We have all wondered adrift, consumed by our own moral complicity and jaded by the broader darkness of fear. Make no mistake: we are all among the Parmenidean “Deaf, Dumb, Blind, and Stupid – unreasoning cattle.”
To simply exist amongst this dark wave of history, predicted by ancient mystic cultures and sages past, is to be swept up, sometimes without recognition, in a frequency of hatred and corruption. We consistently exalt the self in a fit of moral outrage; but what about our own philosophical actions that comprise the future? To read the latest words of Hedges or Chomsky or the latest Democracy Now podcast fuels the power of the dispossessed; but what about their own culpability which clouds our discourse on virtue?
Do not misinterpret my meaning with all this. We need that liberal commentary to expose the sinister organs of state and corporate power. I look up to them in tremendous adoration for their valiant efforts in this regard. But let me ask you, the being who already “gets it,” what value can you extract from more liberal critiques of empire?
Can we afford the intellectual leisure to sit back, encased within an institution of some kind, and point the finger? Civilization, in all its fascination and wonder, has utterly eclipsed this phase of history, my dear comrade. It is time to employ, through the circular revolutions of history, the philosophical and scientific understandings of nature and thus ourselves. “Know thyself,” was the Delphic Oracle’s central dictum. And it has been forgotten.
So enough pontification. Enough criticisms and self-exaltation. And enough talk! Let us summon the power of our cosmic roots and explore a philosophy so beautiful and perfect, so comforting and overwhelmingly real, that it breaks through our mortal fog and opens up the grand doors of universal justice. Let us call it, after the enlightened power of Parmenides, the “Laws of Intelligibility.”
Western science, however confused it may be, is just now captivated by the awe-inspiring thrill of intelligibility. It is sending shockwaves through every sectarian cult of science – the secluded disciplines of biology, physics, chemistry, and the ‘world of the quantum.’ So many different names have been attributed to its wonder. Some have called it “biocentrism,” denoting the power of human consciousness to supercede physics. But names are merely abstractions, and, as far as I can tell, no one has pieced together the missing link (moral purity) which not only merges all these disciplines but presents a powerful philosophical platform upon which to place our deepest efforts and respect. Institutional hubris relies upon the corrupting flow of financial “support,” so how could they?
But no matter how much self-perpetuating corporations attempt to sustain their domination, it is only an issue of time. No CEO or Board of Director can reverse the radical tide of change. The ancient gnostic traditions of universal truth and understanding will expose these fools as the little tyrants they are … fiefdoms which attempt to manipulate reality to suit a power structure that is so obviously descending. The time has arrived.
Laws of Intelligibility
Parmenides was an ancient who achieved the mystical “enlightened cosmic consciousness.” He and others from the Greek colonies of Velia and Phoenicia traveled to Egypt and to the Shamanic cultures of their time to communicate, we assume, with the gnostic Sufi wisdom that branched off from the ancient Egyptian civilizations thousands of years before (possibly tens of thousands).
Philosophy, to these enlightened beings, is not some “discipline” obtained by learning. It is much, much more: the unity between what you say and what you do. A beautiful synchronicity between the philosophy espoused by your body and the intuitive “knowings” of your soul.
Socrates as a young man spoke of Parmenides’ “words of exceeding beauty.” We can only assume how much influence he had on Socrates, but we know, through Plato’s attempt to hijack the teachings of Parmenides, like he did with the teachings of Socrates, that he had an enormous impact on Western civilization. Some have called him the “seed” of Western civilization.
Semantics and labels aside, the fragments of Parmenides provide enough substance in themselves. They come in an almost mantra-like style, with phrases engineered to ‘initiate’ the subject into the intelligence of natural law: that there is a universe much bigger than ourselves, yet is nevertheless experienced through ourselves (observer/observed), which contains a beauty and justice so perfect and absolute, so infinite and seamless (the Oneness of Universe) that all human perceptions of money and greed and selfishness are rendered infantile. Reality conforms to your purity of intention, and with this perception comes the weightless conviction of Truth.
Ancient Egyptian cultures understood cosmology, sacred geometry, and even string theory better than we do. Stephen Hawkins estimates the number of fundamental particles in the universe to be “more than 200.” Ancient hieroglyphs say there are precisely 266. Hawkins says that philosophy (love of wisdom) is “now dead.” Ancient texts expose the folly of these feeble words by explaining how the essential nature of science must always be governed by wisdom. Hawkins and others say we are nothing but our brains, ancient philosophy puts such an ignorant statement to shame through experience with incubation – the so-called “after death” state (resonant frequencies which induce dimethyltryptamine, the death chemical).
Moral corruption is like dust on a pair of glasses. The more vices you consciously engage in, the more light is constricted from entering your consciousness. We are all deaf, dumb, and blind because we engage in sin. We all “need to pay the bills” as to justify the unjustifiable. We all partake in this sick charade we call capitalism, and eat its toxic, life-destroying products audaciously called “food.” We think about personal image and self-promotion. We exploit, even in small amounts, or even if it’s not others but the ecosystem, not by necessity (that would be fine) but because we consciously choose to do so.
