It’s all based on the fact that you’re going to die some day. It all follows from that. People were taught to believe in heaven and hell because that ordered their lives. You don’t have to believe in the afterlife to get the same effects believing in the afterlife grants, there are other options. You’re not going to care about anything if you don’t realize you’re going to die. Secular people tend to live in the illusion that they have infinite time and so they keep putting off important tasks. Until they wake up one day and they’re elderly, and maybe then they realize they spent most of their years concerned with very trivial matters. The clock is ticking.
These are burdensome thoughts I have when scrolling through a book on painting.
I see this chapter and think “That’s the kind of ‘painting’ I’d rather look at.”
Some of the brainiest people around meshed into one brain, that’s how I’d like to spend my limited time on earth.
Even that’s not enough though, because this is still a book on painting so that’s going to confine one to a lower stratosphere. We have this picture of “culture” in our culture of the painting snob. And they’re actually a type of philistine themselves. It has its place, it’s probably better than cUrReNt EvEnTs.
There are two echelons to concern oneself with before one is festering in a coffin. There is the maintenance of the flock on one hand, and conversations with wise friends on the other.
I’m presupposing Hegel’s deduction that drama is the highest art. Making them laugh and making them cry- these are the optimal effects to cause in the flock with dramatic arts. Few can do either one of those things. That’s why the word “artist” is something sacred in our culture and it irritates us when it is misused.
The flock doesn’t give a flock about paintings. That’s more for conversations with wise friends. This is the more elevated echelon, where you’re not watching drama, you’re talking about drama. The flock typically only experiences it as a “sensation” and is shaped by it without it having caused much “reflection”. If it’s really good then it WILL cause reflection even in the flock. This is how you can make them somewhat wise.
What about these conversations with non-flock friends about paintings and drama, what’s ideal there? I’d argue that the best ones inspire thoughts pertaining to the highest echelon which is the theological-political. And you want to know a secret about that hyphenated term? That’s really just a milquetoast way of referring to “historiography”. You might also call it genealogy if that is your cup of tea. Calling it the theological-political is actually a way of hiding its historiographical core. There are many Jews and goys alike who do this on purpose, and you will find them on that Index.
I always think of a movie based on the Marquis de Sade where the French aristocrats are breaking and burning all their fancy furniture and art just for the hell of it. That’s “fun” to them, to squander. It’s similar with the people on the Index. It’s a big joke to them in a way to circle around the issue. It’s almost like walking beside molten lava. If you’re an expert on how the lava flows you’re not going to get burned by it.
In conversations with wise friends you’re able to jump into the lava together. The flock would fry in agony. Not you though. “I fry in agony!” Okay, we know what you are then.
I have a very pyramidal way of thinking you might have noticed. The best art inspires you to jump in the lava with a friend without being burned. Most people can’t appreciate the best art. Thus, most “art” you see today is state-promoting. Which is to say, it is designed to keep the flock away from the lava. Ba-aa-aa! I’m bu-uu-ur-ning!
I’m not a sadist as much as I appreciate a good conversation. If that means some sheep will fry to a crisp while bleating in agony, I DON’T CARE! HAHA!
“I protect the sheep because I’m a sheep myself.” Okay, then please try to be humble and admit that you’re not one to have an authoritative opinion about what should be done about the sheep and the lava. If it burns you then you’re going to be biased. Ba-aa-aa-nned!
I am not speaking to you, I am speaking to the wise. In order to improve society the historiographical needs to be placed into drama. People need to laugh and cry about that in order to grow. When lava cools it turns into igneous. That’s what art can be. That’s what it is at its best, and making it is a noble task one can carry out prior to rotting in a coffin.
Notice this post is not art. This is another thing you can do before you’re a skeleton in a grave.
Improving the flock without burning them and talking about how to do that with wise friends who are impervious to lava burns, these are a couple of the noblest tasks possible. If you do neither of those things then you are probably going to be buried in the cemetery without having been much value to humanity. You’d be surprised how many people don’t want to improve the flock at all and live only to embody the worst elements in the flock.