On being a visionary
It is not as difficult to observe suffering for which you have no solution, than to observe when completely in possession of a solution to it, but no-one will listen, let alone apply it.
An Epiphany: Religion as we know it, and all its concepts and laws is merely reflexive of a Slave society
Maugham describes Gauguin(?)s painting in ways that lead me to consider this. In the original eden, where man enjoyed an overabundance of fruits and so on, he had no value for other humans more than as sex objects. Other humans represented no gain to him other than this. In fact they represented competition for the fruits, and possibly thieves of their sex objects. Woman was a means to mans pleasure. And so there was no motive for society. Perhaps humans had a desire for company that was innate, but in the absence of any threats to his safety or survival, there was probably little benefit for any individual from company. It was only when man recognised he could employ other men as means to his own ends that any motive emerged for ‘society’. And so it was, more or less, slavery that produced the motive for society, which required some ‘binding’ glue a.k.a ‘religion’. It has become clear to me that all organised religion that we know of derives from the need on the part of the beneficiaries of slavery to legitimate it, and to coerce the slaves into enduring it, not killing themselves, and even more ironic, actually working hard and reproducing themselves with the false hopes of reward.
So ironic that the dominant western religion was based on a narrative that began with slavery, and soon went on to enslave other nations, as the will of an angry volcano god.
Anyway, religion was blessed with the Oedipus complex. Infants desired that any competition for the attentions of their sex-object parents should disappear. They felt omnipotent. Like all savages they believed in the power of thoughts as magic. And so they devoutly wished for the deaths of their parents, and assumed that their wills would be done. And so, at some level, we all bear the guilt for the murder of at least one person. In fact to us this person was the closest thing we will ever experience to being a god. They ‘created’ us, provided for us, and then we murdered them in order to possess what they possessed, as our own sex-object, our own possession.
And so we had, in our minds, at the deepest of emotional pre-rational levels, been guilty of the crime of the murder or god. And so we harbored a deeply ingrained, non-rational fear of being punished one day for this terrible deed. And as it was associated with sexual lust, with the desire to possess our mothers or fathers as our own sex-objects, this guilt would be thrust upon our unconscious continuously. For as sexual beings sex is at the center of ever act. The unconscious allocates its mobile cathexis to direct our attentions, via pleasure and pain, towards actions which it considers will increase its chances of survival, even past the death of the actual organism it is part of.
And so, in almost every moment of our existence, any time we unconsciously had any sexual emotion or consideration, that terrible guilt and fear of the consequences was lurking. The priests either realised this and employed it deliberately, or they unconsciously, motivated by the same Oedipal complex as their ‘flocks’, projected it onto their religion, expressing in in religious forms and motives, from the murder and eating of a god, to the desire for forgiveness for some unspeakable ‘original’ (Oedipal) sin closely related to our very coming into existence. Thus guilt became the archetype for all religion. Guilt and the offer of redemption and forgiveness, the escape of punishment for the crime, which became the greatest capital of all priests and religious authorities, even after the priests clearly demonstrated that they had no power over the forces of nature, over fertility, rain, harvests, the outcomes of wars, and so on. They failed as magicians, and yet they had an ace up their sleeves. Oedipal guilt. Sin. Fear of punishment for a crime they never committed except in their imaginations. A crime with no victim. And yet they became the victim of this victimless crime, at the hands of greedy, unscrupulous, opportunists we call ‘Priests’.
These priests represented the oldest profession of all. Their only competition was with those who possessed sheer brute force. This competition ruled by might. No-one could oppose them. And these powerful individuals put in place a strictly defined hierarchy of benefits for all those whose brute physical power came close to their own. They could risk everything in trying to steal power for themselves, or they could accept the benefits offered to them by the current King, who also granted them power over everyone else, in the name of the King. A complex system of status’s, privileges, rewards, and benefits trickled down from the top to the bottom. Each office bearer had something to gain by playing along with the system. Each had the promise of moving up in the hierarchy, to even greater privileg and benefits. Thus we had a system of beneficiaries and their benefactors. What became the ‘beneficiary classes’.
