This is big, I've spent years researching this guy and I'm always crushed that no one will even say his name. This is progress. My interest in him was occasioned by a high school English teacher's remark that Romeo and Juliet was actually written by the Earl of Oxford. That meant nothing to me, but a few years later in college I took a Shakespeare course, and read Richard III and Richard II consecutively, and the latter seemed far inferior to the former, like different writers were present. I started looking into the authorship question, and it was just a hobby, but eventually I started noticing things that the internet said nobody else was saying. I wouldn't have thought I could make a contribution, when I started, but now I think I can.
He was always crazy, but this is obvious, he wrote those books and God said "Eh? Let's see about that." Turns out the guy was not a superman beyond good and evil, he was just a guy who needed human connection. He complains of loneliness, the fate of geniuses and devils.
"Donald Trump did not care about Mexican democracy. President Joe Biden should make clear that he does… America ought not to turn a blind eye to creeping authoritarianism in its backyard."
Unlike the U.S., Mexico has retained its sanity during the panic-demic. "Creeping authoritarianism?" Where do these people come from? Come visit Mexico, then go to California or New York, and see which is more authoritarian.
Here's an interesting conjecture. Moses is sometimes depicted with horns; here's Michelangelo:
I agree with Freud that it looks like Moses was a high-ranking Egyptian official who believed in the monotheism espoused by Ikhnaton. He is said to have been versed in all the wisdom of Egypt, which like many primitive religions was basically black magic, trying to get the invisible world to do your bidding. Whoever he was, Moses had a strong motivation; maybe he was a high-ranking demon who realized the truth of things and wanted to set things straight. That's how I see myself, anyway.
Freud speculates at length on the possibility that Moses was killed by his own people, but it's curious he never brings up Cain and Abel, especially as Abel and Moses are both designated as shepherds. Maybe he didn't want to draw attention to the later guy.
The preservation of the Jews is the triumph of church over state; monotheism created these people, and they've seen a lot of empires come and go. When they went and made themselves a state, of their own will, without divine intervention, they gave up what made them a people in the first place. It's not to be wondered at that they are so smart; monotheism is the highest abstraction, and presumably the Exodus consisted in people who really believed.
We are born weak, and most of us leave that way. I live with an interesting bird, I met him about six years ago. He didn't have a toothbrush, but he gave me a USB stick with his art on it.
Houses for the Atomic Age, Jay Fleming
Eccentric is the word. You don't often meet people who have created a new style of art. I thought, wow, great, this is something from God, now you're going to get famous for your art discovery from way back in 2005. Jay was photographed as a child by William Eggleston, who later became famous:
I brought Jay to Mexico with me, after a long debate with myself about what was the right thing to do. He doesn't speak any Spanish, but the alternative for him was worse, and I wasn't willing to stay in the U.S. - my gut was telling me every day, get the hell out of here. We left six months before the Rona hit. It's a compromise and a sacrifice, but even I am not so heartless as to abandon him to his fate alone. Frailty personified, and spotless before God.
His site is here - I set it up as I saw fit, but he insisted on revising it. www.atomicsurreal.com/
Belief in a supreme being is a requirement for becoming a Freemason. There's a curious passage in Moses and Monotheism ... remember Freud identified with Hannibal, and if I know the Phoenicians were black magicians, he surely knew. Einstein was also a member of B'nai B'rith. Freud said “At a time when no one in Europe wanted to listen to me and when I had still no student in Vienna, you [the lodge] have given me kind attention. You were my first audience.”
"How does one become a "free" mason?"
"Oh, it's simple, you just take a blood oath of secrecy and absolute obedience and loyalty to the order."
"Are there dues?"
"So how is this free again?"
Freud assumes that the reason for the invention of monotheism is because Egypt expanded into other nations and needed something universal. But monotheism nearly destroyed Egypt, so soon after its conquests. If Ikhnaton didn't believe it, why did he force it to his danger and detriment? The reaction was very strong, as you'd expect. A "strategic" genesis of monotheism makes no sense, with the way the events played out. If that was the intention, you really could call it a neurosis, but if it rose out of a sincere belief, and a powerful aversion to magic and the religion of Egypt, that makes a lot more sense. Really a fascinating read, have a go if you haven't.
If there's a God, monotheism is the most important development in history; if not, then the scientific method is. If there was a God, maybe he would tie everything together so that we could figure it out. Well, that's what happened, Francis Bacon's life is perfectly according to the hero-archetype Freud talks about in the beginning of the book. Royal birth attended with grave difficulties, adoption by those of a lesser station, fears that the child will be a danger to the state, and the child growing to be critical of the father. Really astounding stuff.
The day is coming when I will have to. I resisted the whole thing until about five years ago. I'm not going to be ruled by my fucking phone. Maybe we can get them back in the future, but if a lot of people just throw the fucking thing in the garbage and try to get by like 1995, just for a while, we can turn this thing around.
I'm about halfway through this book, and it's great, but I don't agree that belief in God is a neurosis. Let's suppose for the sake of argument that there is a God who wishes to be known, insofar as that's possible.
The episode of Ikhnaton is really remarkable. No sooner than Egypt became a world power, expanding its borders through conquest, monotheism appears out of nowhere. Suddenly this guy has a revelation and decides there's only one God. He converts the whole country by force, but it only lasts twenty years or so. Some true believers went and settled in Canaan, and it became Judaism.
