It is the quiet of night with the coming winter on the skies of autumn at Tea at Tympani Lane Records.
Change is in the air with the slowing of song writing and poetry as I search
for new offices. Reviews continue to write and Newsletters. I have a quilt in yellow
muslin and some bright blue-green pieces sitting half made that I should get to and
the Demaricon needs to be brushed off, organized and put into print. All projects
waiting for winter . . .
“I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance. “
- Friedrich Nietzsche (Philosopher)
“If everyone did the right thing, there would be nothing left to write about . . . “
- Rebecca Banks (Poet, Songwriter, Writer, Artist, Philosopher)
The following are thoughts on Existentialism: a culture out of context (Part I) . . .
Existentialism is a philosophy that grew out of the utter blasphemy of the second world war. After so many innocents were tortured, raped or murdered – the battles in Europe, the Holocaust, the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – leaving a loud hollow silence. Suddenly, the us and them paradigm and the meaning of “winning” a war was called into question, who had won in the wake of such extreme violence? What systems of thought had caused people to fight each other unto death and annihalate innocents?
So philosophers/artists/writers/everyone began to question the true meaning of life or existence in relation to human emotions and the meaning of freedom. Nietzsche’s premise was that idealized values were created by each individual driving them to excel. Kierkegaard, a Christian, argued that certainty of religious truths was impossible and would negate the religious journey with the leap of faith that must come to believe in God.
The basic tenets of Existentialism are: man is alienated from the world, by his state as a solitary being, s/he projects meaning onto the world that may constantly be facing breakdown with the possibility of suicide. Individuals determine their own values, giving their life meaning and as conscious beings are responsible for their choices as opposed to blaming their genetics or some outside force for their life circumstances. Freedom and responsibility can give rise to angst, a negative feeling of fear of consequences. Freedom exists in the ability of the individual to create their own values which s/he is responsible for. Facticity or a persons past cannot be denied but need not define a person’s future. All actions should be authentic in accordance with ones freely chosen values. Despair occurs when there is a breakdown of self or identity. The subjectivity of one’s experience, your experience may not be the same as someone elses. Reason is rejected as the source of meaning, when the differences between individuals conflict, such as a longing for order vs. the others lack of order, absurdity is born, creating meaninglessness in the face of amorality or unfairness in the world.
Existentialism became a cultural movement, elements of the philosophy evident in film and videos, literature and theatre. Films that have elements of existentialism include, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Taxi Driver, High Noon, Easy Rider, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Clockwork Orange, Groundhog Day, Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner. Examples in literature include Jean-Paul Sartre’s works Nausea, No Exit; Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls; Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk; Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick; Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett; Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, Arthur Adamov, Albert Camus. Often these works were considered “Absurdist”, as if the representation of the human journey existed in an alienated space, stories of people and places out of time, out of step with the Holy Spirit and playing on the precarious nature of the unexpected, power paradigms and disasters.
The premise of Existentialism is one of freedom, that the individual creates his/her own values and makes his/her own choices in the face of the values or choices of other people. When these values differ they create issues of the collective will/social control vs. individual freedom and power paradigms in which someone’s truth may not be the same as another’s possibly causing, absurdity, meaninglessness, violence and/or suicide. This condition is particularly true when applied to sexual mores. With the industrialized economy the common man in the factory had extra monies that may have been spent on purchasing sexual services, brothels abounded in Victorian England possibly leading to the karmic impurity (having too many lovers) of a majority of the population. With karmic impurity comes emotional violence, increased addictions, rape, suicide and murder creating a population of people with fractured love lives ripe for war. With the move off the land to the cities where the factories were, there may have been a loss of the Old Ways or the spiritual wisdom of the agricultural economy, which also may have led to fractured love lives. The suffering of the individual in sexual licentiousness hones workers to a point, often creating economic drivers and violence, a society ready to go to war, making monies for the elite. Sexual licentiousness increases people’s suffering/depression often causing them to buy things, “shopping therapy” driving consumerism. So having multiple sexual partners hones workers through suffering, making them come up with new ideas becoming economic drivers, creates consumerism, increases suicide freeing up jobs, and gives the elite a population of people ready to go to war – all fueling corporate America, the Western elite. The karmic fallout of too much suffering creates violence, addictions, mental patients, rape victims, suicide and murder and people in prison or on the street. It is also a negative synergy that produces debt and war. The culture was out of context, sexual mores for a majority of the population had been broken, multiple lovers, celibacy or ill suited marriages creating self esteem issues, a white iconoclast society of self-aggrandizement beating on the “other” (particularly Black man) to feel better about being karmically impure, fuelling a war and a “cleansing” of the society.
Any lifeway out of context is a monster. There are basic truths that govern love relationships; they should be with a star-crossed or most suited lover, they should be with someone of the opposite sex, they should occur while you are still karmically pure, they should be longterm and in covenant. If a lover leaves it is not right to curse them beyond a slight of public opinion, cursing ex-lovers is the basis of much of the injustice, oppression and violence in this society. The answer is better mentoring and discernment in love lives. Other factors that feed broken love lives are inadequate socialization and temptation. The consequences of not knowing the cultural rules or breaking social mores can be severe, perhaps leading to someone’s death and in retaliation the cursing of your marriage (you may not get to marry your star-crossed lover or a most suited lover.) Straying from a marriage with a perceived more suited lover may break your marriage and increase possibility of karmic impurity or having intimate relations with many people can make you karmically impure, also I suspect having sex with someone of the same sex may make you karmically impure. Karmic impurity is to be avoided as the suffering from having too many lovers can lead to addictions, violence, suicide and it may be difficult to make an intimate relationship work longterm. Because the society is out of context, people may experiment with serial relationships, gay relationships, satellite marriages – these are often accomadations to being cursed and are not meant for the vast majority of people.
(To be continued . . . )
The Way of Peace,