I’m very gratified and humble to see the postive response to my work so far. I stand on the shoulders of giants, and I can take no credit.
I’m particularly speechless to see how I have been seemingly been taken into the arms of what can only be called the ‘gnostic’ blogosphere. I suppose I could be considered a gnostic, but at times I’m not sure what that word even means in the common currency. It prompted me to think a bit, and perhaps give something back to the generous gnostic children of the light.
It’s interesting to see the gnostic meme take hold in the mainstream. I’m just barely old enought to remember when that wasn’t the case. Up untill a while ago it began and ended with phil dick, yeah?
I think Grant Morrison went a ways toward busting it out in his work on the Invisibles, which was ripped by the wachowski bros. for the Matrix. Which more or less paved the way for the wave of Phil Dick film adaptations we see now.
None of which I think is news, is it? That’s where it came from, but what has it become in practice? What does that word really mean now?
I think it comes in two parts:
One, we’ve got, because of the climate of spiritual degeneration we find ourselves in, a renewed commitment to what I can only call a Socratic inquiry into the realities of spirituality and religion. There’s a real strong thrust to think critcally about everything up to and including the godhead itself. And that’s good. The various emanations of the godhead aren’t afraid of questions. They can take it. It’s only the false rulers who need to be afraid of questions, which bring me to my second point.
Namely that there’s been an accompanying thrust to point a finger at the control systems, the false rulers, the false gods, the false realites, and show them for what they are. Where once we had a vauge sense of opression and deception and confusion, we have names for these things. We have names for our Archons, our Demiurges, our Hollow Men, our agents of the control system. And before you can confront your opressor, you need to recognise him, so let’s give big ups to that effort as well.
So in a sense I think the gnostic current these days is a kind of immune response in the collective human consciousness. A response to an assualt of falsehood, of ignorance, of counterfiet spirituality.
I guess my only concern is that a lot of gnostics out here seem to stop at questioning, to stop at naming, and never really arrive anywhere. There’s a danger of becoming so lost in criticism and paranoia that you can’t see the truth when it hits you in face. It’s good to be an antibody for the human spirit, but far better to be a whole human being. To be the free and enlightened creatures we were intended to be. To name the jailers and expose their lies, and then to take back the power they’ve robbed from us. To take up the mantle of the rightious warriors of heaven.
These are my humble thoughts and I cast them into the arms of my new friends to do with as they will.