The sphere of the noose (III): polytheistic mythologies
A set of myths encompasses polytheism in all its forms and is symbolized by the mathematically invalid expression [0 = ∞]. The number is zero because in this diagram there is exactly zero real god. Here, 0 is very different from the NULL state we talked about earlier, which is the staunch denial of atheists and / or the experienced absence of something divine. Zero is also infinite, as the number of lowercase gods, goddesses, and gods is not limited by any principle. If you have a forest goddess, how about a tree goddess, a bush goddess, a bush goddess, and a sapling goddess? Add a good handful of nymphs, trolls, and goblins to complete the picture.
Another distinction is that NULL appears to be a transient state indicating a seizure while [0 = ∞]it is a stable state that Homo sapiens has known and is likely to continue to experience for countless millennia. Various religions and monotheistic cults, symbolized by [1≠1, 1+1=1 et 1+1+1=1], of which we will speak later, occupy an intermediate position: they are not transitory; they are not permanent either, but tend to degrade towards [0 = ∞] over time.
Tiny gods form a continuum of truly divine entities that create and destroy worlds and can only be appeased by regular human sacrifices, preferably virgins, to deified humans whose mummified remains perpetually rest in mausoleums, from pop stars and celebrities to small idols: the gods. from Chinese cuisine, for example, which are figurines that can be suitably soothed by covering them with lard once a year. Fetishes and talismans are at the end of this continuum. The existence of the Neolithic “Venus figurines” shows that they have lasted at least a few thousand years, probably much longer, supporting the theory that the penchant for religious mythology is an evolved trait of Homo sapiens. To Fight: Gods, beings, and divine things may be software, but this software runs on dedicated, special-purpose hardware built into the human skull.
If the technosphere particularly appreciates NULL, it also knows how to use cults. [0 = ∞] and you know which ones you prefer. Some pagan cults can present difficulties for the technosphere. For example, the Apollonian cult with its slogan “nothing too much” would militate against an overabundance of technology, limiting the reach of the technosphere. The orgiastic cult of Bacchus, reflected in contemporary nightclub culture, tends to violate ostensibly imposed epidemiological restrictions as part of a futile effort to thwart the spread of a not particularly deadly (but actually used to control consumption , in particular the consumption of hydrocarbon energy and to strengthen social control).
More generally, the technosphere finds polytheism relatively abundant. Lesser deities, such as pop stars and celebrities, can be worshiped by buying the products they endorse or advertise. The main deities that make up the oligarchy: Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, etc. – integrated as they are in the technosphere, they arouse a certain level of fear and require more serious forms of sacrifice, ranging from the injection of experimental vaccines to the use of operating systems that are blatant spyware, to highly combustible, ridiculously expensive pipelines and inefficient Teslas, and spending a fortune on little shiny rectangles with fairly rounded corners, and a wide variety of other tech fetishes.
In Homo sapiens, the urge to deify is unstoppable and polytheism tends to appear spontaneously, lending credence to the fact that it is an evolved aspect of human nature, causing any attempt at total suppression by the technosphere. On the contrary, it is much more efficient for the technosphere to channel it in such a way that it produces the desired obedient, conformist and consumer behavior. Then the consumers voluntarily form the herd, the “prosumers” (who post popular YouTube videos of themselves using the fetishized product) become the lay clergy, and the celebrity supporters into the great priesthood of the ephemeral cult of such. or which gadget., Bauble, injectable substance or pill.
Polytheism represents the first stage in the development of humanity’s religious mythology, and if the technosphere wins, it will also be the last. The technosphere hates any sophistication other than technical sophistication. In his opinion, the most primitive forms of worship, such as drooling over androgynous South Korean pop singers, are acceptable as a transition phase to the NULL state that represents a completely vegetative existence from a spiritual point of view.
