by A Dervish
UNFORTUNATELY For sensualists anyhow, ‘reality’ is not confined to to-day’s rather crass anglo-american molecular level of our scientistic ooh-ing & ah-ing over things to “smoke, screw or wreck,” as the young Americans would put it — thought is profoundly real in a host of ways it will be the task of the next civilisation to take a bit further.
IN The meanwhile, an alternative metaphor, or one additionally to be employed profitably in a discussion of this sort, is that of the evil magicians.
THEIR Evil consists in utilising the objective creative power of phantasy in harness to the old & usual, dull-normal, penis-goals of ageing patriarchs & ‘their’ disagreeable ‘wimmen’. In other words, evil is at bottom simply (but, very hard of remedy!) the common short-sighted biophysical and reward-punishment systems of conditioning. This conditioning-method is common to all of the religions, including from this wider & more-mature view-point, precisely, ‘science’, reason (sic), to-day’s ephemeral neo-conservatism & ALL of the varieties of the contemporary UK-New Labour swindles.
RELIGION As a social tool coerces compliance with promises of heaven & Hell-fire, not un-enhanced with inquisitions, terror-bombings & thieving Tee Vee-preachers.
SCIENCE, Likewise, coerces compliance with promises of ‘our approval’ if one but agrees to drivel along in its narrow little argot. And, likewise, the fires of Hell and thermo-nuclear attack rain down on the heads of the outsiders, non-participants and, especially, the non-tenured.
IN Another even more God-damnable parallel, the crude paradise-promises of religion and the by-now ‘eternal’, but never-to-be-attained, goal of controllable fusion-power is a snug hotbed of preferment and big pay that has got to be seen by historians one day to have been in our time on all fours with the Vatican — lots of cash down the sewer, for (you guessed it!) NO sex…. This controlled-fusion stuff, like ‘heaven’, is ALWAYS ‘thirty years away’. It was so in the 1960s — and, again, on ‘Radio 4’ just last month!
CORRECTLY Perceived the moral difference to-day is derisory as between religion and science & that is why it is best to remove the ‘moral’ question from the task of simply trying to improve our evolving perception. Indeed, if the perception is improved (and, this can be done utilising one or another of the tools, be it any of the religions) then the active nature of reality will take care of the ‘moral problem’.
WHY I am banging on like this is, of course & very-first-of-all, to assert MY precious superiority of view & that at EVERY point of the compass. This primary & biological (!) motive, objectively, is the reason why anyone of us opens our cake-hole in the first place, says or writes anything whatsoever or otherwise makes of themself a God-damned public pinhead & fool.
UNFORTUNATELY, This blinkered conceit, the result of our terrible experience of isolation in these competing physical bodies, also misleads us, one and all, into ‘thinking’ that any one narrative-frame ‘can’ be all-sufficient & that reality is what I say it is (true enough!), but — alas! — ONLY in this reduced, chimp-miserable & “balls to you, I’m right & you’re wrong!” texan sense.
ROBERT Anton Wilson (pbuh) did yeoman work in his lifetime, blowing up herd-religion — including the filthy crypto-jesuitical pretensions of consensus-science:
THE New Inquisition repays a careful (re-)reading by anyone interested in the common struggle we all face with one another’s usually-absolutely-wrong [99.9% — objective Sufi-statistic — MuHammad Nejmi, ed] texan ‘objectivity’!
THE Matter of the physicality of thought — coherent fields of electrons and all that — and its endurance in Dr Hawking’s ‘light-cone’ requires perhaps further attention. Suffice it that here a necessary consequence is that fiction (sic) is in fact as real as, say, quartz or farts — or Mr Dawkins and Sidi bin Ladin, Goddess preserve us!
NO More so perhaps (and, from my temperamental bias, alas!), but equally of course no less.
THE Gauge, or scale, is wherein lies the difference.
HOPE And lies and calming faith, be that trust in faith or reason, all lie juxtaposed therein.
WE Embodied social animals necessarily are trying to understand reality from within the molecular scale on which we have our bodily existence.
HENCE, The salience of the ever-ongoing quest for an archimedian position should be clear.
AS Nature becomes conscious (facon de parler!) in our persons, we perceive — and therefore are perfectly entitled to take as real — our interior states, emotions, thoughts, feelings. These moreover we perceive with equal force and salience as we do the external stimulae that called them forth (in orthodoxy) ‘first’. (First in inverted commas because the other matter to which we must give further attention, in addition to the question of what is ‘real’, is the question of time.)
THE Point is that reverie as such is on all-fours with ASBOs and Mr David Cameron — more importantly, it is the interior states of the brain and its efflatus of ‘mind’ that conduct us toward an awareness of other levels of reality, other scales and ranges, on which levels in fact magic & miracles can — and, in active phantasy, do — happen.
