Hey there, my memory cache recently coughed up a whole batch of songs that I’d forgotten about from 30 to 40 years ago.! I know, I know, some of you would say they wished that these tunes remained forgotten:P Too friggin’ bad! They will get archived here on KA$HTube:D
LIVING AT THE END OF HEARTBREAK STREET FROM A ONE WAY TICKET FROM A ONE WAY DREAM
MY BAGS ARE PACKED IT’S TIME TO GO I’VE GOT TO MOVE ALONG I’VE BEEN HERE TOO LONG
WHAT DIDN’T I DO? WHAT DIDN’T I BE? I’M HERE AND YOU’VE FORSAKEN ME IN THIS HARD LAND THIS HARD HEART LAND.
SO I SETTLED WITH THIS JOB WITH LESS THAN HONEST PAY WHERE I SWEAT ALL NIGHT AND SLEEP ALL DAY
IN THESE OLE LOWDOWN SMOKE FILLED BARS I PLAY MY GUITAR PRETEND I’M A STAR
THIS ISN’T HOW I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE IT’S LIKE A LOCK WITHOUT A KEY IN THIS HARD LAND THIS HARD HEART LAND
DON’T KNOW WHY I GOT THIS FAR FROM HOME
DON’T KNOW WHY I’M ALL ALONE
NOT A FRIEND TO CALL MY OWN
EVEN A DOG GETS TO BURY ITS BONE
ALL I KNOW IS THAT I’M GETTING OLD DON’t WANT TO DIE OUT HERE IN THE COLD
IN THIS HARD LAND THIS HARD HEART LAND
IT’S GETTING MEANER ALL THE TIME IN THIS HARD LAND THIS HARD HEART LAND
AIN’T NO ONE GONNA LEND A HAND IN THIS HARD LAND THIS HARD HEART LAND
LIVING AT THE END OF HEARTBREAK STREET ON THIS BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS…
“I’m halfway to nowhere caught in-between this life and the next and a crazy dream”
Okay, this is the 7th and final post in this series on Theodicy.
I’ll start by mentioning again that the outcome of a Godless universe is an existential meaninglessness nihilism, and this is an inescapable fact if the atheists are correct. But I’m not going to dwell on this as I covered this ground in the Theodicy and Atheism post earlier in the series. And BTW., unlike atheists who refuse to give Gnosticism a fair hearing I always give atheism and materialism ample consideration in my blogs when a theme steers in that direction.
The Demiurge is a craftsman, or architect, or a creator with limited skills and abilities. This would explain why it needs a 5G surveillance grid as it isn’t OMNI anything and the internet now gives the archons almost unlimited access to all of our most intimate thoughts with every keystroke we make! And they created this surveillance grid with our permission and get us to pay for the loss of our private thoughts (and actions); in other words– they’ve manufactured our consent.
There are three primary schools within the Gnostic tradition and the one with the most influence today is Talmudic Kaballism which I reject because it acts politically and economically via motivations from a literal interpretation of mythology. This is folly! Adam and Eve never existed and trying to engineer longevity through merging humans with machines based on this myth is insanity. The other branch of Talmudism which is equally deluded and dangerous is the Messiah trope when fused with the delusion of worldwide Noahide Laws–Noah is a fiction of the archons! So humanity is getting double whammied by delusion! Can this be stopped? I don’t think so as certain groups now have TOTAL CONTROL which I’ve blogged about quite often.
I’ve long been a proponent of the Logos/Sophia Gnostic creation myth which espouses that the Logos and Sophia were the first things to exist. So truth and wisdom came first out of the Monad. But lately I’ve been more amenable to the Valentinian school which puts the blame squarely on the Logos rather than Sophia and this is theologically coherent from my analysis. But as always this is all speculative metaphysics. I’m not wholly attached to either view as both have strong and weak arguments as to their plausibility given that one is amenable to these musings…
And, of course, I’ve talked about the E.T. theory and that humanity is dealing with alien archon overlords and that YHWH is the E.T. Anu as espoused in various extraterrestrial studies (if I can call them that). I think this theory is the most plausible to the modern mind as it isn’t steeped in the ocean of mythology that religion is; this doesn’t mean necessarily that God doesn’t exist, it just means that what is happening locally on this planet has more to do with alien intervention than theologies Gods. But I’ve also suggested humanity could be dealing with both! It could be a CONVOLUTED BLOODY MESS HERE ON PLANET EARTH!
