TRIGGER WARNING: There’s that bit in the beginning of the Book of Genesis about The Tree of Knowledge. The material below is all very well known and available to anyone with a browser. However, the weak of mind are strongly advised to cease and desist.
Ah, I see you’re still here. Very well:
My previous post on Magicians of the Outer Right was, admittedly, occult.
Steves also linked this:
The fact is Western culture has its own conception of power, a very naive construct that prevents us from noticing how things actually work. We seem to think people have ideas, and act because they believe those ideas, and power just comes out of the strength of those ideas. Call it faith in Christ, or Protestantism, or liberalism. Our conception of history is the history of ideas.
In the last 20 years or so, with the rise of the Web, this conception has been hyper-reinforced. I post my “Neoreactionary” arguments and evidence about how fundamental “right-wing” changes to society would result in peace, prosperity, less crime, happier children, more intelligence, less obesity and, in the long run, the breeding of unicorns that defecate gumdrops. Some SJW grrrl just out of Wellsley (or more likely, struggling to complete her Womyn’s Studies B.A. at a state university) posts that I’m a POS racist sexist LGBTIQ-phobe whose ideas would lead to death camps for everyone except white cismales. She argues that fundamental “left-wing” changes to society would result in equality, peace, equality, less crime, equal children and animals, equality of intelligence, social justice, racial justice, economic justice, sexual justice and, in the long run, Gaia defecating non-GMO unsalted manna that would feed the world and allow her to pay off her student loans.
Both her and I suffer from a serious blind spot, at least if we believe our posts will somehow change the world through the force of the ideas. Our posts will only change the world if a person dedicated to implementing our ideas, whether ourself or another, obtains power.
Let us refer back to Land’s statement: Reality is not so destitute of intrinsically hidden things — of Integral Obscurity — that we need to replenish its coffers with our tawdry discretion.
A few years ago I was driving around Phoenix, Arizona and noted something rather startling; an adopt-a-highway sign, but instead of
I was struggling to explain to you what’s going on, here in the 21st Century where everyone knows that nothing exists, really, but matter. Thankfully, I ran across someone who hints at it, in a way that makes sense:
The book, Ritual and Its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity, illuminates diverse topics using a contrast between “ritual” and “sincere” modes of being. The authors’ choice of the term “sincere” may have been unfortunate, because normally it contrasts with “insincere,” and insincerity is often a genuinely bad thing. In fact, as they observe, part of modern hostility to ritual is the belief that it is not merely non-sincere, but anti-sincere, hypocritical, or duplicitous.
Perhaps a better name for the view they contrast with ritual is “mentalism.” Mentalism, in this sense, is the idea that meaning is a matter of mental contents. The classical version says that religion is about beliefs (either true or false, or perhaps meaningless); and ethics is about intentions. Classical mentalism was promoted by the Protestant Reformation, and then by European Enlightenment rationalism. The newer Romantic version says that meaning is about feelings and experiences.
Both brands of mentalism are now central to the modern world-view. Mentalism is, in fact, so taken for granted that most people can’t imagine how it could be otherwise. “What could meaning be, if not something mental?” Traditional views in which, for instance, enlightenment is not an experience strike modern Buddhists as nonsensical: not just false, but incomprehensible.
The central point of Ritual and Its Consequences is in its subtitle: the limits of sincerity. That is, mentalism is both factually wrong and harmful. Sincerity—expressing true beliefs and correct feelings—is often valuable, but not always, and not the only value.
In the mentalist worldview, the only function of ritual could be to express beliefs or feelings. But ritual is, at best, a highly inefficient and imprecise way of doing that. Why not just say what you mean? Worse, if you interpret rituals as expression of beliefs, most of what they say is obviously false or meaningless. If you interpret them as expressions of feelings, they are mostly inauthentic. Ritual, then, is clearly a bad thing, and should be gotten rid of immediately.
This completely misses the point of ritual, however. What matters about ritual is not what it says, but what it does. And what it does is create, sustain, modify, and destroy connections and boundaries.
Let’s repeat, for emphasis:
Mentalism, in this sense, is the idea that meaning is a matter of mental contents. The classical version says that religion is about beliefs (either true or false, or perhaps meaningless); and ethics is about intentions. Classical mentalism was promoted by the Protestant Reformation, and then by European Enlightenment rationalism. The newer Romantic version says that meaning is about feelings and experiences.
