Myrrour of the Worlde

Jorg Morgan Hampton, M. A. By Jorg Morgan Hampton, M. A., 21st Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1nd3x4lb/
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Participation is not only mythic, it includes the mythic imagination The past is present. If it were not present it would be nothing. Past and future only exist for mind. It is the present that flees, nor does it abide except as a fleeting reality. This is נרדף (nirdaf)the moment of movement God is seeking. That movement, the participation. It is the point at which we engage the future.

There are Absolute Truths

These truths cannot be the basis of political action.

In human society we have relative truths. We must judge socity and culture from a vantage point outside it. Our critique can have no validity from within, for we are also a contender; we are not impartial. What we see as right or wrong must be brought in as something worth fighting for. It must allow responsible choice. It must give others the right to see from the outside. The problem comes when neither or both sides realize their values lie outside the system. Then we set up absolute political values. This produces not agreement, dialectic, but conflict, eristic. Politics cannot fulfill the vision, for there are only visions. Politics must limit its scope to what can be accomplished through law. If the law is wrong then the people have an obligation to disobey it. We must overthrow oppressive government.

Mythology of Mass Movements

Hoffer. "There can be no mass movement without some deliberate misrepresentation of facts."

"There can be no mass movement without some deliberate misrepresentation of facts. No solid, tangible advantage can hold a following and make it zealous and loyal unto death. The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist." Eric Hoffer. The True Believer. 1951. 107.

"The mass movements of modern time, whether socialist or nationalist, were invariably pioneered by poets, writers, historians, scholars, philosophers and the like." Eric Hoffer. The True Believer. 1951. 126.

"To be in possession of an absolute truth is to have a net of familiarity spread over the whole of eternity. There are no surprises and no unknowns. All questions have already been answered, all decisions make, all eventualities forseen." Eric Hoffer. The True Believer. 1951. 77.

The effectiveness of a belief comes not from its meaning but its certainty. The true believer cannot look at unpleasant realities and hard facts which contradict his world-view. The effectiveness of a doctrine for its adherents should be judged by how throughly it insulates the individual from himself and the world as it is.

Sacred Discontent and Frustration of the Mass Man

"The man who wants to write a great book, paint a great picture, create an architectural masterpiece, become a great scientist, and knows that never in all eternity will he be able to realize this, his innermost desire, can find no peace in a relatively stable social order — old or new. He sees his life as irrevocably spoiled and the world perpetually out of joint. He feels at home only in a state of chaos. Even when he submits to or imposes an iron discipline, he is but submitting to or shaping the indispensable instrument for attaining a state of eternal flux, eternal becoming. Only when engaged in change does he have a sense of freedom and the feeling that he is growing and developing. It is because he can never be reconciled with his self that he fears finality and a fixed order of things." Eric Hoffer. The True Believer. 1951. 132.

Unless he stops at some point, satisfied with a new order, in the end he will create for himself the role of heretic. He must eventually ally himself with practical men of action, else he must live a recluse in exile, die at the right moment, or face a firing squad. If he continues to search out extremes becomes an element of strain and tension, of disruption.

Some things only become possible through practical application of discoveries and inventions.

We talk about settlement of land, but it is not always possible. The archeaologist of ancient Palestine William Foxwell Albright noted the settlement of the interior of Palestine was not possible until the invention of the cistern. It was a necessary condition. We can talk of high values and ideals, but life itself relies on such supports.

Here are examples of what can be done to create new potential in the world: Creating legal property for the third world so it can enjoy the benefits of capitalism. It depends on what seems to be a small and unimportant thing. Prof. Givertz says of modern liberals: "They believe in the creative potentialities of modern capitalism, provided it is helped by collective intelligence intervening through effective public agencies." H. K. Givertz. Collier. 1966. 386.


Dreams, visions and wild hopes

Dreams, visions and wild hopes are mighty weapons and realistic tools. In all ages men have fought most desperately for beautiful cities yet to be built and gardens yet to be planted.

" 'Things which are not' are indeed mightier than 'things that are.' In all ages men have fought most desperately for beautiful cities yet to be built and gardens yet to be planted. Satan did not digress to tell all he knew when he said: 'All that a man hath will he give for his life.' All he hath — yes. But he sooner dies than yield aught of that which he hath not yet." (Eric Hoffer. The True Believer. 1951. 73)

The social fabric can only be created by legitimate social power. It must also give individual members of that society status and function. Otherwise it is not a society, but a group of individuals moving without related purposes. Legitimate social power gives the society a basic purpose, a kind of frame of reference. It also shapes the space within the frame. It creates "institutions" or instruments, and makes that society concrete.

