Monday, July 29, 2013

Eso’s Chronicles 193/ 3
Vikings Continued (3)
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The question of whence capitalism, is also a question of where to humankind? Even at the finish line of the demise of the Western economic system, capitalism does not appear to accept “learning from experience” as the answer, but chooses to “push the gas pedal to the floor” as the way of its reason.

The African proverb mentioned in the previous blog: “They are our enemies; we marry them”, appears the only choice that capitalism offers to those who not only disagree with them, but think of them as people who believe that being “killers” is the way of humankind.

Whence this stubborn determination to cannibalize the planet?

One possible answer is that it arises from an adventurous spirit and an inadvertent overstepping of human limitations. Such a situation may have arisen when animal herders (caribou, reindeer) in the area now known as Siberia, but anciently known as Tartary, failed to make a timely return south, and were trapped in the northern region and had to endure the winter there.

Those who survived the winter, could not return to their original homes, because their way was blocked by a sea (the Baltic), and they had no boats. The resolution to the problem was not a matter of a season or a year, but one of many years. When the herders finally had boats, they probably had also eaten the last of their reindeer and other game that was an easy catch. In short, by the time the herders discovered the solution, they had become fishermen, were destitute, desperate, and hungry.

At this point, they also had a bit of luck. The Baltic Sea in harsh winters could be crossed, but then again in milder winters it could not. The Baltic Sea is also known for having very shallow shorelines. The latter factor contributed to the fact that the Vikings built shallow boats that later proved as if made to order for navigating far up river of other countries. Since the herders and survivors were mostly men, their first use of the boats during the navigable season was to go in search of women.

Known as Vikings, the name these men originally called themselves was probably entirely something other. Nevertheless, the word closely parallels the English word ‘hiking’.  At the above link, under Etymology, we read that: “The word víking derives from the feminine vík, meaning ‘creek, inlet, small bay’”. If we shift our mind into paradolia mode, we can readily imagine ‘vik, creek, inlet, bay’ as words symbolic of female genitalia. Thus, to go viking or wading upriver may go back to the ancient custom of wife stealing or for the male to take for himself a woman through an act of rape.

However, when rape is no longer limited to the experience of one woman, but symbolizes the experience of many villages, the reaction to the violence of Viking raiders was not limited to a scream, but led to a series of earthshaking cultural changes. For example, what had been but herder’s switch or pole, metamorphosed into a sword and spear. When the ‘treasure house’, then the temple of the tribe, was robbed of its precious objects, the tribe felt that not only had it suffered a loss and humiliation, but its very being (a temple commemorates also one’s ancestors) had been attacked. Worse, the acquisition of a wife evolved into acquisition of slaves, even enslavement in situ, by taking the whole tribe prisoner and occupying lands that formerly had belonged to it.

Needless to say, going ‘viking’ put an end to subsistence economies and popularized enslavement and acquisitiveness. In due course this led to taxation (animal furs at first), which led to money and global dependency on  enslavement as a facilitator of human ‘development’.

One may go on to speculate that the word ‘capitalist’ derives from the name of the Capetian dynasty., which derives its name from (in words of the link): “…the Capets, which ruled the Kingdom of France from 987 to 1328, was the most senior line of the Capetian dynasty – itself a derivative dynasty from the Robertians.” Hmm: Robertians? The source for the word “robbers”? Another hmm: “bright fame”? Yes, contradictory, but not for paradolia. Robin Hood?

The sole opposition to this materialist trendline came from the sacred: the sensibility that life and consciousness is something special, a movement which unlike that of a river can chose a path of its own. This is perhaps why water was supplanted by the wind as a symbol for spirit and soul. No matter how ephemeral, the sacred was sufficient to empower the mind to discover (imagine) the story, that everything is sacred (the past, the present, the future, all nature and humankind itself) consequent to having been  created by a Creator or a Creatrix, who upon completing the act of creation had so exhausted themselves as to be thought of as sacrifices.  This act of sacrifice necessarily put an obligation to His-Her highest creation, humankind, to learn and be able to imitate it.

Apparently this obligation is so integrated in the very being of humankind that only extreme violence and brutality may succeed in repressing it. Because repeated violence is an onerous and brutalizing endeavor of Self, the materialist powers (the latter tribal leaders, barons, and princes) began a globalizing ‘reform’ movement.

Since the story about the sacrifice of the creator Gods disturbed the Vikings and Roberts, their agents made attacks on and questioned the authority of the Sacred King, whose role was to imitate the Creator Gods. The attacks were successful: the Sacred King (often of a young age and not ready to die) felt compelled to accept the Viking ways, thus losing authority in the eyes of the people.

In a remarkable book called “Communities of Violence”, Professor David Nirenberg, describes the agonizing process that led to the creation of capitalist society Though none of the reviewers of the work that at I have read emphasize ‘capitalism’ or ‘taxation’, given a perspective that does not feel obliged to fall in line with historians of the academics of the West, I take the point of view that the book nicely describes the consequences of fiscals at an early stage of the capitalist economic phenomenon.

Indeed, the manipulation of the Creation story by the Franks rewrites the Basil Iahn/John story into what we now know as the story of King Jesus Christ, who contrary to the first named is accepting of tax collectors and an unrestrained ‘free market’.
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