jaelmara (jaelmara) wrote,

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contra scientia

"Because, after all, liberty begets anarchy, anarchy leads to despotism, and despotism back again to liberty. Millions have died without securing a triumph for any one system. Is not that the vicious circle in which the whole moral world revolves? Man believes that he has reached perfection, when in fact he has but rearranged matters." Balzac, The Magic Skin

This is the cycle repeated over and over in history. It happens in the life of the church, the state, even communities, both ideological and residential.

No matter what overman emerges, mankind is not happy, and throws off his shackles. Maybe this is the lot of the original sin, purge what you will, license what you will, mankind feels doomed. This goes back to the original question about sin, will we conquer it? What exactly is to be the fate of the sin. Striving against sin to create a community of Puritanical regime, only to abandon that for Unitarian vision of love and conscience of the individual, and sin being a construct of time past, etc. something about a golden rule.

We're never happy to co-exist with our neighbor, and because of this we purge, whether jihad starts internally or externally, the struggle moves to the powerful affecting will upon others.

"The vigor of a nation in its origin was in a way physical, unitary, and crude; then as aggregations increased, government advanced by a decomposition of the primitive rule, more or less skilfully managed. For example, in remote ages national strength lay in theocracy, the priest held both sword and censer; a little later there were two priests, the pontiff and the king. Today our society, the latest word of civilization, has distributed power according to the number of combinations, and we come to the forces called business, thought, money, and eloquence. Authority thus divided is steadily approaching a social dissolution, with interest as its one opposing barrier. We depend no longer on either religion or physical force, but upon intellect. Can a book replace the sword? Can discussion be a substitute for action? That is the question." Balzac, The Magic Skin

A "dissolute" society, one in which there is no centre of power as in say an Ayatollah, can not help but be less reactive and radical, because if one power structure moves, it will have a counterbalance somewhere else, this is the strength of weakness. On the other hand, the theonomic regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is anathema to this thinking, and we cannot but help thinking of dismantling it.

"one of those thoughts that come to us as a ray of sunlight pierces through the thick mists in some dark valley--a sad enlightenment, a pitiless sagacity that lights up the accomplished fact for us, that lays our errors bare, and leaves us without excuse in our own eyes. It suddenly struck him that the possession of power, no matter how enormous, did not bring with it the knowledge how to use it. The sceptre is a plaything for a child, an axe for a Richelieu, and for a Napoleon a lever by which to move the world. Power leaves us just as it finds us; only great natures grow greater by its means." Balzac, The Magic Skin.

This, the knowledge of good and evil, does not tell us the method of removal, and consequently we try many means of rearranging the data until we like the results, only to find fault ad nauseum. Without the knowledge of how to use power in a world, we have produced fantastic failures.
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