The benefits of course had to be produced by someone. The slaves and those at the bottom of the hierarchy. But why should they suffer to work hard, only to have their product of their labors consumed by others? Most lived so miserably that any sort of felicity calculus of costs and benefits would lead them to chose a quick death by hanging, rather than endure a life of misery and exploitation. At very least better to die fighting for your piece of the pie, than to live as the means to other people’s ends, as a means to other people’s pleasure and comfort.
And so the magician priests, long after the public lost all fear of them as magicians, or lost all hope in their magic to do good for them, to provide for their security, success in battle, the fertility of their animals, crops, and wives, or for rain, found a new vocation. They would employ their clever cunning to coerce people to give them power out of a greater fear, and out of an even greater hope, than any they had for their meagre earthly existences. Thus was invented Hells and heavens, in every world religion, even where every prophet that religion had adopted made not mention of such after-worldly threats or promises.
The people shared their Oedipal fears in common. They also shared, in common, dreams and hopes of a better life, or after-life, or next life. The priests used all their magic tricks to lend themselves some sort of authority. The re-wrote histories to indicate a direct connection with the Gods, and these god’s original chosen representatives. Thus they constructed a transferred authority for themselves and their religions. They were god’s chosen representatives. They had been given the power to decide who would go to heaven and who would go to hell. As god’s chosen representatives they naturally lived like gods on earth. They were granted every privilege befitting the most ancient of gods. Access to virgins. The right to murder and rape and steal. That was the privilege natural to the gods and their earthly ambassadors.
And once you had power, you could use it to torture anyone who dared question your authority, and your right to power, and privilege, and wealth, and the right to act like the ancient gods, free from any guilt, let alone any earthly prosecution, any earthly laws, moral codes, or courts.
The Kings were willing to indulge you, as they needed the priests. The priests legitimated the kings rule long after he had the power, as a individual, to defend his privileges, his wealth, his power, his sex-objects, his castles, his lands. There was no earthly way for him to control his subjects, and to insist upon his own authority. He was vulnerable at all sides, despite the contrivances of the complex and intricate hierarchies of benefits and privileges he bestowed upon anyone who might pose a threat to him, or be able to offer him their services as means to his own ends.
The priests thus found for themselves the perfect niche in a slave society. They would threaten the slaves with fates much worse than death, even worse than the torture the King and his goons could inflict upon them. There would be no escape from slavery. It would be better to endure anything they might suffer here on earth, than to suffer the eternal afflictions of Hell.
Later on, when individuals gained more rights, as Kings saw they would be of more use to him as citizens than serfs, working harder, and ultimately becoming better means to his own ends, than when he legally owned them and the products of their labors, slaves had to be sourced from elsewhere, than from among his own people. Thus races were invented. Foreigners were defines as of inferior races that God had produced to slaves to his chosen people, the King’s people, the priest’s ‘flock’. At first anyone from outside the kingdom was considered another race of people, and potential slaves. As Kingdoms grew to become states and nations, it became necessary to find clearer lines of demarcation, and so trivial differences like skin-color were adapted as defining characteristics of ‘races’. I have written elsewhere in detail about the evolution of racism to meet the needs of slavery.
However my recent epiphany is that religion and slavery are reflexive of each other. Their raison de etre, their motives, their concepts, their necessities, their definitions, all their meanings and purposes, are intricately interwoven into the one fabric we call ‘ Society’ . Society is bound by religion. Each exists as a function of slavery. Without the motive of employing other men as means to ends, as means, rather than as ends in themselves, without the prospect for slavery and other less obtrusive means of exploitation, there would be no real motive for the emergence of religion, and its cohort, society.
Thus Society equals slavery. Religion equals slavery. We value each other as means to our own ends, consciously or unconsciously. Our unconscious allocates a mobile cathexis in ways which reflect this. Thus we find pleasure in the idea of society, and even of religion, especially if we are members of the beneficiary classes of society, or at least hope to enter those classes one day, or at least see our children do so.
And on the subject of the unconscious, and its allocation of a mobile cathexis, the ability to chose which sensations will be perceived as pleasurable or displeasing, rewarding or painful, by the consciousness, and sub-consciousness, let us consider the complementary nature of thanatos and eros.
