|"That which is looked upon by one generation as the apex of human knowledge|
is often considered an absurdity by the next..."
Who is to say what the "real world" is or is not? Certainly not me. However, since I have been a resident of the physical human habitat for 50+ years, I feel that I have a right to comment on the concept of human reality, and to opine on the state of both my individual reality, and reality at large.
If you've read this blog previously, even if you are of the opinion that I may be, at worst, insane, or at my best, a half-cocked, conspiracy expert wanna-be with delusions of intellectual grandeur, you will have to admit that I am a serious student of the forces that work upon human consciousness as it relates to our world.
This brings me to my current topic. The Triad that I refer to is made up of Crowley
(sigh, yeah, I know, I know, I have one note), Jung, and HP Lovecraft, a union which later gave birth to other notables (whole other topic) such as Aldous Huxley, Terrence McKenna and Arthur C. Clarke. Not Philip K. Dick, or George Orwell, however. I believe they were burrowing into a different reality tunnel that was begotten of a different stream, altogether.
By seeding his texts with his own nightmares, Lovecraft creates an autobiographical homology between himself and his protagonists. The stories themselves start to dream, which means that the reader too lies right in the path of the infection. - Erik Davis, from Calling Cthulhu, HP Lovecraft's Magick Realism
|Lovecraft died in 1937, at 46, of cancer.|
I read my Uncle's Lovecraft paperbacks when I was in middle school, What I remember is that they were way over my head, boring to a pre-teen, and that the language was mostly unfathomable to me. Yet I continued to read them anyway. I knew Lovecraft's long, wordy descriptions were meant to show something unsettling and disturbing, but I couldn't, in my child's mind, figure out what it was that he was actually saying. Anyone who has read his work, may relate. Later, when I was a bit older, I saw the movie The Dunwich Horror with Sandra Dee, and was also confused by the queasy subtext (highly satanic, very sexually perverse) of that movie. More recently I saw some Lovecraft TV on You Tube; it was a little clearer. Contemporary screen writers have been able to translate his writing to video, and the real horror comes across in a huge way.
I remember being 11 years old and sitting in the "wayback" of the family station wagon sedan, driving to a family vacation spot, and reading a constant rotation of Lovecraft books, Archie, Angel and the Ape, and Batman comics. I now realize that Archie contained references to the American bloodline family, the Cabot-Lodges. Archie's arch-enemy was Reggie - Reginald Cabot Lodge, a consummate snob and stereotypical entitled rich kid, who lived in a mansion. Archie on the other hand, was an All-American Everykid, full of can-do goofball positivity and High School joie de vivre. Now that I think about it, blonde Betty and brunette Veronica, who other than their hair color, looked like identical clones, may have been the dual poles of the Masonic lodge, i.e. Solomon's temple - the dark and the light. Wow, it seems as if Archie comics were full of references to secret societies and elite cabals and such, But, that's not what this article started out to explore, so I must digress away from this digression back to my main thesis.
Lovecraft's writing per se wasn't that great, but as horror goes, his ideas and stories were phenomenal. Erik Davis points out that Lovecraft used "science to provide frameworks for horror." I will be using a lot from Erik Davis, mainly because he is an excellent researcher and writer and also because I am lazy and do not want to study "Lovecraft, the man," myself. This is a blog, not an academic research paper. I already have the theory that I want to expand on. Mr. Davis' work provides me with an excellent springboard from which to do so and I credit him for that.
What I remember about reading Lovecraft as a kid, is that, while I was tremendously bored and confused, I was at the same time cognoscent of an underlying existentialist dread, that I could not quite, fully realize as a somewhat normal pre-adolescent kid.
Erik Davis, wrote Calling Cthulhu, HP Lovecraft's Magick Realism, a piece in an anthology entitled Book of Lies, ed. by Michael Moynihan. Do I wish to recommend this book in any way? Surely not, as although the writing is at times superb, I do not agree with the underlying philosophy of the anthology which supports and is inspired by the work of you-know-who, and is a tribute to said person of ill-repute. Same for Mr. Davis, a brilliant researcher and excellent writer, with whom, alas, I cannot agree with regarding his concept that dualism needs to be brought into balance through "magically navigating" the polarities (there's those pesky Masonic pillars again) of Order and Chaos, Structure and Disintegration, all because the universe is basically amoral, or something like that.
It all fits together
Davis states that Lovecraft built worlds, created worlds, and that there is a whole gaggle of followers who have since developed Chaos magic rites and rituals based on his Cthulhu mythos, trying to conjure up Cthulhu and other creepsters from the Lovecraft canon. As in Crowley's work with ritual and symbolism, and Jung's work with archetypes and inner dialogue, Lovecraft opened up a place in the human experience for supernatural creatures to come forth. Davis also shows, that Lovecraft brought together the occult, quantum physics, psychology and existentialism.The idea of alienation is central to existentialism, and is yet another avenue toward moral relativism and the idea that there is no objective truth, no objective right or wrong, it is all relative to individual choice based on subjective experience - no good or evil - just different comfort zones.
