Sunday, August 28, 2011

Understanding How Prophecy Works

One of the most important things I came to understand as an atheist for sixteen years was the mechanism by which "prophecy" works in a declining civilization.

Prophets are a kind of group consciousness outpouring of anguish at the falling away from original principles that expresses itself through individuals. People who aren't very bright or perceptive always dismiss them as "madmen," never realizing that although their particular context may not always be relevant, their basic message always is and it tends to be the same theme repeated over and over again.

As nations lose their homogeneity, martial codes of behaviour and social strictures they follow it up by rapidly abandoning their founding religious principles. This is always a prelude to the loss altogether of the ability to organize meaningful responses and adaptation to changed conditions. Near the end of the Roman Empire and the Greek Democracy, all you had was a self-indulgent rabble incapable of working together to achieve anything. These kinds of late era societies are like fresh meat put out for ravenous predators. If neighboring nations don't get them, environmental changes will. Usually both together will seal their doom.

You see, you're not really bright at all until you understand it doesn't matter if God exists or not, because the wisdom attributed to him is always prudent and timely. Once you understand this you will see you have nothing to lose by believing in him with all your heart and everything to gain. It is not merely a useful principle at the individual level - it has a magnifying, exponential effect when it is applied to the entire nation that is in decline. The only thing that can reverse this sort of decline is not a dictator (this is what people get when they continue down the wrong path they are on) but a revolution of the superego that expresses itself in a newfound humility before the divine. Until this takes place at the microcosmic level of the individual, there is no leader who will ever be apt enough to turn this decay around. The Bible is the single best book of nation building that has ever been written and the nation founded most prominently upon it's principles was the greatest country the world had ever seen.

I don't believe for an instant that this revolution will happen but it is Amerikwa's only hope. Any chance for reform will stem from this kind of sea change in outlook.

Any philosophy founded on the perfectibility of man will always usher in rivers of blood and anarchy whereas an ideology founded on the basic notion that man cannot be improved (a dismal calvinist outlook) will always have some hope of reform.


Anonymous said...

Even if this world is "the only game in town," we are called on to lead our lives in ways that lead to higher ground. I speak in terms of the "organization" of this world. Entropy is what happens unless energy and intention is put into a system ... parasitizing a system can only go on for so long before it runs downhill to the abyss. Good things will always lie uphill, up the energy and effort gradient. Higher up and farther in is the refrain in C S Lewis' story.

That is the way of this Universe. Those not striving are along for a free ride. And for conscious creatures, evil is listening to that voice promising free rides, and whispering that We humans with our debased natures are the standards of greatest good. I encourage reading the Screwtape Letters for a good, hair-raising encounter with the mind of the Enemy

Anonymous said...

The Bible offers a particularly clear and concise description of the characteristics found in those in whom evil inheres.
Proverbs 6:16-19
16There are six things that the LORD hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.

Sound familiar?

Texas Arcane said...

Standard issue Kwanzanians?

800,000+ dead women and children in Iraq can't be wrong! Baby body count for the win! I dinnin' do nuttin, say Kwanzanians! Those Neanderthals were about to rush us! Luckily we got them first!

Anonymous said...

One of the best monologues you've written for a long time, Tex. I liked it better than the linked article. Whatever the actual process behind prophecy, it's certainly tied into a subconscious realisation common to many people that one person just happens to leap ahead with. It often seems the case that they do this 20 years or so earlier than the majority of the population. Prophets are also complex lateral thinkers, often able to think in multiple (massive numbers of) lines of thought simultaneously - and then render it in a simpler manner for the result. Everyone else usually see this and can't comprehend HOW the prophets conclusion was arrived at. Takes a long time for others to catch-up, but to the prophet it's always a statement of the obvious, and the prophets - like you and I and a few others here - usually can't understand why so many are blind to the obviousness of the conclusions. Of course, there are prophets who are of malicious intent too. Manipulation of people when you know just a bit more than them is easy, as always.