A vital relationship to technology
From the 1880s to the 1920s, the debate had been raging as to the place of technology or technological progress (which back then were assimilated mostly to industrialization), in a racially and culturally sound people. Left and right leaning groups argued, the Romanticism Left and Völkisch Right appealing to
tradition more or less interchangeably (a conundrum we touched upon
scientific materialist (marxists and socialists at large) considering industries and science as the symptom and sine qua non condition for social progress, against an old traditional society made inevitably unjust by its backwardness, while fascists of the Italian kind worshiped progress as a
new vista of opportunities for human passions
Several questions stand as obvious for any movement boasting of the least ecological leaning:
- What sort of industrialization should be pursued ?
- How to balance its requirement with the perhaps unavoidable pollution issues ?
- Similarly, what kinds of energy sources ?
We on the other hand, knowing about the very origin of civilizations, auto-domestication and the calamity it brought about, take these questions to a whole new level of potency and implication.
We need science to cleanse the Earth of its filth, chemical or human. Then repair it, on a global scale, and apply geoengineering on a massive scale. What hope is there to live in space, or bring life to other planets if we can’t improve our own? Science and techniques will need a new different turn in their developments, under the State’s direction.
But avoiding the dependency on technology on an individual level is crucial to liberate our potential, a concern figuring heavily in how we conceive education . Without the need to improve upon pain of death, nothing will change. Artificial hardships must come back, forcing anyone regardless of age, to summon the strengths they possess deep inside. We must imagine a life in which whenever speed is not paramount (in military or strategic endeavors typically), power and high material power is earned through efforts, and devices made to prop up the natural strengths of the human body.
As per the Butlerian Jihad, the human mind must not deteriorate through reliance on intelligent machines, also known as computers.
Computers should amplify the mind, but using them to reduce efforts and stop working already led to complacency and feeble-mindedness. It applies to material technology too: for tasks not conducive to progress in their scope (such as individuals fetching fruits in the tree), to introduce high technology in them is disruptive and degenerative. We shall keep technology on as much as it expands the individual mind: no more clutch, no more mental calculation spared to the average folk, no more
A key notion, is that modern
comfort as we usually mean it, has nothing to do with pleasantness. Having to run between two points, eventually taking a bit more time, does not degrade the quality of life but enhance it tremendously. In a great many number of cases, modern societies have become less economically speaking in fulfilling the same or equivalent tasks: social inertia has made those tasks a lot more complicated, and robust, smart (relatively) low-tech solutions to old problems. Nearly all problems societies know, have been around for a very long time already indeed, and needs have been met with for equally as long, as soon as possible. Otherwise, solutions evolve slowly.
On the contrary, new sudden problems seemingly requiring technological solutions are nearly always not resulting from social needs but as byproduct, side-effects of technology. The useless consumer society and hyper-industrialization have created cheap knock-out products of stupidly low quality, it brought us programmed obsolescence, an untold level of pollution absolutely unimaginable for previous generations, the near total loss of the whole Amazonian forest, and a bit closer to us, frequent traffic jams which see ever more powerful cars actually being slower than velocycles. While making everyone sick.
We need adequate levels of technology to meet needs, and first and foremost address the social root of each issue by changing habits: less material needs (or less technological ways to go about them) make for less work, liberating (whenever the estimated all-around trade-off is a net positive) productive power for more important tasks. Our cavemen ancestors had few needs but extreme comfort, pleasure and fulfilling lives. As we strayed away from nature, we created all the problems and neuroticism successive social institutional and cultural innovations respectively try to solve or were engendered by. Hence, technology, albeit unnatural as far as the normal process of evolution is concerned as it is (arguably) is not evil nor bad per se, it is the consequence of the biblical Fall , and will be required to recreate the Eden Earth used to be. The most pressing step toward that, being getting total unsurpassed military power to get rid of the enemies of the Aryan race and the planet, and imposing our views. Imposing the Truth.
Then we will be free to live as pleases our inborn sense of aesthetics, either in spaceships, caverns or trees, or most likely all of these.
In the meanwhile, some precise guidelines can be issued: whenever we can, fully circular economies must come to life: depending on fossil or otherwise non-renewable resources, regardless of pollution or prospects of scarcity, is - by definition - not circular: you rely on inputs exterior to the system, disrupt balances.
