Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Obama the Blightbringer

About the satan business alluded to in yesterday's post: I don't care what anyone says, but there is without question an anti-divine force or energy in the world. You can personify it if you like in the form of Satan, but that's not strictly necessary.

Analogously, long before Newton came along, people had had abundant experience with the force of gravity, even if they were way off about how it actually worked.

Indeed, even now we can only pretend to know how it really works, but this detracts not one bit from the fact that we all have first hand experience of it.

I like Schuon's distinction between the satanic and the luciferic: the latter is more passively dark while the former is actively and aggressively anti-light. Thus, most typical liberals are merely luciferic (and usually with no conscious intention of wanting to be), while doctrinaire leftists are actively demonic, hostile to the light.

I don't often read David Horowitz because he's too glum and depressing -- the temperamental opposite of the Happy Warrior -- but his Black Books of the American Left and of Progressivism are state of the art indictments of the dark political magic of the Nemesis or of the Hostile Forces, whichever you prefer.

The conservative temperament -- irrespective of particular beliefs -- tends to identify the locus of control within, while leftists overwhelmingly externalize control, which is to say, feel powerless over their lives. They then make the delusion come true by empowering the state to diminish our liberty and personal autonomy. In other words, they force external reality to comport to their feelings of helplessness, powerlessness, and dependency, thereby normalizing what is humanly abnormal.

Which is why, to reiterate what was said in yesterday's post, the Hostile Forces are like a kind of gravitational attraction that pulls our "most central faculties into the outer part of the soul," with the result that they are imprisoned "in attachment to the counterfeit objects which he [the Evil One] has forged for their perception."

This is indeed one of the Critical Principles upon which your whole life hinges: will you turn down and out, toward the world, or up and in, toward the Light? This is the fork in the ontological road confronting us at each and every moment, allowing us to reenact or resist the Fall, depending.

Again, think of gravity, or of two massive objects pulling us in different directions. To extend the analogy, one is a bright star, the other a black hole.

This also answers the perennial question of why man -- mankind -- is such an assoul. It is specifically because man is the highest of all creatures. But because his lofty faculties can be pulled one way or the other, it means they can be captured and corrupted. As alluded to in yesterday's post -- and this is another important principle -- the corruption of best is the worst.

Example? Too numerous. But just consider how the left infiltrates every good and decent institution or tradition and corrupts it from within, from marriage, to the Boy Scouts, to higher and lower education, to the Constitution, to the military, you name it, they deploy their higher faculties in the service of darkness.

As Lings expresses it, "just as man who was the highest of all earthly things becomes in his degeneration the lowest," so the "faculties which were the most precious elements in his soul become the source of all its subsequent disorder..." Intelligence gone bad is the problem of Our Time.

Let us reluctantly stupulate that Obama is a really smart guy instead of the affirmative action mediocrity he is. Just what has he done with this brilliant intellect? Before he became president, thankfully, nothing. But once he gained real power, he was able to transition from mere darkness to real hostility to the Light. "Lightbringer" indeed. More like blightbringer.

In order to further our understanding of this process, we need to bring in the Horizontal and the Vertical. Religion has to do with vertical remembrance, not just of doctrine per se, but of verticality as such.

In other words, doctrine doesn't just resonate with inner truth, but also serves to strengthen and vivify the "rememberer" -- which is why we call it verticalisthenics. For me, blogging is my daily verticalisthenic exercise. And it is aerobic as well, since this involves breathing in the spirit, or pneuma.

This vertical remembrance also tends to pull us away from the "world," not in its created reality, but in its delusional collective appearance. The world is still big. It's the people that got smaller.

As Lings reminds us, "the least particle of certainty that can be had about the next world must necessarily have come down from above..." It is through this that we are drawn "from the outer part of the soul to its centre, where the vertical is to be found in all its fullness..."

At the very least, this vertical dimension has four main divisions; let us call them the worldly/terrestrial/material; second, the psychic/intellectual/rational; third, the celestial/heavenly; and fourth, the unmanifest, the ground, the ultimate source of Slack.

And remember, this hierarchy can in no way be understood from the bottom up, a la the absaridity of desiccated scientism. Rather, it is a projection from the top down, which is precisely why each level has traces or "memories" of the one immediately above.

"This dimension is in the nature of things: like a star that falls from the sky, every Revelation leaves behind it a luminous trail of higher truths."

Now, the world, being created, is a nonstop revelator ride. In order to prove this to yourself, just look at all those luminous trails -- trails of truth and beauty -- leading up and out.

11 Comments:

Blogger Rick said...

" You can personify it if you like in the form of Satan, but that's not strictly necessary."

I'm going with it's safer to do so.

