by Nadgime Mohammet
[Since the goal of imagination and alchemy is a bigger world of possibility in which all phenomena can coexist, even the dream of total annihilation taken together with absolute eternal life, the relation between lies (both to cause and to deny holocausts), naive fantasy (or else wholesale denial of absolute evil) and magic (reconciliation of the good) needs to be clearly understood — MH]
At this time most human beings are torn between whatever may be their personal notions of good and evil.
Generally these are inculcated by whatever may be the religious or humanistic values of the family and the surroundings. The religion may be the most arbitrary and merciless of fundamentalisms. Or else there is a blurry, affectionate slobbering embrace of the whole world. Likewise, the “humanism” may be nothing more than crass ethnic identity and celebration. In this case, “we” are the “true” human beings and everyone else are mere vermin to be gassed and exterminated. Or else, under liberal conditions, everybody is a client. Then all are to be thrown into helpful therapy by the nanny state, while government-funded “high-cultured” programs improve the morale if not the morals of the people. The “nonjudgemental” goal one way or the other is always some sort of “universal health.”
As a rule this takes place in the midst another universal struggle, namely that the “good” may prevail.
It follows, almost as a footnote, that all value systems demand “honesty” in one way or the other, if only between members of the in-group. For some systems of course honesty more-nearly approaches a universal desideratum. Otherwise, however, it is generally accepted in practice that to tell the people on their way in the doubledoors that it is just a matter of a nice hot shower “all for your own good” is only good commonsense. The children of this world know full well that in any case it is a matter every day of getting the work done more efficiently, quickly and with less talking back and objections.
That way we’ll all get done sooner and can go drink beer!
In the end the effect is that “honesty” in whatever terms as a fetish finally plays out. Clearly some other approach is going to be needed sooner or later. This is simply because honesty, unlike lying, doesn’t even begin to hold open the door to any new creative possiblity whatsoever. Whereas lying, which begins as wishful thinking if only for purposes of evasion, in the end leads potentially through fantasy to true magical attainment of a larger and wider and deeper world….
Regardless of whether you hold the view that evil is an independent power or merely the absence of good, the agony of the victims nonetheless demands redress.
This in turn is a powerful incentive to new fantasies. The pressure to really do something new and to really achieve a breakthrough is actually a statistical matter. The spectacle of suffering is so intolerable to enough human beings as a rule that there is an enduring pressure in the collective mind of men and women over generations, for some kind of solution. This may be taken usefully as evidence of an instinctive drive for mercy and it is no doubt a simple enough projection of empathy in the first case:
“There but for the grace of God(dess) go I,” and so on.
It is no accident in other words that virtually all ethical systems, even the Nazi ones, hold up some sort of mutual identity at least with some others. Ordinarily, though, this sense of a larger humanity doen’t hold up very well all by itself. People day-by-day as an animal fact are menaced continually by their own personal fears and hopes. So much is this so that it is no accident in history that the quest for a “final solution” ends up in some killing center like Auschwitz or the nursinghome.
This sort of repeated atrocity merely lends force to the cry for deliverance from the bitter limits of our present human condition. Again and again, the pressure of escapist fantasy and longing for the creative true lie grows greater and greater. It is the same altogether as with the search for “true love.” Indeed, thought being physically real, matters approach a critical mass finally as a straightforward matter of accumulation. In the meantime, a good share of the trouble lies in the fact that for now a majority still remain very much identified exclusively to themselves with their separate physical bodies. This physicality in fact connotes to them their entire reality as bona fide individuals.
Also it leaves them entirely at the mercy of others, the atrocious.
However, the incessant howl for “justice” means as a rule that grievances merely are stored up for the next generation. These are saved up for the next time around. In fact, the whole of outer life is so taken up with the shouts of the exultant and the massacred and the “eternal” miseries of the-here-and-the-now that some workers have arrived at another point of departure. This is the task of taking up the matter of lies and fantasy and so-called “wishful thinking” in a new way. The work now is based on the revival of the alchemical insights of the high Middle Ages, as far as they had come before the necessary interruption of modernity. One of the key attainments of the Renaissance civilixation now ending was both to realize needed new scientific breakthroughs — and, to run up hard at last against the fatal limits in turn on these. Now in yet another turn of the spiral the mental work goes on, to step out of the whole situation so to speak in daily reverie, with the humanity we have all known and loved safely in our arms all our lives, and so to carry all of existence in true fantasy into the beyond.
Once again we are thrown back on the infinite treasures of our minds.
[Emmett R Smith
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[16 August 2008]