Saturday, August 23, 2008

Who "They" Are.

Someone said that I was being conspiracy-minded when I used the word "they." So lets set the record straight: "They" are economic elites who are either:

1) dependent on drugs, or
2) mad (as in clinically insane), and
2) messianic (as in they believe in a, or should I say "the," messiah and are expecting him to arrive, probably even preparing for it).

Absolute power doesn't merely corrupt, it drives insane. Who but the most powerful has enough time on his hands to notice the meaninglessness of life? The most powerful go insane because after all their desires are satisfied, they are left without desires. And life without desire is life in hell.

Fear of death is actually the fear of life without desire. Can you imagine what it would be like if everybody did what you told them to? What would be left to conquer after that? Pretty soon you'd start sticking golden needles through your maidservants' nipples, or flat out play games with people's lives just to watch them suffer.

And while the cultures of ancient Egypt and Rome, pre-modern as they were, had the capability of incorporating behavior like that, how else can modern, liberal-humanist culture, with its million and one assumptions about what man is, see this behavior but as stark raving mad, or, more accurately, clinically, through the discourse of psychology, as "sadism."

That's why most rich people are perpetually on medication, either on tranquilizers or opiates--often on both.

But some of them need more than just drugs to relieve the despair; they need to feel that life has a purpose and that they personally have a role in it. Thus is messianism born in them; messianism, the desperate mad wish to, not only have a world that has meaning, but one where the meaning congeals into flesh and blood and manifests itself bodily right there in front of their eyes--as the Messiah--after which manifestation the world blows up and all is over, all of their suffering is over. A desperate thing, this messianism. A suicidal wish.

Ultimately, however, it doesn't matter. While we're at it, there is a conspiracy far more menacing, far more thorough, and far more undetectable than these conspiracies of interests seeking power could ever be, and that is the conspiracy of reason. That's how it is.

3 comments:

tzitzernak2 said...

Interesting analysis.
I would add that tranquilizers or opiates (aka “downers”) are not the only drug searched out. Those who self medicate also use drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine (aka “uppers”) in an attempt to fill the void, to find excitement, to find emotion that the rest of us are able to find in day to day life.
Similarly, it is not only the rich, but the depressed (rich and poor), seeking the ability to feel again, who use pain to achieve their purpose. However, they are more likely to inflict pain upon themselves, often in the form of self cutting behaviors, which may be considered a mild form of masochism. Some say that such behavior provides them with a tangible, concrete outlet for their emotional pain.
Regarding messianism – one might argue that predicting the end of the world allows one to have something to do, that is, prepare for that end. Not mutually exclusive, at all, with the suicidal wish explanation.

parisan said...

// Can you imagine what it would be like if everybody did what you told them to? What would be left to conquer after that? Pretty soon you'd start sticking golden needles through your maidservants' nipples, or flat out play games with people's lives just to watch them suffer. //

I suppose you read Camus' Caligula. In March of 2008, after the killings, I considered putting that play on a stage in Yerevan. I had a friend to send me a copy of the play, and both him and I read it again, but in the end I had to abandon my project because I moved out of Armenia for a job.

I still believe it was a good idea, and the text would be interesting to translate in Armenian.

Wallace said...

// I had a friend to send me a copy of the play, and both him and I read it //

I never read the play, but I did see the PBS mini-series 'Caligula'.

I'm wondering if you two read it privately, as reading aloud in some places may be dangerous...so to speak.