As Jefferson Feared

October 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Ours is a 241 + year history of an attempted “e pluribus unum.” Since it’s inception, this has been an experiment in Protestant political theory. Hence, like Protestantism itself, there never had been uniformity among the denominations that settled the colonies, nor between metaphysical realists (“conservatives”) and Enlightenment skeptics (“progressives”), nor between industrialists and agrarians, pro-slavery, anti-slavery, ethnic Europeans and non-Europeans, women’s suffragens and anti-suffragens, humanists and anti-humanists, temperance and anti-temperance, capitalist and socialist, and north, south, mid-west, West, northwest, New England, Whig, Republican, Democrat, nativist and diversified, Confederate and Union, federalist and anti-federalist.

In Hegelian philosophy, one would hope a synthesis to emerge from such dialectics… but it never will, for there is no principle of unity, which even Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Hamilton, Jay, Henry, Mason nor Madison could agree on, but Democracy won. The Constitution was ratified and has always depended upon the fallible interpretations of the 9, the Supreme Court and they remain divided between dynamic and static views of authorial intent of the Framers with some question of the validity of its usage in a post-modern and post-Christian and post-Structuralist society.

However, Democracy will triumph as in Athens and Rome, but we have a problem the Framers did not have: while Democracy will determine the laws of the land, there is no more an overarching meta-narrative; no unified moral vision to established if the laws be JUST or RIGHT, for the humanists won 100 years ago in the public education of children with the disestablishment of Christianity particularly and religion in general (in the political jurisprudence of the Framers, pure religion = Christianity).

So, without the ability to determine the true, good and beautiful, it will be as Jefferson feared: mob-rule or “oligarchy” and the warning from the Book of Judges (honored by Jews, Christians and Muslims), is as true as Luther fighting Zwingli or Knox fighting Queen Mary, or Puritans fighting Anglicans fighting Baptists, “everyone does what is right in their own eyes” as the body of the concubine was dismembered and sent to the twelve tribes in Judges 19.


The Myth of Hope

September 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Eyes pry open from a hazy, distracted lull;

drenched in dreams, phantasms and blurred sense, cooing for comfort in a crib of space and null.

Focusing on the present gaze inoculated to the past;

it’s memory, locus and finely polished lenses offering piercing wonder, but sadness looms fast.

A nightmarish fantasy with boundaries, crisp and clear;

a butterfly’s grasp on the dark, tearing fabric of a shade appears.

It soars with freedom to hope, dream, and believe in the dense air of certainty with every flap, whisk and spin it will not fail;

Because the tomb of fortitude, assertive and raw manipulation the cold predictable and silky entrapment has been assailed.

That fragile edifice hanging on threads of its own making, is being undone by the winds, the flight of clear and perfect waking…

To the bright future of unhindered song and beauty and design, orchestrated in ancient melodies alight on the wings of will and the freedom of lightness on the structures of strength afforded by experience of time.

It is living mythos with every stroke of wing slicing the air so dense; beyond the hopes of the chrysalis bound to its dark, hard and malicious sense.

It dies in hope not cold calculation but believing in knowing in Being the unhindered will of life, death, dying and rising and subjugation.

It soars in infinite possible space; where the horizon binds sight, flight in the certainty of the life being lived in a story, a dream a romance, a chase.

Where the end is in sight from the mythology of hope; providing purpose, a meaning whose breadth and scope …

Form the song, the chant of life and light, far above the decay of the silky, Chrystaline chamber of sense and sight;

so with wings so great and beauty so rare the butterfly lives to sing with freedom and a new soul to bear.

. . . Of Parents

Sirach 3:1 “Children, listen to me, your father; act accordingly, that you may be safe.

2 For the Lord sets a father in honor over his children and confirms a mother’s authority over her sons.
3 Those who honor their father atone for sins;

4 they store up riches who respect their mother.

5 Those who honor their father will have joy in their own children, and when they pray they are heard.

6 Those who respect their father will live a long life; those who obey the Lord honor their mother.

7 Those who fear the Lord honor their father, and serve their parents as masters.

8 In word and deed honor your father, that all blessings may come to you.a

9 A father’s blessing gives a person firm roots, but a mother’s curse uproots the growing plant.b

10 Do not glory in your father’s disgrace, for that is no glory to you!

11 A father’s glory is glory also for oneself; they multiply sin who demean their mother.

12 My son, be steadfast in honoring your father; do not grieve him as long as he lives.

13 Even if his mind fails, be considerate of him; do not revile him because you are in your prime.

14 Kindness to a father will not be forgotten; it will serve as a sin offering—it will take lasting root.

15 In time of trouble it will be recalled to your advantage, like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins.

16 Those who neglect their father are like blasphemers; those who provoke their mother are accursed by their Creator.

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Embrace Pre-Modernity

So the way out of the Marxist language invasion of victim/ oppressor and class warfare is to delegitimize it and refuse to use it; don’t acknowledge so-called research and statistics of 50+ years that passes off as peer-reviewed only among fellow marxists. 

Marxism filled the vacuum in academia afforded by postmodernity’s denial of the transcendent and reducing everything to Nietzschean – group power struggles. So refuse it and use the logos-centric language and philosophy of western civilization of over 2000+ years, which flourished and developed because of the spread of Christianity that suppressed infantile paganism.

Quid Est Veritas?

I have argued before that the philosophical debates of our current era in the west are at root the same debates since the Enlightenment; between metaphysical skeptics and metaphysical realists. The later tend to be objectivist and the former subjectivist when apprehending ultimate truth claims.  

So, since the Christian West no longer treated heresy as a crime ( it became increasingly difficult to identify in non-Catholic countries) human beings began to do what was right in their own eyes, like break with monarchy and experiment with democracy in 1776. This tension will never resolve in this country, but only flip-flop between so-called majorities, i.e. Oligarchy.

Alexis de Tocqueville noted in Democracy in America, that America was great because she was good and she would cease to be great when she ceased to be good. The difficulty in our time is no one can identify what good or great actually mean. Plenty argue (especially emotively, not rationally), and opinions change but nothing resolves like a Hegelian dialectic. The debate rages like a defense attorney bent on winning with no regard for the Truth.  

Quid est veritas?

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It Will Suffice

“I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.”

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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As the sweater began to unravel…

February 4, 2017 Leave a comment

CS Lewis and Chesterton wrote in a time when modernism and the Enlightenment Prohect began to unravel.  I say this because the seeds of post-Modernity were already sewn by Nietzsche and would hit teenage maturity at Woodstock.  

“But the Nietzschean ethic can be accepted only if we are ready to scrap traditional morals as a mere error and then to put ourselves in a position where we can find no ground for any value judgments at all. It is the difference between a man who says to us, ‘you like your vegetables moderately fresh; why not grow your own and have them perfectly fresh?’ And a man who says, ‘Throw away that loaf and try eating bricks and centipedes instead.'” 

C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man