Christ in the Lap of Truth, 1805 Painting by William Blake
I ended my previous blog by asserting that Christian religionism for Blake had carried over the worshipping of the demiurge from the followers of Jehovah, which made it, essentially, Devil Worship. Again, by further implication, this makes of materialism the totalising Devil Worship of our times.
What did I mean by totalising?
Totalising in the sense that what William Blake saw as an idolatrous doctrine, a profane doctrine, has become the globalist doctrine, the shared attitude.
Blake would say that we are now all followers of Urizen; we are all in the ‘Synogogue of Satan’. Karl Marx said as much.
Diversity is dead All is as One And 1=0
What stops us short of the precipice, just short of a return to Chaos, the realm of Ananke who almost holds sway?
A Saviour transgressor:
Like doctrinal religion, profane societies need laws, rules, contracts and institutions: they are those laws which, growing old as man progresses, constitute the force of the Pharisees of every age and the reason for the ideal struggle of the few who in each age attempt to renew them, whilst complying with them.
The error of believing that the existing society is true must not be committed, as only that which is created and still has to be created can be true.
The transgressor is Saviour.
It is the violation and penetration of Ananke by Love, and Love is God, not the imposter Urizen.
And Love is in the beginning - always.
And Love is incarnated.
And Love is murdered by the Pharisees of all times, the totalisers.
The idolaters would have us know God as something presupposed, an aged and vengeful curmudgeon who has been around forever, wholly apart.
In their totalising way they set everything up as something over there, to be understood as something apart, which is arguably the position of our own contemporaries. From religious idolatry to materialism is a short step.
The Incarnation overturns such idols.
Love suddenly stands before us, love becomes the medium in which we exist.
Love is not something objectively valid and over there, something to be explained:
In Love we are in the presence of a mystery, a reality rooted far beyond the domain of the problematical and the day-to-day challenges of just getting by. And this is no fanciful reminiscence, for in the chance encounter’s awakening of consciousness, with its ‘implications for eternity’, we cut right to the heart of religious mystery. For what is Love? Love is God. (Child of Encounter)
In love I was suddenly conscious of my every breath, Love was the medium of my existence.
…he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
Not all dwell in Love:
Urizen called together the Synagogue of Satan in dire Sanhedrim To judge the Lamb of God to death as a murderer and a robber. (Blake’s Jerusalem)
Urizen and his followers are the anti-Love. Love is not a vengeful curmudgeon, Love is a helpless newborn babe.
William Blake’s Urizen: craftsman, but no creator.
Totalising Devil Worship
In describing a Urizen, William Blake was, of course, not describing a thing, he was describing the state of mind in which his contemporaries lived.
They worshipped a graven image, they made of God a graven idol. They set an idol up before which to kneel. An image sculptured by the mind is no less an idol than one of stone.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image Exodus 20:4
But going beyond this, such a mindset makes of everything an idol. It sets everything up as something over there, to be understood as something apart, which is arguably the position of our own contemporaries. From religious idolatry to materialism is a short step.
Such an attitude makes it easy to move on the the next step, which is to countenance the existence of a world, or cosmos, without the mind of man, whereas before the mind of man there existed only one amorphous mass the ancient Greeks called Chaos; in my Mythology it is the realm of Ananke, the One, the forever, the undisturbed, the inevitable.
Thecosmos cannot be without man. In an infinite Cosmos without man, there would be no ‘that is’, there would be no ‘be’ing. Where there is no being, there is void, no-thing; there is 0. Without man, 1=0.
What Blake is grappling with here is an irony, i.e. that worshippers have themselves sculptured in the mind an object of worship, which they go onto believe is an entity wholly apart from them, i.e. an all-knowing God which controls the affairs of man from across a divide. Such a distanced entity Blake described rather as Urizen, the demiurge, a 'self-deluded and anxious' shaper of pre-existent matter, i.e. not the Creator of something from nothing.
By implication, this made of the Bible's Jehovah a Satan, the puppeteer pulling the strings of mankind, an over-bearing father, a failed architect, and the ‘Accuser of the World' who unfairly condemned Adam and Eve when he was the one at fault.
Christian religionism for Blake had carried over the worshipping of the demiurge from the followers of Jehovah, which made it, essentially, Devil Worship. Again, by further implication, this makes of materialism the totalising Devil Worship of our times.
Chaos c.1875–82 by George Frederic Watts 1817–1904
Into the chaos*
The nauseating refrain “I just want to be happy” rises from the moony world of Beulah, where the debt-ensnared seek the relief doled out by the followers of Urizen, not seeing that what is handed out is what they themselves handed in.
A sadistic light show casts fleeting shadows in a cave of contentment,
And the dumb innocents snatch out mindlessly,
And love is lost in the chase,
And all the dumb innocents are lost in the same activity until the day is done.
All is indistinguishable, man from man, race from race, man from animal,
And the light available to the demonic is limitless,
Whereas man has held only shadows from birth.
Know this, screams Eros/Zarathustra into the chaos,
The violator, now conscious, was the violated party.
But is not the unremitting cycle to be consciously broken?
Yes consciousness is the goal.
Yes that was the hope of Zarathustra/Eros upon his return to Beulah from the mountain top.
But in most of the dumb innocents the birth of consciousness is thwarted by the children of Ananke, the followers of Urizen.
Ensnared in debt from birth, the dumb innocents of Beulah are happy to find relief in any distraction, and the followers of Urizen are there to provide it.
Beulah is a place in which the do-nothing dumb masses might find contentment. “I just want to be happy” is the nauseating refrain.
I quote Gottfried Leibniz in a letter to Christian Wolff of 21st February 1705:
Ido not think that there can be a blessedness in creatures that would be the satisfaction of every sort of desire, but rather that the true blessedness of a created mind consists in the unimpeded progress to greater goods. It is not enough to enjoy a contented and tranquil mind, for that also belongs to those in a stupor.
The point is made.
Whose benefit is served by holding the innocents in stupor?
….the holders of the chains of debt .…the holders of the chains of knowledge
Yes- there are specific agencies involved, but they all share the same Spinozist, Marxist, Kabbalistic, Freemasonic and Derridian underpinnings. They are the children of Ananke, followers of Urizen, the anti-Love, the murderers of Love, driving the world on to undifferentiated Oneness and entropic death.
The violator violated comes to consciousness. There is incarnation …he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16). There is resurrection and new life.
I quote from Child of Encounter:
So,to look at this negatively, a life devoid of the experience of Love is devoid of God. But we cannot just choose to love can we? Surely a real experience of Love comes through the chance encounter. As such, some are elected and others are not one might say.
And Eros/Zarathustra came down from the mountain and urged the Elect to tear down the flags of imperialism and lead the dumb innocents out of Beulah under the banner of the vivifying sun.