Tuesday, September 25, 2007

On Possession

Why? Anthropology & para/psychology of religion fascinate me as topics, since people fascinate me. Particularly the realm of belief and action known to outsiders as religion (various sections of my Good Reads site). But why posession? Spirits, posession, etc, have been aspects of human culture for millennia, far longer than the millimeter of the "modern" era that so many Jewish co-religionists feel obligated to accord with/ argue with. The idea of disembodied intelligence seizing control of ones body is a frightening notion, at least to "us" moderns. Possession is not solely a matter of the demonic, but I always found this a haunting quote;

"Clear cases [of possession] appear to be less common today than in the past. This may be due in part to the fact that persons tend to be receptive to what they believe - Freudians have a disproportionate number of Freudian dreams - and possession does not square with the modern scientific outlook [which, though only vaguely understood by the great number of people, is as widely embraced; realm of confusion thereby generated], but there is a supplementing possibility. With genocides and the use of nuclear weapons to mash entire countrysides [industrialism, the subconscious consequences of Technopoly], the demonic may now be so [efficiently, 'cost effectively'...] diffused on the terrestrial plan that it has no need, one almost says no time, to put in many 'personal appearances' in single individuals".Forgotten Truth , Huston Smith p.43

One could also suggest we've done such a smashing job of doing ourselves in, of doing The Adversary's work for him that he's already retired.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Requiem for "their" Future

[our future really - considering it will include most of us] Following previous posts (1, 2, 3); I think the time is coming for dividing between a more-true optimism and less-true pessimism in the realm of the real - and the real will bring it about for us. IOW, I agree with those who think things are going to go to Gehinnom (or worse), within the next, say, 8 years (just look at the oceans now; pretty gloomy, open that one at your own risk). Peak Oil, peak everything. But enough about me (...on my blog?...is that possible?). So many people I know actually will say to me that "if some [insert terrorist attack, pandemic, personal crisis, etc] happens...oh well! I'm not going to live differently now for 'the inevitable'". Short term sacrifices for short term gains based on shortsightedness. And I'm the pessimist for at least pretentiously worrying longterm? It sounds implied in their responses that any of these events or none of these events could happen - so why plan for the possibility of any of these events...actually happening?

From the personal to the collective; exercise, eating well, living in safe places, producing and consuming regionally, having decent [sustainable, ethical] domestic and foreign policy - done properly both enhance the cherished 'now' and prevent problems in the future (which is obvious because many people and nations have made such decisions successfully). They prevent conceptual inevitabilities from even becoming localized possibilities. For [seemingly pointless]example; not every city is in the top ten for violent crime rates, worst pollution, etc...because of course there are more than ten cities. Really. There are.
more to say.
Unless the lights go out for the very last time.

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