I haven't read the whole thing, but Zoroastrianism hasn't been mentioned yet, maybe that was another sort of monotheism exported from Egypt onto different soil. It was around the same time as the Exodus, I think.
Here's a coincidence, I read a Christian interpretation of the fall of the Roman Empire, saying, well, the whole purpose of the Roman Empire was so that Chrisianity could spread. Which I thought was an interesting take, but it wasn't an idea that I would assert with conviction. But the Ikhnaton episode, occurring just after Egypt became an empire, lends plausibility to the idea.
I'm reading Moses and Monotheism, which begins with a discussion of similar hero mythologies of various cultures. There are two possible explanations for these archetypes; either they have some substance, or they don't. The life of Francis Bacon conforms to the pattern remarkably; royal birth attended with grave difficulties, adoption by those of a lesser station, fears that the child will be a danger to the state, and the child growing to be critical of the father. It really is remarkable.
From Jewniverse - I am now noticing that my spell-check doesn't recognize Eleazar, but it does recognize "Jewniverse" - how bizarre is that? www.jta.org/jewniverse/2010/rabbi-eleazar-and-the-prostitute
In Judaism, no matter how badly we behave, we can always get a second (or third, or fourth) chance.
For example, one Talmudic legend describes a man named Eleazar ben Durdia, who decided to visit every prostitute in the world. One time, he crossed seven rivers to hire a prostitute with a sterling reputation. During their proceedings, she passed gas, and then remarked how far her client had strayed from his religion. “Just like this gas will never return to its place,” she said, “so too Eleazar ben Durdia will never be able to return to God.”
The prostitute’s words struck a chord with Eleazar, who fled. He sat between two mountains, and begged them to ask for God’s mercy on his behalf. But the mountains refused. He made the same request of the heavens and earth, and they also refused. So did the sun, moon, stars, and constellations. So Eleazar realized he was the only one who could help himself. He put his head between his knees and cried until he died. But his intense prayer must have resonated above, for the Talmud says that a voice came from Heaven and declared: “Rabbi Eleazar ben Durdia is ready for the World to Come.”
A very old fireplace at what is likely an old Templar farm. The Phoenicians are behind Freemasonry? This guy is interesting, very eccentric, I don't agree with him on everything, or even necessarily his main ideas, but he went all around Europe filming old estates and ruins and churches, worth checking out. He traces everything back to the pharaohs; I was looking at the Phoenicians; but the Phoenicians and pharaohs aligned 5,000 years ago, so we're probably both right.
One of his channels is "Central Intelligence Agency," they threatened his life over it and he didn't take it down. He's got balls, and goes in places nobody else would.
Some people, acknowledging that the virus is manmade, still pretend it was released accidentally.
I said this to myself a long time ago, before wokeness hit the big time. Minorities are being used; they think they are gaining power and influence; this is a deliberate tactic of the power structure. While taking away everyone's rights, they make segments of the population think they are gaining ground, and the only people who complain are those white-male-Trump-supporting-Nazi-assholes.
It works, but the definition of civilization is "just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Might does not equal right. Power comes from the barrel of a gun, but legitimacy doesn't.
The prince is the latest victim of unwitting irony.
"I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment. I still don’t understand it, but it is bonkers."
Dumbass. The First Amendment is there so you can say that.
In a famous speech given at the University of California at Berkeley in 1962, Aldous Huxley described what he called “the ultimate revolution”:
There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.
It may seem immodest to say so, but Huxley clearly didn’t understand the purpose of modern science. The purpose of modern science, according to its founder Francis Bacon, is “the relief of man’s estate.” Huxley takes it to be “the relief of the estate of those who own estates and never needed relief.” In other words, science has no relationship with truth, nor with humanity in general, it’s just a tool in the hands of the powerful.
The World Economic Forum has told us that in 2030 we will own nothing and be happy about it. Clearly, they are way ahead of us plebs on the Huxley curve. They know things we don’t. An aristocrat, Huxley didn’t appreciate the democratic nature of science; “the relief of man’s estate.”
We have reverted to barbarism, the events of the past year have taken us all – or the vast majority – by surprise. Essentially, the rulers of humanity have discarded millennia of intellectual effort, and reverted to top-down, autocratic tyranny. We are now no better off than the Sumerians, in fact much worse, because the rulers have access to technology that makes them invulnerable; they can murder millions with the flick of a switch, that’s why they’re doing it.
Generally speaking, democracy and science work the same way, bottom-up; as democracy derives its authority from the citizens, science derives its from data. Both systems reject top-down autocracy, placing an abstract, inviolable value on the unit.
Living in the U.S., hearing “democracy” invoked so frequently to justify foreign adventurism, it seemed that those who used the word most believed in it least, and I began to regard the very concept with a jaundiced eye. If you want to know what the ruling class thinks of democracy, look at Brexit. They just refused to implement the will of the people, until covid came along and made it superfluous. Formerly, governments of democratic nations were supposed to follow the will of the people; now, the people be damned, we have the science, and we’re going to follow that.
It’s ironic. Democracy and science work the same way, bottom up, and they have both been replaced with top-down arbitrary authoritarianism.