Monthly Archives: July 2019
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: