Simple ray of light
Friday, 19 January 2018 at 20:11
The pseudo-Dionysius’ return to God was in many respects an epistemological analysis of Gregory of Nyssa’s metaphorical portrayal of ecstasy, as thebride’s return to her lover. As so often in this Platonic underground, transfigurative light was the metaphor of choice. Thus Dionysius states in The Celestial Hierarchy:
We must lift up the immaterial and steady eyes of our minds to that outpouring of Light which is so primal, indeed much more so, and which comes from that source of divinity, I mean the Father. This is the Light which, by way of representative symbols, makes known to us the most blessed hierarchies among the angels. But we need to rise from this outpouring of illumination so as to come to the simple ray of Light itself.
That ‘simple ray of light’, the metaphorical embodiment of epoptika, will be in sight when all interpretive concepts have been abandoned through their ‘unknowing’.
It is in a state of ‘unknowing’ that the experience of silent union with the divine occurs. In The Mystical Theology, Dionysius provided an apt description, which reminds us of the epistemological struggle that Dante would later face in his poetry.
...as we plunge into that darkness which is beyond intellect, we shall find ourselves not simply running short of words but actually speechless and unknowing.
Throughout The Divine Names and The Mystical Theology Dionysius expanded all conceptions of God beyond any contingencies. What we find in the text is not the description of an image or sense of God that may be thought of as a thing or experience amongst others, which would be nothing other than Jehovianism. Dionysius bursts through this limitation in an expansion of all images of the inscrutable One to a point beyond conception, out of the reach of every rational process. This was an exploration of the divinity of man to be found internally, in the act of imagination, as Dante was later to find.
The work of John Scotus Eriugena served as the primary channel of Dionysian thought, through his translations and appropriation of its content into a philosophical system.
© John Dunn.
Ezra Pound on slavery
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at 21:03
Ezra Pound by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
Quoted by John Dunn from Ezra Pound's America, Roosevelt and the causes of the present war (1944)
Usurocracy, defeated by the operations of Jackson and Van Buren, next directed its beam of obfuscation onto the question of negro slavery, or “chattel slavery,” as it was called. The dramatic and sentimental possibilities of this problem were far superior to those immediately visible in the bank struggle.
During the pre-war phase the debates in Congress reveal an extremely penetrating perception on the part of the more intelligent members. But after Lincoln’s death discussions lost much of their clarity. The indebtedness of the South to the City of New York took second place. The subject lost its news value.
Usurocracy had discovered that the slave-owning system was less profitable than that of “free” labour. Anyone who possessed a slave had to keep him alive and in a fit condition to work. This cost more than “free” labour, in respect of which, under the capitalist system, the employer had no responsibility whatsoever. The defeat of the slave owners was already determined, predetermined.
Posted by John Dunn.
Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at 20:49
Marxism is but symptomatic. The fact is that the Counter-Renaissance was victorious. The myth of progress to capitalism continues to hide a return to feudalism, i.e. the neo-feudalism of our time.
This was the victory of Spinozism that exists today as Marrano universalism, hidden under the Marxian mask of capitalism. What we have now is a crypto-capitalism, with the political objective of global unity serving a financial objective of the free and unrestricted movement of money - an echo of the borderless pre-Renaissance chaos that was congenial to the economic success of Spinoza’s forebears.
Under this crypto-capitalism, the global economic surplus is channelled through central banks, with global indebtedness and the concomitant central bank lending secured against the enforced taxation of whole populations.
It is the call for ‘no countries’, ‘no borders’, that brings the anarchist, Marxist and financier together as promoters of tikkun, the great repair, the return to Ein Sof, from the state of fragmentation symbolised in the shattered vessels of Luria’s Kabbalah.
© John Dunn.