Trump in the White House
Some pundits are entertaining assumptions that Trump in Office will soften his views, or be constrained in the realisation of his agenda by the institutional checks and balances on the exercise of power.
I doubt that very much. They almost all said and wrote the same about another megalomaniac in his time — Adolf Hitler. And they were wrong and very much deluded about that then.
Having won to power through Mephistophelian wiles and ways, Trump will only be reinforced in his convictions and emboldened about the efficacy of those Mephistophelian wiles and ways, and his entourage — men like the “ratfucker” Roger Stone or Mr. Bannon — are unabashedly Mephistophelian. The Mephistophelian spirit is the necessary accompaniment to “the death of God”. Yet, whenever I think of the Mephistophelian, it brings to mind Goethe’s Mephistopheles in Faust, who describes himself as “part of that power that would ever evil do, but always does the good”.
In other words, there are constraints and limits upon the exercise of the Mephistophelian that transcend the moral codes or laws of men and is altogether referred to as “the karmic law of action and reaction” — the law of reversal also called “enantiodromia“, or the law of hubris and Nemesis; the law of ironic reversal. It is a law of energy, and you can see this law in action in the simplest of energetic patterns, the Strange Attractor,
The Strange Attractor may be considered the visual correlate to the karmic law and of enantiodromia — reversal at the extremity — and it applies just as much to the infernal energies of the Mephistophelian. That is also the pattern of Holling’s “Adaptive Cycle”, which is another Strange Attractor,
This is the meaning of Mephistopheles statement in Faust. Mephistopheles, too, is subject to the karmic law (or the divine law, if you prefer) — the law of unintended consequence, revenge effect, or perverse outcome, or ironic reversal which both the Strange Attractor and Holling’s Adaptive Cycle exemplify — the limit of action and the limit of the reaction. And this was known in antiquity, even if it is largely forgotten today, and which informed ancient notions of the Golden Rule or Golden Mean as defences against hubris and consequential Nemesis — the rule of “nothing too much”. And it was also called “The Good Red Road”, or “The Middle Way”, or “Path With Heart”, or a dozen other names and informed the notions of the moderate, the measured, and the proportionate as well as understandings of justice. At the point where the energetic loopings or wings of the butterfly intersect is the “vital centre” of the structure. And both are visual depictions of what was known previously as “The Sacred Balance”.
Trump’s extravagant hubris, narcissism, and megalomania, which are only symptomatic of a far larger problem of the Age than Trump himself, will also meet with reversal and, like Mephistopheles in Faust, will be frustrated in the extremity of their ends, although undoubtedly a great deal of damage will be done in the process proportionate to the distantiation of the loop from the vital centre of the structure.
And it is also quite interesting to note that the Strange Attractor and Holling’s Adaptive Cycle both resemble the lemniscate, the symbol of infinity,
It’s not accidental. They are all three visual representations of the symmetry of the karmic law of action and reaction that preserves order in the cosmos and in human affairs, and which very probably accounts for the divine law — “justice is mine, saith the Lord”.