Friday, June 29, 2018

You're Gonna Need a Bigger Lie

Continuing with yesterday's post, it's not just a matter of positing vertical reality, nor even interacting with it in an outward way -- e.g., through ritual, dogma, and rules of morality -- but of maintaining an open system.

It's no different than, say, biology. You might correctly posit a theory of how biological organisms are far from equilibrium systems that exchange energy and information with the environment in order to maintain their dynamic wholeness.

But put one of these organisms on the moon -- or even at the north pole -- and the words mean nothing. Rather, the reality is what counts; no matter how many words one uses, the reality exceeds the description. Human language cannot create life, but is already a prolongation of the divine life.

It's the same with man. It's fine to posit God, but if you're not in an open relationship with the divine reality -- O -- then you are "dying inside," so to speak. Vertically speaking you're on the moon or some other uninhabitable place. At the very least you are drying up, or asphyxiating, or starving, or shrinking. This is why scripture has so many analogies to shining light, flowing water, eating food, and breathing air.

Indeed, upon completing the horizontal creation, God provides the finishing touch by breathing the breath of life into man, thus making him a living being.

To be precise, he is already biologically -- or horizontally -- alive, but now he is a vertically living being. And as with the lungs, it is not as if we can just inhale once and be done with it. Rather, respiration is ongoing until we breathe our last. Not for nothing are pneuma and spirit cognate.

Likewise, man doesn't live on bread alone -- i.e., bio-horizontally -- but on every word that comes from the mouth of God -- pneuma-vertically. Vertical nourishment is real. In fact, no one -- regardless of what they say -- can live without it. Even the atheist will simply call it by another name, e.g., art, or culture, or truth, or compassion. Again, to deny these things is to live on the moon. Where no man can live.

Having said that, if you place an organism on the moon, it will decompose into its component parts. The parts themselves don't disappear. Likewise, place the spiritual being in, say, the Soviet Union or the New York Times, and the biological organism remains. This is the ambiguous world of zombies, of the living dead, of spiritually vacated pod-people -- MSM journalists, political activists, the tenured, etc.

Of such pseudo-peoploids, it is written:

An irreligious society cannot endure the truth of the human condition. It prefers a lie, no matter how imbecilic it may be (Dávila).

Why does the left believe such foolish things? This is why: God is a rather largish thing to try to replace. You're gonna need a bigger lie.

Not to pick on the hapless and vapid Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but her enthusiasts certainly don't see her as hapless and vapid. Rather, it is as if they nourish themselves on her nonsense. And when I say "nonsense," I mean a certain specialized kind of nonsense that is essentially "God talk" without God, or spirituality without being ordered to the spiritual object, or O.

Example. Okay, I'll just check her Twitter feed. Heh: feed.

--What we have built is permanent. No. Matter. What.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

--I have touched the hands of people who have felt ignored and invisible for a long, long time. And they felt seen.

She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

--We will fight, we will vote, and we will run until hate is dismantled.

I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Remember such cosmic BS next time you hear a liberal ridicule Jesus.

More aphorisms that apply to our zombie friends:

He avoids announcing to man his divinity, but proposes goals that only a god could reach, or rather proclaims that the essence of man has rights that assume he is divine.

After conversing with some “thoroughly modern” people, we see that humanity escaped the “centuries of faith” only to get stuck in those of credulity.

Man matures when he stops believing that politics solves his problems.

But Only the honest prophets are lynched. So Cortez is quite safe inside her basilica of imbecilic lies.


ted said...

Man matures when he stops believing that politics solves his problems.

Maybe this is why I am so bored with politics these days.

Funny about coming up with a bigger Lie. It's all lies when you deny Truth.

Gagdad Bob said...

A thought occurred to me this morning while taking out the garbage: that the cure for politics has become the disease.

That is, the Supreme Court, which is supposed to be the least democratic branch of government, and concerned with permanent and unchanging truths, has become thoroughly politicized by the left. Now there is no escape, as even settled first principles such as freedom of speech are again up for grabs.

Gagdad Bob said...

The problem with abortion, for example, is that it is not rooted in any coherent or consistent constitutional principle or natural right. So naturally there will be a political fight over it. It is right and proper that the federal government stay out of it and allow the people and states to conduct the argument, or to pass an amendment to change the Constitution.

Gagdad Bob said...

In my dreams, trollmaster Trump picks a black female Muslim constitutional conservative to replace Kennedy. Heads will explode.

ted said...

Ha ha! That will almost be like a koan for the left, but the lesson will be lost on them.

julie said...

Not to pick on the hapless and vapid Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but her enthusiasts certainly don't see her as hapless and vapid. Rather, it is as if they nourish themselves on her nonsense.

I'm reminded again of how, during Obama's ascendence, as it were, the media consistently portrayed him with halos and actually said, "he's sort of God."

Not that he minded being perceived that way.

"--What we have built is permanent. No. Matter. What."

Nothing on this side of the veil is permanent, besides death. Certainly nothing offered by any mere human. It would be incredible that anyone would fall for that, except that so many seem incapable of remembering what happened a week ago. Having the attention span of a goldfish, whatever happens *now* is as it always was and always will be (as far as anyone can remember), so I guess that makes it "permanent."

Gagdad Bob said...

"The progressive believes that everything soon turns obsolete except his ideas."


"The liberal mentality is an angelic visitor impervious to earthly experiences."

Olden Ears said...

"There are no solutions;there are only trade-offs." - Thomas SoSowel

Anonymous said...

We have an inventory of Bigger Lies, just sitting in a warehouse gathering dust. We're looking to move these at bargain prices.

Consumer demand for the product has flat-lined over the past decade or so. Politicians were the main customers, but they aren't buying like they used to. Academics used to pony up for these as well, but I haven't seen a Dean or Professor come to the shop in over a year.

I have lies so big they could be historic game-changers, but the thing is, you can get a shiny new big lie, but you have to tell it so many times to get it to stick, and that's a lot of work. Nobody wants to put in the elbow grease.

People have reverted to truth-telling, because it's so much easier. Lazy is what they are.

ted said...

Bob: Interesting recent interview with Ray Davies.

Gagdad Bob said...

I'll definitely watch the video. I recently read his latest autobiography, which was pretty interesting. I don't hold out any expectations, since Davies long ago lost his songwriting touch. He was graced for five years between '66 and '71, with only rare glimpses of the old magic since then. He's like McCartney that way -- probably his best work after 1970 isn't as good as his worst work before.

This here proved to be a surprisingly good read: Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life, by Robert Hilburn. Hilburn was actually a huge influence on my musical development back in the day, turning me on to many enduring faves. Made me order his bio of Johnny Cash.

Gagdad Bob said...

This one's even better. In eleven parts.

ted said...

That was a great watch! He had so much more vitality just a few years back. Also, ordering the Robert Hilburn book. Looks good!

Van Harvey said...

"Man matures when he stops believing that politics solves his problems."

And if you don't want to deal with that, well then,

"You're Gonna Need a Bigger Lie"

Van Harvey said...

aninnymouse said "Politicians were the main customers, but they aren't buying like they used to."

If you say you can't sell lies to politicians, you're a liar.

neal said...

Telling the truth will never be lazy. Easy maybe if one is not fearing death so much.
More the modern just taking an economic or societal hit.

Try it most anyplace but the New World, and become fertilizer or building material.

Anonymous said...

Hello Panel:

One thing I meant to establish about telling the truth, and you can try this yourself; truth is easy to tell because it should just roll right off the tongue without much thought needed. The consequences of telling truth require some work and can be dicey, as Neal has noted.

Whereas, lying is more difficult to accomplish, but tends to give the liar some control or reduction in untoward consequences. The whole reason for lying is to smooth the road of conflicts with other people, so the liar gets what they want.