The Inscrutable Dark

“Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.” — Samuel Huntington

We are warned today, from many quarters, that unless the human race now changes its ways and transcends itself it will become unviable as a species owing to a failure to meet the existential challenges and proliferating crises it has largely created for itself. The human must become a new being or perish.

The reasons for this have been ably and succinctly stated by Marty Glass in his book Yuga: An Anatomy of Our Fate, as we have discussed earlier, and have nothing to do with an inability to merely “adapt” to our current technical milieu or the Anthropocene, which “adaptation” could only mean a mutation into machinery and the automaton. The five critical features of our fate are, according to Glass

  1. The Fall into Time
  2. The Reign of Quantity
  3. The Mutation into Machinery
  4. The End of Nature
  5. The Prison of Unreality

Arguably, the latter four follow logically and inevitably from the first — the Fall into Time — and all five are implicated in what William Blake called “the dark Satanic Mill” — the mind of his mad Zoa named “Urizen”.

No steps will be taken towards our self-overcoming and to free ourselves from this condition unless it is deeply felt as an urgent necessity. One of the reasons we do not appreciate the peril we are in is owing to the myopia, partiality, and narrowness of the reified perspective consciousness structure. This corresponds to the “Emissary” and its mode of perception described also by Dr. Iain McGilchrist in his book The Master and His Emissary. Those of you familiar with McGilchrist’s book will know that the chief distinction between the two modes of perception is the holistic view of the Master and the partial view of the Emissary, corresponding to the distinction between the terms “Whole” and “Totality”.

The final triumph of any one of these five characteristics of our Kali Yuga is sufficient to end us, but our mutation into machinery is one of the most pronounced pressures today, and even presented as an ideal and goal of human evolution. The latest book to throw back the veil of deception about this is Shoshona Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. “The goal is to automate us”, is Zuboff’s conclusion. She is quite right. The mechanisation of consciousness was even a stated ideal of John Taylor’s 1971 book The Shape of Minds to Come (subtitled “A startling report on the mind-mechanics of the future”).

“Technocratic shamanism” is the term Algis Mikunas used to describe such machinations, for which Samuel Huntington’s formula for power provides a rationale and a justification. This is one of the reasons Gary Lachman’s Dark Star Rising on power and the occult is quite relevant in the present context, since to turn a human being into an automaton or a golem is really an affair of magic — most especially of necromancy. (The father of cybernetics, Norbert Wiener, also published an early warning about this very thing that Zuboff describes in a book entitled God and Golem, Inc).

When it comes to real existential threats, far too many people are focussed on the wrong things (which belongs to the problem of the “Prison of Unreality”). Much of this, too, is deliberate mystification and indirection and distraction to divert attention from the real issues, so it suits our “technocratic shamans” just fine. Preventing and deflecting real and authentic insight is one of the Huntington’s chief strategies for the exercise of power. It’s one of the reasons I find the phrase “cultural Marxism” objectionable, and largely a ruse and a canard to deflect attention from the real issues. It serves pretty much the same function as “heretic” did during the Inquisition — a catch-all term for any and all forms of dissent from the very thing described by Zuboff, which can also be described as the consolidation of total power by what Lewis Mumford calls “the Megamachine”. Much of what is loosely called “cultural Marxism” is really “the return of the repressed” and has very little to do with Marx and perhaps more to do with Freud. But the ghost of Karl Marx serves about the same useful function of political control as does the figure of Emmanuel Goldstein in George Orwell’s 1984 (or perhaps as Hillary Clinton does for the MAGA people — an opportunity for the “two-minutes hate”). Any kind of failure to comply with the imperatives of the Megamachine or any kind of resistance to the intents of the “technocratic shamans” can become described as the aberration and disease of “cultural Marxism”.

One must be very, very careful about the motives and intentions of people who propose correctives and cures for the malaise of modernity and post-modernity. There is a superabundance of such “false prophets” today who are all too eager to peddle their own disguised will to dominate as a redemption, and they have already ensnared legions.

How do we test for the authenticity and sincerity of this or that doctrine or teaching? This is a matter of the implicit “ethos” we all bear inwardly, and once referred to as “the truth that sets free” but which (as the New Testament puts it) has been “hid under a bushel basket”. Heraclitus has given us a few pointers in this respect, and it’s to Heraclitus and his ideas of the logos and the ethos that I want to turn next.

7 responses to “The Inscrutable Dark”

  1. Benjamin David Steele says :

    I read Marty Glass’ book many years ago, either in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It’s a good book. It was powerful reading for me at the time. Something about it fit my mood perfectly. I was severely depressed back then, after all. Maybe I’ve grown too cynical since then to have a book like that affect me in the same way.

    • Scott Preston says :

      Some people have made it their entire life’s work investigating even just one of these five features of Glass’s kaliyuga. They are all featured in Blake’s sometimes enigmatic mythology, particularly the “fall into time” which is the meaning and life-cycle of Urizen. “Ulro” or “Vala” is, for Blake, the “Prison of Unreality”, the “dark Satanic Mill” represents the “mutation into machinery” — which is also the mind of Urizen. The “Reign of Quantity” is in Blake “Single Vision & Newtons sleep”. So, in many respects, Blake’s mythology is all about the Kali Yuga.

      Interestingly enough, I was listening to a lecture given by a “guru” who was asked about the meaning of the kaliyuga, and his response was interesting. Firstly, he noted that the word “kali” was related to words for machinery (which was a surprise to me). But he also thought it was the best of times because it was really a preparation for a great spiritual transition and evolutionary leap. In other words, the time of what Gebser also calls “the double-movement” — the dance of Shiva. I’ve seen and read quite a few things recently that even make reference, in some way or another, to “Shiva’s awakening”.

      As I’ve sometimes noted in the past, this, too, is the meaning of Rumi’s poem “Green Ears”. Gebser’s “double-movement” can also be called “Shiva’s awakening”, and is also the meaning of Rumi’s poem.

      • Benjamin David Steele says :

        I could imagine the many great thinkers and visionaries who have gone into immense detail and offered much insight on various aspects of all this. This isn’t exactly the area where I’ve focused most of my own reading. But I’ve read enough to be respectful to those who are better informed than I. It’s fascinating stuff. Looking at, or better yet being in, the world in this way does change your attitude. It certainly puts the petty rumblings of politics into perspective.

  2. Scott Preston says :

    Here’s a very interesting sci-fi short film (20 mins) called “The Candidate” that illustrates some of the principle themes of Lachman’s Dark Star Rising and *chaos magick*, the potency of imagination and propaganda.

  3. Scott Preston says :

    Chris Hedges offers this dark, bleak, and pessimistic view of a near future dystopia. It is already pretty much everyday reality in some parts of the world, although it is not yet a foregone conclusion that things will necessarily develop as he foresees, even if certain aspects of his future scenario are already reality.

    • Benjamin David Steele says :

      It’s a plausible prediction. There are some wild cards, from World War III to worldwide environmental crises. It could go off in so many directions. The US as we know it might simply not exist in the not too distant future, whether it balkanizes or collapses, or maybe is occupied by another country, alliance of countries, or a new global empire. The US military is already overextended and might become overwhelmed by entirely unforeseen forms of attacks. Making predictions is a form of dark amusement.

  4. Charles says :

    I appreciated Glass’s book. There are many insights about power, time, and other ideas. There is no hope to continue on this path of seeing the goal of economic growth being the meaning of human beings. The priority of multiplying endlessly the physical means of life without clear ends is insane.

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