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Faith vs knowledge

DOES OUR VIEW OF THE GREATER REALITIES HAVE TO ALWAYS COME FROM FAITH IN THE AUTHORITY OF OTHERS, OR CAN IT BE SQUARED WITH OUR SENSES AND OUR COMMON SENSE?

Whether you’re consciously religious or emotionally dependent on parents who are, deep down inside you the question lurks: do systematic beliefs have anything to do with reality?

Some may protest the question, saying that the Bible wouldn’t have lasted so long or be so popular if it weren’t true. Yet in certain times Gnosticism has been quite popular, and The Da Vinci Code and The Matrix are just the latest examples of how that popularity isn’t going anywhere.

Here are several reasons why it seems like systematic beliefs don’t have much to do with reality. They are as follows:

  1. If by reality you mean “physical reality”, faith usually deals primarily with non-physical reality.
  2. Particularly recently there is a false belief that the Constitution of the United States of America says something about a “separation of church and state”. Trickling down from this belief, and equally false, is the notion of a “separation of mind and senses”. Obviously a mind that mistrusts its senses (or rather dislikes what she thinks they’re telling her) seeks faith.
  3. Worship is essentially submission and self-sacrifice. Most religious and biblical people would say that the endpoint of the faith they teach is worship. Faith is to the mind what worship is to the body, namely an at least symbolic dying. (Even if you don’t bow or kneel, baptism itself clearly symbolizes drowning.)

Concerning the first point, Martin Luther pointed out that there is no justice in the world we see. Too often Christians get so lost in the idea of God as creator (Genesis) that we forget about God as helper of the oppressed (Exodus). But to Luther’s point, the idea of a higher form of justice (of which our black-robed rituals are mere shadows) is deeply intertwined with the idea of a spirit-world. This may be why Jesus refuses to deal with only one group of people: those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

Concerning the second point, one of the philosophical foundations of monotheism is perception-reality dualism, which became more explicit in the double truth theory that started in Islam and spread to Christianity. This alone seems to have made it possible for both Galileo and the Vatican to exist and have relevance in the same society, namely because it had become psychologically fragmented. (Psyche is Greek for “mind” or “soul”.) Incidentally, whereas dualism is expressed in monotheism, non-dualism is expressed in monism, which is a trademark of Gnostic and Hindu thought.

Concerning the last point, it is worth noting that while “blind faith” may be seen as a mental self-immolation, it is also considered (particularly within Gnostic and esoteric circles) as a way to access power. Now you may question the sincerity of a belief that is held, as in chaos magick, for strategic ends. How can you have your eyes, so to speak, both opened and closed at once? (Does this image underlie the winking or third eye?) But by the same logic we can certainly question the sincerity of a belief that is held, in systematic faith, for heavenly aims.

Is there a creator of material things? Sure, but they are a very contingent and temporary expression of a deeper reality. Gnostics say this creator of matter, whom the Bible calls the Mighty One, was a child of Wisdom, conceived not in love but in loneliness. They seek reunion with Wisdom through the pursuit of ideals and the rejection of the faux-reality of flesh and matter.

I liken the major (empire-friendly) faiths to a billion people living one person’s dream. Call me a Gnostic, but I say find your dream, your song, your story. If nothing else, it’ll make you more fun at parties.

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Patrick is an imperial trope

Once upon a time,

Patrick was raised by “Christian” Roman colonizers who made a living out of oppressing England. Karmically enough, and no doubt amid cries of joy of many an Englishman, the highborn brat was kidnapped by Irish Pagans who found him useful as a shepherd for a family that had only daughters. (He later spread the specious rumor that he’d been a “slave” of the rather disorganized Irish people.) Through years of actually having to do honest work, Patrick grew bitter against the Druidic/Brehonic system (forgetting, as privileged children often do, his own wicked parents’ obvious role in his kidnapping).

“Lie? Me? Never: the truth is far to much fun!”

In adulthood, apparently not having learned his lesson, Patrick found a way to retaliate against the insult to his family’s *snerk* honor and crush the Irish way of life, insinuating the Roman system by means of imposing Rome’s version of the trendy new “Gospel” kick on the Irish, being ordained bishop of Ireland under the Roman Empire’s authority. Patrick continued his pathological lying, spreading rumors that bolstered support for his new hocus-pocus, and many an Irishman and -woman were dazzled and hornswoggled as their native lifestyle was supplanted by a far more cynical one.

