Time to wrap up a couple of loose ends.
In the past couple of posts I’ve discussed the power of the Brahmins, which is to give spiritual meaning to life. We pessimistically pointed out that Brahmins like any human are human, all too human… Their belief systems often suck. Turns out it is pretty difficult to come up with a good set of rules for people to follow which endures over the centuries.
Difficult but not impossible. Some rules DO survive and it seems that without exception they are told in stories. A human society hungers for a stories or myths that give meaning to their lives. The truthfulness of these myths is of relative unimportance; their real power is in the conviction of their believers. It is this power that Brahmin seek to control and direct.
In no way do I condemn the Brahmins’ hunger for power. Like any self-convinced Brahmin I will argue that it is perfectly natural and necessary for Brahmin to assert spiritual dominance. As Jesus said, ‘I am the good shepherd.’ The people need a good shepherd. Nonetheless, the realization of Brahmins as power-seeking individuals does change the way we view contemporary Brahmin: the academics, the philosophers and the social scientists. Whatever their modest claims may be, they are all in essence all trying to be the same thing: to be a prophet…. A task which they are overwhelmingly failing.
For simplicity’s sake we can shove most of the blame on the so-called ‘enlightenment’ philosophers. How deluded we were to think of these people as ‘great thinkers’, when in retrospect they were nothing but power-hungry Brahmin usurpers! One can shortly summarize the work of Rousseau, Voltaire & Locke as follows: ‘Forget about our past Brahmins, listen to me!’ The same goes for pretty much any atheistic Brahmin. False prophets, all of them.
In the end, there is no rejecting of God. Holy scripture is ‘holy’ for a reason – it is intended to transcend mortal shortcomings as much as possible so that generation after generation may reap the rewards from its lessons. Does it really transcend our biology? Probably not, but ultimately that is a question of faith. The bible serves as a red thread throughout mankind’s history to provide a feeling of meaning to our life, which is all we spiritually hunger for.
In my mind any deviation from the collective past script is at best an extremely risky undertaking, at worst a total destruction of everything our ancestors built. None of our ‘enlightened’ philosophers or anyone after them really understood this, with the exception of Nietzsche, the ultimate Brahmin badboy. Nietzsche realized that humanity faces a serious crisis of identity after it kills God, which is why he spent his entire life thinking of a way to overcome God’s death. His solution was the gospel of the übermensch, brought to us through the mouth of Zarathustra. It is no coincidence that Thus Spoke Zarathustra resembles the bible in set-up: it is SUPPOSED to be holy scripture. The Newest Testament, a post-God bible, if you will.
Alas, Nietzsche’s grand vision spread, hit a high watermark and then slowly receded. Nietzsche does not nearly have the historical sticking power as prophets before him, most notably Jesus. Which is not to say Nietzsche wasn’t an absolute genius; it just turns out that even Nietzsche can’t kill God.
So I conclude that mankind is a religious creature (incidentally, slumlord also discusses this). Myth is more important than fact, stories are more important than statistics, theology is more important than philosophy. Traditionally the church takes up the responsibility of providing the people with the right myths, but as we have seen contemporary churches are by and large failing: by forcibly maintaining the status quo they will only temporary slow down the sinking process.
But their priests and bishops are not to be blamed for this. One cannot expect a church hierarchy to survive on an infinite timeline if their Brahmin founding father left loopholes – which is exactly what seems to have happened with Christians (and even more so with Jews, if I interpret Jim correctly). So what does all of this lead us to?
It leads us to the grand conclusion: with the failure of Nietzsche mankind now needs a new prophet. Jesus 2.0. The next ultimate Brahmin, so to say. Candidates will have a tough time especially as modernity has grown suspicious of so-called ‘miracles’. Jesus convinced us he could walk over water, heal the sick and come back from the dead. Contemporary prophets will probably not get away with that. Nonetheless, plenty of candidates to go around. Joseph Smith seems to do pretty well in the US. Vissarion also tries his best. Off course Mohammed is making a big comeback as well. NRx insiders naturally point towards Mencius Moldbug, who himself points towards Thomas Carlyle.
Probably it is way too early to speak in terms of possible prophets – the whole prophet thing is ultimately one huge black swan event. History will only in retrospect tell us the answer.