I’ll finish by arguing that the archons are malevolent towards humanity and don’t have our best interest at heart. Theologically we have to define GOOD and not butcher the meaning if we want any coherence whatsoever within this field of inquiry! Judaism fails upon this inspection as YHWH proves himself endlessly inept and mean spirited; Christianity and Islam fail also as only a mean demiurge sentences people to everlasting torture; and Hinduism, when it isn’t a bloody mess, is delusional when it proposes wiping peoples memory on the day they start university, and Buddhism doesn’t fare much better in this specific regard: ergo Gnosticism becomes one of the few remaining explanations.
And then there is the brutality and corruption of politics and economics (and religions elites) whose systems are predicated on violence and coercion and brutal exploitation. Not only are humans being coerced and exploited by the archon rulers but they are destroying the earth and biosphere via their policies at an unprecedented rate! The economic casino the archons created is a JOKE when we apply the idea of merit to income! Most of their wealth is now unmerited and is gained through corrupt economic practices made legal by their control of the courts– so legal today in no way means ethical. Add to this the worldwide manipulation of information via the oligarchs controlling the algorithms of who gets heard and who gets silenced: with the result being the normalization of a mafia ethos! Humanity hears what the archons want us to hear!
Okay, then, folks, that about wraps this series up! I’m onto a batch of old acoustic singer-songwriter songs that resurfaced from my cache is recent months so I’m going to spend some time getting those archived online! Maybe I’ll even come and harass Steemit’s open-mic again!
“I AM QUIDDITIOUS”
It’s the real deal here on www.andrewmarkmusic.com where we cut through the near endless bullshit of the archons who know everything about humanity and our local existence in the galaxy, and they then proceed to use all their knowledge about us to obscure the truth and keep humanity enslaved via endless bullshit! And we see this bullshit endlessly in the fields of religion and finance which are, in essence, one and the same thing!
In this series we’ve looked at issues surrounding theodicy via materialism, western theism, the Vedic literature, and Buddhist ontologies, and have found elements of wanting in all of their metaphysics to varying degrees–yes, some more problematic than others.
And without further ado, we delve into gnostic cosmologies. Again though, I don’t have a problem with materialist’s or atheist’s per se, I only suggest that a meaningless existential nihilism lies at the end of that road if these folks are correct.
For the longest time, I’ve subscribed to the Sophia screwed up school of Gnostic mythology. I’ve come to think, though, that this is another blame the female cosmology and I’m coming more and more to reject this view. And yes, this is all speculative metaphysics framed within mythological cosmologies.
I do think the only coherent take on theological theodicy is to lay the blame precisely where it belongs: God! Any other stance is theological contortionism and is untenable. This Valentinian creation myth lays the blame for evil squarely on the shoulders of the LOGOS! Yes, that’s right folks! Jesus screwed up! This narrative talks about how this aeon projected a shadow of itself into creation and then recoiled at what it had done.
The whole of cosmic history is now the long and tedious reconciliation between light and shadow. This school generally believes that everything will be reconciled into the lighted womb eventually so it’s actually a positive cosmology. There are some gnostic narratives that are not so hopeful…But we can hope for this one!
Here is a good discussion on this theme at Aeon Byte radio with Dr. Cid Ropp…
I sing about the Gnostic worldview on the side of music called 4-Songs About God In E-Flat Minor.
“EVIL IS AS EVIL DOES”
I consider myself a quasi-Buddhist and it was one of my early forays when I was a young kid getting into my search about all the big questions; in fact, Hesse’s Siddhartha was a big influence in those early days as was Thoreau. So in no way is this post about hostility towards Buddhism.
My biggest critique of Buddhism is its tendency towards universalism when it’s possible Buddhism is local to this earth and Buddhism’s tendency at drawing definitive conclusions about the nature of reality solely from human phenomenology. That aside…
Buddhism explains theodicy by the idea of action always instigated via desire and lust. There is no doubt in my mind that this is true enough and here is a link exploring Buddhist ideas on this topic. My song, I’ve Lied, is at the end of the video and it’s the closing song on 4-Songs About God In E-Flat Minor. There is the intro first though, called, Busking/NoBodies Saved.