THIS Is of all the more importance in periods of the exhaustion of the old creative cultural impulse.
IT Is from out of this generalised bubbling of ‘impermissible’ and, my goodness me, ‘irrational’ phantasy that the new culture will emerge, and its resulting ensemble of civilisations.
ONE Small trick here should not be over-looked.
TRY Substituting in this case non-rational for ‘irrational’ — sometimes in reverie this very sort of word-play can release thought-patterns from the sorts of cramp we necessarily experience in the outward prestige-struggle with the other chimps in this sort of discussion.
ANYHOW, There is a lot ahead for, precisely, non-religious and therefore post-human being — I expect that as this whole dying contemporary system of binary ructions and two-valued megrims is, finally, exhausted, our descendants, inshAllah, shall look back and grin as derisively to themselves, as we do mutually now at terrorists and pornographers….
EVEN Whilst then they, our descendants, then are frying their own fish — and, one another!
THE Whole point here seems to be that at the end of the day — and, of our cultural aeon — that any archmedian ‘stand’ rather now-obviously must embody a lot more a quality of dancing than we have heretofore perhaps been able to realise.
I Think, then, that the great problem for us in the West is with the still-to-be dis-established use of ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’.
THESE Are hallowed by cartesian thought, notably, and they have their value in situ.
HOWEVER To-day, of course, whatever the source of the stimulus, whether on the molecular scale or on the electronic, we know more clearly, I think, that the stimulus produces effects which animals such as ourselves perceive in the cortex and its efflative ‘mind’.
THE Preferred response-path, as a corollary, is a function of conditioning:
ONE Can extravert the response,especially if one is a categorical or feeling type, and assign value (sic) & throw bombs (atomic or terrorist).
MANY Are vulnerable to this temperamental weakness, whether employed directly in religion or one of the contemporary post-transcendant surrogates (‘science’, eg, or … public multicultural-adminstration):
HENCE, The Edward Tellers and G W Bushs.
AND That is fine as far as it goes — firemen should not be poets, goes the saying. Nor repressed pervs President, but that is another fish-kettle!
ON The other hand one can intravert their response — unfortunately, educational extraversion and a stubborn clinging-on to the priority of the molecular and ‘public’ means that education for introversion and ‘conscious’ subjectivity is virtually non-existent. It follows that people who were meant by ‘God’ and nurture — Nature, in other words — for introverted work, because of the universal egotism & desire to be the big bug, instead all-too-often fall into the public shadow and become a lot of inferior extraverts:
HENCE, On a continuum to be sure, the murderous bin Ladins — and merely-shrill Dawkinses, embittered fundamentalists all & whining poisoned pups!
OBJECTIVE & Subjective categories in other words are so ‘interactive’, mutually dependent, and no-longer for good-or-ill hermetically sealed off in our cultural set-up, that their heuristic value dwindles even as their epistemological use persists.
AGAIN, The problem of creativity is no ones ‘fault’ & I daresay the many of our woes are from lack of imagination & a committment to the reality of phantasy, rather than any un-due efflorescence of these.
ANOTHER Difficulty of so-called wishful thinking (sic), at least for those who are not very good at it, is that when the non-wishful are asked to say something about what is phantasy, they tend to say it is ‘nothing but’ a load of sentimental jacking-off [wanking, eg — NB UK-readers — BW], or else mahometan screwballs, or porno or something.
THIS Again is a problem of education.
ALAS, To-day, such a large majority are fobbed-off for leisure and what is supposed to be ‘re-creation’ with sex, drugs & rock-and-roll in our set-up, or (for the really non-sexual) consolation-goals of unlimited social betterment (all of which feature coercion), that the comparative imaginal poverty of the 21st century post-modern scientific thinker, as opposed to his 13th century mahometan or alchemical counter-part, is not to be wondered at.
IN Sum, then , unexamined use of ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’ are become, precisely, mere hopeful forms of apotropaism which less-and-less serve to keep away the boogiemen! This all is a result of our one-sidedness, so hard indeed to identify to ourselves, so fatal to ageing historical systems.
ALSO (In closing, AT LAST — sorry, I AM a chatterbox!), I am not so sure about the assumption, in many ‘spiritual’ circles of the exclusive benignity of any of this phantastical stuff, including science — sooner-or-later, the botched & power-maddened will do evil, with whatever falls into their hands.
AND, To the extent this all is natural, including ALL of the religions and our styrofoam litter in the ditches, this all being Nature, then when Nature ‘decides on’ tsunamis, asteroids or more wars (we ‘think’ we are so in charge), well, in any case then we ARE —-ed & far from home (at least on the molecular scale).
IN the Name of Truth & Beyond, amin,
[Emmett R Smith
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[2 June 2007]