Poetic Inquiry into Human Thought Foundations (III) – With Textual Additions –
(III) Law of the World
Hierarchic nests on pillars much too high to be supported
On their shoulders by plebeian workers in classes cohorted,
Lookalikes of a wood rodent do they shake and clatter with spite,
Full of scorn germinate its base shedding a tear at its sight,
Shortcuts to riches possibly include unlawful activity, damaging to uninvolved parties. Understandable motivation can degenerate into overreaction or well-thought countercurrents directed against structural power centres. Spite and scorn mix with a feeling of furious helplessness and the ethical helm of conduct is abandoned. If beautiful summits are unreachable, then the very base is shaken by all possible means. The final outcome depends on the collective power of these abhorring such “unthankfulness” and refusal to make the best of their own abilities or continue their development. Raging overthinking can easily be confounded with inaction, and more often than not a dangerous spillage of negative emotions floods a society.
But such are humans and their way, they fail, then rise up and muster
For each pleb dreams with secret thought to overlord as a master –
Clueless men of fortune venture with a wish or a desire
On the high scale of proud shadows and to wealth they much aspire
Rightfully enough, each man looks for the perfect opportunity to take his chance in an opportunistic world. An overlayer of success enables one to adhere to his previous convictions, until then everything being a fight to the top or at least to a level believed to be worthy enough. Wanting in material means is the greatest motivation to introspect for intelligent and spiritual aptitudes useful in this great fight of life. However, failure is always a possibility, and then the final stamp of “life sentence” to a certain condition is unescapable. One simply remains a “could have been” with a past primary moment which was never seized due to certain deficiencies. The “high scale of proud shadows” leads up to unknown heights of unthinkable contexts and one usually avoids to reveal too much to the knowledgeable gain of “less fortunate” ones. Information is precious and not accessible to everyone “pro bono”.
And by usury or credit proprietors boldly make way
In this world with enterprises ruined by wreck and decay,
For reality is cruel, everything is ash and dust
When their capital’s provided by the printing press with lust.
Misplacement of resources by so-called “independent men” of active business – in truth supported by state mechanisms and officials – brings about crisis and unrestfulness in a society questioning its leaders, but always unaware of a reality their masters would rather not accuse for their failed administration. No wonder that such reflexes are even more visible in formerly paternalistic societies, in which power relations culminate with unholy friendships with facilitating elements of directory councils. Discretionary power, unlimited by any imposition of common sense, is always a dark harbinger of less fortunate future times. Organic development (via individual growth) is replaced by central administration (via wide-reaching orders and dispositions).
T’is a law somewhere in hollows, I hereby declare with passion
After which heavens are moving and therefrom impose their fashion
Be it animal or herbal, be it spirited or being
In this world they live up eager to assert themselves a meaning,
For so many ages, people have been looking for that one formula encompassing and explaining the laws of our world, embodiment of the final human genius and human dominion over natural forces. This battle has not been won, nor can it ever be concluded most likely. In any case, well-being without meaning equals certain decay in the long run and ideological turmoil. Providing the right conditions for this search and assertion of meaningful activity is the greatest blessing we can possibly uphold for ourselves and for our continuators. As humans, we are all subjected to this law of power-seeking in a totally human(e) way and not in a crude state of tribal dispute. Whoever chooses the latter for the formation of a “life perspective” is deemed to emptiness and oblivion, while these eager to live and dare for more and defy the boundaries of their times will either have a softer fall from the cliffs of a challenging existence or look down to what’s left behind with great pride and unapologetic outlook on life.
Be unchanging laws of nature, be the rays of mathematics
Or the desert with its oasis and the poles with icy artics
Do we take such law for granted and uphold how in its essence
Is the one of our fathers and lives up to its resemblance;
The writing of history is no less prone to change than our daily existence. Confessions of the past prove a continuity of deed and thought and a path to be anticipated and follow for future emergences. All these “unchanging laws” ease the burden of existence and provide a life philosophy and necessary guiding principles for the one willing to undo the doings of century-old events. Reason is a double-edged sword and does not equate kindness or humility, but whoever makes the best use of it to his advantage is a rightful attendant at the high table of (self-)mastership and independence. A mixture of superconscious instincts and human “psychology” is a good recipe for well-thought-out achievements and an addition of far-reaching performances.