Anyone who has read my blog knows I’m more sympathetic to the Hinayana School which tends to not deconstruct everything down to human psychological projection or ‘mind phantasm’ (or emptiness). As a Christian Gnostic, I believe that the dimensions posited within the Hinayana school are similar enough to those described in Gnosticism and are the abode of the Archons, but I agree that they are ultimately weblike in the sense espoused by Indra philosophies. I’ve also said time and time again that anything said in this regard falls into speculative metaphysics and is unprovable in any empirical sense, so definitive declarations in this regard are unjustified and over-reach, IMO.
I’ve also said that Sunyata is the void or chasm created by the Kristos to separate the Archons from the Pleroma or the lighted womb which implies that we live in the darkened womb or the shadow realm of the Logos’ faulty projection as documented in the Valentinian Tripartite Tractate which I’ll get into as I wrap up this series of posts. All I’ll say for now is that it’s a don’t blame the woman (Eve or Sophia) cosmology and correctly places the problem of evil right at its source: God, and in this case, the Logos, which, in my opinion, is the only coherent theological position to hold–all else is theological contortionism.
Please see my previous post in this series where I’ve deconstructed karma and reincarnation so I won’t get into it again in this post.
Okay, so I’m not above having a bit of fun at the expense of New Age Spirituality and in this video, I am the 24th Elder in the council of ELRA and because I’m last in line the other Elders generally ignore me and treat me like a mushroom: keep me in the dark and feed me bullshit, and it’s only when they screw-up (usually bigtime, that they come seeking my knowledge and wisdom:P)…
We’ll venture into some thorny spiritual ground in this one. Spiritual crime and punishment? An idea I don’t find inherently irrational–although one likely has to concede certain metaphysical propositions to take seriously. I find the idea of karma far less repulsive than one strike and you’re out and tortured forever doctrines–and this brutality done on the command of an all-loving God. Unfortunately, from my Christian Gnostic perspective, this is as good as it gets on this issue…
Let’s start here with an overview of theodicy from the Vedic perspective. The Vedic traditions don’t share the same presuppositions on Gods nature that the western theological traditions do–that an all-knowing, all-good God (and loving) is consistent with why evil exists. That aside, we have to take a look at the root of the idea which can be broken down to cause and effect concepts. And this is where we run into trouble! It’s true that here in our existence this concept is real, can be demonstrated, and is accepted scientifically. If there is a baseball in the Grandstand 420-feet away from home plate and people are cheering we can safely deduce the cause of the euphoria: someone hit a home run! Simple enough. Not so much, though, when it comes to metaphysics! For the idea of spiritual karma to be true one would need some way to verify the cause and there’s simply no way to do this within this field of inquiry.
Let me say that I’m sympathetic to the idea on a basic level so this critique isn’t coming from a biased religious position I hold–say, that of a fundamentalist Muslim analyzing Hindu doctrine for imperialistic antimony. And, by the way, did you know that hundreds and millions of Hindus died at the hands of Islamic imperialism over the millennia? One of the more dreadful genocides in human history and I have a certain regard for the resiliency of the Hindu people. But I digress. The doctrine of karma, however, and it’s associated reincarnation philosophies are not tenable once analyzed and deconstructed via reason and logic. I would grant that the Vedas espouse a wonderful yet unprovable cosmology and it could be right to marvel at its imaginative cosmology, but one should also be highly skeptical of metaphysical claims which have no corresponding associations here in the physical world.
My primary critique is how these ideas were instantiated into Hindu culture and affected the socio-economic order. This was a grave error. To have social systems predicated upon unprovable metaphysical claims is snake-oil sociology: whether the caste system, the law of attraction, Calvinist predestination, or prosperity gospels within the evangelical churches–SNAKE-OIL–all of it!
But let’s get back to why karma doesn’t solve the problem of evil. This is an excellent paper by Whitley Kaufman who sums up many of the critiques I’ve mentioned throughout the years on this site. What kind of university wipes your memory on the first day of school? Karmic theory creates an infinite regress. The karmic theory doesn’t address death itself which is a rather large omission when it comes to explaining evil. Karma doesn’t resolve the conflicts between free will and determinism. The total inability to falsify any claim within this field of inquiry; let alone demonstrate such a thing as a soul.
I’ll get into the Christian Gnostic perspective on theodicy as this series continues but next up will be deconstructing Buddhist cosmologies.
