Sunday, January 30, 2011

The following blogspots center on a variety of subjects, which I have initiated. You are invited to look and respond. Not-Violence main subject Temple of Janis (John) site Arguments for systems change Sacrificial crisis in Latvia

I suggest you look at the links imbedded in these blogs or at the end of the blog as an integral part of my argument.  * text between [ ] is not part of quote.
The 4th Awakening

39 John Mocked Again (1)
© Eso Anton Benjamins

Following the removal in 1940 of the K. Ulmanis regime by the Soviet Union and Ulmanis’s failure to self-sacrifice himself in the name of the Latvian community (or state), the authoritarian president

1.     failed himself;
2.     diminished Latvian confidence in themselves;
3.     mocked the resurrection of Johns by confirming their death;
4.     confirmed the continued rule of the pseudo democratic elite;
5.      kept the idea of monarchy as government in continued disgrace though
        made a step in its direction.
All of the five points above are closely related, which is why the word “mocked” is the active verb that unites them all.

This blogger has already argued that John was long ago mocked and diminished by the secular elites, when they called him “pagan”, which word derives from pa-Yan, a word that attempts to diminish the meaning of Yan (John), the son of the Goddess Sun. The mocking tone brilliantly shows its colours in Mozart’s opera “Die Zauberfloete” and the well known song by Papagena and Papageno.

If it is true that the Herrnhuters, also known as the Moravian Brotherhood, taught proto-Latvians (~1729 - ~1740) choir singing in order to recruit them to their ranks, it is more than likely that they found among the war (Great Northern War, 1700-1721) demoralized proto-Latvians preexisting cultural and social infrastructures on which to base their efforts. The moral rebuilding of the proto-Latvians, while no doubt changing their perception of themselves (they largely forgot the Sun as their Dearest Goddess), brought back into the light many old traditions. Therefore, the now nearly forgotten Johns Songs (YouTube  stands as an example of their dearth), once as special to the Latvian Midsummer Johns Festival as Christmas songs are to the festival of the winter solstice, were not only preserved, but implicitly continued the Arch-Christian tradition of Christianity here and now rather than in a Neo-Christian no-place called heaven.

During the life time of K. Ulmanis (1877-1942), Johns Songs were still widely known and widely sung. One did not yet have to have a “cultural organizer” to misinform the celebrants that the Johns Festival was better known as Lihgo Festival (literally a “halleluia” festival) at which no one felt like halleluing. Though the Bear Wrestler had replaced John during that time as the Latvian hero, the new hero still had enough of the old one left in him for a full throated song.

In any event, when Karlis Ulmanis felt that Latvians had to be rescued from tearing themselves apart in a parliamentary and “democratic” Latvia by presuming himself to become their leader, he took upon himself the responsibility of a community generating self-sacrifice. Alas, he had never heard of such a thing, because no Western head of state—ever since the guillotining of the French KingLuisXVI during the French Revolution—had ever even thought of leadership that way.

Therefore, when Soviet leader Stalin challenged Ulmanis and “his” Latvian-Latvians, Ulmanis failed himself and the Latvians. In fact, such a failure of leadership was repeated by the “bloody” Stalin, who on his death bed yet tried to kill his doctors rather than sacrifice himself. Hitler did no better, because he killed himself only because he wished to avoid being hung by the Western Allies. The idea of the Sacred King was only a memory limited to poets. Even among them, he is more often remembered as the Fisher King, one lamed by a wound in the groin and unable to move unaided.

What is it that lamed not only Ulmanis, but has for so long (way before the French Revolution brought down Louis XVI) lamed all governments East and West?

Though Rene Girard argues so perceptively about the phenomenon of the scapegoat, and how human beings have no built in mechanism that checks violence (as it operates among some animals)—which is why there is a need for one time “generative violence” to establish rituals of peace—his failure to perceive Neo-Christianity (in his case Catholicism) as the institution that inhibits and lames men’s minds and forces them into inaction through the exercise of permanent violence (the hidden mailed fist), short-circuits his own break-through. Girard condemns Arch-Christianity in no less severe terms for its practices of self-sacrifice than did his Neo-Christian forebears whose violence instilled such fear in common man of the governing “elites” that it stopped the proper functioning of the mind of even the elites themselves. While the Neo-Christians have “apologized” for the violence of their “religion” and have promised to do so no more, the damage inflicted enabled the now long ongoing catastrophe of military-secular rule.

The pseudo or romantic democracy that has ruled the world, the West particularly, is a devastating farce for the planet and humankind. Of course, no major power or empire is going to shift their thinking until their ship of state falls and shatters. It is different and so much sadder when the small powers, the small communities and states such as Latvia, buy into the Western mindset. It is absurd of the Latvian politicians to insist that they are oriented toward the West, not the East, when the East is as Western as the West, and there is no threat from either, but the romantic system both now cultivate.

The Vatican is a monarchy, and so are Anglican England, and all milquetoast Lutheran archbishops. As Rene Girard writes: “What might be [is] concealed here is the desire to sacralize oneself and make oneself godlike—which quite clearly harks back to the illusion traditionally created by sacrifice.” In other words, fear the illusions of your enemies and let a few more million men die, which is all the more reason to procreate irresponsibly.

The Story of Crazy Jane and Clever John, Part 3
(…story begins at blog 15)

Clever John looked down and replied: “As large as a dead horse’s eye.”

As soon as Clever John had finished the words, the raven flipped on her back, and despite the hold that Clever John had on her feathers, he fell off her back.

Clever John fell for a long time it seemed. He finally fell on a large sandy dune by the sea. He was quite knocked out. However, wouldn’t you know it, he had fallen right on top on a large hoard of gold. Moreover, his fall had dug a large crater, which is why the gold was there all shiny and bright for his eyes—as soon as he woke up.

(To be continued.)

Asterisks & Links of Interest

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Unchanged Feature: What is reality, what is myth?

Changing Feature: In the preceding posts, I started a compilation of video clips, which when seen as a linear sequence tell a story in a context which I hope will become apparent. No, I do not yet know where it is going to lead. This is a story with no end. If it began in the past (it must have), it is now moving parallel to the day we live in. Watching the film may or may not contribute to your understanding of my meaning. Put this clip as a tail to your communication so others may see. The origin of this post is at 

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