There must be correlations between the life of the group and the lives of the individuals in the group. Unless there is social status and function there is not society for the individual. Society has no meaning except in terms of individual purposes, aims, ideas, and ideals. The effectiveness of a belief comes not from its meaning but its certainty. The true believer cannot look at unpleasant realities and hard facts which contradict his world-view. The effectiveness of a doctrine for its adherents should be judged by how throughly it insulates the individual from himself and the world as it is.
If the purpose, aims, actions, and motives of the individual member are integrated with the aims of the society then society cannot understand or contain him.
The belief regarding man's nature determines the purpose of society. The belief regarding his end or fulfillment determines the sphere in which the purposes of the society can be realized.

Sir. Henry Maine. History. Development from status to contract. The individual was integrated into the group through property. For this reason everything must become property. This lead to the monetezation of society. Everything is a commodity.
"For the individual there is no society unless he has social status and function. Society is only meaningful if its purpose, its aims and ideals make sense in terms of the individual's purposes, aims, and ideals. There must be a definite functional relationship between individual life and group life." (Peter Drucker. The Future of Industrial Man. p. 29.)

Leibniz (1646-1716) saw that if there was no belief in common of a supernatural God that secular religions would emerge, and that these would almost necessarily supress individual freedom. This was confirmed by Rousseau; but he asserted that this was a good thing: society could and should control the individual. This is humanism and has many forms: socialism, fascism, marxism.

There is no freedom against absolutes.

To deny responsibility is to deny absolutes such as good and truth. You can do whatever you want, because there is no one who cares.

With only relative good freedom is meaningless, decisions would have no ethical meaning. Only relative value for this or that situation.

Some people say no one can claim possession of absolute truth, not because man is imperfect, but because they deny any absolutes.

They deny ethical responsibility for decisions. They deny freedom just as much as a man who says: "I am God."

The Christian Question: "What is a free society?"

1. No freedom of society against the individual
2. Individual freedom requires a free society for fulfillment
3. Protecting and preserving society is important, but this is not freedom, but a restriction on freedom.
4. The legitimate rights of society, the group, of the majority against the individual, are the single limit to freedom.

Crooked wood, wrote Kant: man is imperfect. Freedom is strength to bear human weakness.

There must be correlations between the life of the group and the lives of the individuals in the group. Unless there is social status and function there is no society for the individual. Society has no meaning except in terms of individual purposes, aims, ideas, and ideals.

To function a society must be able to organize the material world and make it meaningful, comprehensible and manageable by individuals. This is the value of capitalism.

Reform of science into a quest for knowledge of reality instead of a crusade to transform nature.

Society must do more than organize material reality. It must provide a coherent vision of the forms of work and desire.

People who live on a line look at an imaginary future. However, they don't feel it as imaginary, that is full of possibility. They want to control it, provide for every contingency. They distrust the past as a temptation and a threat — they don't want to understand too much; things are not neatly categorized like that. There is too much. They need to think about things abstractly. History opens up possibilities, and threatens their desired and imagined security.

People who live in a circle celebrate and re-enact creation. They incorporate memory and living experience into myth and history. This opens up possibility for them, and allows their minds to respond creatively to new situations. It is the discontented mind, the mind awake, alive to the possibilities of the future.

Imagination. both of these kinds of people use imagination. There is no mind that exists without imagining. Thought is impossible without it, but it can be used and "controlled" in very different ways. People on a line imagine a future and how to control it. People who live in a circle imagine the present and use it to create new possibilities.

People who live on a line are like lava; they appear dense, hard to the mind. They move, but to predictable hardness. The soul is black, hard, good in the end for pumice, dust of the world; soil to sprout new life. inorganic.

People who live in a circle are light. They are circles, rather spheres rising under pressure through the density of the inorganic world, of law, custom, rules, inertia. Even when trapped in the mass they remain whole; unitary even when alone. When they rise they seek the light, the universal, infinite sphere of light, air, the universe. Break the stone, cleave the earth, they are there. They are the salt of the earth. Because of them the rock must break.