Now foundations shaken loudly under agelong flames of new forms
Brought to life by revolutions artificial as these reforms…
In order to subdue an entire civilization, cultural war against the proclaimed enemy is attentively programmed for an efficient accomplishment of such a goal. After the Second World War, ideological dynamics have come under scrutiny and academic dialogue has changed significantly due to a reverse process during which American universities and their intellectuals have successfully transmitted their ideas to the rest of the world, the Old Continent included. Under the concealing name of “critique” (of “foundations” such as the nation-state, the family or capitalism, the economy, power structures and justice system) – from which the more modern obsession for “objectivity” also known as cultural uniformity, also known as being unprincipled or lacking real ideas –, it has submerged from the public eye after decades of dialectical materialism and has reached out to political figures willing to mean well and create a new post-war borderless world. This happened taking into account that even though national frontiers are indeed surmountable and rendered illusory, national/civilizational counter-reactions are to be dealt with by discreditation of opposing currents or even a perpetual disqualification from the public life of these pointing out the obvious change of power centres. In other words, a world in which freedom is good as long as it suits transnational interests, but not every single time. When the very reality as seen by one’s eyes can be distorted to the point where the opposite is held as being the truth, everything can be shattered to nothingness. Behavioural mechanisms are stimulated by mental stimuli while depriving individuality of its specific traits, and uniformity glorified as social cohesion is preferred to any other forbidden manifestation of mental independence. Quite so, when you repeat a lie all over again it eventually becomes truth. Let us not be overly philosophical. What is the big lie? The illusion of a different world as promised and hoped for after the most difficult century for mankind and the aforementioned “liberty when it suits politics” – and the shaking of these foundations justifying an ardent fight within the democratic madness of this contemporary cycle.
So that dogmas in religion and the will to fight we mutter
To be minted in some theses by sagacious Martin Luther,
It is almost an error of logic to believe that, without guarding its dogmatic character, religion can survive the passing of time, be it under an era of “freethinking” people or not. There are a whole lot of names and terms to describe today’s lunatic fundamentalists/zealots/radicals/people of faith who do not fully realize that their ideal has been relegated to a mere conceptual philosophy mixed with so many others and, more importantly, to a foundational myth after which today’s institutions have been designed, the latter now more and more desecularized and subjected to an age of lawyerspeak and suits. Mostly in the Western world, the last ten years have brought to people’s attention the great question regarding Islamism and its cultural manifestations at home (particularly in the Middle East, synonymous with modernity’s war theatre) and abroad (via Muslim immigrants settling in Western lands). Without necessarily enframing this matter into the obsolete left-right political paradigm, it is tellingly enough that opposed to Islam stand both Christianity believers and non-religious (world) citizens, which one would naturally presuppose to be more bitter against one another than as a whole against the crusade-like opposition, respectively the social liberalization supporters of Christian-Atheist denomination. Why the focus on Islam? Because it seems to be the last bastion of dogmatism, reaffirming its position again and again through the ancient and time-confirmed Sharia law which stands supreme among any other ruling chart and ideal. “Dissidents” like the petrodollaric and more USA-inclined UAE or Qatar, with timid progressive changes, seem to mark an erosion of the Islamic faith, but the hardcore bedrock of it is still there, as solid as it ever was, united against a pro-Jewish American bipartisan system with its neo-conservatism (a socially delayed progressivism) and a liberalized Europe shying away from total support of Israel. Going back in time to the matter of Christianity and its continuous erosion, there is a certain consensus that Protestantism marked a visible change in the religious way of the West. Thinkers part ways however when commenting on the nature of this change. Some see Protestantism as a positive correction of a morally decaying and even anti-European Catholic Church and of the everlasting corruption of the Popes who seized the divine power solely for themselves, replacing God with their own person and materializing holiness in unwelcome forms. While for others, the emergence of Protestantism was a further degeneration of a traditionalism carried on by Vatican, a faith to adhere to no matter what its worldly representatives do. Clearly enough, individualization of faith (“personal values”) without a willing cohesion confirmed by a certain spiritual born-and-raised mass of trans-generational men of faith is the base for the fading away of religious thought. This is why in the contemporary modern world there are not many “total” believers, but numerous people who believe “there is something, yet I don’t know what”. “Can you see it?” “No, but the shadow of it”. “Spiritual but not religious”, with undefined kindness and equalitarian tolerance as the sick children of the Pope. They, with their light, feed the world’s mystery, to use the language of Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet.
So that suns alight through ages and afloat enigmas in air
In analysis were passed by François-Marie, known as Voltaire,
This Great Unknown is an aim in itself for the modern man, and education is desirable inasmuch as it can satisfy another tiny bit of it. It is misfortunate that so relative a mission is even more abortive in character when scientism and petty intellectual chit-chats are the governing non-entities directing our society. Republicanism sharing the same bed with enlighted liberalism ever since Marie Antoinette had her final headache became estranged and separated into more actual dynamics of politics. Truth-seeking is rather a nice way to say that one intends to twist meaning to the point in which it is an extensive rope hanging different people by its two ends, while in between periods of subversive action played their part in the process of destruction. Obscurantism is in the soul of the one experiencing it, and only his own word surviving in time and reaching us can add to the final judgment of pre-revolutionary times. We are left with millions of thinking cells trying to stir up their lost sense of procreative powers (of any kind) in favour of an endless pursuit of dim “shadows” resembling the normalized truth installed after the turnout of a groundless generation’s deeds. Hypochondriacal affections and unpoetic melancholy are warnings of death and decay.