The fact that polytheism is a natural tendency of the human species is really difficult to overlook. Take the example of the state cults that various seemingly atheistic communist regimes have spontaneously reached. Shortly after all deities were banished by a government dictate, communist regimes set out to build mausoleums in which they buried the mummified remains of their great rulers. There is the imposing Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, North Korea, which serves as a mausoleum for President Kim Il-sung and his son, President Kim Jong-il. And then there’s the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, whose attractive style is reminiscent of an ancient Greek temple, in Hanoi, Vietnam. And let’s not forget the Mao Zedong Mausoleum in Beijing, China.
And then, of course, there is Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square, which is still in place today, although its balcony is no longer used as a tribune by political leaders and dignitaries during parades. My humble proposal to reuse it as an entrance to a new metro station – “Mavzoleiskaya”[littéralement “Station du mausolée”] – a dead letter was left; Even after all this time, many people find the idea sacrilegious and prefer to suffer the inconvenience of having to walk 210 meters to get to Red Square from the nearest metro station (Revolution Square).
These communist state cults generally fail to inspire the same level of religious fervor as traditional forms of religious observance. They can extend the great leader’s power for some time after his death, but the effect inevitably wears off over time. This fact was recognized even by the communist leaders themselves. Chinese leaders have gradually relaxed restrictions on religious practice, taking care to control religious groups that pose political risks or could serve as channels for foreign infiltration and interference.
People are often surprised to learn that Joseph Stalin made the decision to reopen many churches during World War II, less than two decades after Lenin’s death, realizing that faith plays a vital role in the leadership of Russian soldiers to victory. Having been educated in a seminary, Stalin was well aware of the power of faith. According to some sources, he himself was a religious man: before his death, he confessed to Patriarch Alexii I, who allegedly said “He repented! “For obvious reasons, this was kept secret by the Soviet hierarchy while it continued to exist.
A different spontaneous resurgence of religious experience can easily be observed in societies that reach the NULL state (or briefly go through the NULL state) through processes other than revolutionary change. These processes can range from outright atheistic indoctrination by rationalist pedagogues to general cultural (and religious) decline and loss of meaning. There are many ways to produce an atheist; for example, Catholic schools have produced many good atheists. In general, the combination of spiritually empty religious practices and the indiscriminate use of the concept of guilt to control behavior makes the denial of God’s existence feel like a religious liberation and experience in its own right.
It turns out that this is really just a phase that frees up space for new kinds of religious experiences, spontaneously improvised. Nature abhors emptiness, and human nature abhors spiritual emptiness: whatever rationality we try to have, we are simply not made to maintain a high level of skepticism for long periods of time and at the same time after a while. , the innate. desire to believe and adore something or another.
Thus, in the West, in the wake of the social dislocation of World War II and the gradual disappearance of traditional society, a new youth culture centered on pop music appeared, which quickly evolved into a wide variety of quasi-religious phenomena. from ecstatic Beatlemania to the satanic Rolling Stones (“Sympathy for the devil,” anyone?), as well as a host of widespread idolatry. English pop singer William Broad didn’t arbitrarily choose Billy Idol’s stage name, he was trying to follow the trend.
At the time, competition between the superpowers was intense and Soviet leaders quickly understood the power of this new youth culture. They spent a fortune to cultivate their own pop music scene, with excellent results, except in one point: Soviet ideology imposed a level of egalitarianism that prevented Soviet pop stars, no matter how well paid, from achieving fabulous wealth. divine of the western pop stars. , which has helped transform them into objects of public worship. This is how Western youth culture won, bringing with it a whole host of Western cultural influences that helped seal the fate of the USSR, which had gone wrong for various other reasons. But the spell did not last long and today Russian groups like Eurovision winner “Little Big” thrive by destroying Western cultural tropes with industrial sarcasm, while others, like the group “Leningrad”, owe their fabulous success to a happy combination of perfectly secular patriotism, overwhelming profanity and musical virtuosity.
The technosphere is perfectly suited to the NULL ideology that reigns supreme in the higher spheres of society, while the lower classes are constantly distracted by child idolatry because none of them are able to organize to oppose it and threaten their supremacy. This is not necessarily the case with monotheistic religious mythologies, symbolized by [1≠1, 1+1=1 et 1+1+1=1], which we will talk about next
September 6, 2021, Club Orlov – Sakerfrancophone translation