Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see. – Edgar Allan Poe
Meg Myers has a hauntingly beautiful song entitled “Monster,” which I recall listening to, early morn, still vibrating alcoholism from the night before, lit American Spirit cigarette, engaging the darkness and the beauty of its filthy, honest-speaking truth into my ears.
The music video alone is terrific, but that rawness, as the smoke fueled the surrounding air, is what I have dreamed of in deep sleep. This image is a true one and echoes a former life entrapped by unbearable agony and hopelessness. Throughout the tough times when it guided me, I never gave in to abandoning what I believed is true. I did not adopt too-good-to-be-true philosophies or join a church group where everyone told me how much God loves me and how everything was going to be bright and wonderful in the end like Hollywood fairytales. Truth mattered then, it matters now.
Facts vs. Survival
I recall listening to folks often like Stefan Molyneux or Ben Shapiro and phrases like “Facts matter” were the slogan at play. But do facts matter? After you hear something for so long you may eventually grab the meme in question and actually examine it. Facts matter? On what basis and to whom do they matter?
Here is a fact: border jumpers are committing a crime against the United States, yes? That is a fact (at least for now). It may also be a fact it is a Mexican mother and her two offspring seeking some better arrangement of living. Is that also a fact? Say it is, what does it mean? Both sides are factual, yet one side is pitted against another as a means for survival. One is perhaps more immediate than another, but nonetheless, it is about survival. When we speak of facts in regards to situations like this, does the factual only matter in terms of survival? If both sides are factual, yet survival is called into the arena, then facts only matter to one side but not the other, correct? Is that indeed a fact?
Truth is a fragile thing in this post-modern era of Marxist-lit thought and moral conviction changing with every new wave of wind. It seems a vast array of ages consider there to exist some motto of your personal truth, as if it genuinely means anything when, in reality, it is a self-defeating concept. It is attached to desire of preference encompassed in the delusional of being an absolute, but that is all. And I began to realize, after a certain point, that the slogans of “Facts matter” or “Facts don’t care about your feelings” really suggest (at least on the surface) that we are dealing with logic-based, rational-headed citizens. We are not.
Emotions are a wonderful thing. Referring back to that song, it conveys a darkness with a weight of heavy agony, sexual repulsion, and some unsettling strange desire to bloody up your lover while they sleep with a butcher knife. It’s a nightmare of artistic joy for some of us and it is beautiful in its own warped way. But when we are discussing politics and things which shall be enacted within a culture, including laws and regulations which effect the entirety of a state, it’s no longer about emotions but survival depending upon the situation at hand. We can take into account stronger gun laws, which many fear is leading toward a communist-style government system, or we could view abortion and whether the set party involved sees it, loosening or tightening, as a direct threat to their lives and the desired outcome thenceforth. All this, in a nutshell, is (or at least appears to be) a direct threat to one’s personal well-being and safety. The fact is we often, more than not, want to survive. Facts from your opponent’s side are valueless when your own neck is on the line.
In a country like America The Foolish how do we operate in this struggle of survival when much of the country utilizes emotions to manipulate the other side? It’s a very weird thing to witness: we cannot yet go to civil war so we settle for manipulating the other side until one tops the other. It’s just very strange to observe. And in all of this, as the online atmosphere continues to expand, facts are deluded within the mutt of falsehood.
I crave rationality; lust toward logic. It is this beautiful thing which, in fact, did not come naturally to me. I once asked someone why they were not in support of Bernie Sanders. With one word they said, “Freedom.” A smile came across their face and I, in all my (former) liberal pride, turned and walked away utterly pissed at his simplistic response. And with such ease of confidence did this gentleman convey his answer to my inquiry. My emotions flared up in that moment, as with many moments of horrific fear that the worldview I held sincere and ever dear, may actually be flawed. For whatever reason be, I persisted in conversation with certain folks along the political lines. It wasn’t until I began craving intellectualism that I started operating on my own mind in pursuit of truth. Emotions are important, but they do not manipulate reality to one’s own comfort.
I used to look up to the likes of the late Christopher Hitchens. He was part of the Four Horsemen Of Atheism, or the New Atheist Wave. I found his talks venerating; total bliss as he shredded through the dogma of religious rituals and practice. His book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything was quite a catch to me in those years. I’ve listened to the audiobook twice. And, in fact, I still find much to agree with in terms of pointing out some of the dastard lunacy of religious rituals and man’s excuses for enacting brutal crimes against non-combatants or children.
Here is a quote from his book Letters To A Young Contrarian:
Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.
Yes, beware of the irrational. But what is irrational? Simply put, it avoids logic. Logic is that which guns for the truth, toward the factual; as in, an attempt to see and understand reality as it stands and nothing more. It is a wonderful thing to behold when it shines through individuals; especially in this modern age where much intellectual thought is watered-down and everyone attempts to please everyone by keeping their mouths shut and agreeing with the loudest dog.