But if we would just open our minds to the spectacular beauty of the infinite intelligibility of Universe, of Karma, of the sacred essence of justice, there would be no need for busying ourselves with the insane precepts of human society – economics and the “need” to exploit. Why was Socrates so important? (He didn’t write a word of philosophy.) It is because he remained steadfast to the right and just course of action.
The Goddess of nature turns to Parmenides and says:
“Youth that art mated with charioteers and companions immortal,
coming to us on the coursers that bear thee, to visit our mansion,
Hail! for it is not an evil Award that hath guided thee hither,
into this path – for, I ween, it far from the pathway of mortals –
Nay, it is Justice and Right. Thou needs must have knowledge of all things,
First of the Truth’s unwavering heart that is fraught with conviction,
Then the notions of mortals, where no true conviction abideth,
But thou shalt surely be taught this too, that every opinion
Needs must past through the All, and vanquish the test with approval.”
It dates back to antiquity: simply called by Plato and others, “moral purification.” And as the layers of corruption peel off, as the filth and weight that sinks the mortal mind into confusion dissipates, reality begins to unfold in a beautiful synchronicity. This is Dante’s “Universal Harmony,” and it will astonish you, astonish the old you, as a natural liberation of consciousness lifts your essence with a spiritual integrity now extinct in the Western industrial world. And, as the Greeks understood, this will bring you not pleasure, for pleasure is fleeting, but the eternal salvation of everlasting contentment, or, in Buddhist philosophy, nirvana.
And as the matriarchal system of ancient Egypt understood so well, this can only be achieved through a radical unification of polarity, “the middle passage” or the “the golden mean.” This is the so-called “threshold” of a “larger reality” toward which we are indubitably headed:
“A threshold must now be crossed, a threshold demanding a courageous act of faith, of imagination, of trust in a larger and more complex reality; a threshold, moreover, demanding an act of unflinching self-discernment . . . [the masculine and feminine] synthesis leads to something beyond itself: It brings an unexpected opening to a larger reality that cannot be grasped before it arrives, because this new reality is itself a creative act.” – Passion of the Western Mind, by Richard Tarnas
Thus we reach the concept of intelligibility (which isn’t a concept or idea at all, since an idea is effective only when grasped by the human mind), spoken to by Baruch Spinoza:
“It is therefore more profitable to us in life to make perfect the intellect or reason as far as possible, and in this one thing consists the highest happiness or blessedness of man; for blessedness is nothing but the peace of mind which springs from the intuitive knowledge of God, and to perfect the intellect is nothing but to understand God, together with the attributes and actions of God, which flow from the necessity of His nature. The final aim, therefore, of a man who is guided by reason, that is to say, the chief desire by which he strives to govern all his other desires, is that by which he is led to conceive himself and all things which can be conceived by his intelligence.”
The notion of God, and specifically a male oriented God, is outdated. It has been surpassed. But the above quote from Spinoza’s “Ethics” is perhaps the most revealing attribute of the intelligible: God (or Goddess) is Universe, and we are the universe, experiencing itself to learn and evolve. Modernity’s perception limits our knowledge of all things (ancient Egyptians put the number of universal senses at a precise 360 – scent, sight and sound comprising a mere three). The human being is a very premature and impulsive species, a primordial collection of evolved senses that cannot comprehend the complexity of the world around us. The only real knowledge is the knowledge of your own ignorance. “True wisdom comes to those who realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” said Plato writing about Socrates. Understanding the intelligibility of the universe, therefore, is like explaining the process of evolution to a monkey. As Parmenides understood so well, it cannot be imparted through the mere repetition of symbolic phrases and words.
So, perhaps the most clear representation of justice and the intrinsic intelligence which unfolds with the application of moral philosophy can be said the following way: humans are stupid creatures. We race around bonking our heads together all day long. We think it terms of linear, three-dimensional space-time and stress over the silliest of concerns. Once we realize this, yield to humility, place our attention on the philosophy of natural justice, and religate all else to a lower echelon of value, we begin to notice things (notice a spontaneity of happenings) which can only be explained through a compassionate model of the larger cosmos – a well-ordered sequence of energy fueling the power, real power, of compassion. Perhaps this is the greatest mystery and secret yet to be unlocked by the modern industrial world. And in a time when our life-styles and material comforts are constricting … what could possibly be more important?
Removing vice or even determining the nature of vice can be difficult. But this is why there must be dialogue concerning the nature of the ‘good,’ the ‘morally autonomistic’ and the ‘intelligible’. We must, together with the incredible advances of science (not the infamous particle accelerator, of course, but the real advances of science) begin a conversation concerning the nature of human behavior and its relationship to “external” reality. We must start a Western movement of philosophy, not at an elite university or within some other corrupt appendage of the corporate system, but within the minds of you and me, within the local communities emerging to weather the pending instability. We have all sorts of physical co-ops in operation. But what about an intellectual co-operation, a philosophical co-op? Some would argue, myself included, that this is the most overarching and important initiative of them all; because food co-ops will be a physical manifestation of such a systemic change of consciousness.
Let us begin.
Tristan A. Shaw is a young writer residing off the West coast of Canada. He invites constructive communication at email@example.com.