A few false starts, and some distractions, but here we are again, such as it is…

   we diagnose a certain cultural condition where people embrace apocalyptic thinking, but shy away from any action. In so doing, we reference various cults and fads such as peak oil, evangelical christianity and the singularity, pulp fiction and the simpsons, and then tie it up with my main man, the marshall mcluhan.

A meandering podcast that maybe doesn’t get anywhere that talks about how culture meanders and never quite goes anywhere. oh the irony…

podcast page here

Direct download: TME2.6-nothing_ever_happens.mp3

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6 thoughts on “The Mosaic Effect: season 2,episode 6: nothing can ever really happen again

  1. Wonderful podcast, as usual Zac. It struck me towards the end that this topic seems to show the division between the Dying God formula and the Crowned and Conquering Child formula, in that under the Osirian thought pattern, all life is centered around the final result, mythically presented as Judgement Day, while in the New Aeonic mode of thought, rather than being focused on the end result, success is to be attained through acceptance of the present moment, and life is taken almost more in a recreational manner. Child’s play does not often culminate in a conclusion, and much of that which does consists of games developed for children by adults in order to impose the linear mode of existence upon them. Meanwhile, anyone working at least below a certain level of management (wherein “outside the box” thinking becomes more prominent) is quite familiar with the extremely linear pattern, always being centered around making the numbers better. Much of the stress that arises out of the lack of the linearity seems like birth pangs, but rather than being this deadening effect that it could be viewed as (being the end of any possible objective sense of progress), it seems like it has the potential to be an extremely empowering effect, making room for the Will of the individual to gain in importance.

    This has some potential for problems, as the obvious issues of egotism become apparent, however unlike the linear/dualistic approach wherein there is 1 success and one failure, it is all but impossible for everyone to be successful, given the competetive nature of the “game” societies were engaged in, the lack of any real direction outwardly can allow for fulfillment of each and every individual, each in hir own way.

    I’m sure this is nothing all that original, but figured it was worth commenting on given the force with which it struck me as a very clear sign of the Aeon (or, if you Will, the progress of the Greater Vehicle toward enlightenment).

  2. Hi Zac,

    I realy enjoyed this one, I think that it is true that people are waiting around for something to happen, and also they are trapped in a linear thinking / cultural narrative that gives them a sense of powerlessness.

    Its a bit of the Guy Debord “society of the spectacle” idea, that events never happen to you personally but are viewed vicariously (and manufactered so that you can view them). People sense this a bit i think, and therefore find it hard to 100% believe anything.

    Also there seems to be a learned helplessnes in regards to peoples own personal narrative of their life. They are conditioned to wait for the hero of the story to come along and show them the way, or rescue them, or work out an ingenious solution.

  3. I noticed a couple of things I just wanted to point out, but first, did you plan to have the image for this post not show up? Cause that’s hilarious if you did.

    Anyway, in the part about Mcluhan, you sketch out a dichotomy between hierarchical modes of thought (as brought about through the printed word), and (for lack of a better term) planar modes of thought (as brought about by our new electronic medias). As with all dualities, I can see this translated (planarly speaking) into other polarities, such as yin and yang, active and passive, left brain and right brain, digital and analogue. And being polar opposites, they can also function as a sort of coordinate system (think longitude and latitude in a sphere where the grid continues inward, or the pattern made from iron filings in a magnetic field)

    What strikes me is that this comes after a discussion on two different apocalyptic viewpoints. If looked at as yet another set of poles, what I can see here are two ways of explaining that we don’t have any real meaning left in our lives. Either our forward momentum is about to hit a breaking point, or we will continue with business as usual but gain nothing from it. If these are two different ways of explaining the same thing, then I think we are left with a lack of meaning, an ontological emptiness that we’re either heading towards or wandering around inside of.

    Now is this emptiness only an emptiness, or is it more a breaking down of the old ways, a sort of death-in-life en masse? If we can follow the longitude and latitude correctly, can we find the center of the world?