All wastes must occasion new sources of wealth: industrial waste must be processed to remove toxicity and provide either energy to be used locally, raw materials to other activities, or become safe enough to be given back to the soil, feeding plants and animals. For this reason nuclear energy needs to be curtailed until nuclear waste has found a lasting solution not requiring constant human surveillance.
But most importantly the moral and economical issue with nuclear power is the very high technicity involved, that is not efficient: the lower the tech level, the long infrastructures last, Roman roads and aqueducts and medieval houses being prime instances. Complex things, tend to break down faster, are subject to entropy: nature goes from higher to lower energy levels, it applies to human energy and institutions as well. Heavier, sturdier materials, however expensive to build, create old material cultures putting to shame anything modern aiming at doing similar things.
We should build in stones, create new pyramids of earth brick composite carbon and stainless materials for the millennia to come, invent mechanisms still functioning after centuries of non-maintenance. Houses warming or cooling using natural energies and isolation, mass heat storage, solid foundations still worthy of inhabiting when all the people who built it and their descendants will be long dead.
We must develop human (or animal) power using modern materials, and when not possible (or unpractical) seek to do away with whatever construction. We must learn to limit technology to the barest minimum compatible with a pleasant daily life, and learn to rely once again on human powers - one oneself and each other.
On the other hand… there is yet another reason underpinning the need to unite and improve our species. What if our concerns aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things ?
What if there were real ones out there, real enemies in deep space against which no discussion would work and no understanding would lead to anything else but the deepened realization of our powerlessness and a wish to flee or fight ?
Our current accepted physics absolutely rules out any faster than light travel, evidently necessary to cross the terrifying gulfs of space and time between any merely neighboring stars.
But physics has changed drastically over the last 200 years, hasn’t it ? Some might be familiar with the Drake equation and Fermi paradox, whose hypothetical solutions are for the most part as unsatisfying as over-reliant on anthropomorphism and projections of our own limitations, wants and needs, and above all our ignorance of the true extrasensory nature of the universe. I will touch upon this more deeply elsewhere, but it suffices to imagine: what if other people, beings, or for lack of another word
forces did not have those limitations ?
Our existence as a species is fairly recent, a mere few hundreds of thousands of years, and I would argue, we know little to nothing about prehistory, in particular the Paleolithic and Neanderthals, whose intelligence far exceeded our own. Also arguably, their science might have exceeded our own too for all we know, but their natural abilities made any technological progress wholly unnecessary. When your only physical needs is to fetch some fruits and kill some fish, rabbits or a mammoth, why bothering building factories and high-tech poison-dart when a simple wood trap is a hundred-fold time-efficient while not trashing the environment, or when a single spear launched with the strength of several men suffices to possibly skew the beast to the bone ?
Lovecraft’s bestiary is full of such species which while highly intelligent or hyper-intelligent (encompassing the whole of human knowledge in a few weeks or less), do not rely on a tech level one would deem fitting for such minds. Because they usually do not have to, save for the limited occasions of fighting with equally advanced races, in those cases fusion drives, directed-energy particle beams or mass destruction are par for the course. In stories, this peculiar situation often makes their home base overall fairly primitive (though highly practical and durable) for human eyes. I am not saying Neanderthals had a science akin to ours. But they did not have to face Star-Spawns either.
And the lifespan of sapient humanity is fairly short compared to geological timescales, an unnoticeable instant.
Now, substitute Galaxia for a united Aryan genius-level species, and scale down things to this very corner of the galaxy.
Actual flesh and blood evil aliens attacking is more than improbable, the idea is utterly ridiculous on every level. However the universe is infinite and there needs not be something we would refer to as aliens or individuals, and a healthy fear has always kept our pre-humans ancestors wary of the beasts lurking in the bush… the Cosmos might be ordered as the Greek thought and the name implies, fights, competitions or adversity of some kind aren’t bad, unsightly or chaotic per se, predators are not evil. They are there to be pitted against and force us to improve. And doomed be those thinking themselves above such concerns.
- I have heard you speak of transformational evolution, Lord. That is the label on your stock book. But what of surprise…
- Moneo! Rules change with each surprise.
- Lord, have you no improvement of the human stock in mind?