Yes, for new things to emerge, existing things must be destroyed. This is recognised by the unconscious. Alternatively you might want to see it as the genius of the generative forces of the universe, that we should find pleasure in destruction. Of course this all brings to mind Nietzsche and the Hindu god ‘Shiva’, and Freud. So the unconscious, seeing a need for destruction, as a requirement for generation, and novelty, and therefore of experience itself, directs a mobile cathexis in a way that we find pleasure in destruction. Of course we repress this, as being anti-social, as anti-the society from which we accrue our benefits. And those who accrue no benefits, are tricked by false hopes of benefits in the next life, or after-life, by the priests, for enduring a hell on earth. Better a hell on earth for 100 years, than an eternal hell!
And that same unconscious also harbors a sado-masochistic tendency for self-destruction, as punishment for the Oedipal murders of a god, perhaps hoping that if it punishes itself enough, inflicting enough pain, humiliation, and renouncing enough pleasures as self-punishment, it might escape the wrath of the dead god. It might show mercy upon the soul that has inflicted so much misery and pain upon itself, as a sign of self-judgment, as a show of remorse, to the god, for having killed it.
This accounts for many neurotic symptoms, a-la ‘the neurotic submits to renunciations and restrictions defined as defensive measures’, the typical female active seeking out of, and participation in, abuse from a partner, fears of success, unwillingness to enjoy the privileges available, and so on. It accounts for religion. It accounts for the protestant work ethic, It accounts for all manner of self deprivation and phobias. I have discussed all this in detail elsewhere in my TROONATNOOR books.
Nietzsche recognised the need for destruction, as Hitler did. Better to revel in it than to fear it and be disgusted by it, if it is necessary to the generation of a better future. That is Nietzsche’s genius. The genius of the Hindu god ‘Shiva’, and even ‘The Bhavagad Gita’. It was Freud’s genius to reveal the role of the Oedipal complex. And this recognition comes as a revelation to me.
But it does not end here. I do not accept that destruction is necessary to generation, at least not the sort of destruction that is painful.
Today we are on the verge on constructing new means to our ends. Robots. Thus slavery will ultimately be unnecessary, as robots will be our slaves. Then the masses of humans who today represent a value to the beneficiary classes, as the source of their benefits, despite the other unfortunate, displeasing aspects of their existence, will become defined exclusively by these displeasing aspects. They will become holistically, in net terms, defines as liabilities, as sources of displeasure. No longer being sources of pleasing benefits, they will simply be seen as eyesores. The beautiful among them will be sources of pleasure as sex-objects. The talented among them as sources of beautiful works. And so on. But as a mass, with the actual and true abolition of slavery produced by robotics, they will be of no value, and will represent potential sources of threats, in terms of disease, revolution, anti-social behaviour, violence, and so on. They will be defined as a form of pollution. Their waste, their rubbish, their physical bodies themselves, will all be seen as toxic pollutants. They will threaten the environment in their billions. And thus the beneficiary classes, focussed upon their own benefits, defining the masses as mere potential means to their ends, finding no use for them, finding they represent no potential value even, will certainly dispose of them. They will do so in unobtrusive ways. They will not want wars in which the future playground of the beneficiary classes might be damaged, even destroyed completely and irrevocably. And so they will introduce new plagues, new viruses, and diseases.
The optimal response, that of positive selection, of responsible reproduction, would make such more painful responses unnecessary, by preventing the situation from emerging in the first place. We have yet time to introduce my Eden Protocols. However I have no doubts that in a not too distant future, when the billions no longer represent a benefit to the beneficiary classes, the current situation, which is untenable and cruel, will be resolved one way or another. I am offering a painless solution. The only sacrifice would be the right to indiscriminately and selfishly reproduce. I am offering positive selection. An escape from history.
Like Nietzsche’s holy man Zarathustra, I have walked the tight-rope. I have descended into the abyss, and emerged, en-lightened of so many things. Only unlike Nietzsche I offer an alternative, pain-free way into the future. Eros requires some thanatos, but the form that thanatos takes can be closer to eros than it has ever been. I am a prophet of love. Not love for misery, suffering, humiliation, and ‘noble’ lies, but love for pleasure, for nobility, for truth, for beauty, and for the optimal relationship to thanatos, to ‘transformation’ rather than outright destruction, to positive, rather than negative selection.
