The Human Use of Human Beings
Monday, 24 February 2020 at 16:46
Norbert Wiener wrote in The Human Use of Human Beings:
Sooner or later we shall die, and it is highly probable that the whole universe around us will die the heat-death, in which the world will be reduced to one vast temperature equilibrium in which nothing really new ever happens. There will be nothing left but a drab uniformity out of which we can expect only minor and insignificant local fluctuations.
What is expounded here is a Spinozist an anti-creative description of a universe that follows a closed and fixed logical consistency.
It is a kabbalistic belief in a universe on a path of return to originary Substance (Norbert’s ‘drab uniformity’), with its subsuming purposeless,and bestial view of man. In Spinoza’s rendition of Lurianic Kaballism, man is but a mode of existence of the originary Substance, an aberrationin a temporary state of exile, but on a journey of ultimate return.
It is in this Spinozist worldview, one which understands freedom to be the submission to necessity, that the true threat to mankind’s continued existence lies. Entropy as expressed in the Second Law of Thermodynamics, heir to the Enlightenment, or Counter-Renaissance, ‘doom-monger’ science that followed Spinoza, has been built into the dominant worldview that is guiding mankind to an inevitable ‘doom’.
© John Dunn.
Eros - Eris
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 at 17:39
Interesting that in The Timaeus, Ananke (Necessity) is the irrational element, which is opposed by Nous (Reason), i.e. reason seeks to impose order on a chaotic necessity.
This goes against the Spinozist principle that reason is the recognition of necessity, i.e. Spinozism is for CHAOS.
Yet necessity could also be seen as equililibrium, which needs the discordant intervention of Eris/Discordia.
Yet an equilibrium could also be disrupted by irresistible, i.e. necessary, Eros.
Eros, is the Hellenic deity associated with sensual love and desire. Eris (known to the Romans as Discordia), is the goddess of strife and discord. So we have Love and Chaos. Would it be too simplistic an explanation to conclude that the two are always close to one another - only a vowel apart?
© John Dunn.
Eros the pearl
Monday, 17 February 2020 at 17:59
The Orphic myth/metaphor suggested that Ananke (force, constraint, necessity in Orphic cosmogony) came first, fully formed with her consort Chronos (not to be confused with Cronus), and together they brought about the universe from an egg, and it is from this egg that Eros hatched.
Hatched from the cosmic egg, Eros, or Love, was the golden winged primordial being who was the source of the universe and the seed of gods and men.
Eros was also known as Phanes, which means ‘manifestor’ or ‘revealer’, and is related to the Greek words ‘light’ and ‘to shine forth’ as well as the Latin ‘Lucifer’.
Eros was also conflated by the Greeks with the great god Pan, meaning everything.
Love was everything.
But before Love was hatched, why the coupling of Ananke and Chronos? There was no irresistible irritant to form the pearl (to introduce my metaphor).
This was why Plato in The Timaeus modified the Orphic myth and paired Ananke with Nous (reason, intellect).
Nous was the irritant but never overcame Ananke.
And the pearl? For me, this was Eros.
© John Dunn.
Thursday, 13 February 2020 at 17:59
Ananke by Gilbert Bayes 1918
Ananke, goddess, indestructible force, bestower of love and life, upholder of the law of fate and ultimate destruction, giver and destroyer. Mother Earth, our courage in love and war is powerless and transient before the constancy of your steely gaze. Femme fatale, Zeus and the Olympian Gods fall before you.
And yet - the subjugation of Necessity to wise persuasion was the initial formation of the universe.
CHAOS was harmony, equilibrium and darkness upon the waters.
Eros, the disruptor of harmony, introduced being.
© John Dunn.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 at 17:20
What all the prophets,mystics, philosophers on the academically filtered cannon were ‘rebelling’ against was the very thing that they ended up reinforcing - the politically and economically-driven, counter-Renaissance, Kabbalah-based philosophy established by Spinoza as the foundation of the Enlightenment.
Spinoza’s philosophy destroyed Renaissance humanist ideas about the divine nature of mankind, perhaps best exemplified by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s Oration on the Dignity of Man, by reducing the individual human being to a mere mode of existence of the one originating and infinite Substance.
Spinoza’s naturalistic pantheism was a secularised variant of Lurianic Kabbalah, which was in turn a mystical metaphor for Jewish exile and hoped-for return. This again in turn was expressive of loss and hoped-for recovery of economic status following the Iberian expulsion. The metaphorical return to the originating Substance in Lurianic Kabbalah was termed Tikkun.
Spinozist/Kabbalistic thinking was the basis of the Enlightenment and continues to provide the philosophical fuel for the inclusiveness and oneness of economic globalism.
Spinozist thinking dominates the public discourse at all levels - political, philosophical, economic, environmental, socio-cultural and at the root of this thinking is Tikkun, the return to oneness. You might call Tikkun the spiritual heart of globalism.
All the ‘prophets’ who have survived on the academically filtered cannon, as you might expect, all serve to reinforce the success of the Spinozist/kabbalistic project.
© John Dunn.