Friday, February 24, 2017

God May be Known by His Absence

"Nihilist rebellion," writes Fr. Rose, "is a war against God and against Truth."

Which, by the way, is one of the more convincing proofs of God. In short, God may be known -- "unKnown" -- by his absence, an apophasis of which I frequently remind the young master. Where you see shadows, look for the Light without which the shadows couldn't exist. Where there is godlessnessness, there lurks the God of Irony in the background.

For which reason the old Meister remarked that "the more they blaspheme the more they praise God."

Thankfully there is a whole lotta blaspheming going on these days, which is precisely How We Get More Trump.

It is difficult to conceive of something more nihilistic than the drive to eradicate human sexual differences, AKA the Bathroom Wars. When we speak of "natural rights," this is generally because we are able to make distinctions that are "in the nature of things" and thereby available to any man whose soul is relatively intact.

These universal distinctions include, for example, parent and child, husband and wife, individual and group, and member and outsider. It is not coincidental that the left wishes to eradicate each of these, for example, via the redefinition of marriage, open borders, and now their preposterous Bathroom War.

Last night Tucker Carlson interviewed a spokesthing for the ideology of gender over biology, and it was the usual evisceration.

The spokesthing was insisting that words trump biology, such that if I say I'm a woman, then that is what I am. This itself, if true, implies some shocking properties of language, but this is not a new idea, as it forms the basis of magic. For example, the etymological meaning of abracadabra is "I create as I speak."

Which is another way of affirming that In the beginning is the Word, and the Word is with God. Except that this word is with (and of) godlessness. And that this godlessness, if you follow the logic, simply elevates its speaker to godhood. Which is precisely the distinction between magic and religion: magic is a misappropriation of divine magic in order to aggrandize the personal ego.

So, for example, "God created them male and female." But godlessness overrules the Creator and his stupid biology and maintains that we can choose either one.

Now, you will notice an extreme irony at work here. Note again that God creates us male and female. The godless still retain God's categories of male and female, but insist that we get to assign them based upon our own superior wisdom. So once again God and his categories are affirmed in their denial.

It reminds me of the old story about an argument between God and a scientistic atheist:

God was once approached by a scientist who said, “Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transplant organs and do all sorts of things that used to be considered miraculous.”

God replied, “Don’t need me huh? How about we put your theory to the test. Why don’t we have a competition to see who can make a human being, say, a male human being.”

The scientist agrees, so God declares they should do it like he did in the good old days when he created Adam.

“Fine” says the scientist as he bends down to scoop up a handful of dirt.”

“Whoa!” says God, shaking his head in disapproval. “Not so fast. You get your own dirt.”

Similarly, we might say to the biology deniers: Not so fast. Get your own genders!

Here we see that there cannot really exist a literal nihilism, for what is Nothing but the more or less distant echo of Something? What can nothing be but the negation of something? Likewise, what can absolute relativism be but a blackhound tribute to the Absolute? What is materialism but a pronouncement -- a wacky pronouncement -- of Spirit?

"Nihilism, in a word, owes its whole existence to a negation of Christian Truth; it finds the world 'absurd,' not as a result of dispassionate 'research' into the question, but only through inability or unwillingness to believe its Christian meaning" (Rose).

Did you ever wonder why the left is so irrationally frightened of Trump? It calls to mind the old gag that if you strike at a king, you had better kill him.

Analogously, if you strike at God, you'd damn well better kill him too. The left has been striking at God for over a century, and as recently as 9:00 PM EST last November 8 considered the matter settled. God was, if not dead, then grievously wounded. This was not supposed to happen, "progress" being a one-way phenomenon.

Along these lines, Rose observes that "no Nihilist is so blind that he fails to sense, however dimly, the ultimate consequences of his action." Thus, "the nameless 'anxiety' of so many men today testifies to their passive participation in the program of antitheism." This is merely a fall from their own imaginary height; or from a faux being that evaporates into non-being upon contact with Truth.

The Aphorist says that In order to challenge God, man puffs up his emptiness. In order to avoid the sense of falling into non-being, the atheist maintains his counterfeit center by fighting God:

"To the man afflicted with such Nihilism, the sense of falling into the abyss, far from ending in passive anxiety and despair, is transformed into a frenzy of Satanic energy that impels him to strike out at the whole of creation and bring it, if he can, plummeting into the abyss with him."

George Soros and his minions have their marching orders.


julie said...

I've really begun to enjoy watching Carlson interview people. He can never help laughing at their sputtering absurdities; not only is he shivving them with his honest questions, he does it without any sort of malice. Talk about fine insultainment!

Gagdad Bob said...

He who is traumatized by less than a monstrosity is himself a monster.

julie said...

It still amazes me that people are traumatized by Trump's observation of how women behave around powerful men, but seem not at all bothered by Clinton's long and notorious history of actual violent sexual assault.

Much like the Milo kerfuffle, really - he discusses the reality of the gay lifestyle and they bring out the long knives. Roman Polanski... well, as Whoopie says it wasn't rape rape; let's give him an achievement award!

I get why the loudest voices on the left act this way, but what's amazing is how ordinary, otherwise decent-seeming people just go along with it.

NoMo said...

Psalms 14:1
Ecclesiastes 10:2

Gagdad Bob said...

I knew you'd come through with some scriptural backup.

julie said...

Indeed. Funny how the Book always knows.

In other news, somebody thinks it's possible to eliminate "extreme" religious thoughts, in the name of "defeating terrorism," of course. The implication being that religious thoughts are simply a byproduct of biology, and not a reflection of any higher reality. Assuming such a vaccine could actually work, the effects would be monstrous, given that people are inherently religious. A lobotomy would probably be more merciful.

neal said...

Scapegoats come and go. Excorcists work with what is around. Of course, destryoing the innocence in the process seems like a bad thing.

I always thought that purity starts a bit closer to home. Otherwise things have no center and cause undue blowback.

Of course, that is just foolishness that does not exactly fix stuff or destroy stuff unless persuaded.

Probably leaves trades and traces. Burnt up, and washed out to sea. Hard to measure, harder to watch.

Anonymous said...

Some of Trump's comments were sleazy. "Grab them by the pussy" was sleazy. However, many people are sleazy at times, so Trump can be forgiven. Who has not been sleazy after having drinks?

Also helpful to remember that many people are nihilistic at times, doubt God at times, have a dark night of the faith, and so forth.

I think this blog has posited the existence of a large number of committed and consistent nihilists, and I question whether such a corpus of nihilists actually exist.

We have noted that many if not most leftists are Christians and many are very pious and live The Word. Can this be disputed? And if the case, then some lines of thought on this blog descend into hyperbole?

The smearing of the left as done on this blog is hereby indicted as possible yellow journalism. Rebuttal?

doug saxum said...

Yellow journalism

Do you mean as in un-researched?
If that is what you mean than you can't really be taken seriously.

mushroom said...

I am so far behind I may never catch up. God still has a hand in things. You can almost sympathize with those who believe they run the world.

horatio said...

I think it's useful to view Trump as a kind of Bruce Wayne/Batman figure. He has a tattered past, but he's gone through some kind of trial/overcoming experience and is now attempting to serve the country, and rid Gotham of its enemies.
One can't help but notice the almost near pervasiveness of Jewish outrage over Trump, in spit of his own affection for things Jewish. This from the media, Hollywood, the left in general, and, of course, the ubiquitous Neo-cons. Obvious exceptions, of course, but it's odd to be sure.