Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Re-Unification Church of Bób

Loose ends.

The very purpose of the mind is to tie these loose ends together, i.e., to seek and to attain unity.  

Come to think of it, that's pretty much the structure of this post my day my life: every day is an effort at unification, synthesis, integration, you name it. 

Every morning I wake up to find my ontological shoes untied. Or, sometimes I just untie them myself for the fun of retying them. Thoughts are laces, and our posts tie the laces together. 

Many of us turn on our computers in the morning and react to the news of the day with a facepalm. But frankly, I love the smell of facepalm in the morning! All the more loose ends to tie up and weave into the cosmic rug.  

Every post has different laces. For example, the previous post attempted to tie together the laces of.... let's see, of cosmic intelligibility, mystery, time, eternity, change, possibility, necessity, fallenness, death, metanoia, redemption, the rhythm of the beating heart, and V.I. Lenin, AKA Vladimir Ilyich Ulynov!   

This is pretty much what I do all day, every day. Particles & wave, wave & particles, and wave back again. Hello! Catabolism and anabolism. Someone's gotta do it. 

It reminds me of that other Bob -- or in the parlance of the 19th century times, the Báb. According to Wiki, this prior Báb 
was a merchant from Shiraz in Qajar Iran who, in 1844 at the age of 25, claimed to be a messenger of God.

We see the obvious parallels, in that our Bob was a merchant from Market Basket in Malibu, California, who, at the age of 25, mysteriously claimed to be a grocery clerk, sent by errant goys, to correct some bull

Were my methods at times unsound? Undoubtedly, and I have acknowledged as much. But was I insane? Yes and no. Let's just say I wanted a mission, and for my sins they gave me one. 

Back to Báb and Bábism. The latter is 

monotheistic religion which professes that there is one incorporeal, unknown, and incomprehensible God who manifests his will in an unending series of theophanies, called Manifestation of God. 

Sounds haramless enough. Tell us more. 

It has no more than a few thousand adherents according to current estimates...

Okay, that's a few thousand more than Bóbism, but the Báb had a 150+ year head start. Who can say how many Bóbis there will be in the year 2155? 

The Báb was eventually executed by firing squad. Nothing changes. F*cking Nazis.

Let us scour the Teachings of the Báb for any other pearls of wisdom or comedy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teachings_of_the_B%C3%A1b#Summary). 

The Báb taught that the realm of language, as well as all other aspects of phenomenal reality, including natural and cultural objects were symbolic of a deeper spiritual meaning.... In this way, reality is a type of language that consists of words and letters that celebrate the divine revelation in all things.

Shit yeah. No argument there.

Unlike the Bób, the Báb did not blog. Nevertheless, 

The Báb foreshadowed later developments in media, by emphasizing the need for a rapid system of news communication, which would be available for all to access, no matter their wealth or social standing.  

So, he practically invented the internet.  

In his later writings the Báb described the divine or eternal essence to be unknowable, indescribable and inaccessible. 

That's half true. But as mentioned in yesterday's post and reconfirmed in this one, the loose ends of the apophatic God are complemented by their cataphatic reunification in a never-ending spiral. It's how God rolls, all day, every day.


julie said...

But as mentioned in yesterday's post and reconfirmed in this one, the loose ends of the apophatic God are complemented by their cataphatic reunification in a never-ending spiral.

It's the song that never ends.

ted said...

Interesting discussion here between these 4 guys. Still can't wrap my around John Vervaeke. Seems like he is creating some secular spiritual language grounded in cognitive science, but it doesn't enchant me like religion.

Van Harvey said...

"So, he practically invented the internet."

Still a better claim than algore's.