|A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH:|
by Charles Plymell
From whose borne no traveler returns — Shakespeare
I've called this treatise "Pathotheism", because like most philosophers through history the search inevitably invites the universal unanswered question "why" of our existence. This treatise mainly focuses on how that question affects our lives and death on planet earth. The prefix is to indicate a disease manifest in our underlying evolutionary chemistry caused by the ability to reflect temporally and consciously our being, yet eternally and subconsciously in our destiny to not be. To the extent we may be abandoned and left to deify whatever we can, before we die, we employ both reason (insanity) and feeling (faith). I use the word, "insanity" here neither clinically nor pejoratively (though the designations in modern media intercourse are blurred), but merely as an extension of thought that goes to Spinosa and so many others who stretched the world to extend beyond the furtherest imaginable horizon of human thought only to land on Hawking's home plate: finite space-time with no boundary. If you play with the big bang-ganger in pietism, you'll have to pay the man as did Galileo, Bruno, Jesus and others. So, to begin at the beginning as all good philosophers do, one has to scurry from the church like a little church mouse low on the food chain, or go insane, as my father philosophized when he looked over his field of flax on the horizon of the Dakotas.
Everybodys got to walk that lonesome valley/ they got to walk it by theirselves.—
Today, (mainly to blackout the war news) the "news" on TV is The Passion, a kind of Methedrine enhanced Sadomasochistic money drama that draws on the brainwashed-propaganda-embedded ignorance of Christians as easily as the gold lie that befell Coronado and his Christian troops. All sorts of strange reactions to the movie befell the greed-filled fat audiences flush with guilt and money of having trashed and flourished on an innocent wilderness and native peoples like maggots flushing out the carcass outline of dead coyotes. Two died from watching The Passion on the big screen.
Strange evil killings of high schoolers with their new secret behavior on alien landscapes that was old traditional bullying in the over-populated nightmare of old visions of obedient soldiers, workers, civil servants, clerks of industry, and citizens who are trained to think alike, who can be ready to vote to kill whatever is needed to sustain life. Thefts of money greater than small countries' national output dominate the news while garbage dumps grow and human cultures form on them. The religious masses cannot see the difference between big truths and big lies. Torture as bad as what the Romans devised can be found daily: Blown pieces of breast from a young girl land in the bagels and lox on butcher-flesh floors. Men in a truck chain a person to the bumper and drag him down the road until he's dead because of the color of his skin. People jump from burning towers in a horrible death because in the name of god some murderers were promised 72 virgins. Where?
Death comes always in the wrong season —Black Elk
"God willing" is what I hear from the Islam fundamentalists. "God bless America" is what I hear from our president. Ask any punk rocker, any teen spirit that smells right. Anyone who obviously has more good that evil in their bones. They will recognize insanity. We are actually entering an Age of Apostasy even though current waves of electronic and print discourse suggest that the masses are turning to religion. Religions, again are on the march to where the last child or innocent creature is left mangled, diseased, or starving. I had thought I would enjoy my later years in the new millennium even better than the decades I enjoyed in the 50's and 60's. The "New Age" didn't happen as was forecasted in Huxley's Brave New World Revisited written in 1958:
The best of constitutions and preventive laws will be powerless against the steadily increasing pressures of overpopulation and of the over-organization imposed by growing numbers and advancing technology. The constitutions will not be abrogated and the good laws will remain on the statute book; but these liberal forms will merely serve to mask and adorn a profoundly illiberal substance. Given unchecked overpopulation and over- organization, we may expect to see in the democratic countries a reversal of the process which transformed England into a democracy, while retaining all the outward forms of a monarchy. Under the relentless thrust of accelerating overpopulation and increasing over-organization, and by means of ever more effective methods of mind-manipulation, the democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms – elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest -- will remain. The underlying substance will be a new kind of non-violent totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial -- but democracy and freedom in a strictly Pickwickian sense. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.
