Monday, October 15, 2012

Once Upon a Time There was a President

This week should bring some brief periods of patchy slackshine, but no sustained episodes of time dilation or vertical belowback. Therefore, a timely reposting of what we wrote here in the immediate wake of Obama's funereal procession four years ago next month.

However, I ended up throwing in so much new material that I can probably divide it into two posts. But... isn't it unfair to alter a post that was supposedly about predicting the future? Never you mind. Just sit back and enjoy the insultainment. Besides, the essence hasn't been changed, only some details.

We begin with a hearty laphorism:

No folktale ever began this way: Once upon a time, there was a president… --Don Colacho's Aphorisms

Okay. Would you believe one folktale? Because a lot of folkers believed it.

Frankly, anycoon could have seen our dystopian future coming with their own two -- let alone three -- eyes, but I think you'll stil enjoy this gnostalgiac lookback. It was in the context of a discussion of Letter XI of Meditations on the Tarot, The Force, a book which all One Cosmos readers should by now have at least pretended to read:

The Force is a timely symbol for the events of the day, as the force of the left has ascended the political Wheel of Fortune. We sincerely hope they enjoy their brief little day in the sun -- er, moonshine. It won't get any better for them than this, for the apex marks the transition to the nadir. Or top to bottom, for those living in Rio Linda.

We immortals can draw consolation from the fact that, being that leftism is a closed intellectual and spiritual system, it is already, as we speak, "on the way down," outward appearances to the contrary notwithstanding. In insulating itself from the vertical ingressions of grace and then claiming powers entitled to no man, the left is blind to its own Icarus factor.

In short, its end is in its beginning, as the poe t.s. aid. Furthermore, the higher it ascends in its intoxicated reach for power, the further it will fall. The concrete fact of Obama shall soon enough obliterate the vaporous idea of Obama. There is no way around this vacuous cycle except all the way, 360 degrees, century after century.

Actually, there is one way out, and that is by avoiding the whole tedious promethean power-grab thingy to begin with. If you remain on the ground, or even on the second floor, you can't fall very far.

But if one is the greatest orator since Cicero, or the greatest presidential writer since Lincoln, or the Man who will Slow the Rise of the Oceans, then you my fiend are in competition with Felix Baumgartner.

The following passage by our Unknown Friend is perfectly apt today: "Plato has never had success as a revolutionary and never will do so. But Plato himself will always live throughout the centuries of human history... and will be in each century the companion of the young and old who love pure thought, seeking only the light which it comprises."

In other worlds, you can never have a mass revolution of people oriented to a target that few can even see and no one can actually hit.

This interior revolution is an individual endeavor, not the sort of thing that could ever occur on a massive scale. And the left is a mass movement, which automatically condemns it to mediocrity on a good day. It is led by a blundering herd of elites who imagine themselves superior, but nothing could be more banal -- and self-contradictory -- than the idea of "mass excellence."

Through history, all leftist revolutionaries have understood this, which is why leftism has never come "from the bottom up." Rather, it is always a trickle-down affair, led by an intellectual priesthood who can barely conceal their contempt for the working class dolts they wish to redeem.

Great stupidities do not come from the people. First, they have seduced intelligent men. --Don Colacho's Aphorisms

These intellectuals show their true farce whenever some ingrate they presume to save declines their offer, as actress Stacey Dash discovered last week. The line she joins is long and distinguished.

This is the way things "must be," since the left is simply an inversion of Christianity, and could only have emerged in a Christianized culture. As Billington writes, these are men who see "in revolution an object of faith and a source of vocation, a channel for sublimated emotion and sublime ambition."

In contrast to Marx's crack about religion being the opiate of the masses, "revolutionary faith might well be called the amphetamine of the intellectuals" (ibid.).

For the manically revved-up revolutionary -- and remember, on the eve of his election Obama promised a fundamental transformation of this country -- "history is seen prophetically as a kind of unfolding morality play. The present [is] hell, and the revolution a collective purgatory leading to a future earthly paradise" (ibid.).

Thus, Obama's campaign essentially revolves around trying to convince us that this is purgatory, not hell; and that the purgation of our RacistSexistHomophobic past must last a little longer before we arrive in multicultural and redistributionist heaven.

Yes, "Once upon a time, there was a president." How'd that One turn out? And are we condemned to repeat the same myth forever? Is it possible for man to purge himself of fairy tales, and finally live in the real world?

Excellent question, even if it cannot be answered, because at least it recognizes the problem.

Looked at from a cosmo-historical perspective, Billington is "inclined to believe that the end may be approaching of the political religion which saw in revolution the sunrise of a perfect society."

And he is "further disposed to wonder if this secular creed, which arose in Judeo-Christian culture, might not ultimately prove to be only a stage in the continuing metamorphosis of older forms of faith, and to speculate that the belief in secular revolution, which has legitimized so much authoritarianism in the twentieth century, might dialectically prefigure some rediscovery of religious evolution to revalidate democracy in the twenty-first."

His lips to God's ear! Or rather, vice versa: God's lips to our ears.

Modern history is the dialogue between two men: one who believes in God, another who believes he is a god. --Don Colacho's Aphorisms

11 Comments:

Blogger Magister said...

