There were Journeys and quests, sometimes only for the best kimchi – according to a Peace Corps Coordinator in a position to know – and sometimes for other things more Malaysian in flavor. Sabbatical is a loaded term. It is rarely about rest.
Lest a wizard be thought to shy from a challenge, it should be mentioned that I recently read a post over at Ghost Theory that took issue with some of my musings on the potential difficulties in finding Bigfoot. Good and vigorous debate elevates the mere discussion of faith to the level of philosophy, and by this, it enhances the species. The matter will be taken up in the next post, and I am glad that Paterson’s piece went up only a day after I returned to a part of the world where actual internet access was possible…
But first, I want to share with you some insights into Masonic Mysteries, Illuminati Agendas, and Global Power Conspiracies that inevitably seem to be invoked every time I go abroad. Also, I have to file my coded report for the Wizard High Council, so it seemed best to kill two birds with one stone.
Wink twice if you are receiving transmission…
Von Clausewitz tells us that war is little more than a duel on a grander scale, a kind of wrestling match between parties seeking to continue a policy by “other means.” What he has to do with the occult, I shall leave to the imagination and wit of the audience; no historical figure of significance can entirely escape being pulled into the ranks of secret orders and magical societies by some writer or another when it is convenient to do so.
But if Von Clausewitz knew his Plato – and he did – then we can at least conclude that some of the ancient mystery ideals and themes were barracked in his head. Pure war is also ideal war, and ideal war is inevitably total. Von Clausewitz did not create total war – it existed before him. But he did recognize that it was an absolute certainty, a natural result, an inevitability of the practice of organized and large-scale violence.
Play any real time strategy game and you will realize that people are a resource. Work in the corporate world and the same will occur to you: there is a department in virtually every operation of scale called – unashamedly – human resources. People are a form of chattel, a form of useful property, to those in the habit of wielding power. This is the essence of antisocial thinking, in the clinical sense. Total war, well-waged, seeks to destroy the enemy’s capacity and will to wage a fight. Strike at the people, and all else is threatened as well. Where there are no people, there can be no economic activity, no resource gathering, collection, and refining, and no supply of replacement workers and soldiers.
A pattern that repeats is this: the person has a role. The role supports the state. Eliminate the state, and the role may perpetuate as an iteration taking a slightly different form. The person will at least continue, provided they are not destroyed in the general conflagration that destroys the state. Both person and role do not depend in their entirety upon the survival of the general society and culture. It is possible – though by no means desirable – for a person to self-define. But eliminate the person, and the role is eliminated. Eliminate all persons, and there is no longer a source for the procession. Plato’s great chain – and the Church’s too – is irrevocably broken.
The detonation of two nuclear bombs in succession is one way of saying to a nation, “We can exterminate your population.” This is also known as a default victory. It is a particularly persuasive form of communication when practiced by a people who have a history of genocidal behavior, on another people with a history of the same. Milton imagined well when he imagined that monsters can only truly know each other in the darkness.
Power has about it a certain quality of perpetuation and it is not at all surprising that those with power seek to retain and to extend it. We may class power into various realms. It is possible to understand that power is segregated into spiritual, mystical, physical, political, economic, social and cultural applications. It is equally possible to see power in aggregate, or to deduce from the variations in its exercise that there is one source with many iterations.
Iteration in itself is a fascinating term. We speak here of the repetition of a function. The common usage anticipates that each application of the same process will have at least slightly varying results. This is simply a recognition of an ancient mystery principle. When a shape is repeated according to a pattern, a secret can be revealed; we decode the spiral shell in precisely this way. The secret is that through the use of the same process in different applications, similar results can be achieved. Thus, if the exact same mechanisms of power are applied in a new era as were applied before, they will provide the same level of control regardless of the trappings and shades that are used.
If the alternative media have impacted the cultural dialogue on a global scale, this can only mean that the hand that feeds them has allowed it to be so. There are forces and counterforces, but one of the most ancient mystery secrets concerns the unification of divergent dualities. When two things emerge from one and function as opposites, they may be unified into a more powerful whole. Thus, an iteration of the first form occurs. The process is followed, and the result appears different only because other iterations have simultaneously occurred: words have changed, languages have died and others have come to prominence, customs and cultures have evolved. The pattern is no different. Only the outcomes are different in their superficial components. The core remains unchanged, because the same process is occurring. The waves of the sea are opposites interacting to generate energy. The waves of time are opposites interacting to contain eternity. All things are a wave. Your DNA is a wave. From a certain point of view, this is just a question of alternating black and white shapes or forms.
Plato sought the Great Chain of Being because it has a source, a center. Know the center, and you know the source. Know the source and you know the process. Know the process and you may master it. Master the process and you master the world.
Attack an enemy from the front, at his strongest point, and he will concentrate his forces. Drive him back through raw force and pressure, and he will fall back upon his reserves, becoming stronger and more determined. This is a costly way to make war. Only fools enter into it, and institutions that have spent generations in the study of conflict and the ways to victory are unlikely to produce large numbers of thinkers who embrace this limited approach. There is a tendency to enshrine and emulate those regarded as the very best. The generally recognized military and combat masters of nearly every society share in their works and their endeavors evidence of a general disdain for this kind of war.
Attack an enemy where he does not anticipate, where he sees no threat, when he is distracted or unconcerned, and his whole defense may collapse. Indeed, his whole enterprise may desert and dissolve.
Attack an enemy by means that the enemy does not recognize as conventional, threaten his resources down to their very core – the people – and he will militarize and become more watchful. Perpetuate a process of constant unexpected attacks where the enemy had not perceived a target, and he will come to view every level and element of his enterprise as a potential target. This transforms the enemy: his state becomes ossified and in places petrified [bone may move; stone cannot, unless Merlin is near]. He becomes paranoid; paranoia passes for wisdom. Such an enemy has defeated himself.