And the struggle of ideas accompanied by conviction
Take aplenty shapes in dogmas of the people or religion,
Be Napoleon or Caesar, or be Buddha and Abraham
An unseen is moving random in this world with fury and sham;
Religion, as a broad process of traditional and spiritually motivated acts, is not real without conviction. Belief, as an individual process of selfish and aiding principles, is not useful without a desire to advancement, perhaps to greatness in the best case. Be them daring emperors or legendary religious leaders, the randomness of fate can be reversed if certain conditions are met and the individual human nucleus becomes aware of his only take in the living world. Nothing can guarantee the final outcome, yet provided one is able to observe what particulars make someone or something great and provided one succeeds in imitating these characteristics, likeliness of success increases and the “fury and sham” of the seawaves of life are tamed and conquered in the glorious finale of the man who shall not be forgotten by his blood and thought ancestors.
Giant godlike academics read from clever books with rapture –
Whereabouts of kindred people preach the education’s nature,
Schools, academies and other institutes of higher science
Shout how knowledge is the power of the psychos and its guidance
And proclaim helmsmen of realms, these who master such a practice,
These who seek to learn its secrets, its ideas and its praxis –
Knowledge is power as long as something is made of it by the one savvy of adapting historically-stamped “good” and “evil” to a multitude of circumstances which come and go once with their according epochs. As things are today, the school of life is on a par with an early life in school, but lengthier and of a rarer distinguishing feature. Scriptural figures preaching of an upcoming one-moment doom do everything their cursed expertship can do to invest authority in these with whom they dissimulate a sincere wish of prevention and anticipation. They are men of a professorial type instrumented by men of the world, the latter always prone to a good selection of the earlier, otherwise their future being of no fortunate avail for themselves. The no man’s land between intellectuality and worldly knowledge is narrowing and this is why several men of influence have a banditry mantra propagating their myth to a naïve and inattentive world.
They are self-entitled masters, elitistic features, manners,
Mere symptoms of an epoch, signs, conclusions and its banners,
They burst out in cries of despair on the tensioned stage of real
Players of the pawn game – spineless, but to masses they appeal,
It is also a common thing that agitated waves wreck the sinking ship of ambitious men with a demagnetized compass at hand. And so is it desirable, for these with a subversive aim sometimes get lost in their regretful adventure of pure wickedness. The usual response to their failure is often an oversophistication of ideas (of which most of us were guilty at least once) on their part and, as long as they managed to maintain their power positions, a frontal attack against scandalized and stirred-up masses having lost any hope or illusion for an amelioration of their situation. Generally, this is only an exceptional occurrence and rhetorical means are better employed for undermining goals; words inflict deeper wounds than swords, and healing potions are to be found in the (s)wordsmiths’ backyard.
Mix’em up in the black hollow, worldly rules since days of foretime
They pretend their might and promise a dim something with the same rhyme,
The direction of their orders is ancestral rule to follow,
Call it power to the demos which the universe shall swallow.
Renewed hope plays an essential part when it comes to the control and administration over a people. When promises exist, the perspective to be kept survives until the last possible day, and masses will have a reason not to disobey, but simply continue hoping for the mythical “change” of democracy. The words they use, their background and manner of campaigning for their cause is similar, differentiated only by time requirements. The big circus of politics is always held in the same tent. On the scene play the greatest actors (no quotation needed) in a life of self-privileged posture, while those around the scene look anxiously and admirative to the men on the attractive scene, wondering how they could get there. The show is always identical – the same pawns, same requisite, same actors and… same public. As representatives of the masses, they have made use (to their best use) of the political privileges they receive, creating the so-called state within the state in all democracies. But how else can multipartisan politics even survive? Reality must be accepted, no matter how unfair it seems to the average Joe. That “randomness” has to be controlled in one way or another, and this is where human cunningness takes action.
Lie in dust textbooks and writings on forgotten shelves of yore,
Parchments, works of past existence hides this earth into its core.
Foundations for a structural change clearly exist in spite of their crumbling pillars. Confessions of the past cannot be completely erased or deleted, for no matter how much destabilization the bedrock of a society suffers, there will always be brave people willing to associate their individual interests with higher goals. Nietzsche said that when we love someone, we do not love that person for its own sake, but because we can love ourselves through the said person. The beauty in life is that it offers you an arena to fight and struggle, on which the have-nots of our world need be courageous and ambitious with a certain defiance for challenges other “men of the plebeian type” say it is impossible to complete, projecting themselves in relation to this challenge. In the new wild world of ancient Darwinian rules, realism works hand in hand with ideology, and well-meaning has to be doubled by a rewarding side – whoever calls for and believes in “disinterested love” and “meaningless action” lives on a heaven across the inferno of failure and insignificance. What game is more enjoyable than this, in which you are the master of your own fate and reap the fruit of your independent effort?