Leto glared down at him, thinking: If I use the key word now, will he understand? Perhap… .
- I am a predator, Moneo.
Moneo broke off and shook his head. He knew the meaning of the word, he thought, but the word itself shocked him. Was the God Emperor joking?
- Predator, Lord?
- The predator improves the stock.
- How can this be, Lord? You do not hate us.
- You disappoint me, Moneo. The predator does not hate its prey.
- Predators kill, Lord.
- I kill, but I do not hate. Prey assuages hunger. Prey is good.
Moneo peered up at Leto’s face in its gray cowl. Have I missed the approach of the Worm? Moneo wondered. Fearfully, Moneo looked for the signs. There were no tremors in the giant body, no glazing of the eyes, no twisting of the useless flippers.
- For what do you hunger, Lord? Moneo ventured.
- For a humankind which can make truly long-term decisions. Do you know the key to that ability, Moneo?
- You have said it many times, Lord. It is the ability to change your mind.
- Change, yes. And do you know what I mean by long-term?
- For you, it must be measured in millennia, Lord.
- Moneo, even my thousands of years are but a puny blip against Infinity.
Obvious menaces truly deserving of cosmic dread do not require much stretch of the imagination: asteroids provide plenty, and many could wipe us out like the dinosaurs before, or set back civilization and the collective human history for ten thousands years, as it probably happened once. Asteroids do come on a regular basis, maybe not today, nor in ten years, nor a century perhaps, but they do, and did. Derailing or disintegrating them from orbit is actually beyond our current capacity.
Even our ability to detect them, recently appeared more illusory than we thought. Only the entire resource of the species and planet, can have a hope to fight against the unknown, uncaring forces of outer space, or hope to muster the required energies without blowing ourselves up for good in the process.
the coming of the New Man
Despite the need for a united government and an incredible concentration of human resources, we strongly believe mystery should for no reason disappear from life. Nor the pain of loss or risk of bad choices, lest the value of trust diminishes. We refuse the idea of a perfect paradise where everything becomes one single recipe to follow to the letter leaving and the future holds no secret.
Indeed it cannot be true, visions don’t show a single future but an array of probabilities, owning to a range of influences of a more or less subtle nature. Information on one’s death even very accurate ones could be obtained, but never if such gift would result in depression, or the shunting of one’s drive to achieve. This would not make sense, when the archetypal realm is all about reducing entropy by
creating more, adding on more meaning to the world through one’s action. The joys of a journey of self-discovery, the drive of making leaving a name for oneself, or going where no one has gone before, none of these are antinomic to seeing part of the future and avoiding meaningless harms. Because some harms do carry meaning.
To quote the Grey Jedi code:
force and you will find national-naturalism. Energy is loving, it is wrath against the injustice as well. It is at times a tedious self-control, but also the unfeterred passion of a pair of siblings. The certitude that all hurts can heal, even on the largest scale, but that healing always requires effort, and does not unwind suffering nor its memory. Nothing ever truly dies, including pain and losses. Energy is the knowledge of having other lives and the survival of the soul after death, but also that new lives are new opportunity at existence, not the very same one, whose potential and uniqueness disappears with death.
We need to invent new forms of life and new outlooks in line with the extended awareness and innate wisdom useful psychic abilities come with. Obviously, until they reach their completion within the limits of our current evolutive stage, we can only speculate so much about how future people will feel about the future, death, life, free will, etc. We can really only discard the most obvious nonstarters, because our limited rediscovery of these abilities suffices to label them as nonsensical.
Beyond that, the only absolute certitude, and what really matters, is the choice we should absolutely be robed off: the possibility for mistakes damaging the individual or communinity beyond the specifications of our genetics. That is to say: cooking will be no more, by whatever means necessary. But there is no point in enforcing much beside that. Individuals should be given the tools to know themselves as kids, but it will be up to themselves to decide or perhaps reveal what lays inside of them, especially giving the hypothetical hundreds of years they might live. I want the freedom to spend one’s existence however we feel in the entire human imperium : subterranean cities, out in the Arctic wilderness, flying zepelins or jovian ring habitats, developing my soul in an unique way, colored by my unique collection of memories with the luxury of time, or hastiness of enthuasiasm. I want to decide where to push the boundaries of human experience further than anyone did before, as I feel compelled by my own desires, as the spontaneous expressions through my individuality of the Collective Unconscious.