A line is the idea of something that is not a circle. The finite, which implies the whole, is but a fragment — but a complete fragment. It is a unit of the whole, but it is not the whole. We can call it the symbol of the whole; true, but not instructive. It is a segment of a line on a circle. All lines are fragmentary circles, a segment of an infinite circle. It is not straight, except in imagination; who can straighten that which twists it? It is a finite fragment of infinity.

This doesn't make sense. But it doesn't have to. A fragment of infinity is infinite on one side, finite on the other. It is both circle and line, idea and actuality.

Final Participation

Merlin felt the split coming. It was coming throughout the entire Mediaeval period.
Final participation is not mythic, it includes the mythic imagination within itself. It takes time seriously, it is historical, it questions the past.

The past is present. If it were not present it would be nothing. It is just as imaginary as the future. They are unreal in different ways. Past and future only exist for mind. Both can be present only in thought. There is a difference in our present relation with the two: we know the past; we expect the future.

Final participation is a realization of the power of now. It is the present that flees, nor does it abide except as a fleeting reality. This is נרדף (nirdaf) the moment God is seeking. It is not the moment that is so important, but the movement, the participation. It is the point at which we engage the future. See Schneidau. Sacred Discontent. a brilliant book.

Language as the Key

"Now it is the writers, as Ezra Pound points out, who do what the prophets and Jesus would have us do: probe and criticize the language we inherit, the universe of verbal forms that shapes our acts whether we will or not. And the key point goes back to Eliot's sense that the present alters the past. No expression is allowed to become 'timeless truth': there is no such thing for us. The historical element, the dynamism, in Western life produces not only readiness to change and openness tot he future, but also a drive to explore and re-explore the potentialities of meaning in the past." Herbert Schneidau. Sacred Discontent. 1976. 267.

Collingwood. Principles of Art. Corruption of Consciousness. Art is the medicine.
Henri Amiel Journal (4 Dec 1863) MacMillan, 1923, vol. 1, 215. "the modern zeal for equality is a disguised hatred which tried to pass itself off as love."

"Liberty, equality — bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice, and justice towards the feeble becomes necessarily protection or kindness." (Id.)
Justice is minding your own business! Plato.

"Virtue and genius, grace and beauty, will always constitute a noblesse such as no form of government can manufacture." (Journal, vol. 2, 85)

Three Dimensions of Civilization

Complexity
Intelligence: a system of responses. must be able to organize and use the natural world. To function a society must be able to organize the material world and make it meaningful, comprehensible and manageable by individuals. Complex. text. interweave.

Continuity
Memory, history: the past in the present. community and society. A society is a group of people who will to act in common for a certain purpose. A society must establish legitimate political and social power. This must be a social order.

Vitality
Constancy, tenacity: emotion, art, religion.

A Vision. Myrrour of the Worlde

A Vision. Myrrour of the Worlde
A Beautiful Vision
by Jami Duvall, M. A.
Nec ossa solum, sed etiam sanguinem.


All the Lords of Paradise

joined in the slaughter
of the worthless Wyrm
Drove him from the gate
Onto the Battlements
of Heaven's steeps
into the fetid
Jungles below.

Long did I wander
in the Jungles
of Heaven
Below the City
There I found endless
love and loss
implements of war
the well at the world's
end with silver water
of life, cold, cruel, sparkling
with iron and wit.

Into the deep abyss
of hate I plunged
oblivious of the pleasures
left behind
Deeper. Lower.
Sink to the lowest deeps.

This is the fate of man
to enter into the abyss
of body and mind
Watchers on the Wall
hear drumming
deep inside
In the deep pool
of dread and fear
faces I see
voices I hear
lingering near
the swamp-wasted ghoul
and the waterless tide
In its depths plumbing
In the High Holy Hall
watching I find
tokens of bliss
that bridge the span

Command the deep
This you shall keep
Control fate
Lest it find you late
Turn bone and stone
nothing will atone
the shadows of death
suck your breath
leaving unfresh
the rotting flesh

All the Lords of Paradise
joined in the slaughter
of the worthless Wyrm
from Poetry in the Present Eternity



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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Aug 2015 (#)

Life is led through endless compromises with some just obeying others. Some follow the law to the letter while others test the boundaries. We think of the past, mostly the hurts, and worry about the future, mostly about those that are beyond our control, and let the present, which is the real present, slip by.

Thanks for this thought provoking share - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you for sharing your work. I wish happiness to you!

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author avatar Jorg Morgan Hampton, M. A.
28th Aug 2015 (#)

This is part of a much larger work. I hope to publish much more in this forum. Jorg

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