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Imposing good

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Blake's Urizen on Dr John Dunn. Corrupted by Urizen

Imposing good

On the one hand there is the originatory principle of Love.

On the other there is the principle of Ananke the feminine-demonic substance, the infinite and interminable cycle of oneness, entropic death, of which the representative to man is Urizen.*

There is good versus evil.

It is necessary to restore this conception of the good as being the justification and highest consecration of any hegemonic aspiration to power.

What clouds the issue are the left-right politics of the Ananke civilisation and its claim for this to be freedom.

The side of the good associates freedom with oneness with the Logos. The more the ‘I’ realises its free being, the more it is identical to the Logos. To be more human is to be more like God.

How to attain oneness with the Logos is therefore the goal, but how do we attain this state of freedom? The spiritual practice of thinking might well be the path to the Logos, but this will first need to attain the will to overcome corrupted thinking.

Corrupted by Urizen, ordinary thinking about ‘matter’ and ‘reality’ is thought petrified, belief-ridden and idolatrous; and all this false thinking is cerebral and logical. It is the state of immersion into the One. It is the pre-awakened state, a loveless state.

Corrupted thinking is conditioned by thinking bound to the senses which, because of the cerebral path, cannot flow toward the heart.

For the heart to rule the head we need to attain the will to impose the good.

However, we cannot recover such a will, except by taking it away from the demonic forces of Urizen.

* Urizen - Devil worship

William Blake did not see the Creator as an entity apart, an all-knowing God which controlled 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.

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.

© John Dunn.

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