To the degree that genetics and social influences tip the individual balance of good and evil in an individual brain is an evolutionary chemical conundrum made up of religion, politics, and sex, the main behavioral social malfunctions that have filled history with blood. Those who fainted or died upon watching a movie horror-crucifixion may not carry the image of the reality in their daily minds, of people jumping from the World Trade Center. Whose sins did they die for? Not to mention the young bodies fed into chaos of the war machine, traumatized for life, or those who melted at Hiroshima from the results of the best minds fermenting at the old boys school in Almagordo. The crown of thorns and cross have turned to dust like the hundreds of thousands bodies at Rwanda. And new killing is planned by the diplomats and politicians playing the game of good and evil, getting wealthy from the game, while the good pay with taxes and blood. What does the good and evil barometer read for each individual. Some do not even think of wars; ignorance is bliss. Money is god in whom we trust (to kill). Some leave as always the children dying like those in the UN skimming off oil for food money who have the look of the flesh eaters and dealers during the siege of Stalingrad.
That we are suffering new and greater forms of horrible destruction, both personal and organized, old as history; that it dominates the daily activity of life might have more to do with population growth and communications than devises of torture. That a retarded teenager can be almost persuaded to be blown to pieces in exchange for 72 virgins does not compare to the same military pomp as the Israeli leader, Sharon, grown fat as his prize bull by raking off money to invade and occupy disputed territory. He will cut off his neighbor's water and use the U.S. worker slaves' tax dollars to build great walls to protect his people. Even Mel Gibson would have brought buckets of water across his shoulders to help his neighbor grow grain. Who bears what cross in today's modern insanity? There is no reason behind the words to explain it. Children watch in horror. Horror is their first empirical experience and lies are their first word associations. How long before doom arrives at their doorstep? Good and evil in the environment...tinctures of their chemistries and natural births. Time is the only law that awaits all actions, all births, all journeys, all good and evil compounded in each traveler. Only individual sprit can uplift good above evil in this life of death. Dreams might defer the doom on the doorsteps of the children throwing rocks at tanks but their journey of death is not to Las Vegas to win the prize. Prizes, unlike dreams are power in disguise.
The intellectual and physical garbage of the past has silently washed up into a dead sea of a polluted psychic thriller of murdering ideologies. Today, I can flip any news channel to a controversy over the religious film, The Passion, or a steady stream of non-stories to black out the beholden faces of world hatred. For example, the savagery in Iraq by Islamic Fundamentalists, burned bodies are dragged from a bombed SUV, chopped up with body parts flung over wires and hung from bridges. We didn't get to see Rwanda because politics wasn't hot enough for the front burner. Human life was viewed as worthless. The UN was supposed to take care of that too, but they where too busy ripping off the oil for food program that was supposed to help the dying children. Stealing millions and billions of dollars from the poor and suffering is the game of the day. The worker, with his rusted pick up truck flying flags like General MacArthur's staff car, symbolizes the slave to war who works half a year for a dollar flag. Not even the slaves from ancient times would serve their masters so well.
The sadomasochism torture of the Roman cross morphed into the U.S. video game hits of targets to speed up the history of the votive desires of human religions and all their pathological sexual banners of the kill. Killing is evil getting rid of evil; its roots sacrificial. Advanced civilizations ritualized the sacrifice of a living entity so that another might stand in its place, and blood is implanted before the bounty flows down the pyramid. In WWII, when Rommel's troops grew weary of keeping up their kill, he ordered, "Shoot anything!" There is a certain feeling when a boy first handles a gun. Good and evil is in everyone at varying degrees. The feeling of the gun differs from individual to culture. Shooting in the air is an expression, oddly with the same mechanics as onanism. It represents power, the Viagra world order. Good and evil belongs to no government and has not been controlled by any, permanently. Or conversely, politically, Good and Evil throughout history have been controlled by the state in a geographical and ideological blend. But the winner of the long history is always trying to defer impermanence.
The formula for the political experiment for permanent control at world order was stated simply (and works today) by Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg Trials:
Naturally the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
Lies are the first basis of wars. Since we've had well over 50,000 wars in written history, it's unlikely that the Woodstock lament, "Give peace a chance," will ever happen. Not only are wars killing fields, they contribute greatly to killing the planet by producing a toxic environment. Humans have already begun mutating brought on by bad air. There is a slowness of reception that can only passively take in images from the TV screen. The pubescent bully pulpit still thrives against the timid in public schools. The church and sports still hold by a thread. The "Columbine Ethos" of a poisoned environment will surpass the simple old West feuds over barbed wire. Reasons to kill have become stranger and more cavalier than ever. It is no longer a matter of just good and evil but brains gone bad. Society cries of lost values, but the changes lie in oxygen and chemicals.