I have been thinking for some time that a distorted vision of history is necessary if one wants to control the masses with a distorted narrative. The idea of presenting the destiny of mankind as a one way road to Station Y depends heavily, in my opinion, of making the fools believe they come from Station X. That’s how we got the Marxist view of History as a social struggle, or the story of some sects that place themselves in the position of restoring something that never existed. They can present their invented past to their believers through the steamy window of their concocted story. A controlled future always requires an artificial past.
As usual, the Devil copies clumsily what God has brilliantly done first. The Christian view of History (Creation + Fall + Redemption + Restoration) placed mankind in the middle of an epic battle fought mainly in the world — the combat of the two dragons in Mordecai’s dream — but also in the heart of every human being. It gave every man and woman a role in the fight and the dignity of participating with Christ in the salvation of each soul including one’s own. Christian theology made us a Mystical Body and the Christian view of History made us brothers in arms with every good man and woman that ever existed. It was a huge improvement from the flat Pagan story which viewed History as the nonsensical account of a long battle to acquire and retain power. A world where Gods and Kings fought for glory and men and women were simply either survivors or casualties.
I think John Locke (perhaps someone before him) was the first to propose a change to that classic Christian vision by suggesting the abandonment of the Christian idea to begin the construction of a better society here on Earth through purely human means. To believe in that we had to move Adam to the primaeval swamps from where he ascends ad astra per aspera by sheer will. That also required Good and Evil to be replaced eventually by entities like the Proletariat and the Capitalists, or Aryans and mongrel races, etc. The philosophers’ preoccupation with semiotics and language — again, in my opinion — arises from the Freudian analysis of conversation as a means to discover hidden neuroses. That is this brave new world’s equivalent of the theology of original sin and also the start of the demise of true Philosophy. We are no longer preoccupied by what the Word created but by our own words. We are content with reading tea leaves while miracles rage all around us showing the true purpose and direction of Creation.
“To win oneself praise out of the mouths of babes & sucklings! … One must begin by divesting oneself of all superiority in age & wisdom of one’s own free will, & renouncing all vanity.” (J.G. Hamann quoted in Reason and the Well-bred Girl, by David Warren)
The author, by this luminous thought condemns the vanity of our age. Our model of the universe is precise only at the level of the hard sciences. When it comes to our thinking beyond those sciences we are lost since we abandoned the cell where we were talking with Aquinas face to face. We have wandered and ended up in Freud’s office. We are lying on our backs looking at the ceiling and talking to a sham priest who can only preach about struggle and despair in a world without any hope but death, where our only guides are the obscure oracles hidden in our own words. And we are not even allowed to see the priest’s face.
Published 20 February 2013.