This is one of those subjects that could be a thirty thousand word essay or a single line. Been reading poems by William Blake and Allen Ginsberg’s comments on aspects of those poems. Most interestingly that God becomes Satan.
Blake devised a human universe in which four elements had to exist in balance. He gave each element a name; Urizen is ‘reason’, Tharmas is the ‘body’, Luvah is ‘emotion’ and finally Urthona ‘imagination’. Blake believed balance between all four must be maintained and if not the result would be chaos and conflict. Too much ‘body’ would result in a brutish unfeeling society and too much imagination, well we can imagine not much would get done and there would be chaos and probably conflict as well. Too much Luvah (emotion) and you end up with the Middle East or a South American communist revolution. A South American dictatorship would be an excess of Urizen (reason). The country is threatened by a communist take over so and in the minds of the existing power holders, any means used to eradicate the threat to democracy and the free market economy is simply the unfortunate price to be paid. Needless to say and consistent with Newton’s third law, the motion towards a cruel dictatorship does not stop until an opposite and at least equal force re-establishes a democratic system of government. Not usually the case if the communists win because and as history has shown the outcome of a successful far-left revolution is a swing to dictatorship by the far left. Clearly all systems based on ‘reason’ alone will end in dictatorship and the process by which a well-meaning revolutionary leader becomes a cruel dictator is that like Urizen, she or he desires more power, more territory, dominion and has an ego-centric desire for total control of nature. (Ginsberg)
Urizen is what we see in many western debates today in that Urizen is an abstract intellect that makes abstract judgments, limiting emotion and imagination. Books are again being banned, even comic strips, paintings are taken down in the name of good morals and allegedly to encourage intellectual debate. In the case of the Manchester gallery the take down itself is described as a work of art and if so, then it is a work of art signed by Urizen himself in which there is no color, no form, no imagination, no emotion and no humanity. (See my previous post on the Manchester gallery take down).
The demise of Urizen is that from God he becomes a Satan whose vision is opaque. He has eyes but can’t see what is in front of him and as such Urizen is unprolific, he can’t write poetry and can’t create anything other than that which is already in the realm of accepted and approved human experience. God or Jehovah as Ginsberg wrote has become a centralized power, lord of a materialistic world, imprisoning the mind and the imagination to moral law, bounding them down in the ropes of ignorant reason.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.
Anyways – not really worth talking about freedoms, etc when we maybe have only a few more decades of civilization left. Could be more but the collapse is now unavoidable short of God recalling all human brains for replacement with one’s that do not contain the “after me the flood’ virus.
In life there is not much happening and honestly I do get sick of nothing happening. It’s like life has come to an end. I’d welcome it were it the case but keep trying to put one foot ahead of the other, plodding on, reviewing and consolidating projects into one that has better chance of completion and trying to remain optimistic and engaged with a society I’ve come to regard with no small amount of contempt. I know that sounds awful but what can you believe of a society that has become so self-centered anything related to materialistic well-being and amusement is more important than its children’s future? A society so cruel that justice has become public revenge, cowardly to the point of being unable to maintain the rights and freedoms previous generations paid for in blood.
Not sure whether I posted this before – it’s a picture that deals with changing concepts of gender and sexual orientations. The strip club in the background is typical of last century with it’s true and only function being reaffirming strict heterosexuality and the female as the only socially acceptable sexual fantasy. It has as such become an icon of conservatism. What would Ken – Barbie’s boyfriend and male ideal – be in our times? Maybe a bitch boy in a LGBTQI BDSM club?