Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Falling at the Speed of Lies

Next up: the eighth circle of Hell, which is divided into ten separate valleys for its unhappytants. Here we encounter the deceivers, panderers, seducers and flatterers. It has since been renamed the William Jefferson Clinton Memorial Low Way.

At the bottom of this valley, souls are immersed in filth. And not just any filth, for Dante cannot help noticing that it seems to come from human privies. Which is to say, they are submerged in their own crap, just like San Francisco.

As mentioned in last Friday's post, we have now crossed the threshold from impulse (or weakness) to will (and willfulness), so we are now circling Hell's lower vertical attractor in pneumacognitive phase space. For as Upton explains, "The Flatterers and Seducers are beginning to participate directly in the realm of illusion" (emphasis mine).

These souls are not passive victims of the Lie, but active architects of it. They are "inverted creators," as it were. But unlike God, who perpetually creates something from nothing, these ghastly spinmeisters ultimately create nothing from something.

Lies race through the world like fire, reducing the structure of reality to ashes of promethean fantasy. Which is why The results of modern “liberation” make us remember with nostalgia the abolished “bourgeois hypocrisies”, and why Man does not have the same density in every age (Don Colacho's Aphorisms).

For the Lie is simultaneously dense and hollow, like the head of a troll, whereas Reality is both solid and supple, like Dupree's sacred cluebat.

In this realm we see the state of the soul beneath the beautiful portrait of Dorian Gray. Gray, of course, is an unholy mixture of light and dark in order to conceal from the Light what one does in the Dark. But here the false light is eliminated, leaving only the true darkness. And nothing grows in the dark but nothing.

In the world, these assouls "tried to put a false face on their actions," so in Hell "this face is removed" (Upton). Remember what we were saying a few posts back about the shameful behavior of "shame cultures" such as Imperial Japan? Recall that in reality, such a culture produces people who are unable to tolerate shame, so the culture becomes a kind of collective lie in order to protect everyone from the experience of shame.

In this valley of hell, the false self -- the persona -- is removed, so the souls here live with the shame they attempted to deny in life. Note that this especially applies to the shameless, who are probably the most dangerous people on this earth, for shame has a proper function in the harmoniously balanced and integrated soul, whereas the shameless are capable of anything.

The above crack about Clinton was no joke, because what creeps people out about him is his utter shamelessness, his disingenuous ability to lie with such transparently false sincerity. And yet, in the words of Harvey Mansfield, Clinton remains the envy of vulgar men who wish to be just like him. He is indeed the patron satyr of narcissists, for Depravity always arouses the secret admiration of the imbecile (DC).

Again, everything in Hell is inverted, so just as the flatterers and seducers "led others astray, so now they are being driven. In life they felt they could manipulate others easily; in hell they are harshly pushed" (Upton).

This is an important point, because for all the honey-coated seduction of the left -- the beautiful lies of Sugar Candy Mountain and free stuff for everyone -- it all ultimately redounds to coercion. It is the neocortex in service to the mid- or hindbrain, or thought in service to raw muscle.

As Walter Williams writes (HT American Digest),

"How about what car you drive, where you live, whom you marry, whether you have turkey or ham for Thanksgiving dinner? If those decisions were made through a democratic process, the average person would see it as tyranny and not personal liberty. Is it no less tyranny for the democratic process to determine whether you purchase health insurance or set aside money for retirement? Both for ourselves, and our fellow man around the globe, we should be advocating liberty, not the democracy that we've become where a roguish Congress does anything upon which they can muster a majority vote."

Which is why communism is hell on earth. And leftism is in the attractor of communism, which is why it always tends in that direction. Its first principles are not America's first principles, no matter how they try to spin it and obscure those principles. When the state does something for you, it always does something to you (excluding, of course, those things individuals cannot do for themselves).

For the leftist, God helps those who help themselves. To other people's money.

Dante also notes that the flatterers and seducers are subject to "eternal circlings" in Hell. This is again because they did not submit to reality, but elevated themselves above it with their "easy faithlessness" (Upton). They made their lies, and now they must bed in them. Forever.

The seducer "manifests something that he cannot be" (Upton). Thus, he is a genuine phony who can only fake sincerity. Furthermore, he cannot help but have a secret contempt for the people who fall so easily for his lying sincerity, since he knows better than anyone what credulous dupes they are.

For "flattery is always an expression of self-interest" (Upton). And the ultimate self-serving flattery is described in Genesis 3. The serpent is the father of all flatterers and seducers. Crawling on his belly, he is horizontality personified. He seduces Eve, Eve transmits the lie to Adam, and gravity takes care of the rest, as they fall out of the Creator's orbit and into the wily one's obit.

Delegates at the Democratic National Convention drowning in their own bullshit.

8 Comments:

Blogger Van said...

"But unlike God, who perpetually creates something from nothing, these ghastly spinmeisters ultimately create nothing from something."

And that is evil. To disintegrate and dissolve what is, in favor of what is not and never could be... ghastly.

3/01/2011 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

When the state does something for you, it always does something to you

I'm reminded of something I read yesterday (not sure where, unfortunately), that in Wisconsin and other places the police unions are encouraging their officers to express solidarity with the teachers unions and the SEIU, a policy that cannot possibly be good for the general public. There's a tipping point where the state drops the pretense of doing anything for you, and only does something to you. I'm starting to wonder how close we are to that point, or whether we haven't already gone beyond it.

3/01/2011 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

In the world, these assouls "tried to put a false face on their actions," so in Hell "this face is removed"

Along those lines, they can't hide the hate in their eyes:

"They’ve made it clear, that what they want to make it harder for me to do my job. They are proud of that when they disrupt a live shot, when they really trample over the First Amendment rights or the First Amendment’s obligations of a reporter."

3/01/2011 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Daily Caller said...

Q: Senator, why are you running?

A: To get away from the reek of bullshit.

Of course, that doesn't work when the reek is all their own...

3/01/2011 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Mizz E said...

When it comes to knowledge of man, there is no Christian (provided he is not a progressive Christian) whom anybody has anything to teach.
DC #2867

3/01/2011 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Early Morning Troll Attack said...

While Dante's work is useful in understanding the downside of sin, this post emits a judgmental slant on the sinners themselves. Bill Clinton is panned, and vague potshots are taken at our government in general. The tone is derisive and dismissive.

What then is your attitude to sinners? Condemnation or compassion?

Considering we all lust, seduce, flatter, lie, etc at times during our lives, how can you justify the hostile tone?

Add to this the utterances of holy men:

"The miracle is that men fail to love humanity, but love God. Who then do they love?"

"He who condemns the sinner places himself above the sinner."

I don't stand in hostile opposition to your viewpoint; I chide thee gently to come to your better self.

What is your better self? Where is it, and how should it write?

And finally, if the post seeks to be controversial it does not succeed because the dung that is flung is stale and has no bearing on immediate problems.

I take it you are all fed tonight, warm, and secure. So you see what I mean, I hope.

Carry on then and I shall continue my meddlesome reminders another time.

Yours truly, EMTA

3/01/2011 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger Sal said...

Fr. Dwight Longenecker had a good post on propaganda at 'Standng on My Head."
Nice sync.

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