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FOOD FOR THE HUNGER OF MAN

July 31, 2013

FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

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Judeo-Christian scripture does provide food for man in the sense of logic for higher contemplation-for it is logic that which so captivates man (the viewer-spectator-listener); and basic logic is the core elemental ingredient of narrative-of story-and this logic is really the skeleton of active faith (or creed) itself-the logic of the life mechanism in which you live.

But its written, book form as authority, serves you at a higher contemplative level that goes beyond vital, life modus operandi as function; it feeds you also as a form of reasoned wonder as puzzle-as good literature-it usually is certainly this-that contains politics of state and human psychology; and it allows a certain space, also, for doubts and questions regarding specific-and very controlled-aspects that has lead groups of people, over the centuries, to discussion, debate and even heated arguments.

But this space of freedom as doubt and interpretation is free in a deceptive way, for it is always essentially contained within the licit universe of the written source as collectively shared authority;

Functionally, it is this freedom that is actually an instrument of further, ultimate control.

Man needs, also, to be intellectually intrigued and fed through variation on-and games played with-the same essential logic his vision of the world is based on.

But food at this level and in this way is also a form of protection from ideas and understanding that not only go beyond dogma, but that also would disturb-gravely disturb-a lot of individuals if they were allowed to stray beyond certain limits into unknown and novel, non-sanctioned ideas, concepts or areas of thought.

And this disturbance would end up being a form of discomfort-of intellectual-visceral (hence existential) strife and affliction for the individual.

Food for the hunger of man, in this way and at this level, becomes rather an administered diet of well-balanced, calorie calculated, meals much like you might get in a hospital according to the specific needs of your organism.

But in regards to an anthropological diet control over food for thought, it is man’s collective interaction with tradition as culture that ends up ticking the correct items on the hospital menu, so to speak.

Individuals, of course, historically have perceived and held positions and vital postures that oppose and go beyond the culturally established diet of tradition, but generally, a stability is achieved that incorporates in itself elements of doubt and official mystery as ambiguity, not really out of a sense of control, but more with an effect of ensuring existential comfort as intellectual-existential, engaged curiosity, that, at the same time, prevents further real evolution-that guarantees a certain state of intellectual-dogmatic-immobilization (and this most certainly can also be understood as a form of cultural power as control).

But its original function is a form of protection from the distress of further conceptual-intellectual-evolution individuals would inevitably undergo if left to think outside the box-or to just think on their own and unassisted.

(That’s when junior’s sphincter muscles tighten-and he feels most horribly pressured and harried-and he feels the urge to lash out at you and call you a bitch or a faggot! )

INFERENCES

-General cultural fear of new ideas, of further, serious logical conclusions.

-Logic is a bread of life, but it is also a source of panic as perceived existential-and emotional-chaos; and it is typically shunned and avoided-and certainly not fostered and encouraged in any deeply significant way by normative cultural authorities.

-Because culture, in its most traditional and natural, anthropological form, is about comfort and security-above all else.

-And so sophisticated is it-as a system and since its beginning-that it incorporates, as a form of flexibility, controlled forms of intrigue as novelty and wonder-and even chaos itself, in answer, once again and always, to the hunger of man.

-What is the structure and very fabric of good literature-of Shakespeare, for example-but stages of transition form order to chaos (or disturbance) to order restored?

-Man’s understanding-in a broader sense, beyond religious narrative-or creed-may evolve through art as an additional cultural manifestation, but religion essentially has not-not at all in the form of divine revelation.

-Competing narratives of intellectual-visceral, existential understanding emerge-but the original attraction of old time religion-in its non-evolution-is the security it provides for individuals in that they are never disturbed, ultimately, in their thinking as logic-never dislodged from the intellectual-visceral, conceptual security they live in.

RELIGIOUS, SECTARIAN SPIN-OFFS

Abraham (or Moses) got spoke to-so did I!

(To be continued)

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Image from True Grit (2011)

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