Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Life as a project?

One of the most striking features of modern life is its daily evanescence. Not only are ourselves aged, but everything around us fades away quickly.
Nothing is built to last. "In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes," said Warhol, in an  evocation of Wilde, with certitude. Not that Warhol was a genius, but simply that he knew which way the wind blew, and let himself go.

Everything around us is ephemeral. Matter is ephemeral. Goods are ephemeral. The sense of timelessness of the human race seems to have been swept out of existence. We do not seek the eternal, beautiful in itself, the sublime, but the "up-to-date", what is "trendy" and all terms rationally empty that fill our cultural shelves nowadays.

The officially accepted explanation for this state is that the man, realized in the XIX Century, that he was no longer a reflection of God´s image, but simply the product of an "evolution" (or factory upgrade) of matter, just like rats, chimpanzees and armadillos. From this point the man stops to look at eternity as his arrival port and started to fight against the clock during his short reign life.

Modernity focuses on these two aspects: The concept of "evolution", concluding that what is newer is better because it is more advanced in evolutionary terms. This was the cultural consequence of the transportation of the concept of evolution from biologic to the culture field, with no half-stops. The bases of high culture were defeated.
The technique becomes the base "culture" of modernity. Science is the new Prometheus that stole the knowledge from God to men so we can build our own happiness, without divine intercession. Men is no longer interested in old concepts  such as "moral" or "justice". The newer the better. Endpoint.

Second phase: Younger generation takes control of the culture , by the mid '50s. In the United States appeared the prototype youth culture that will sweep the world. In the 60's it was radicalized into  "do not trust anyone over thirty" motto of the day.

Third phase: modernism "dies". After all science can not, itself, ensure "peace and security". The century that opened by the sign of modernity closes with a balance of two world wars. But man does not gave up. Rather than go back and recognize the error, invents the "post-modernity", which is simply the negation of rationality and existence itself.

The result is that Life is simple life now. Ephemeral and volatile, without much hope, chaotic, Darwinian struggle of the fittest, now transfigured by "most modern". Won by whoever has the I-Phone 5.

But I do not agree. The human being is not a giant Drosophila fly. Living just to feel what can be felt, "enjoining" what each season can gives us, should not be our only goal.
Our real goal is Eternity. Cause we are eternal, in the sense that anything or anyone that has existed can not become "nothing." Even though we are no longer here to witness it,  our history is.
It means that Life has to have a project. And it has. Our greatest mission is to learn about it.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Anatolyi Golitsyn revisited

My friend "perilous time" has updated the predictions of KGB defector Anatolyi Golitsyn in a new post:

"In his 1984 book New Lies for Old, KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, who lived incognito for decades and who would be 86 years old if he is still alive, predicted that the Soviet communists would:
  1. feign their demise, which took place in 1991 with the stage-managed collapse of the Soviet Union and the fake, temporary banning of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union;
  2. eliminate any rational for NATO’s existence, which took place in 1991 with the so-called end of the Cold War and the integration of economically backward “ex”-communist states into the Western military alliance;
  3. install a communist puppet in the White House, which took place in 1992, with the election of alleged KGB asset Bill Clinton, and again in 2008, with the election of avowed socialist Barack Hussein Obama, who has received the endorsement of the Communist Party USA; and
  4. rebuild the red world order, which began in 1991 with the creation of the Commonwealth of “Independent” States (CIS) and, afterwards, numerous other international organizations across the post-Soviet space"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Finally, the truth about Soviet spy Alger Hiss

WND, reports a new book on one of the most influential communist spies inside the US more inner government circle during FDR years, Alger Hiss.

Finally, the truth about Soviet spy Alger Hiss: Former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss was the darling of the Franklin Roosevelt Democrats and the architect of the United Nations.

That he was also a Soviet spy remains one of the most well-guarded secrets of the 20th century.