by ‘abd al-‘Abru
[THE Following was written originally by ‘abd al-‘Abru in reply to certain critics of policy-multiculturalism in the UK, and of Islam — ERS]
AT Present there co-exist horridly acted-out phantasies of ‘multi-culturalism’ and islamic ‘fundamentalism’ — amid a horde & pandaemonium of others.
AS A convert to islam & student of sufism I want to assure you all that some muslims at least do not make bombs out of themselves and beat their wives.
WHAT Needs to be kept in mind is the fact of the historical exhaustion of the cultural impulse that gave us western civilisation.
IT Has been, altogether, a good long run of 2500 years at any rate; and, now, we are exhausted.
AT This point, Asia is rising, near and far; and, alas, centuries of physical horror yet loom.
THE Important point about the obvious cruel brutal stupidities & idiocies of exoteric islam is that MuHammad (pbuh) stated clearly that this racket would be the last religion:
IN Islamic exegesis we have the principle that any text has ‘seven layers of meaning’ — in the present case this includes the implication that (after the religious impulse, or instinct, is finally exhausted) in time human being will grow up.
THE Corollary of that is that the future states of Nature’s evolving self-awareness will necessarily take on post-human forms.
HERE And now?
I Congratulate those persons who in their personal development to-day anticipate & embody the future post-religious state.
IN A specific technical sense you are, indeed, so superior, whereas I am not so gifted. In fact, as a person who, owing the complex intersection of nature & nurture, shares in the still-general religious instincts of mankind, I would be in a false position and living dangerously against my instinctual basis to try to occupy your opinion-bases.
IN Precisely the same way, the reasonable humanist paints a ridiculous spectacle at life’s ending when, suddenly, fear looms and they ‘find Jesus’ (usually in the boot of the family motor-car!)
WHEN I became muslim it was on account of a dream in my twenty-eighth year, in which I lifted down Jesus, Mary’s Son, from the cross in the fable, and he smiled at me. I said:
‘FROM Now on I will take responsibility for my own wrong-doing.’
NOW AS to evolution, in my share of the common progress of us all & our work together, this was indeed progress — precisely, away from the obscene sado-masochistic content of christianity. And yet, now, we confront the hideous paradox of muslims — votaries of an optimistic faith — blowing up the inhabitants amid the ruins of a preceding pessimistic creed.
NO One who is not semantically ill can condone such vileness.
BUT, As well, on this physical molecular scale of existence — with its messy high signal-to-noise ratio — the problem of evil is as real as mental- & imaginal-illness, itself.
ON More-and-more refined electronic levels, of course, images of exquisite beauty & heinous ugliness can — do! — co-exist, and, with NO harm to the beholder. Alas, en masse, we are not yet wholly ‘there’. What ‘I’ am now doing, therefore, is to inhabit a good deal of the time the internet-like realms of ‘alam al-mithal, the mental worlds of creative phantasy in which, indeed’ ‘I’ already have rescued ‘you’ all. You who anticipate already some aspects of post-human being are, of course, perfectly entitled as reasonable people to dismiss this sort of stuff as rank mysticism. But, in fact, I cannot do my visionary work unless, indeed, you do your critical work — all content of thought, all phantasies including ‘science’, multi-culturalism’ and ‘religion’, all of it is physically real as so many fields of coherent electrons. All of it subsists in Dr Hawking’s ‘light-cone’, ans as all is recoverable, nothing therefore can be lost. There approaches a tipping-point; and, then, all will necessarily ‘click’, fall into place.
I Realise, of course, that all of this amounts to a demand to be taken on faith and at my word.
SCIENTIFICALLY Speaking, at least in those cases where temperament does not preclude active participation (in the same way as all are not gifted to be scientists!), the opportunity does exist to take part and, indeed, see for yourselves. A good start (for those who can stomach ‘nonsense’ — grin!) is Miss Barabara Hannah’s book on alchemical active imagination. This, together with the popularising works of Idries Shah, and the fictions of Mr Jack Vance & Sr J L Borges, may serve to trigger some beneficial perceptual changes — and, as well, I have put in place certain safeguards so that no one will have a breakdown; nor shall a healthy scepticism cause any moral harm to anyone who had ought not to become involved.
ALL Is well, and indeed very well — amin.
[Emmett R Smith
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[29 May 2007]