The New Normal: Unreason Seizes Power
Reason and reality are related words. That relationship points to an important truth towards understanding reason and reality (or consciousness and cosmos, if we wish to put it another way). Ideally, they are best thought of in terms of husband and wife. They perform a marriage, a bond. Their happy union is what is called “cosmic consciousness”. And the fruit and offspring of their union is called “truth”.
This marriage of reason and reality, or consciousness and cosmos, is the ultimate meaning of the hieros gamos or mysterium conjunctionis — the sacred marriage. Of this sacred marriage, alchemy provides us with many symbols,
There are many such images sourced from many different wisdom traditions.
Our culture is, however, “divorce culture”. We even use that term “divorced from reality” to describe madness or unreason. That is to say, “divorce” and “dualism” amount to much the same thing — the same state of affairs. By “divorce” here is meant the disintegration of the unity of existence. This divorce of reason and reality — consciousness and cosmos — was formalised in Cartesian metaphysical dualism which formally dichotomised Being into discrete subject and object states, or the extremes of Ego and It, or of spirit and matter.
Consciousness, or Reason, is the bridegroom. Cosmos, or Reality, is the bride. The offspring of their marriage is Truth. Unreason, or “false consciousness”, is the divorce of reason and reality. Where reason and reality, consciousness and cosmos, become divorced, truth cannot be realised. Such a state of affairs is barren and fruitless, and we rightly call it “wasteland”. And our culture of analysis, of nuclear fission — our dualistic “divorce culture”, if you will, of a strict “either/or” logic — simply cannot fathom the meaning of these symbolic forms.
What is being called “the new normal” is the sour fruit and consequence of this dichotomising way of thinking, which we have come to call the “deficient mental-rational” consciousness in which reason decays into mere rationalisation or mere ratiocination. The elements of this “new normal” are revealing — the normalisation of double-standard, and therewith also double-talk, double-think, and double-bind.
These four aspects of the “new normal” I have previously named our own “four riders of the apocalypse” — Double-Talk, Double-Think, Double-Standard, and Double-Bind are their names. They are the elements of unreason. They are the characteristics of duplicity, and in accepting this “new normal” in those terms is to accede to the seizure of power by Unreason. This has been the trend since the First World War and modern disillusionment with the “Age of Reason”.
These “four riders” are the perverted and corrupted expression of the paradox of the fourfold human.
This way lies madness and a delirium of madness. Although there are hopeful signs that the error of centuries is now being rectified, it may come too late to redeem us from its consequences in complete disintegration– that is, “collapse”.
The divorce of reason and reality, of consciousness from cosmos, in terms of the subject-object dichotomy has been, in many ways, a disaster. The pursuit of power came at the expense of truth, in many ways. And if today truth and power are also divorced from one another, it reflects the fact that reason and reality, consciousness and cosmos, have been divided and divorced from each other at the root.
There is another term that was once used for this disintegration and dichotomisation of the integrity of being — the diabolical. That is what the word means. The diabolical is the duplicitous — the forked-tongue. Its contrary is symbolic, which means “to bring together”, which is the symbolism of the sacred marriage in which reason and reality, consciousness and cosmos, are reintegrated and are at peace.
Of course, democracy cannot survive the seizure of power by unreason. And neither will democracy survive “the new normal”. The new normal must be revealed for what it is, and then consciously and actively repudiated for being what it is: duplicity and false consciousness.