Truth Which Transcends Carnality
The online world is so vast with an overflow of stupid. Genuine, harmful stupid. I wanted out of the matrix, if you will. To borrow from Princess Mononoke, I came “to see with eyes unclouded by hate.” This is a task I’ve personally encountered as lacking in all generations; especially the millennial group. A simple example: “I believe all roads lead to God.” For one, this is insulting to all spiritual walks and religious doctrines. Secondly, the one who espouses such sentiments is themselves engaging in an absolute; thus, they deny other folks’ “truth” and act as exclusive without realizing what they are doing. Buddhism and it’s variety of sects does not believe in the same manner as sects of Hinduism belief. Islam certainly does not align with Mormonism (Latter-Day Saints) or Catholicism. Does atheistic Luciferianism align with practitioners of voodoo or the variety of Pagan practices? Absolutely not. And yet, despite all that, they claim all roads lead to God?
This is basic Philosophy 101. Americans (Westerners in general) seem to carelessly utilize the gift of language and depart from root definitions and apply it aimlessly and without foundation. Take the infamous jargon “Everyone has their own truth.” What does this equate to exactly? It’s nonsensical, irrational self-defeatism. Again, how can all claims of truth be equal yet they claim the contrary to one another? It is part of Christianity’s brand of offensiveness. It really does claim exclusivity toward the Creator. Would it not make sense God made a clear-cut path toward Him rather than the everything-goes mentality? Islam views non-Muslims as infidels. Are you an infidel? Then you are going to Hellfire.
Consider the Qur’an, Surah 7:41-41:
Indeed, those who deny Our verses and are arrogant toward them – the gates of Heaven will not be opened for them, nor will they enter Paradise until a camel enters into the eye of a needle. And thus do We recompense the criminals. They will have from Hell a bed and over them coverings [of fire]. And thus do We recompense the wrongdoers.
I’ve read the entire Qur’an. Allah is clear-cut about the believers and their eternal place in bliss and the unbelievers and their eternal, humiliating torment. And yet, despite having the “miracle” of the Qur’an being given to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) there are even different sects of Muslims: Sunni and Shia. One primary difference is that Sunni Muslims rely heavily on the Sunnah (words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad) recorded in the Hadiths; however, the Shia Muslims hold to the ayatollahs, of which refers to religious leadership. Which group holds truth?
Taking that into account, then how does the libertarian-style/Marxist-lit view of the “Everyone has their truth/All roads lead to God” character and their position on the Hereafter fit into the Islamic (Sunni or Shia) worldview? Either Allah is a steaming liar, or someone is going to be really heartbroken when Judgment Day arrives.
Many modern-day witches believe in Deity, but do not support the idea of eternal punishment. They often make rituals to their ancestors, or they may work with familiar (or local) spirits. When I engaged elements of the Occult, it is common thought that you work with spiritual beings (or demons, daemons, ancient gods), but you do not worship them. It is not viewed as “evil” in the Islamic or Christian sense; it is, in fact, morally acceptable and is merely a darker form of spirituality. Many will claim the Left-Hand Path (Satanism, witchcraft, voodoo, etc.) actually helps reveal the hidden truths to our inner god-like qualities; especially those in Luciferian circles. This is present in the New Age Movement as well.
But how does this stack up against Christian doctrine? Consider Deuteronomy 18:10-13 (ESV):
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God
This was written in the Torah (the Book of Laws, or Books of Moses) long before they were echoed in the New Testament documents. Is this a truth about abominations, or are all truths valid? According to Wiccan practice, it isn’t quite so. According to LaVeyan Satanist this is all silly make-believe bedtime stories which deserve mockery and scold.
Some New Age teachers even claim Christ Jesus discovered His inner god-man while on Earth. Think about that for a moment. And consider this Christ-conscious explanation from New Age Dawned by a Mr. Robert Burney:
Jesus, in my opinion, was the most important Master Teacher in the history of humankind. The reason he was so important was that he taught Love. He carried the message of a Loving God-Force.
Jesus was a perfect Spiritual Being, a direct extension/manifestation from the ONENESS that is the God/Goddess Energy, having a human experience – just as we all are perfect Spiritual Beings having a human experience. What made Jesus different is that he was more en-Light-ened, more tuned in to the energy of Light and Love, more conscious of the Truth of ONENESS. That does not mean that he was able to be emotionally tuned into that Truth all of the time – no human can be. It meant that he carried a Knowing of that Truth and Love with him – integrated into his emotional responses to life. He was human – he did get angry, scared and afraid, he did have a dark side and know despair at times. Jesus also had sensual and sexual desires and a mate and lover in Mary Magdalene.
