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Sinister Dialectic: The Next Three Hundred Years
Today, I’m going to briefly talk in general – strategic – terms about part of our Sinister Dialectic; the part to do with how we and our kind perceive, relate to, and deal with, external events and those individuals who are given credit for causing such events, or believe they have caused them, and those who in reality may actually have been responsible for some or most of them. This means talking about politics, governments, and war, and how we, in the context of Aeonics and of our esoteric aims, understand them.
In illustration of these topics, I will concentrate on one example. And the most pertinent one, which is one reason – apart from the gorgeous weather, the facilities, and our welcoming hosts! – why we’re gathered here in this place in this year during the period when our Order is moving away from Phase Two toward Phase Three.
We’re here in what is undoubtedly the most powerful nation currently existing on this planet – militarily, economically, politically. The strategy of the government – of successive governments – of this nation is simple: self-preservation, self-advancement, the elimination or the neutralizing of external and internal threats, and the safeguarding and the promotion of what is often termed ‘the American way of life’. All the resources of the government can be used and have been used in pursuit of this strategy, from internal law enforcement agencies to overt conventional military force, to covert overseas ops, to gaining and using political and economic influence over overseas nations, to protecting, finding, securing, and exploiting the natural resources, anywhere in the world, that a modern resource-hungry nation requires. This is natural and indeed necessary, given ‘the nature of the beast’ – the abstraction of The State and the government required to control and organize the land, resources, and the diverse peoples, of a large geographical area, provide opportunities for its citizens and maintain – compared to most of the world – a relatively high standard of living, and a relatively secure way of life, for perhaps a majority of those deemed citizens.
Of course, we’re all aware of the problems and the inequalities and the injustices that still exist. But the reality is that the system works reasonably well most of the time for perhaps a majority of the people; well enough to still entice over ten million people to migrate here over a ten year period, with perhaps half a million of these migrants, each year, being what the government describe as illegals.
Given that this strategy of the government has, since the end of what we call The Second World War, worked, most of the time, there is no reason to change it, as there is no reason to believe that, in the immediate future, it will be changed or that the United States itself will decline and fall or its government be overthrown, internally or externally. Not in the immediate future, even given the growing strength of a nation such as China.
But we here all know that in Aeonic terms the American empire – for that is what it became half a century or more ago – cannot endure, such again is the ‘nature of the beast’. And it is in such Aeonic terms that we perceive and judge both its strategy and tactics, and ours as an esoteric Order whose aims are to bring-into-being a new type of human being and new ways of living, and new challenges, for our new human type.
Like all empires, the American empire cannot endure beyond five hundred years. But we, as an esoteric Order, structured as we are, can. In reality, this new modern empire may well decline and fall a century or two, or even three, before that four hundred to five hundred life-span is reached.
When it declines and falls, is really not that important. What is certain and important is that it will undoubtedly outlast the life-span of all of us here, and it is in the context of such an empire, and its life-span, that we judge and deal with its strategy and tactics.
Thus, its use of military force, externally, in pursuit of its strategy is irrelevant to us, except of course when we using, manipulating, or manufacturing exoteric forms for an ulterior esoteric purpose – Aeonic or personal – or when we are manipulating mundanes and producing propaganda for the same reasons. Or when we are indulging in fomenting Chaos and provoking change or just being adversarial as part, say, of an Insight Role or two or just to have and enjoy some sinister fun. Or when […] [redacted]
Similarly with regard to the politics, and the economics, and the social and law enforcement policies and practices of this newish empire. Or when it chooses, as it has begun now to do as a necessary part of its desire to survive and prosper, to ignore the ‘due process’ which was fundamental to the birth of the American nation.
From all such things we stand aloof, as artists, alchemists, of the acausal: undistracted by such mundane concerns, and instead concerning ourselves with pursuing our personal and our centuries-long esoteric aims and goals, in our own way, as a growing family, and in our own species of time; learning from, and contributing to, our ancestral pathei-mathos…..
Note: 2013 ev. This is an edited transcript of the first part of a talk given by AL at the first overseas ONA Sunedrion, held in a Sapphic/gay friendly hotel in the ‘Sunshine State’ a few years ago and attended by those in the Americas who had achieved the grade of Internal Adept. The Sunedrion also included several specially invited guests, including one from Canada, two from South America, and two of the three invited from the States (an invited guest from the ‘Golden State’ having declined the invitation to attend).