"Wrought" versus "ought."
Rip and tear, until it is done, Mark.
Tangentially, one of the struggles we have in Current Year Western society is convincing people that monsters are real. Heck, convincing people that souls are real is a struggle. I'm not sure how to convince people that there is more to life than just flesh and stone, unless that idea gets inculcated early, it may indeed require "outside" intervention. But we're wired to want to know that world, that helps. And morality is pretty universal, even if theology and philosophy varies. And by that I mean 'right and wrong', not just sexual mores.
I left a comment on the Tonic Seven's Youtube channel, but I'm leaving another for you here. I think it is important that you acquaint yourself with NS Lyon's magnum opus, A Prophecy of Evil:
Lyon's detailed out the technical aspects of the managerial elite in his China essay, but in his investigations into Tolkien and Lewis, he outlined the spiritual dimensions at the bedrock. It is important work, and it will assist in given you a deeper understanding of Lyon's argument.
Indeed, you point out something important: the shape and form of evil is mercurial and forever shifting. The form we face today has its own unique shape that we are only just beginning to grasp. Paul Kingsnorth tuned me in my into the idea of the machine, coined a century ago, describing the way technology has vacuumed up peoples resources, attention, and worship. But was that not what the ancients feared in mammon? What does Cain and Abel teach us about evil? That it is resents the good for being favoured over itself - that in the extreme, it is willing to murder the good as revenge against God.
As Lyon's grappled with this idea of evil well before his deep dive into China, the West, and the managerial elite, it I think it is important that you acquaint yourself with this work as I sense a bit of a blind spot in your discussions.
I look forward to more of your investigations into monsters in the future!
Often when I write about the managerial class I use the shorthand term “rulers,” but I think as you do that that class does not actually ‘rule.’ The class arose as the implementers and organizers of actual rulers; they are stewards, like Denethor. Ours is a world bereft of actual rulers, and the managerial elites have mutated and metastasized into a self-directed, self-referential over-mass of directors, controllers, cataloguers, quantifies, recorders, and punishers. They manage. They do not rule. There are no earthly rulers. As a reactionary I hope to see legitimate rule return, royal races prepared in the hidden places, crowns returned to heads, and kings on thrones.
Also, I think was very good of you to have tried to understand evil by building a machine to reproduce its handiwork. Yes it came close to destroying you, but it did not succeed, yet allowed you close enough to see its contours. Now you’ll be able to explain its forms and functions to us, so that we can recognize and fight it too. It may have been a foolish endeavor, but definitely not stupid.
Kind of like the decisions I described above - this one may not have been explicable with logic, but it took you where you needed to go.
Fascinating and provoking. I think one way to discern the form of our sculpture (and aren’t we all sculptors, chipping away at the excess, to reveal our true form?) is by reviewing important life decisions that we could hardly understand at the time, via ordinary logic. They don’t seem to make sense when made, but are clear, in retrospect, because they took us in the direction we needed to go.
This could be viewed an exercise in revisionist thinking. But I think we know in our hearts the difference between decisions we didn’t quite understand at the time and which turned out “ok” vs. those we didn’t quite understand and which made us who we truly (if uncomfortably) are.
Not to speak of those decisions that “seemed right at the time” but end disastrously, because they took us in the opposite direction of a self we were already beginning to discern.
Ok. One freeman to another...I want to quibble about your use of the word "unchangable." As above, so below, the grand dynamism of material existence is not mirrored by a static, unchangable soul, but a dynamic soul that merely changes on a much different scale of "time" - is my understanding.
That, and your use of the word "punishment." I might be good at punishing myself, or rather, setting myself up with my stupidity/wrong action to return to me in spades, but I think it is a conceit of the ego to think a God of unconditional love is in the business of petty punishment like some mere Dad.
That said, warrior, as with Grant, for what it is worth I have your back.
Reminds me of something I wrote down: "The question remains how we distinguish our true natures, from the illusions overlaid due to trauma or illness causing us to adopt Survival Styles, or shutting down parts of our brains. According to Internal Family Systems, a type of therapy which works with our various “parts” or sub-personalities, the true Self is ultimately recognisable..." https://garysharpe.substack.com/p/personality-types-traits-tests-and
I also agree with you on the true insight is usually the simplest and most elegant explanation "https://garysharpe.substack.com/p/why-our-sense-of-the-beauty-in-the"
"We come to think of a story as “only a metaphor” for a “true” phenomenon instead of what it is: two true stories that seem to align because they are iterations within the same fractal lineage."
Whoa! you said a mouthful there! *Goes off to ponder on this*
Thank you for your demon-fighting and demon-describing work, Mark!
I'm finally home from the big roadtrip and finding time to read/view the works of my favies!💖