What really made Jesus so special was that he was able to be enLightened in a time when the inner channel to Christ Consciousness that all humans possess was blocked by planetary conditions. He was able to use the Archangelic vibrational frequencies to circumvent the blockage in the planetary energy field.
There are so many things wrong with this that it genuinely is hilarious to actually read it. But is it true? Christ certainly taught love, but in which way does the New Age define love? And Christ spoke often of Hellfire, repenting from the filth of sins and made mark that “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” He was also quite vocal on false prophets and false doctrine. The apostles were keen in their writings as well, as inspired by God:
Consider 2 Peter 2:1-3 (ESV):
2 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
Does truth align with the first, or are we more “enlightened” now, in the twenty-first century, that the old is swept away for the new? Is truth like your smartphone? Supposedly better with each new update, or new design and fancy camera? Is truth timeless, or is that an outdated slogan? And if you’re considered an old soul, then are you mentally outdated? If so, does this cause harm to the more progressive mindset, of which holds moral superiority over the outdated and backwards? Who is to judge here — the first, the last, the old, the new?
Witches vs. Nazis
Let us review one more example of belief and what value it holds in truth.
Gerald Brousseau Gardner can be credited with creating Wicca in its modern form. He was a British man who had the pleasure of dancing around a large fire with naked women, all in the name of fighting off a pending Nazi invasion.
He viewed human intervention through ritual as a means of influencing material reality:
One of the most interesting things that happened during this period was ‘Operation Cone of Power’, in which the New Forest Coven (including Gardner) attempted to repel a German invasion. A group of 17 witches gathered on the coast and performed a skyclad (nude) ritual focused on dissuading the Germans from attacking England by sea. Many scoffed but England was never invaded during the length of World War II.
Did our Mr. Gardner stop the literal Nazis from invading England? Well, they didn’t invade them, did they? And again, was there any actual magic(k) which influenced the mind of Nazis that somehow diverted them elsewhere? You may be highly tempted to say it is absolute bollocks to dare suggest it’s even possible dancing around a large fire with naked women cannot fight back the Nazi troops. What claim do you hold in absolutes?
Many who operate within this genre of spirituality (not just Wicca) speak on the universe as sort of having a mind of its own; in this view, you can speak things into existence. Speak positive, think positive, ritualize toward your intended goals and desires. Have not many come forward claiming to have obtained their goals in this way? Who are you to say otherwise?
“It’s so weird. There’s so much doom around that number ,” Aniston told the Times. This iteration of the gathering was about rejecting that gloom. Aniston, perhaps hesitant to appropriate a term often employed by witches to describe a range of spiritual communions, added that she was wary of being associated in print with the term “goddess circle” and asked the reporter if she should just call it a “circle.”
If this is true, does it lead to what many have already claimed about what the Hollywood elite are all involved in? Does engaging in magic(k) or witchcraft bring worldwide fame, seemingly ageless skin and fine swagger? Who are you to say?
All which you read is a load of confusion. There are such heights of belief systems, of which many sincerely claim truth above all others. Is it arrogance they claim such an absolute? Who are you to deny them, lest you end up claiming an absolute yourself? “No one will ever really know the truth about the cosmos or our existence.” Is that true?
There are many who hold the view that they operate in non-biased, objective, universal, and absolute reality-grounded territory. I have come to believe this as false. Most everyone, after a certain point of mental development, adopts or crafts a worldview they hold to be absolute. This includes those who claim that we may never know anything about anything. That is a truth claim. You cannot simply avoid it. And that is fact.
There are others who boaster the idea of observing the pure mystery of life and the cosmos as a means of our existence, or some mystical worldview which addresses little-to-nothing about morality, the Hereafter or why we really are rather than not. Views like this are lazy and obtain total void in scope. Can truth be known if it exist? And, if it does in fact exist, is it hidden or right in front of us? Many consider the “banned” books from the Bible as a source for truth.
Ever hear of the Gospel of Thomas? It is a collection of 114 sayings of Jesus that was discovered in 1945 at the village of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. It contains, as many consider, secret sayings of Jesus.
Simon Peter said to them: “Let Mary (Magdalene) go out from among us, because women are not worthy of the Life.”
Jesus said: “See I shall lead her, so that I will make her male, that she too may become a living spirit, resembling you males. For every woman who makes herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Saying 114, Funk, p. 532; see also Yamauchi, p. 186).
What if these sayings are the key to unlocking the mystery? Is man not ever so enticed by hidden wisdom after all? Of course he is. Curiosity killed the cat.
In some ancient documents, of which convey to millions the most important event in human history according to their belief, there was a man, Pontius Pilate, who himself had a question about truth. But to whom did he ask it, and to what is the answer?
John 18:37-39 (ESV)
37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”