European Ancestors I pointed at a potentially supernatural element in the inception of cooking as a global phenomena, the start and dynamic of its spread. This is what I meant. To know what Neanderthals were capable of on the metapsychic side appears necessary to me, in order to piece together the tale of their Fall as a species, how long and what circumstances it took and if really something properly supernatural happened. Besides asking the extrasensory directly we need to know what we can do.
The first man to truly ponder about the origin of cooking was obviously Mr Burger himself. He entertained the idea that our ancestors (whoever they could be, he had no idea of Neanderthals at the time) were fundamentally different when it comes to their mind, unwilling or instinctively unable to consider the far-reaching consequences of their actions, a trait - let’s face it - still shared by the overwhelming majority save for very few.
Perhaps this trait is what we had to change the hard way, in order to inherit the Earth ?
It had to take the whole of written history and scientific development, to change something fundamental in our instincts, our simian inability to consider the consequences of our actions. We could see these consequences through the visions, but in our experience a conscious inquiry is always necessary. Visions need you to care about the topic, understand its point, be receptive.
Perhaps Neanderthals were but hyper-intelligent children living only in the present, a blissful eternity-present extending indefinitely with infinitely varied experiences but at the same time always the same, a state of consciousness beyond change and linear time, beyond decay. This describes exactly the time before the Fall according to the Bible, when we didn’t have the Fruit of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Truly idyllic times, synonymous with perfect happiness.
The power of our intellect, once kept in check by the Over-Id or extrasensory mind, could already wreck ecology with simple agriculture and forest clearing, and now it unlocked the power of the sun and the capacity to destroy the planet several times over or close.
Creation (us in particular) was obviously imperfect, not taking into account how a species could become so powerful by sheer material means - therefore outside the direct control of the Collective Unconscious. It is a case of hypertelic phenomena, a finality overflow, as coined by the researcher Jean-Pierre Petit.
Extremely powerful analogies can be found in the universe of Warhammer 40k and Dune. In the first one, the Emperor of Humanity, a messianic semi-divine figure present since the beginning of history, perceived the future thousands of years in advance but did not intervene to prevent two catastrophes from destroying a human civilization much too dependent on science and self-sufficient, waiting for the opportunity to guide humanity to its lowest point and make it realize its potential as a species both psychic and rational, independent of the Immaterium, gods and goddess lurking in the Unconscious Collective. There is a good reason why the Emperor is called the
New Man: he represents our full potential. Awakening the Unconscious to the Conscious Level.
In Dune, Paul Atreides is a superman who sees the future: but he can see the distant future of humanity, the horrors awaiting us, and the genetic and cultural mutations we will have to undergo in order to survive. He also sees the terrible burden to be his if he accepts his role, mutating into an immortal inhuman creature completely beyond good and evil in order to lead humanity personally on the
Golden Path. Paul is the example of knowledge without wisdom, bound to his conditioning, his human flaws, thus unwillingly setting in motion unconscious forces leading to hundreds of billions of deaths all throughout the human realm.
He refuses and bequeaths this mission to his son, who accepts his role and becomes Leto II the God-Emperor, present in the past and the future, oppressing humanity to develop the cultural and genetic tendencies to finally overcome its own instinctual limitations and create its own future. In the thousands of years following his physical death, he continues helping those finally acknowledging his wisdom, to shepherd humanity in his stead. These two figures represent the totality and perfection of what a man could be, the New Man, the light showing the way… The bridge between gods and men, the Führer.
I think that the Collective Unconscious, little by little, is passing from childhood to adulthood, animating cultural and historical movements, feeding people’s unconscious aspirations for religions, kingdoms, science, and expressing itself more directly in a small number of exceptional beings, possessed of supernatural will and inspiration. Men beyond time, living against the grain. Plato, Alexander the Great, Plato, Julius Caesar and Augustus, Frederic I of the Holy Roman Empire, Genghis Khan … Qaddafi. Adolf Hitler.
There will come a time, when such a figure will arise to lead us. Then when we all become the New Man, only then will true freedom without risk will be possible, when our intelligence and its products will have become fully integrated in our biological instincts as well as our soul.