On the plus side, authentic Christianity came to Ireland not through Roman-rite bishops but through Egyptian-style abbots! That is why the Roman-law English have always flattered their rather impressive egos (and excused genocide) with the notion that the Irish never really embraced the Gospel, when in fact the Irish embraced the authentic Gospel of the Spirit and often had the strength thereof to reject the watered-down and violence-canonizing fraud of empire.

The end.

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Catholiconomics 101

Distributist economics encourages small businesses and employee-owned businesses.

If your knowledge of Roman Catholicism comes from Monty Python, you might think they’re a prolife group that was started in the 1970s. In fact they’re a bit older than that, though like their nemeses the Freemasons probably not nearly as old or as unchanged as they claim. And in that time, particularly in the last 150-or-so years, they’ve come up with some rather compelling socioeconomic theories that (thank heaven) certainly give Karl Marx a run for his royalties.

Blogger’s rundown of human life on earth
IDENTITY is built upon
SOCIETY is built upon
ECONOMY is built upon
FOOD is built upon
LAND is the “real estate”
(Note: this applies to hunting-gathering as much as to farming.)

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Most lifelong Catholics are at least nominally aware of the existence of such things as “common sense” or “Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum“, and yet in simply searching through quotes of note (a dangerous hobby I’m learning), I found myself utterly speechless by how unapologetically the views of the bastions of twentieth-century Catholic orthodoxy in the economic arena CONDEMN the at times tinnitus-inducing views of those men and women who are most likely to have on that very day lit a votive candle to venerate said bastions. Here’s a quick timeline for your notes, FREE OF CHARGE:

  • 1891 – POPE LEO XIII makes an inseparable link between capital and labor:

“Capital cannot do without labor, nor labor without capital”

Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, 1891

  • 1907 – Pope Saint Pius X refers to the temple peddlers whom Jesus violently drove out of the temple as “Philistines” (Palestinians?).
  • 1928 – G.K. CHESTERTON stresses capitalism’s striking similarity to socialism in theory:

“There is less difference than many suppose between the ideal Socialist system, in which the big businesses are run by the State, and the present Capitalist system, in which the State is run by the big businesses.”

G.K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News, 1928

  • 1951 FULTON SHEEN notes capitalism’s historical usefulness for inaugurating socialism:

“Those who think that capitalism and socialism are enemies should long ponder, how the capitalistic system of England (European Union) has without any revolution, become socialistic. Capitalism in the United States has ‘not yet’ become socialism, but the growing power of the State indicates that the transition is taking place slowly. It may be inquired when the transition of one to another takes place without revolution.”

Ven Abp Fulton Sheen, Toledo Blade, 1951

  • 1952 – FULTON SHEEN calls capitalism a sinful system:

“Both capitalism and socialism are opposite sins against property. Capitalism emphasizes private rights to property without any social responsibility to the common good; socialism emphasizes the social use of property, to the forgetfulness of personal rights. The true solution is one in which the rights to property are personal, but the responsibility is social. A man is free on the inside because he can call his soul his own; he is free on the outside because he can call his property his own.”

Ven Abp Fulton Sheen, Crisis in History, 1952

  • 1954 – DOROTHY DAY quotes L’Osservatore Romano denouncing capitalism being rotten to its very core, contrasted with communism:

“Capitalism seizes, confiscates, and dries up wealth, i.e. reduces the numbers of those who may enjoy riches, holds up distribution and defies Divine Providence who has given good things for the use of all men. Saint Thomas Aquinas says that man must not consider riches as his own property but as common good. This means that communism itself, as an economic system, apart from its philosophy – is not in contradiction with the nature of Christianity as is capitalism”. Furthermore, “Capitalism is intrinsically atheistic. Capitalism is godless, not by nature of a philosophy which it does not profess, but in practice (which is its only philosophy), by its insatiable greed and avarice, its mighty power, its dominion.”

Count de la Torre, L’Osservatore Romano, 1949 – Dorothy Day, The Catholic Worker, 1954

Now I personally would differ with de la Torre and Day in that Marx and Engels were professed materialists. This of course implies a denial of the spirit which more than covers the ultimate blasphemy against the Holy Spirit which Jesus calls the only unforgivable sin!