Some more pics:
“Life begins on the other side of despair.” Sartre…
The problem of evil in a Godless universe shouldn’t be as difficult as it turned out to be. I offer pragmatic solutions that don’t entail a violent revolution in my Four Pillars of A New Earth Commons and explore ways to mitigate human to human evil in my Winter Solstice Golden Rule Series. Funnily enough, some of my socio-economic ideas are similar to those held by Bertrand Russell–go figure…I’d also add (and agree) from that wonderfully imaginative work of religious fiction–The Urantia Book, that natural/nature suffering can be mitigated to almost no consequence by honest intelligent cultures.
In the meantime, humanity hasn’t been able to solve the issue of psychopathy and sociopaths rise to most of the positions of power within civilization–this is no small group as it’s estimated that this demographic exceeds 10% and rises to as high as 20% of the population. Concomitant with this issue is humanity still hasn’t figured out how to test for who is telling the truth and who is lying and this combined with political systems whose foundations are modeled on this very thorny aspect of human existence. ! It’s no wonder we are in the predicaments we’re in. I’ve covered ground on this point, also, and have suggested one 7-year term limit for all politicians. That’s it and you’re out of public life after that. This would end the lifelong bureaucratic pig trough and all the nepotism and lobbying that comes with it. Not that the casino-loving billionaire oligarchs are ever going to allow anything to happen that would change the very systems which allowed them to become so enormously (and unmeritedly) wealthy. So our future lies with toxic billionaires who will implement a technocracy of TOTAL CONTROL…Unless they can be stopped! But how to stop them using non-violence and when they now control all the algorithms of who gets heard and who gets silenced?
Of course, the problem of evil may not, in the end, be entirely material. I’ll cover Vedic and Buddhist territory on this topic as I continue with this series and I’ll finish up with the Christian Gnostic view of the problem of evil: that the God of this earth (Yahweh) is evil…
Shookum offered up The Parable of The Fallen Leaf and as a Gnostic, I don’t think this can be reduced to the human ego. I think it’s our very bodies (and minds) that are the property of the Archons who created us (or manipulated us/or both), and one would have to watch HBO’s Westworld to get a sense of what I mean by this. This goes to Holographic and Simulation theories about our existence and our place within it–which is ultimately deceptive from the Gnostic worldview.
Original sin is surely one of the most bizarre (and false) ideologies ever dreamt up by man; although, as a Gnostic, I’m not so sure it was man who came up with this very distorted idea which is, in my opinion, right out of the archon playbook whose modus-operandi is endless bull-shit defined here as a total disregard for truth, and in that regard– the Kristos was right when he called the Demiurge the Father of Lies, but B.S. will suffice just fine, too!
It was good to be on the river camping for the Solstice and the skies even cleared in the evening and I got to see Jupiter shining so brightly in the southern skies. I even found a healer there who did some massage work on my neck!
A rare selfie:
I was able to get up to the hot-springs after I finished my Whistler contract. There was lot’s of time for musing and I’ll post the series here as city work time allows.
I’m going to fuse theodicy within this series of posts. In general, I think there are four avenues of exploration here: western theism predicated on original sin; evolutionary materialism; Vedic thought on the problem of evil; and Buddhist ideas within this field of inquiry and thought.
As a Christian Gnostic, I take issue with aspects of all of them and I’ll flesh out my objections as this series of posts moves along.
The camping was excellent even though this part of the woods does what it usually does in June and that is it gets chilly and rainy. It was an anti-fragile experiment on my neck injury, too, as I’ve been bound to HBO for about 30-months so it was finally good to get out and do something. Overall I was pleased with how the injury reacted to the stresses which was decent over-all. My MRI results came back and there isn’t serious damage to the nerves and spine but that leaves me begging the question of how to classify about 30-months of pain and discomfort? If that isn’t serious, then…well, I don’t know.
Here are some initial pics:
Mr. Peterson and Mr. Zizek both agreed that there is little hope for humanity under the current system and both were equally absent when it came to offering any solutions to our present amoral corporate oligarchy which views humanity as nothing more than objects to be exploited by the elite classes which have turned economics into a corrupt casino system with the backing and hijacking of the political/justice systems aided and abetted by the hijacking of all modes of media and information.
It’s true Mr. Peterson suggests that having a good attitude every morning while you run off to shine the shoes of your wage slave masters at least makes the present system tolerable, but such notions will hardly change anything for the better; while Mr. Zizek still thinks there is hope for the Hegelian nation-state, although it’s hard to understand how such a view is possible when the nation-state was hijacked by plutocracy under the neoliberal order whose wet dream is to fuse neoliberal ideology with the Chinese model of doing ‘business’.
