Archive | December 2013

Rainbow Reality: A Solstice Dream

Earlier in the pages of The Chrysalis I “confessed” — if that is the right word — that most of the subjects about which I post are first formed and suggested in my dreams. Sometimes the recollection of the dream occurs to me only after I post on a topic.

Of late I have been having strange and peculiar dreams, and if my recall has improved in this respect it is because I’ve taken to splitting my night-time sleep into two or three blocks. This has had the side-effect of improving my dream re-collection and recall.

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Religion and “Culture War”

A comment from LittleBigMan on my earlier post “Universal Fascism Against the City of God” has persuaded me of the need to unwrap the contemporary and historical meanings of “religion” and “spiritual”, and why today they have even become antithetical terms — the causes of great confusion and even conflict (in the form of “culture war”). “Culture war” (or Kulturkampf, in the German usage) is pretty much a continuation of the unresolved “wars of religion” that marked the Reformation and Counter-Reformation of the Late Middle Ages. “Culture War” is another sign of how the condition of Late Modernity parallels that of the decline and decadence of the Late Middle Ages and of “the Universal Church”, including the formal rehabilitation of Inquisition and torture, albeit in more or less disguised forms. Such “wars of religion”, including contemporary “culture war”, arise from an essential and persistent ambiguity in the meaning of “religion” itself. Read More…

Post-Enlightenment: An Epidemic of the Crazies

Although I never saw the movie The Crazies, it strikes me that the plot line about a virus that infects people with insanity is truer to our post-Enlightenment, post-modern social reality today than we would like to think. There is an epidemic of “the crazies”.  I see it and I hear it every day.

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