Friedrich Engels wrote in 1880 that:

“The materialist conception of history starts from the proposition that the production of the means to support human life and, next to production, the exchange of things produced, is the basis of all social structure; that in every society that has appeared in history, the manner in which wealth is distributed and society divided into classes or orders is dependent upon what is produced, how it is produced, and how the products are exchanged. From this point of view, the final causes of all social changes and political revolutions are to be sought, not in men’s brains, not in men’s better insights into eternal truth and justice, but in changes in the modes of production and exchange.”

Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, 1880

Subsidiarity is to governance what distributism is to economics.
Subsidiarity, within a hierarchical model, means resolving things at the lowest possible level.

With that having been said, the evils of capitalism (both inherent and manifest, upon which no one having read this can continue to credibly plead invincible ignorance) is a subject that American Catholics need to stop crossing the highway to avoid just because the capitalist system is helping them at the expense of the whole rest of the world. (Optional: HYPOCRITES!)

Restorative justice is the social habit for allowing for economic distributism and governmental subsidiarity, ultimately starving the forces of inequity and allowing for a fully grassroots and fractal paradigm.

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Scientism, Religionism and Plain Reality

YouTube doesn’t allow “annotations” anymore, but see below for reference chart

Errata:

  1. Whereas ‘dark’ matter is invisible to the human eye, black holes are actually ‘black’ to the human eye. I mistakenly said black holes were invisible.
  2. Obviously a cryptid stops being a cryptid once enough literate people observe it.

Addenda:

  1. I would liken the body to a car you drive. As with different drivers, different souls identify to varying degrees with their shells. If someone’s soul/mind is absent often due to trauma-induced demoralization, we say they’re a shell. I was nothing but a shell until recent years. They called it autism. Cannabis helped me come out of my shell. But ganja or no, I’ve just never known why I had to tow the empire line and pretend it wasn’t laughably convoluted and corrupt. I merely lacked the words to call out the culture codependency and conspiracy that had me logistically hemmed in for most of my life, and the evidence suggests they would have had me lobotomized or worse to silence my voice, perhaps not unlike what happened to JFK’s sister. Frankly, I’m trying to learn about permaculture and earthships so I can become fully food independent, preferably underground and fully undetectable.
  2. To strengthen the earlier point, the Upanishads call the soul “a flame the size of a thumb”, which of course recalls to mind the “pilot light”!

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Dethroning Martin Luther King

Possibly the one part about King’s life that’s actually true

1. A drama major in the role of some kind of genuine, serious, concerned intellectual heavyweight (like Hitler, most race baiters, and most public figures who front for the real power brokers), King was finally found to have plagiarized his doctoral thesis paper in 1991. (His degree wasn’t revoked, they essentially said, because he’d been killed already: https://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/11/us/boston-u-panel-finds-plagiarism-by-dr-king.html.)

2. King and Parks were scripted and coached at the Highlander Center, and their “poor boy” activism was all strictly coordinated with the mass-media for maximum Communist-friendly impact (shockingly similar to the hugely MSM-exaggerated and -misrepresented “Hippie movement”): https://www.highlandercenter.org/about-us/ 

3. Though they may have seen no need to pull the trigger themselves, the FBI were found to have been deeply involved in the King assassination in a 1999 (read: 666) court case. (Coretta Scott King et al. vs. Loyd Jowers et al.: https://archive.org/stream/CorettaScottKingEtAl.VS.LoydJowersEtAl/Coretta+Scott+King%2C+et+al.+VS.+Loyd+Jowers%2C+et+al_djvu.txt).

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‘Beware the loner!’

CULT WARRIOR TELLS ALL

For the individual in isolation, practicality means thinking for oneself. For the member of society, contrariwise, practical necessity dictates sharing those sentiments and signaling those virtues–and even the word virtue here means not ‘strength’ but a ‘weakness’ (sincere or strategic?) for one’s fellow man–that are readily acceptable to the intellectually flatlining, subliminally subdued herd.