We were not kicked out of an Eden at some time in the distant past. Eden has always been an aspiration. Not the Eden of the few at the expense of a living hell for the many. That has been the true Eden sought and achieved by the ‘chosen peoples’ of the bibles, and their priests, their popes, and the Plato’s. That Eden is Plato’s ‘Republic‘ as realised by the organised religions of the world, from Daoism to the Catholic pagan cult. Those beneficiaries living in the current Eden will despise me, and seek to annihilate me. They will succeed. But the nature of the Greek Tragedy, the archetype of all prophets, is that by virtue of my works, I shall transcend their defeat of me. If you think I sound mad, well consider that all holy men are expected to be madmen. You don’t come away from the abyss un-touched. Read all my books before you even consider what I might mean with these utterances.
We prophets represent a threat to the beneficiary classes of our times. We threaten to kick them out of their earthly paradise. We do not consider it fair that a few should enjoy that paradise at the expense of those locked outside its gates. We would prefer a more modest paradise that all can enjoy. We prefer to focus on the authentic sources of pleasure, those which come at little cost to the healthy and enlightened, and exact no cost on anyone else, thus requiring no slavery, and treating no-one as the means to their ends, as the vehicle for their own exclusive pleasure. We seek a world defined by fairness, and synergy.
If there is ever talk of the dawning of a new age it will only come along the lines I have described. Any other alternative will be a deception offered by a group of individuals seeking to institute a new exclusive Eden for themselves. They will offer the same lies as those revolutionaries of the past. Their intentions will simply be to replace the current classes of beneficiaries with themselves and their backers, rather than to abolish the system in principle. They do not seek to topple kings to usher in true democracy. They simply wish to murder the current king in order to assume his throne, his powers, his privileges, and his benefits. And as always they will exclude the bulk of humanity from their Eden. They will exploit them as the means to their own personal ends, the ends of the beneficiary class members, the personal privileges, benefits, luxuries, comforts, pleasures, and excessive, conspicuous, wasteful status-goods and services which define their internal statuses within the beneficiary class as a whole.
The Bolsheviks replaced financial capital with anther form of capital, membership of the communist party, which became the beneficiary classes under the soviet system, enjoying a true workers paradise in the sense that they enjoyed an exclusive Eden which the workers produced for them. They used brute force and ideology, a form of secular religion, with its own dogmas and ‘noble’ lies, to coerce the submission of the masses to their wills. Every religion has experienced the same evolution. Revolution is offered promising equality and justice, but all that happens is that a new elite forms which enjoys all the benefits and corruption that the old elites enjoyed. New words, same old shit.
I am offering a more demanding but authentic alternative. No lies. No exclusivity. No beneficiary classes. Fairness. The optimal level of inequality consistent with human nature. But first you must holistically inform yourselves by reading my TROONATNOOR books. Before you have done this, any attempts of mine to inform you personally will be counterproductive. And so I shall not speak with you personally on any of these matters until you have read my books. I shall have to employ the greatest self control in this, as it is my nature to seek to inform anyone, at anytime, no matter how hopeless the situation. Until you are possessed of the pre-requisite level of holistic enlightenment, it will be like trying to sow seeds of wisdom on un-tilled, unprepared soil. It will be a waste of my limited resources, and be of no benefit to anyone.
What are the chances that anyone will read my books, and benefit from all my efforts, sacrifices, pains, and labors? Very slim. The only authority I have to appeal to is contained within the arguments I appeal to you to read. And so it is a catch-22. I expect few, if any, readers. And even fewer comprehending minds. And so I can only hope that somehow the same conclusions will be reached by people with the means to implement my Eden Protocols, as well as the motives.
In any case, sooner or later I prophecise that the masses will come to represent a liability, and at least the scale of the problem will be reduced by a beneficiary class intent on preserving its playground.
Now I shall seek to secure the most modern and ancient of forms of transferred authority. Success. People will listen to someone who enjoys the success they wish for themselves. Success itself, whether in battle, in harvests, in finance, in sport, in music, in any field felicitous to the enjoyment of life and access to the benefits of society, all motivate a persons curiosity in what the successful speaker has to say. They hope to hear the secrets of their success, so as to copy it. And in the process the speaker gains a transferred authority for anything they have to say, be it about toothpaste or politics. And so I will go back to working on my music and novels, in the hope one day to secure some success, and through it an attentive audience willing to suspend their judgments about me for enough time that they might consider the arguments contained in my books.