Wow, nice find in Billington. Off to the library for that book -- thanks, Bob!

"secular revolution, which has legitimized so much authoritarianism in the twentieth century, might dialectically prefigure some rediscovery of religious evolution to revalidate democracy in the twenty-first"

every generation is new and can discover the miracle of existence for itself

will young people feel that their destiny lies *outside* the available means of their satisfaction? or will they let the world totally determine the extent of their imagination and desire?

the "revolutionaries" should all be depicted holding whips and chains

10/15/2012 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger Cond0011 said...

"In insulating itself from the vertical ingressions of grace and then claiming powers entitled to no man, the left is blind to its own Icarus factor. "

Since you are one the subject, I thoguht I'd share one of the goodies a Jewel among us had unearthed (Mrs. Atkins) (Or should I say Methamphetamine for the Liberal Intellectual):

Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate and Control?
http://www.alternet.org/print/why-are-americans-so-easy-manipulate-and-control

Some wonderful nuggets:

"Specifically, for controllers to experience the most control and gain a “power buzz,” their subjects need to be infantilized, dependent, alienated, and bored."

"Behaviorism and consumerism, two ideologies that achieved tremendous power in the 20th century, are cut from the same cloth. The shopper, the student, the worker, and the voter are all seen by consumerism and behaviorism the same way: passive, conditionable objects."

"Behavior modification can also destroy our intrinsic desire for compassion, which is necessary for a democratic society." (Note Liberals give less to charity)

It looks like Huxley was the 'Architect', and Skinner was the Social 'Engineer'.

Enjoy!

10/15/2012 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Cond0011 said...

"further disposed to wonder if this secular creed, which arose in Judeo-Christian culture, might not ultimately prove to be only a stage in the continuing metamorphosis of older forms of faith, and to speculate that the belief in secular revolution, which has legitimized so much authoritarianism in the twentieth century, might dialectically prefigure some rediscovery of religious evolution to revalidate democracy in the twenty-first."

...this secular creed may only be a stage in the conitinuing metamorphosis of older forms of faith...

That was so good, it was worth repeating (and have nothing to add as I am agape at the moment).

10/15/2012 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger . said...

THE LOST VOICE.

http://eamb-ydrohoos.blogspot.gr/2010/02/ten-plagues-of-pharaoh.html

10/15/2012 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger . said...

THE LOST VOICE.

http://eamb-ydrohoos.blogspot.gr/2010/02/ten-plagues-of-pharaoh.html

10/15/2012 09:03:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

The concrete fact of Obama shall soon enough obliterate the vaporous idea of Obama.

Love hurts. }80

... might not ultimately prove to be only a stage in the continuing metamorphosis of older forms of faith ...

Yes, I think that's exactly what it is. It's like a radical change in the environment that flips the switches in our spiritual genes such that we have a leap in evolution. Evolution is a spiral staircase.

Those who think the step is a platform for their launch or the foundation of their utopia may do the Darwinian face-plant. A step to the left ...

10/15/2012 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Magister said...

Pew has a new study showing a 5% increase over the last five years in religiously unaffiliated adults -- now 20% of the adult population. Biggest increase was in the under-30 crowd. 68% "believe in God."

Looks like shopping to me.

10/15/2012 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

"The concrete fact of Obama shall soon enough obliterate the vaporous idea of Obama."

That sums it up so well.

And on the hummable humor end of things, you've gotta see this, as humorist Steven Crowder and Chris Loesch take a Bowie knife to Obama land,
ch...ch...ch...Changes!!!

10/15/2012 07:10:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

We immortals can draw consolation from the fact that, being that leftism is a closed intellectual and spiritual system, it is already, as we speak, "on the way down," outward appearances to the contrary notwithstanding.

Neo has a post up today that touches on a somewhat similar idea. In the circle dance, there is a price for stepping out, but there is also a price for staying in...

10/15/2012 08:46:00 PM  
OpenID kulturochreligion.se said...

"Modern history is the dialogue between two men: one who believes in God, another who believes he is a god."

I think I would like to add a third (and make this a triolouge) - the man who acctually was a god, the one who was God, the Light, Jesus Christ.


/Johan
P.S. Long time, no comment btw, but I’m still downloading the insultainments with great joy! Please note my new blog URL: quite fresh and very much inspired by the work of René Girard and his interpretors like Gil Bailie. Sorry, besides quotes, it is still in Swedish)

10/16/2012 04:27:00 AM  
Blogger Cond0011 said...

"But if one is the greatest orator since Cicero, or the greatest presidential writer since Lincoln, or the Man who will Slow the Rise of the Oceans,..."

Hallmark of a Politician... or maybe a shoesalesman (and a bad one at that).

Telling the whole truth is never popular and you will even garner luke warm praise from even friends when you tell them things they really need to hear (but will grudgingly thank you later if they heeded what you said).

But appealing to the prejudices of the people is feeding the mob and its frezied appetites). Yup, you are absolutely correct, Bob.

Lincoln was made by the times and had to be very careful with his words as the Republic was fragile in that time period. Had he been president during a peaceful time, we never would have known of his greatness. You never really know who da good guys are and who's da bad guys until the heat is turned way up.

10/17/2012 09:57:00 AM  

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