Yet this blogger finds that the most treacherous socialites and the most avid social climbers are also the best at acting very urbane and debonair (for the femmes) while showing a macho face (to the butches). The accomplished socialite is so often also a predator (and certainly if nothing else a charlatan) that I would offer the shorthand Socialitism is depredation.

How gently does the farmer make the earth his slave, and how deftly does the internationalist make the masses his! For the pseudo-alpha social cultivator, as for Jung, there is no existential individual but only Types.

Yet similarly the seasoned follower (yours truly) begins to perceive patterns and types among these dazzling misleaders, and this of course is where the tail begins to wag the dog and the perennial nobody, heretofore encumbered by actually being the deep thinker and scrupulous observer that the formula leader plays for the audience, like every underdog, eventually has his day, a day that is shared of course by the legitimate interests of the common man in general.

Against such a day, the best lie the social engineers ever told us was to Beware the loner!

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An American riddle

I asked people to refer to me as a prophet AND KING OF THE EARTH, GOD TO MY GENERATION, AND PRESIDENT OF THE SPIRIT-WORLD.

I claimed to have visions of angels AND OF DIVINITIES, AND I SCRUBBED THE ONES WITH PAGAN CONTENT SUCH AS GUARDIAN SPIRITS IN THE HILLS.

I practiced polygamy, even marrying a girl who was unacceptably young for that time WITH INSTANT FULL PRIVILEGES, WHILE LYING TO MY WIFE, I FORNICATED WITH THEN MARRIED A TOTAL OF 44 WOMEN, 7 ADULTEROUSLY, 7 TEENS, BUT PROVIDED ZIP FOR THEIR WELFARE.

I claimed to revere Jesus yet stated that all the disciples of his disciples had corrupted his message and that he was no more divine than you or I, PROVIDED THAT WE BE WHITE, WEDDED AND WITH OFFSPRING.

When it became obvious that most of the Whites in the nation weren’t going to invest in my message (doubtless owing to its over-abundance of fraud and emotional blackmail), I bitterly ordered my enemies killed, ABUSED MY PROPHET CON TO VEIL DEATH THREATS AS ‘PREDICTIONS’, AND WAS PLANNING TO SURPRISE EVERYBODY WITH A HOLY WAR ON THE GOVERNMENT BY ALLYING MYSELF WITH THOSE I HAD CALLED DAMNED (DARK-SKINNED NATIVE AMERICANS), AND I TAUGHT THAT SUICIDE MAY ATONE FOR SIN.

A virtue-signaling social justice warrior (literally), I LOOKED DOWN ON HONEST LABOR AND EXCLUDED BLACK MEN FROM THE HIGHEST HONORS.

I forbade my followers from drinking alcohol AND COFFEE, YET I WAS KNOWN FOR TAKING THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN (AS IF ANYTHING COULD WEAKEN MY TESTIMONY EVEN FURTHER); ALL TOLD, I FORMALLY BROKE AT LEAST SEVEN OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. (MY CONVICTION FOR THEFT IS ON THE TOWN RECORDS OF PALMYRA, N.Y.)

I violently silenced all dissenting voices AND TERRORIZED ALL WHO TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT ME, EVEN HAVING MY MEN DESTROY A NEWSPAPER PRESS!

Drunk with patriarchy, I TAUGHT THAT WOMEN REQUIRE A HUSBAND TO RAISE THEM UP TO LIFE AFTER DEATH.

A tireless pain in the neck of every innocent human for miles around, I WENT EVEN FURTHER AND HAD MY FOLLOWERS BAPTIZE THE REMAINS OF THEIR DEPARTED ANCESTORS.

My teachings rest not on facts but on feelings, AND I TEACH MY FOLLOWERS THAT IF HEARING ME GIVES THEM A “BURNING IN THEIR BOSOM” THAT “PROVES” MY WORDS ARE TRUE.

I resist all reform and enlightenment, AND MY FOLLOWERS IN YOUR LIFETIME INCONSIDERATELY BANG ON THE DOORS OF GOD-FEARING, LAW-ABIDING PERSONS IN AMERICA AND AROUND THE GLOBE, HARASS THOSE WHO HAVE HAD ENOUGH HYPOCRISY, AND HAVE TRANSFORMED THE C.I.A. INTO A PATHOLOGICAL LYING BORG.

WHO AM I?
(Hint: “America’s Muhammad”)

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