“All the beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes that characterize our time are really designed to sustain the mystique of the Party and prevent the true nature of present-day society from being perceived”
I was was a formal member of a Russian Orthodox Christian Monastery for over three years. I reached the rank of Ryassaphore-Monk and was tonsured to the minor clerical rank of “Psalm-Reader.” I continued as a monk in the world for a year after leaving the monastery.
I am no longer a monk, nor a christian of any sort. I follow no religion. I am not an a theist, nor an atheist. I am not even agnostic. I assign no metaphysical nouns to my ideas, thoughts and beliefs about the nature of the realm I find myself in, and about the nature of any transcendental realm, whether, if it exists or not. I have left such things behind me altogether.
My time in the monastery was intense but one of the most profitable experiences of my life. In a far-flung forest, I was able to observe the dynamics of human interactions in a controlled and contained environment. Monkzillas in the mist.
Having returned to the world, I see these same interactions at play in the secular realm. The same behaviour that people associate with cults is played out daily in the world that surrounds me. Very few people are aware of it.
Moldbug & Comparative Religion
Nowadays, it is popular to study comparative religion. To try to observe the similarities between different religions. Some students of this field propose that these similarities could lead us to a prisca theologia which would be the core theological understanding of the human race. Some propose that this could be the religion of the ancients.
Mencius Moldbug, the godfather of the Neoreactionaries, wrote an essay entitled “The Ultracalvinist Hypothesis: In Perspective”. If you wish to read the entire article follow the link. However, this is not necessary as I will be quoting from it extensively.
Moldbug’s essay can be viewed as a piece of comparative religion. He proposes the ‘Ultracalvinist Hypothesis,’ which states that: “the present-day belief system commonly called “progressive,” “multiculturalist,” “universalist,” “liberal,” “politically correct,” etc., is actually best considered as a sect of Christianity.”
Despite terming the hypothesis, “calvinist”, he states that it “is an ecumenical syncretism of the mainline, not traceable to any one sectarian label.” Moldbug uses the prefix, “Ultra”, because he has observed that “the beliefs of this faith are relatively aggressive and unusual.”
In Moldbug’s work of comparative religion he elucidates four main points of the Ultracalvinist creed:
“First, ultracalvinists believe in the universal brotherhood of man. As an Ideal (an undefined universal) this might be called Equality. (“All men and women are born equal.”) If we wanted to attach an “ism” to this, we could call it fraternalism.
Second, ultracalvinists believe in the futility of violence. The corresponding ideal is of course Peace. (“Violence only causes more violence.”) This is well-known as pacifism.
Third, ultracalvinists believe in the fair distribution of goods. The ideal is Social Justice, which is a fine name as long as we remember that it has nothing to do with justice in the dictionary sense of the word, that is, the accurate application of the law. (“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”) To avoid hot-button words, we will ride on a name and call this belief Rawlsianism.
Fourth, ultracalvinists believe in the managed society. The ideal is Community, and a community by definition is led by benevolent experts, or public servants. (“Public servants should be professional and socially responsible.”) After their counterparts east of the Himalaya, we can call this belief mandarism.”Ibid
Furthermore, Moldbug notes that the High Priest of scientific atheism, Richard Dawkins, has referred to his beliefs as Einsteinian religion. This religion includes the four points above. Einstein himself is stated to have directly believed in these four points, evidenced by a now broken hyperlink.
This “Ultracalvanism” that Moldbug has detected in liberal progressivism, seems to me to be at the core of the current Western belief system and one that is, perhaps, steadily replacing the old belief systems of the rest of the world.
Having spent some time on the subreddits, r/exchristians and r/atheists, it seems that most of the exchristians and atheists that gather there see belief in God/gods as the main control factor in the world. The truth of disbelief in the gods shall set us free.
However, if one accepts Moldbug’s insights, then it is not belief nor disbelief in the gods that is the common factor at the core of the Western belief system. This is a red herring which creates two false dichotomies of atheism and theism. These serve to mask the most important aspects of the belief systems of the cult that seeks to control man.
