03, 2010

I Am Who I Will Be, or What Has I Done For Me Lately?

We cannot understand what we really are unless we understand what we are capable of becoming --Robert Bolton

Well, duh. A human being cannot be limited, defined or contained by his past or by what he is at any given moment, but only by his developmental potential -- by his most mature and developed form, which is nonlocal -- in other words, archetypal -- not local. The soul is the form of the body, which carries a spacial connotation; but the soul also requires time in order to reveal its nature.

Thus, just as time is the moving image of eternity, we might say that our life is the moving image of our soul. Alert readers will have noticed that one of the powers of the B'ob is to channel the roaring torrent of O into the feeble stream of cyber-k. Do you see the connection? This blog is nothing more and nothing less than the local exteriorization of my nonlocal interior. It's got my grubby soulprince all over it.

But we could say the same thing of the collective experience of mankind, which has spent the last 40,000 years downloading and extruding various artifacts -- poems, plays, paintings, philosophies, theologies, symphonies, game shows -- that are the vapor trail of the soul's temporal sojourn.

And despite everything man has produced thus far, it is just a single grain of sand on an endless beach. Truly, the bleat goes on forever, whether we lileks or gnat.

The saint, the sage, the true artist of word, image or sound, each is respectively the highest embodiment of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. There are saints of knowledge, just as there are artists of truth and sages of beauty. In fact, to the extent that each transcendental fails to partake of the others, something vital will be missing. In other words, truth is the virtue of mind, just as virtue is beauty of soul.

The painorama of human evil is ultimately reducible to "the problem of increasing numbers of persons who lack power over their lives spiritually as much as materially, the two problems being closely related" (Bolton).

Well, duh. There is hardly a material problem without a spiritual cause and a spiritual solution, but the reverse is almost never true. For example, unscientific and simpleminded liberals like to pretend that "poverty causes crime," which is a smear of the so-called poor, the vast majority of whom are not criminals. Likewise, to suggest that poverty causes genocidal Muslims to think and behave as they do is simply an indictment of Islam.

The reason why leftism is an intrinsic psychopneumatic illness (and when I say this, I'm talking about the true believers, not the ordinary confused, apathetic, or misinformed citizen who votes Democrat) is that it represents the "opposite movement" of the cosmic procession of spirit.

In a way, it is "natural" for man to fall into such slavery and servitude. The problem is that for man, it is unnatural for him to be in a state of nature. Rather, he is made for transcendence, or he is nothing at all.

The left takes advantage of the fact that it has always been true that the majority of people will fall into servitude if left to their own devices. If liberty were natural to man, it would have appeared much sooner in history, not just a few hundred years ago.

Nor would half the population in the freest nation that has ever existed be working so hard to limit and roll back that freedom. "Natural man" will always take security in exchange for liberty. Only transnatural man can say "give me liberty or give me death," since only he knows that there is something higher than nature, and that there are certain worldly political arrangements that are not worthy of man.

Quite simply, it is difficult if not impossible to become what the Creator intended if one falls into the parallel looniverse of the left. Rather, one will be what the state intends one to be -- which is simply an anonymous cog in their horizontal machine. Rage all you want, but don't look at me.

True independence and individuation are marks of the spiritually mature, so long as one's prior dependence upon spirit is acknowledged and appreciated. Otherwise, the isolated individual is a monster, a mere caricature of uniqueness and wholeness. An original perhaps, but an original nothing -- creativity in service of death, vanity, and ego-aggrandizement. It is simply the opposite side of the same worthless material coin.

In the cosmic hierarchy, mysticism is above, material science down below. In between, linking these two, is the principial world of metaphysics, which has things in common with both, without being reducible to either. Materialism (or scientism), on the one hand, and new ageism and fundamentalism, on the other, are false paths which ironically share more in common than they diverge from one another. Ideology is always nourished by religious roots.

For example, the irrationalism of fundamentalism converges with the irrational ultra-rationalism of scientism, and both movements shun the higher intellect.

Likewise, while some traces of valid metaphysical thought may be found in the new age/integral movement, it is nearly always confused, partial, contradictory, idiosyncratic, self-serving, and certainly cut off from any kind of institutional grace, plus it is "out of contact with the historical roots of civilization" (Bolton).

Thus, it merges nicely with the modern material ego, which is why it is also almost always left wing. The new age and integral movements are riddled with mushheaded moonbats who keep deepakin' the chopra like a rented mule. In any event, both it and fundamentalism end up drifting "into becoming a part of the cosmic process [they] should serve to overcome" (ibid you adieu).

17 Comments:

Blogger Van said...

"Thus, just as time is the moving image of eternity, we might say that our life is the moving image of our soul."

Wo... that conjures up some images.

12/03/2010 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

"Alert readers will have noticed that one of the powers of the B'ob is to channel the roaring torrent of O into the feeble stream of cyber-k."

Alert readers will have. The rest of us just noticed the new profile pic... looking Good.

12/03/2010 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

"If liberty were natural to man, it would have appeared much sooner in history, not just a few hundred years ago.

Nor would half the population in the freest nation that has ever existed be working so hard to limit and roll back that freedom. "Natural man" will always take security in exchange for liberty. Only transnatural man can say "give me liberty or give me death," since only he knows that there is something higher than nature, and that there are certain worldly political arrangements that are not worthy of man."

Yes, truly it required Man to be unnaturally born again from above.

Liberty can only be had by those who would risk death to attain it - and not just risking death in armed conflict, but risking death in choosing life. Risking death by evaluating and choosing whether or not to turn right or left, whether or not to seek an education or a degree, whether or not to pop the question or leave it unanswered, and every 'mundane' choice that must be faced and made day in and day out and each of which, if chosen unwisely, might lead to death, in one form or another.

But life without those choices and risks, life where there are no real choices, only events, in that sense, such a life is death, or at least a state of never having lived.


"ibid you adieu"

Hmmm... hopefully the punster's second quote.

12/03/2010 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Speaking of Lileks, he does a good job of showing how some combinations not only fail to produce a higher third, they manage to make something that is much less than the sum of its parts. But also kind of hilarious.

12/03/2010 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

heh - wv is pente; if I act quickly, this will indeed be the 5th comment.

Perhaps this is a little off topic, though a tangent of the idea of the higher third, The Anchoress had a post up yesterday that I thought had a really interesting observation.

"Learning that every child leaves within his mother a microscopic bit of himself–and that it remains within her forever–the dogma of the Immaculate Conception instantly became both crystal clear and brilliant..."

A corollary of that is that if part of the child resides forever in the mother, then necessarily so too does part of the father. Thus when two make three, they also quite literally become one.

12/03/2010 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

Independence vs. dependence and security vs. freedom

You make a good point that positive independence is founded up a prior dependence; so, too, freedom is predicated upon a prior security, derived from one's family or from a connection to O. And the family only works when it does its job in plugging us into O.

This is probably just me. Saying "give me liberty or give me death" is relatively easy. It's when I think about facing an IRS audit, attack or ridicule by the state-run media, lawsuits, humiliation, embarrassment, etc., that I am inclined to keep my mouth shut and keep a low profile while my freedom is eroded.

12/03/2010 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Tigtog said...

"Quite simply, it is difficult if not impossible to become what the Creator intended if one falls into the parallel looniverse of the left. Rather, one will be what the state intends one to be -- which is simply an anonymous cog in their horizontal machine. Rage all you want, but don't look at me."

Its a pity that we can't channel Islam to target the IRS. I don't think I would be all that upset if they terrorized the Fed directly. The other benefit is the left would be hopping mad to invade Iran should they find their take being skimmed. Funny what will make a libtard angry and excited.

12/03/2010 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger Magnus Itland said...

It is not the IRS that is the problem here.

Religious leaders have failed to convey the eternal Truth, and have veered off for profit and fame. Likewise the people have chosen their own teachers to speak what they like to hear.

If true faith was widespread, the pseudo-religion of socialism would not have been able to take root, and neither would the "feel-good" religions that have reduced the crossing of an ocean to stepping over a puddle. But now there is smoke and darkness everywhere.

Judgment begins with the House of God, with those closest to the Light. If we are blinded by anger, foolishness and greed, who else will shine like a candle in the dark? Who will set other hearts on fire?

12/03/2010 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Appropriate: global warming convention prays to Mayan moon goddess.

12/03/2010 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Heh - I like how they end by asking readers what they think about who should take the lead on climate change. If we're going to be invoking primitive gods on the matter, I suggest Vulcan, or maybe Sol Invicutus.

12/03/2010 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger Magnus Itland said...

Julie,
Vulcan could be said to be on the case already: Norway had the coldest November in 91 years and the second coldest since measuring began, after volcanic eruption on Iceland this summer.

12/04/2010 03:21:00 AM  
Blogger Tigtog said...

To: Julie
Re: "If we're going to be invoking primitive gods on the matter, I suggest Vulcan, or maybe Sol Invicutus."

I would recommend Rex Mundi. Just saying.

Interesting WV: conching. Sounds like good eats.

12/04/2010 06:30:00 AM  
Blogger Tigtog said...

To all.

I highly recommend R. Emmett Tyrell's WSJ OpEd.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704312504575618691747039412.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

BTW, I don't know how to turn this address into a snappy header. Guidance sought.

12/04/2010 06:53:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Tigtog -

Here's what the code should look like, except instead of these brackets: [ or ]
you use the arrows: < or >

To make the blue links, the code looks like this:

[a href="http://www.inserttheactuallinklocationhere"]this is the text you want to see in blue[/a]

If you want to write in italics, it's this: [i]text you want in italics[/i]

Or for bold, it's this: [b]text you want in bold[/b]

For more coding info, see here

12/04/2010 08:00:00 AM  
Blogger katzxy said...

"Natural man" will always take security in exchange for liberty.

Amen brother!

12/04/2010 08:02:00 AM  
Blogger Tigtog said...

Jullie, do you highlight the address and then code as described?

12/04/2010 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Highlight? Not sure what you mean. I highlight it from the source just to copy it, then paste it between the quotation marks thusly:

[a href="..."]so this text will be a blue hyperlink[/a], but everything after will not.

12/04/2010 10:49:00 AM  

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