Back t'da post...

6/04/2014 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

In other words, they force external reality to comport to their feelings of helplessness, powerlessness, and dependency, thereby normalizing what is humanly abnormal.

I was just reading this morning about how England is considering allowing experimentation with three-parent children. That is, children made with genetic material from three parents. What could possibly go wrong?

6/04/2014 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Can't be worse than the inbred royals.

6/04/2014 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

What's that old thing that's forever descending on the United States but landing in Europe?
Was it gravity?

6/04/2014 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Only a short lunch before the salt mines, but this post reminds of this newish post by Mr Warren:

Supplementary, Mr Speaker

"Item, “Are Non-Theocratic Regimes Possible?” by Rémi Brague. Here we get to the crux of the matter. There will always be a theocratic order, even if it is an “atheocratic” pastiche. The question is not “whether we should have a theocracy or not,” as the progressives say — defining their own atheocratic order falsely as a non-theocratic order, when it is as arbitrary as any theocratic order the world ever endured. Rather: Which theocratic order should it be? (Shariah? Rabbinical, perhaps? Lamaist? Shinto? Lutheran? Calvinist? Marxist? Feminist? Gaian? Catholic?) Truly, we are spoilt for choice, but as the modern consumer can hardly understand, you can’t have everything. You have to choose one, to be morally coherent; or if you choose “none,” … someone else chooses for you.

Item, let me emphasize this point. Should the principles be not those of the ancestral Catholic Christendom — buried beneath our Western feet, yet serviceable still as foundation — then they will be of something else. We hardly got e.g. quickie divorce, or no-questions-asked abortion, or gay marriage for that matter, or soon, no-questions-asked euthanasia for your unwanted granny, because the masses suddenly spontaneously rose up to demand them pronto. We got them because the gods we are currently serving required them; and of course, we got them “democratically,” but only in the sense that the people are made to vote until they deliver what these gods require."

6/04/2014 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

And before I forgets again: Roger Scruton is a busy guy:
Roger Scruton's speaking tour
If you see him, tell 'em I said Hey.

6/04/2014 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

Intelligence gone bad is the problem of Our Time.

Do not store in a hot, dark place.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Yes, Lucifer is the arrogant rebel who would be the day star (Isaiah 14:12). But Satan is the accuser of the brethren, the one who comes after you and won't mind his own business.

6/04/2014 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Christina M said...

I realized yesterday that I needed to know the Jewish perspective on the Cain and Abel story and I found this fifteen part discussion. I'm sorry it is long, but it is well worth reading. I feel compelled to post it here, as it sounds so "Gagdadian." Here's a quote from the epilogue:

Quote: "We noticed a while back that the Cain and Abel narrative is speckled with connections between it and the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden. A triad of consequences -- exile, difficulty farming, hiding from God -- beset mankind after they eat from the Tree, and these same consequences reappear, only more intensely, after Cain kills Abel. The Torah, as we noted, seems to be saying that the Cain and Abel episode is a further chapter in the story of the Tree of Knowledge; that Cain's act of murder was fundamentally similar to Adam and Eve's eating from the Tree. It was just another chapter in the same saga.

If we had to boil down that saga to just a single, simple sentence -- what would we say that these two, linked stories, are about?

They are about, we might say, what it really means to be a human being and not an animal."

6/05/2014 06:33:00 AM  
Blogger Christina M said...

I realized yesterday that I needed to know the Jewish perspective on the Cain and Abel story and I found this fifteen part discussion. I'm sorry it is long, but it is well worth reading. I feel compelled to post it here, as it sounds so "Gagdadian." Here's a quote from the epilogue:

Quote: "We noticed a while back that the Cain and Abel narrative is speckled with connections between it and the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden. A triad of consequences -- exile, difficulty farming, hiding from God -- beset mankind after they eat from the Tree, and these same consequences reappear, only more intensely, after Cain kills Abel. The Torah, as we noted, seems to be saying that the Cain and Abel episode is a further chapter in the story of the Tree of Knowledge; that Cain's act of murder was fundamentally similar to Adam and Eve's eating from the Tree. It was just another chapter in the same saga.

If we had to boil down that saga to just a single, simple sentence -- what would we say that these two, linked stories, are about?

They are about, we might say, what it really means to be a human being and not an animal."

Quote source: http://www.aish.com/jl/b/eb/ca/48950551.html
Fifteen part series: http://www.aish.com/jl/b/eb/ca/

6/05/2014 06:38:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Off topic, our friend USS Ben could really use prayers right now. His wife, Patti, died in her sleep yesterday.

6/05/2014 06:54:00 AM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

Outstanding post.

6/05/2014 08:13:00 AM  

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