In other words, Mentalism is the essence of Moldbug’s “Cathedral.” Mentalism is the essence of today’s West/Euro educational system, from K through 12 and BFA to B.S. to Ph.D.
The current Magicians of the Outer Right (you know who you are) are not trying to “change minds.” They are working to physically manifest Truth in reality. Reality includes truth and error, the Good, the True and the Beautiful but also the Bad, the False and the Ugly. Only by ceaseless effort is the beautiful maintained in the World and entropy locally decreased for a time.
I think it’s quite a fair charge that Progressivism and especially “Social Justice” are actively bringing error into reality because ethics is about intentions, and “People are hurting.” If making people feel temporarily better causes uncalculable, horrific consequences somewhere in the indefinite future, well, “That’s not what I meant.”
Or. even better, “Who am I to judge?”
If you want to understand “magic” and what it really means, ritual and words and how they manifest real things in real lives and real actions by real people, you could do a lot worse than The Story of Moira Greyland:
I was born into a family of famous gay pagan authors in the late Sixties. My mother was Marion Zimmer Bradley, and my father was Walter Breen. Between them, they wrote over 100 books: my mother wrote science fiction and fantasy (Mists of Avalon), and my father wrote books on numismatics: he was a coin expert.
What they did to me is a matter of unfortunate public record: suffice to say that both parents wanted me to be gay and were horrifed at my being female. My mother molested me from ages 3-12. The first time I remember my father doing anything especially violent to me I was five. Yes he raped me. I don’t like to think about it. If you want to know about his shenanigans with little girls, and you have a very strong stomach, you can google the Breendoggle, which was the scandal which ALMOST drummed him out of science fiction fandom.
My observation of my father and mother’s actual belief is this: since everyone is naturally gay, it is the straight establishment that makes everyone hung up and therefore limited. Sex early will make people willing to have sex with everyone, which will bring about the utopia while eliminating homophobia and helping people become “who they really are.” It will also destroy the hated nuclear family with its paternalism, sexism, ageism (yes, for pedophiles, that is a thing) and all other “isms.” If enough children are sexualized young enough, gayness will suddenly be “normal” and accepted by everyone, and the old fashioned notions about fidelity will vanish. As sex is integrated as a natural part of every single relationship, the barriers between people will vanish, and the utopia will appear, as “straight culture” goes the way of the dinosaur. As my mother used to say: “Children are brainwashed into believing they don’t want sex.”
I think that’s enough to make the point. Magick is conditioning is hypnosis is training is learning is brainwashing is completely out of date and doesn’t work, just like the Mass “doesn’t work” because a chemical analysis of the bread and wine reveals no change before and after the priest says, “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world.” Some of us might look at actual events in the world and think that nothing else has ever had such a large effect on the physical and material conditions of our Earth–but of course we’re just deceived. Brave atheists who don’t fear death as an Ending, and who have Moved Beyond All That, haven’t really had a millionth as much of an effect on Reality, but they’ll scream that they’re the Reality-based Community, all day long.
It’s intriguing that recently the Neoreaction was “consolidated” and Made Official by a group who simply “became worthy” and stated/declared “This is now the Official Neoreaction.” It worked pretty well.
THAT is “magick.”
The AOE. “The Architectonic Order of the Eschaton, an ultra-hermetic metamasonic white- brotherhood at war with lemurian influences. The AOE progresses by way of chronic internal schism, each resulting in an ever more interiorized inner society. Its traditions are therefore refracted through various – apparently conflicting – front organizations (which include the Heliopolitan Hierophancy, Roman Catholic Church, Knights Templar, Illuminati, Trilateral Commission, and Axsys programme).” (CCRU, glossary)
Chronic internal schism–it’s not a bug, it’s a feature!
If you’ve made it this far, I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d resolve not to believe anything you’ve read here. I would sum up simply: It’s time to get into The World Beyond Your Head. Or you could go engage some SJWs on Twitter and try to change their minds with your more correct ideas. Really, which is harder?
One must decide that for one’s self. Nobody ever said this wasn’t gonna be semi-tough.
IMAGE CREDIT: Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus, John William Waterhouse. Public domain