Lovecraft's universe and creatures are often referred to as "amoral," as if his creatures are base animals, predators, who are just exercising their elemental way up and down the food chain. His creatures murder, torment, mutilate, demand blood sacrifices and cannibalize human beings, so I keep wondering how his falls into the category of amorality. Their very existence is an evil so palpable, that, more often than not, people are driven to insanity by one encounter. How is this amoral from a human perspective? Of course, it is not. But we are never really dealing with the human perspective here, are we?
We humans have a system of morality based on the idea of objective right and wrong. If there is no difference between right and wrong, than why bother doing right? For instance, if nothing is considered right or wrong, than why bother not taking life, why bother not killing another person or animal? Why not rape, since nothing is intrinsically immoral. An immoral person will always have a limited vision of the future and the possibilities contained therein, because when there is no inner context of truth or justice, there is literally, nothing to look forward to. Hence, "Monsters of the Id."
Jung's Man & His Symbols was published posthumously in 1964, furnishing a thesis with which to consider embracing monsters and such as emanations of the unconscious, thus paving the way for actualizing Lovecraft's creatures, affording them a cozy playground in psychoanalysis, and later, "transpersonal psychology." (Why not call it transhuman psychology, I wonder).
Additionally the classic sci-fi movie Forbidden Planet came out in 1956. The film made such an impact on the science fiction film genre, that in 2013 it was entered into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry and is deemed a film of cultural, historical and aesthetic importance. Forbidden Planet is based on a concept right out of psychoanalysis, namely, "Monsters of the Id."[Brief synopsis: The base camp set up on another planet by people from earth is attacked by an invisible monster. The "monster" turns out to be issuing from one of the lead scientists on the mission's Id, aided and enhanced by alien technology.] Although Jung broke with Freud over the rigid structure of the unconscious that Freud proposed, this is just a variation of good cop/bad cop. From my perch it still looks like we are climbing one big, happy psychological family tree. Monsters and demons are coming from us, so psychology says, from our own unconscious, from ourselves, which contains some shred of truth to it, in that demons, do lodge themselves in the central nervous system and consequently affect brain chemistry. That is why, once they are firmly established in the central nervous system, et. al., it is very difficult to remove them, because they control the nerve centers in the brain which can cause confusion, dissociation, hallucinations and so on. That's why it benefits us NOT TO LET THEM IN, through experimenting with occultism, new age techniques and rituals, television and movies that manipulate the senses, etc. You also let them in when you break Almighty God's Holy Commandments, which is why they were written down in the first place, as guidelines for being able to live a wholesome and pleasant life on earth without disincarnate yyeeeeccchhhh entering in to it.
Back to Lovecraft, as mentioned, his human characters are driven mad by contact with his "amoral" creatures from the other dimensions. As human beings, we have a natural instinct, aversion and repulsion toward evil (sorry comfort zone proponents). Making it seem as if there is no objective experience of evil, and also by attributing aversion to it as "fight or flight" syndrome, reducing our fear to an animal reflex (science and psychology cemented together in the same wall of nonsense), attempts to override our natural, God-given instinct to reject it for the very reasons that we sense that it is toxic, harmful and dangerous to us as humans. This is why Lucifer is called "The Enemy," or "The Adversary," in Christianity. This being and his cartel is the adversary of humanity, filled with jealously and rage at our wonderful creation, seeking to steal from, kill and destroy us -- as documented in the Bible.
Having worked with, and seen extreme mental illness in life, I would say that the main problem of the so-called "diseased" mind is fragmentation. Why wouldn't people become confused and fragmented by the type of circular thinking paraded before us in various literary, psychological, philosophical and art forms being constantly promoted by the corrupted world-society we now find ourselves in? Added to that, the "field" of psychology "advanced" psycho-therapeutic treatments by developing experiential therapies, such as Gestalt and hypnotherapy, that posit that inducing trance, confusion, dissociative, and other "altered" states are actually helping people heal their minds.
There are certain immutable cosmic and universal laws, that are God's laws, I don't profess to understand them. I believe that God's supreme law is the law of free will, which is a paradox to our limited minds, and why, I suppose, we call it "The Mystery." Certain universal laws are originally fashioned by The Creator. These events and conditions exist within the laws of physics; the laws that science observes, abstracts and with that data then theorizes. It is when conscious beings attempt to manipulate universal law and use it as matrices of invisible force that affect the entire field of a species, planet or world that this manipulation becomes an attempt to by-pass God, to override The Creator. This is ultimately the definition of black magic. God is good and never the author of confusion.