    I’ve always thought of apocalyptic visions as something that happens to people who are right on the cusp of a higher form of consciousness. They see the old world ending and a new world arising, but until they put away the apocalyptic reality and search for something higher, something more real that it, they stay in old world and very likely burn with it. But if they move on past the apocalypse, then they can come to a new heaven and a new earth, just like the last one but so much better.

  4. I can see the image just fine. might be your browser.

    I think I was thinking apocalyptic visions as a function of more visual/linearly-oriented societies who believe in exapansion, progress, extension and increasing returns, versus more tribal/acoustical holding pattern types that wander inside a total field with no sense of ‘getting’ anywhere, and then how we’re in transition between the two and occupy a sort of joycean space where we can see into all the modes but don’t fully engage with any of them.

    what you’re getting at seems to be apocalypse more in the psychological sense, which I think is the more useful way of doing it, rather than rocket fuel for fanaticism, which seems to be the prefference these days.

  5. I think I may have gone a little overboard on the psychological apocalypse side of things. I wanted that to be a part of it, but it wasn’t really what I was trying to explore. Too caught up in my own visual/linear bias…

    I wanted to examine the relationship between the two modes you describe, the visual/linear and the tribal/acoustical, as well as the idea that we’re existing in a transitional period between the two. I was thinking of the shifts in dominance between the two as a sort of pendulum effect throughout history, and that at some point (perhaps right now) the pendulum might come to slow momentarily at it’s lowest point, creating a combined “joycean” space between the two modes that is rarely available on such a mass cultural level.

    But rather than being in between two separate modes of thought and unable to engage in either, I was thinking that it might be possible to access and be engaged in both modes together. If we can see something in both the visual and the acoustical mode at the same time, we can have a true (or more closely true) understanding of it. Balancing between the two is hard to do when either mode is dominant, but easier when we are in between two states of dominance as we are know. We would just have to integrate our old mode with the new mode, as best as we can (which is what I was describing, albeit working from my mostly visual/linear mode, as moving beyond a psychological apocalypse).

    I also see a comparison to some stuff I read on your site about Lucifer and Ahrimanic currents, and the Christ current which is really just an acceptance and balancing of both together (although I don’t necessarily think that the Lucifer/Ahriman dichotomy is a direct translation of the visual/acoustical dichotomy, that is, you can’t say Luciferian = visual and Ahriman = acoustical or vice/versa).

  6. Zac,

    I think that what’s happening with the image is that the site itself is disabling hot-linking from other sites, so whilst your browser might have it cached (because you’ve visited the original site first), others don’t, and thus trigger the anti-hot-link measures.

    As for the podcasts, I’ve got to say that they’re yet again, proving to be fascinating, and a pretty useful resource as an alternative perspective alchemical process. I’d certainly agree with the parallel between the aeon of Horus and the Electric age. If you’ll permit me to wander into Liber AL vel Legis for a moment, then you can certainly read certain phrases to support this. For example, I:46: “But they have the half: unite by thine art so that all disappear”, and I:41 seems to be the action needed to enable the transition between the two media types: “There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse”. That is, we need to deliberately love, in the sense of uniting, to consciously engaging in the implosive, integral process, rather than attempting to continue their fragmentary linear behavior, being caught by the wave, and thus drowning in it.

    In a sense, it does seem very Saturn-esque, in that there’s a trend to disavow history, and as you say, imagine that there’s the end of history. I suppose that an event like 9/11 (which seems to be an archetypal example) can be seen as a wake-up call, to inform us that change does in fact happen, whereas now we continue to cannibalise our young, in the sense of sending them off to fight in the war that will (seemingly) never end, not to mention the various moves to retroactively remove the twin towers from various media.

    A Qabalist would say that both ideas can be attributed to Binah on the Tree of Life, the former in terms of “the great sea”, and Saturn or Kronos is also a common attribution. I could well say that there’s potentially much mileage in thinking about it in these terms. It’s certainly one for further research, especially as to how it can be applied, I think.

    One way that struck me though, is how the Chaos magick practice of belief shifting could utimately be an antidote to this–by consciously changing your worldview, you would (by necessity) escape the trap of feeling that nothing can ever change. That said, experience shows that if you don’t keep this up, then it’s all to easy to slip back under the surface, and drown.

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