Thursday, March 02, 2017

A Void is Not a Home

Feeling a little... wooly this morning. This shaggy post is the result.

We left off with the idea that the left is an inverted parody of divine creativity. And it's either one or the other: as Fr. Rose says, "It is quite clear now that the Revolution and God can have nothing to do with each other," such that the left's mission "cannot be completed until the last vestige of faith in the true God is uprooted from the hearts of men and everyone has learned to live in this void."

The aforementioned Void can even resemble the Divine Plenum from a certain perspective. On the one hand, "Finite beings produced from the plenum by God are non-existent prior to his creative act of will." In short, God is "the sole active ground of all contingent existents, of all things that stand out from" it (Creel). Man is only Something -- or better, Not-Nothing -- because God Is.

Remove God from the equation, and man is necessarily reduced to an absurd nothingness. But at first, it seems that man -- both individually and collectively -- revels in this bracing liberation from: wheeee!

But sooner or later we will look around for the to, only to discover that it doesn't exist -- that we are liberated into nothingness, precisely. It's like escaping from Alcatraz Prison -- wheeee!-- only to die of hypothermia upon plunging into the bone-rattling currents.

Which reminds me of something Schuon says to the effect that modern man is, as it were, encased under a thick and impenetrable sheet of ice that builds and builds like a glacier, separating him from his vertical source. "Mistaking the ice that imprisons us for Reality, we do not acknowledge what it excludes and experience no desire for deliverance; we try to compel the ice to be happiness.”

Or to compel the Nothing to be Something. Which it can never be. Nor can the Something ever be Nothing; rather, it can only tend in that direction without ever arriving there. To arrive there would be to successfully arrive at a Counter-God, but this is analogous to radiating light eventually forming a "counter sun." Not gonna happen in this cosmos.

But unlike sun rays, human beings have freedom of will, such that they can attempt to create and worship a counter-sun, such that they will call this darkness Light (or Enlightenment).

In this universe -- which, properly speaking, is no longer a uni-verse -- "there is neither up nor down, right nor wrong true nor false, because there is no longer any point of orientation" (Rose).

One is tempted to say that this is the world of "fake news," but it isn't even that, because the counterfeit must be parasitic on the very genuineness the relativist denies.

In reality, they're just murmurandoms from the void. Sometimes they might even be "true," but they are not written because they are true, because this would connote adherence to a principle that cannot exist for these purblind darklings.

Finally man hits the cosmic bottom and arrives at "nothingness, incoherence, antithesis, hatred of truth" (ibid). For you or I this would represent a depressing development, and it is a depressing development.

So, how does the nihilist deal with the depression? By a frenetic activity designed to pull others down with him. Thus, "the first and most obvious item in the program of Nihilism is the destruction of the Old Order" -- its laws, institutions, and customs.

Everything must go! "Effective war against God and His Truth requires the destruction of every element of this old order; it is here that the peculiarly Nihilist 'virtue' of violence comes into play."

Here again, this violence represents an inverse parody of God's creativity: "appeals to violence, and even a kind of ecstasy at the prospect of its use, abound in revolutionary literature."

Which the left absurdly projects into conservatives, as if we are the howling fascist mobs that wish to violently shut down dissent!

I heard one leftist compare our forthcoming southern wall to the Berlin Wall -- which is only to confuse a home with a concentration camp. Would you trust your political future to people who can't make that elementary distinction?

4 comments:

neal said...

To compel the Nothing to be Something. Well that happens all at once, and seems to take forever. That is an act of mercy, and a gift.

I am not one to judge the results. Too many begats.

Everything comes from something, and pretty much gets distant. Oh, there is not light without a source. Just kicked out and honoring the parents. Of course, those connections just make stuff up.

If everything is going somewhere then that should be OK. Sure seems like a certain something. Even when sitting down and wondering why anything is running around to begin with.

mushroom said...

I like the ice analogy.

julie said...

But sooner or later we will look around for the to, only to discover that it doesn't exist -- that we are liberated into nothingness, precisely. It's like escaping from Alcatraz Prison -- wheeee!-- only to die of hypothermia upon plunging into the bone-rattling currents.

I was just reading something today which seems to touch on this theme from a different perspective: The heartland vs. the heartless. That is, the idea of the people who are in a sense rooted to a particular people, place and tradition - and therefore invested in its past, present and future well-being - vs. an unlanded people traveling rootlessly from resource to resource, who have no stake in any particular place. It also perhaps parallels the idea of r/K.

Van Harvey said...

"Here again, this violence represents an inverse parody of God's creativity: "appeals to violence, and even a kind of ecstasy at the prospect of its use, abound in revolutionary literature.""

The pursuit of Power; which can only provide 'satisfaction', through its bring imposed upon someone else, against their will.

Coming together vs tearing apart, for many people, is a choice they struggle with.

...What?