Attack an enemy such that he believes he is the victor, he is triumphant, he has the field, and the enemy will never even know the nature of your endeavors until it is far too late. So long as he sees triumph in his arms and glories in his seizures of strong points, he will be distracted from the reality of the situation. Infiltrate his institutions and remain concealed among his ranks, and your arms [humans are also weapons] may rise to positions of power within the body politic of the enemy. Once this invasion is achieved, in silence and under cover of illusions, the enemy is undone. Not only has he been conquered, he has been transformed. Be a fractal, and no force may stand against you.
In essence: Go Viral.
An alternative view of the Black and White duality of opposites is to render them mathematically, as a system of on-off switches. We may conceptualize this as a procession of zeroes and ones.
Drawing an enemy into a fight by baiting is an ancient tactic. To bait effectively is to win the public interest war before the fight even begins. Keep the public from caring, and a government beholden by custom to the popular will may proceed as it wishes: no one is watching. Make the public believe that an enemy of the state is the personal enemy of each citizen, and the will of the people is with the government. Convince people that there are a class of armed, racist, prejudiced, zealots attempting to twist the true meaning of Christmas, and Christmas lovers everywhere will rally around the standard of any hero willing to challenge these bastards.
Be careful what you come to stand for. A cunning enemy can use many means to make villains where only clowns exist.
Alex Jones is Bill Hicks… And oddly enough, he is also Piers Morgan. How did they do this interview, you ask? Greenscreen.
The point? Power politics has always required the elite who own a society to cooperate with the majority who perform the varied labors and tasks of the society, besides those associated with leadership and rule. This has meant various things in various periods. For the ancient Egyptians, a good solution to population management – and an excellent opportunity to train thousands of skilled laborers, engineers and architects for use on other building projects – was the construction of the Pyramids. For the Spartans, this meant the enslavement of a quarter million people to support the militaristic lifestyle of an elite of no more than 10,000. For Medieval kings, the answer lay in bonding people to land, and establishing a cooperative relationship with a centralized faith that sanctioned any order that led to stability and security, including serfdom and domination by a military aristocracy. Modern nations have their own version of this solution, and their own alliances with non governmental entities that nevertheless manage to govern. The yoke of power takes forms that are tolerated – and even appreciated – in any time.
But what if the troublesome matter of “the people” could be completely resolved? What if something more effective, obedient, predictable and readily controlled could be developed? Because human beings have terrible faults as a labor production system. Humans have jealousies and petty desires, demands for liberty and dreams of achievement. To steal work power from an individual requires that these factors be worked around, co-opted, or eliminated. In the end, this may take more effort than the benefits merit.
Fortunately, for tomorrow’s aristocrat, a solution is evolving today. Yes, I’m trotting out this tired old trope, and re-hashing ideas of yesteryear. It’s my job, after all. It’s what Wizards do when we aren’t off chasing shadows and illusions.
Robots aren’t just a looming nightmare vision used to galvanize gullible worker populations into forming unions, which in turn allows liberal leftists to edge good western capitalism ever closer to the socialist precipice. They are in fact the dream of ruling classes everywhere. With sophisticated automatons, human beings can be entirely replaced. The powerful will have no need of servile people when servile machines are more reliable and obedient and productive. This is the Thin Mechanical Line: a point at which it is more economical and more politically expedient to eliminate billions of people rather than to employ them.
The First Commandment on the Georgia Guidestones is to keep the human population under 500,000,000 people, “in perpetual balance with nature.”
Is this theoretical? Is it rhetorical? Is it causal or derivative? Somewhere, someone believes that 6.5 billion people need to die. Perhaps the person who believes this is alone. Perhaps there are a few others. Perhaps those who believe this have neither wealth nor power. Or perhaps they have both.
If people can be drawn into conflicts, and nations can be hornswoggled into suicidal deviations from policies of reason, then does it not stand to reason that a certain percentage of the human species would be able to do a little dark math, and come to a shocking conclusion: It is possible to engineer the end of humanity as a class-based social entity. Eliminate the proles, and the remainder live in a paradise. But who shall do the work?
Seriously people, get with it. We are running out of time. At the rate things are moving, you have maybe fifty years.
Symbol sets out of sacred geometry tell secrets. They convey metaphorical meanings to those who know the oral tradition. If you want to hide information, you develop a new technology to contain all other information. The shaman learned his tales in poetic form, with meter and rhyme as memory aides to the oral tradition. The invention of writing gave certain groups the opportunity to prevent their secrets from entering the general informational exchange. The invention of computers allowed for this again. The internet represents a new cleavage between the storage of information in the past and the modern repositories. If you want something to be unknown, don’t disseminate it at all.
Today, the best secrets are kept where there are no records at all.
Irony rules the universe, or more correctly, what we perceive as ironic seems somehow to be echoed in the character of all creation. Debate this point at length, if you wish; the irony is that you endeavor to debate it. Embrace irony in your doings, and you have power. Irony may both unmake and instruct. The Left Hand Path is comfortable with unmaking.
Millions work today in hundreds of different industries at all levels of valuation to develop the technologies that will one day – very soon – render those same millions [and billions of others] obsolete. When a wizard sees an irony, he knows wizardry is at work. A bad irony means bad magic – Black Magick. Of course, no such thing exists, but the people who practice it can still just be assholes who would rather have mindless slave robots than bother to open new frontiers for human exploration and endeavor. It is entirely possible that someone has done the Devil’s Arithmetic and discovered that creating a future that benefits the majority of humanity is far more expensive than creating one in which the majority of humanity is eliminated. Morality and spirituality are of no importance to materialists focused only upon ignoring the Sound of Time and listening instead to the clink of gold.
What will wake you?