There is also a third position of agnosticism. This might seem to be a way out of the dichotomy, but I would suggest that taking this position implicitly assumes the importance of the red-herring. The agnostic is thus just as blind as the theist and atheist to the system that he lives under
Who Wields Power is not Important
What is the purpose of these beliefs that characterise our time? Firstly I wish to state that it is not only these beliefs that maintain this purpose. There are also the “habits, tastes, emotions, [and] mental attitudes,” that I have yet to delve into. Orwell tells us that these are “ really designed to sustain the mystique of the Party and prevent the true nature of present-day society from being perceived”
What is the purpose behind sustaining the mystique of the Party and why is it necessary to prevent the true nature of present-day society from being perceived?
The lines that immediately precede the above quote in 1984 states that, “[t]he essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life, imposed by the dead upon the living. A ruling group is a ruling group so long as it can nominate its successors. The Party is not concerned with perpetuating its blood but with perpetuating itself. WHO wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same.” 1984 Part 2 Chapter 9.
I should now explain that I see 1984 as an allegory for the world in which we live. Not a warning, not a Cassadrian prediction, not a manual of control, but an actual allegorical description of the world in which we find ourselves in .
Allegory: “As a literary device, an allegory is a metaphor in which a character, place or event is used to deliver a broader message about real-world issues and occurrences.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory
As it is an allegory, when Orwell is describing the perpetuation of the Party, I interpret this as an allegorical allusion to the perpetuation of the SYSTEM, as I am not convinced that there is as easily describable Party. The reader may be inclined to start deciding which part of the system is “THE PARTY”. The Communists, the Jews, the Neo-conservatives, the Papacy etc. This System encompasses all the states, institutions and received ideologies of this thing we call earth.
And yet it is none of them.
I do not know when this system was set in place, but it now perpetuates itself on the living, through these “habits, tastes, emotions, [and] mental attitudes.”
The Party could be represented in different times and in different regions by: The Papacy; The Monarchy; The French Revolution; Political Correctness; Serfdom; Anarchism; Science; Conservatism; Traditionalism; The Golden Age; Transhumanism; The CFR; The World Bank; Anarchocaptalism; GretaBumbagism
It can be represented by present day institutions or supposedly ancient institutions, such as the Roman Empire, which I do not believe ever existed.
It can be represented by institutions or ideas.
It can be represented by both sides of dichotomies.
Future Direction of this Website.
I haven’t posted on this blog for a while. I have been wrestling with my thoughts on which direction to take my writing. My thinking was crystallised thanks to a fine video by TakeNoGnosis: The Clown World – Players & Epsilons and the ongoing work of http://johnlebon.com and the fine thinkers who interact there.
In my future writings I hope to explore these inner “habits, tastes, emotions and mental attitudes” by which the System perpetuates itself.
This article is simply the beginning of my exploration of the theme. The four points that I have borrowed from Moldbug are not the final answer but a starting point. They are also illustrative for what may be accomplished in this endeavour.
Summarised they are:
- Universal Brotherhood of Man or Equality or Fraternalism.
- Futility of Violence or Peace or Pacifism.
- Fair Distribution of Goods or Social Justice or Rawlsianism.
- Managed Society, or Community led by Benevolent Experts or Mandarianism.
If there is a shared core in the variegated -isms, institutions and social practices of the world, and if this is the glue that holds together, and even, the engine that perpetuates the System, then this cannot be belief or disbelief in God.
Can the answer be as simple as taking up the opposite to these four points? e.g.
- Radical Individualism and Hieracrchy.
- Beneficial Violence
- Laissez-faire captalism
In the near future I will publish an accompanying article where I will explain how this is not the case, but I feel that this essay has gone on long enough for now. Indeed, if the idea has arisen in you head about simply opposing these core points, this is as much a product of the beliefs and mental attitudes of our time which perpetuate the System – or in other words, the World Cult.
Some hints as to why this is can be found in my earlier video titled: Solution – Reaction – Problem.
Finally, these “beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes” are the mind-forged manacles that Blake described. But what is manacled is not just your mind, but deeper still, your Will. The signs of this manacled Will I see in “every face I meet, marks of weakness, marks of woe.”
Or in the words of Orwell, these beliefs…etc are the “boot stamping on a human face,” perhaps forever.
A lament of one who has found his Will seemingly bound by these mind-forged manacles can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOsAdyo_f2w
Kek willing, I shall return soon.