Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 156
I Don’t Know What to Think (1)
© Eso A.B.

In Blog 154, I mention that ever since God became the 'Word' and lost his 'Act'-ive Self, human beings have become passive and the norm of human life is best described as vegetative (that includes vegees bungee jumping). The fundamental problem appears to be that the ‘Word’ (capped W) always manages to inject itself between me (if presume myself as part of the public) and whatever I want to do. This ‘Word’ generally is the word of Another, who always manages to ‘suppress’ and make my word insignificant.

I trace the phenomenon to the rise of the Catholic Christian Church and the imposition of its ‘Word’ [with the help of military violence and inquisitorial torture] on behalf of a ruling elite over a civilization that has nothing to do with theirs, but which does have the means of military might and the experience of a butcher. Of course, like with most everything, there are exceptions.

One exception is the, so called, “liberation theology”, which originated in South America. It perceived the perverse doctrine of the Mother Church with a critical eye and attempted to return the Church to God as an Act. As MIT professor Noam Chomsky explains it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPp3Hykjl6s , the critics ended up dead. Had the liberation theology Activists submitted to the American led Evangelical (Wordy) theology, they would still be talking today and waiting for rapture.

While the reasons that are said to have caused the various doctrinal divergences within the Christian Church (such as trinitarianism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Trinitarianism or Arianism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arianism , for example), the main split is between God as Act and God as Word. Today God as Word is the clear winner and controls ALL governments. All governments impose the Word on their subjects, and what the Word imposes at the most basic level is to tell the public “do not Act”, i.e., do not teach ‘liberation theology’, because it energizes the students to take remedial action. Since this split was begun by Western Christianity, it is justified in claiming to have brought the Bible (in so far as it is claimed by Western Christianity) to the world.
At the same time, it ought to be of a great wonder that near simultaneously with the ‘victory’ of Western or ‘Wordy’ Christianity comes its defeat not in the abstract, but real sense.

While the West has cast the entire planet into a crisis (economical, international relations, environmental, communal), the one with the most Revolutionary potential is that of the elite class. For the first time in its over a thousand year long history, the leadership of the world (China’s including) has been exposed as naked, moronic, murderous, unprincipled, and, therefore, unnecessary. There are many events that illustrate this.

Almost a fourth of Britons believe that Tony Blair should be arrested for war crimes; even as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaking from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London http://rt.com/usa/assange-kissinger-cables-wikileaks-500/ releases the so-called ‘Project K’, which consists of 1.7 million files composed of US Department of State diplomatic communications; even as this writer presents (via these blogs) the oldest known (to this time) falsified literary document, Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex (Rewritten)” http://oedipusrexrewritten.blogspot.com .

The literary falsification, behind which hides an attempt to release the ruling elites from responsibilities (mortal sins actually) incurred during their rule, does not come alone. As the reader knows, the New Testament, too, was written less to present the world with the teachings of Jesus, than to present a different account of what happened to the spiritual leader of Eastern Christianity, Basil (King) The Avenk, whom I present as ‘BasilTheBogomil’ in a series of blogs by that name.

Needless to say, I am aware that the reader is likely saying to him- or her-self that all these words seem confusing; one no longer knows what or whom to believe, what is or is not ‘real’ history. At the same time, this is precisely what I mean by writing (above) “a great wonder” at the coincidence of seeming Western ‘victory’ with the ‘rebirth’ of the Morning Star in the Eastern sky.

Even as the government of the United States of America is presumptuously exporting its fake democracy to fake dictatorships and is killing hundreds of thousands of people who have no idea why they are being killed, the killing done by the U.S. military is nevertheless Real and without meaning. How does one tell a young Iraqi that his-her life expectancy today is only about 30 years  http://rt.com/op-edge/iraq-environmental-catastrophe-hiroshima-533/

Regarding the subject of what is Real, but at the same time has no meaning, the philosopher Alain Badiou has a wonderfully succinct explanation.  Badiou states (‘A Conversation with Alain Badiou’, lacanian ink 23, 2004, pp. 100-1; toh to Žižek):

“The simplest definition of God and of religion lies in the idea that truth and meaning are one and the same thing. The death of God is the end of the idea that posits truth and meaning as the same thing….” To wit: truth and meaning become unglued; meaning without truth is the empty holy word of today’s Catholicism.

Given the crime committed by the U.S. government in its attempt to play God, and at the same time export to Iraq an incomprehensible and meaningless death, there necessarily arises a gut call for a Second Nuremberg War Crimes Trial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_Trials . Given the definitive separation of ‘God’ and ‘meaning’ that has occurred between 1945 and 2013, the ostensible God (the government of the U.S.) having rendered ‘meaning’ meaningless, the criminals should not be sentenced to death by hanging as before, but each given a capsule of an extremely  powerful painkiller, they must administer to themselves to achieve an unfelt death.

The effect of such medicine may not be a reassertion of meaning, but a doubling of the reality of Real, or as philosopher Žižek puts it: “…when the impossibility of the conjunction of meaning and truth is imposed on us: either we endorse the ‘postmodern’ stance and denounce the dimension of truth… or we engage in the effort to discern a dimension of truth outside meaning—i.e… the dimension of truth as Real.”

Impossible though it may seem to some, we may discover that this ‘truth’ was well known by the forebears of our present civilization, the so-called ‘primitive’ Adam and Eve.


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