William Blake’s Urizen, the demiurge, a distant Jehovah, the 'self-deluded and anxious' shaper of pre-existent matter.
The transgressor is Saviour
The point that Silesius was making, i.e. that the Logos is the active endeavour of the ‘I’ (see ‘Thought blog Endeavour is all) applies also to society.
In order for a society to live it must have spirit. When this is lacking, society becomes only so much dead matter.
As the phenomenon of an active endeavour, society cannot have its roots in the world that exists, but in that which is to come, or, to be more accurate, that which is in a state of becoming. The roots of a society which is to come are purely inner, they are in the idea, they are in living thought, they are in the spirit.
In a spiritual society, the idea justifies the form that is to come, otherwise the form is already an alteration of the spiritual.
To pay obeisance to a society without spirit is analogous to worshipping William Blake’s Urizen, the demiurge, a distant Jehovah, the 'self-deluded and anxious' shaper of pre-existent matter.
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.
© John Dunn.