Perhaps it’s time for a high school drop out to challenge these two scholars to a debate specifically directed towards how we get ourselves out of this dismal and ultimately destructive state of affairs. Unfortunately, and necessarily, we would eventually have to address the J.Q. and that guarantees that no such debate would happen, but in the words of the great musical philosopher George Thorogood, ‘that don’t confront me’…
Please be forewarned that I would draw on the ideas of Dr.E. Michael Jones and argue that usurious economic models are antithetical to Christian economics and that the current capitalist state of affairs is incommensurate with even a basic understanding of a Christian ethos. How modern Christianity became so corrupted is one of the most important queries of our time but I would say this: there were movements within Christendom as it progressed into modernity that were trying to fuse Christian ethics with economics and Henry George would be an excellent example of this. His book Progress and Poverty outsold the Bible for a time and one of the most significant ideas was The Land Value Tax. The oligarchs who controlled the flow of modernity saw to it that his ideas were buried. Please note also that not all Christian communities of the time were progressive as there were those who still embraced slavery as an ethical mode of behavior.
We would have to begin with a non-reductionist interpretation of The Golden Rule which was always meant to help guide humanity in their economic affairs and in modernity this is best understood via Kant’s Categorical Imperative which doesn’t allow for the shenanigans that a utilitarian moral philosophy does; these two ideas are in complete alignment with a Marxist critique of primitive accumulation which is theft of the value of labor by the oligarchic elite. Now before you go calling me a Marxist please understand that I am a Non-Kaballistic Gnostic theist although I do self-describe as an Agnostic Gnostic as the forms, or the noumena, or God, is something humanity has no direct access to–as we only experience perspectival representations of this current construct. Ultimately this means any assertion about what God (is) is dishonest unless framed as metaphysical speculation; and yes, this makes most faiths upon the earth today ultimately delusional, although I would suggest that there is hope for religious dogmatism if it could make the shift to understanding basic philosophical premises-not that I would hold my breath in this regard.
I could direct people to my 12-part Golden Rule Winter Solstice series where I flesh out the significance of what the Golden Rule actually means and why humanity made a grievous error in dismissing its relevance to economics.
Also, my 4-Pillars of A New Earth Commons blogs where I flesh out the four areas that have to be made off limits to capitalist exploitation and coercion. These ideas are premised on the notion that humanity is now in an economic and environmental emergency and public policy should treat this situation much like emergency war measures (for perhaps a 30-year period while the commercial capitalist system tries to solve the earth’s most pressing environmental problems). During WW-2, and by law, sole-ownership mansions in Canada were divided into rooming-type houses because it was necessary under war emergency. The same idea applies now.
Fundamentally, I suggest capitalist amorality has made them blind to healthy boundaries and humanity needs to reorganize and understand that no one can have any real quality of life unless 4-basic needs are met: housing, food, health-care, and education. But this shift would also entail education away from cynical misanthropy to valuing human potential to actuality mores, and I flesh this out a bit more on my website; and yes, in the spirit of open source anyone is welcome to expand on my ideas which are admittedly not entirely original as I’ve found out recently I might be channeling the philosopher Rick Roderick.
I should mention here that the Marxist idea of violent revolution to overthrow the oligarchs is an affront to the notions of freedom. We have to find a solution which allows for what is good about the capitalist class and I suggest two economies one of which is solely commercial and one a basic needs economy called The New Earth Commons. I see this as an intelligent compromise between the entirely destructive and unnecessary war between Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Please note also that I do agree to a certain extent that Marxist utopia is entirely untenable and is dismissive of human pathology and our evolutionary inheritance which needs to be channeled thoughtfully and constructively or we devolve into Social Economic Darwinism which is where we are at today.
The fundamental idea of how currency is created and distributed needs to be reinvented for the New Earth Commons and it would need a non-usurious means of exchange like public banking or www.positivemoney.org. But again, a new education model is needed here also as throwing money at people DOES NOT SOLVE the systemic problems–one needs a thoroughly integrated model for any new culture to be successful.
4-Songs About God in E-Flat Minor is a side that explores my lifelong journey as a seeker. The side is four songs with seven parts. 4 and 7 are mystical numbers which of course equal 11…Perhaps that’s meaningless but who knows? Maybe there is a mystery or two still to be uncovered!
www.andrewmarkmusic.com is giving a musical voice to the Gnostic tradition: