The Dialectic of Desire: Faith in Atheism or Philosophical Horse-Droppings: A Tale of Two Cities
A Conservative Dialectic
Faith in Atheism is a series exploring the existence of a growing atheistic presence in the New World. What change will it bring to people who live free under Biblically sourced precepts such as Sovereign, Free Willed, and Individuals equal in the eyes of the Creator?
“The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces - in nature, in society, in man himself.”
-- Leon Trotsky, Free-willed Marxist – murdered
Two Cities of Thought
A thought rages through the postmodern world… a belief in the assumption of control. A belief counter to the one outlined in Faith in Atheism: Prologue. It is thought that with proper psychological conditioning and political nurturing, a new, groomed Man can once again regain his true nature. Freed from the false demands of capitalism, greed, envy and economic class will have no reason to be. Freedom from individuality negates choice, decision and the separations they manifest. Without free will, there are noexpectations, no surprises that bring worry and strife. And the cost of this? Sovereignty.
In spite of footprints on the Moon announcing our command over Newtonian Mechanics and furthered reaches deep into nature at the biological and quantum levels, it is simply assumed that Man has fallen short of somebody’s standard of “our potential.” A standard without definition that can potentially become anything. Or nothing… There is always a potential for meaninglessness in the endeavors of men, and these endeavors are that which keeps Man from being whole. Endeavors are actions and action is driven by desire. Desire is undesirable in this mindset.
These are the enlightened elite, and their endeavors are excluded; denied their importance and actual standing in reality. Their actions and the desire that initiated them, their hypocrisy, vanished at the whim of ego.
Thousands of years ago emerged the story of a man, the first man. A tale passed down through the generations and held intact, not on paper, but in memory until the potential for paper was filled. It is the story of Adam stumbling over his first step and finding his place in a new world. It tells of potential opened with the recognition of choice, a decision that brought consequence and responsibility into play. A choice, right or wrong that made Man sovereign and free from authority’s rule and in its place, a destiny of his own making and judgment. This is the assumption of control mentioned earlier.
A falling out in Eden
Adam’s tale is one of warning. A warning to acknowledge this inherent awkwardness that comes with Man’s every step. Its warning is meant to be applied to all and especially onto oneself. Its message states that, stumble or not, you will be held accountable and bear the consequences of your decisions which are the base of your actions. Actions are often driven into the light from a void that sits somewhere between understanding held in the mind and emotion’s place in the heart. An awkward place clouded over with doubt and fired by pride, here reigns the Dialectic of Desire.
Fueled with instinctual knowing and baited through belief, potential and destiny are at home here. With belief in his certainty and certain of his beliefs, the crisscrossing, mishmash of Man’s uncertainty is dialectically synthesized into his nature. One with a propensity for the unexpected and an agency for failure. This inner domain holds no truth. This is where right separates from wrong and evil is excluded. Logic has a rightful place here as the base of reality, but it is susceptible to manipulation through synthesis with desire in the realm of the Dialectic.
This void of potential draws desire and propels men unto their destiny. Here inklings become substantial and bear comfort or strife depending on the amount of potential reached for and the intent and purpose behind that reach. Always included: Dumb Luck, good or bad, and the potential for failure; the possibility of a catastrophic or completely unexpected return must be in mind and prepared for and against. This being the intent, the purpose, the gist and the moral of the story Adam handed down to those who follow...
In this void is nowhere and nowhere has a name…
The Rue de Morgue
“Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.”
-- Maximilien Robespierre
Across a vast ocean, unto the ear of a man, Robespierre, came a shot heard by all. Ordinary people around the world heard of a new place with a new vision. One addressing the potential denied to most through either force of will or the ignorance of circumstance. America was the revolutionary home of unlocked potential and personal fulfillment. A new place freed from the entitled clutchings demanded by an unjust, uncaring, and simply assumed, sovereign control. Sovereign control was something Robespierre knew all too well, and he desired what the Americans had.
Oui, Roll out the Heads it’sParty time!
He felt he had something the revolutionaries across the Atlantic were missing. Robespierre was enlightened and proud of his new role in command of his destiny and that of his fraternal equals. Apparently something more than cake, Robespierre took what he and his mob were owed… apparently, something connected with the human head as they rolled through the City of Light like tumbleweeds through Tombstone. A rolling multitude generously freed from concern; now oblivious to their own oblivion. Robespierre assumed the crown of leadership and began his terrible reign.
Maximilien Robespierre would progress a step or two beyond the equal opportunity mandated by the city across the pond. Not yet in existence, but soon, it would come to be known as Washington in honor of its namesake’s leadership in denying the power it held.
Washington D.C. would become the home of an Idea.
In contrast, back on the continent, the mouth that spoke the loudest French envisioned a goal of true equality and unconstrained liberty. These within reach through something far more than just a united state. Robespierre spoke of a community defined by common interests with common goals. A place of virtue and growth... and free from discord. For some reason beyond reason, this commonality eluded both reason and Robespierre. Instead of a common goal, a common disenchantment was found for a goal held not by each, but rather, one held for all.
I guess it was an unreasonable demand; something that always brings a great potential for failure.
Enlightened beyond reason
New stories are passed, often coming with warnings with some going unrecognized and some willfully ignored. Maximilien Robespierre’s story is one of enlightenment. Enlightened in more ways than one.
"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people"
-- Karl Marx, enlightened, communist and nutbag
If only all men would stop thinking first of themselves, we could all share in the bounty of potential and together, pull our human condition up to par with our intellectual level. Men must learn to be unselfish to be all we can be. Man can be tuned to the harmony and peace that would surround him if not for the corruption of assumed sovereignty. Free will’s deviancy invites trouble and the unexpected is to be expected through individuals and their desired access to reality’s potential.
These sins separate us from our true and innocent nature and befuddle the best of our intentions. Enlightenment has revealed this to be nonsense, borne of religion, an evil control mechanism chaining men to the will of a higher authority. Enlightened men cannot allow this so steps must be taken to free men from an absolute understood now to be impossible.
The moral nature of this decision is certain.
The Revolting French Dip
Freed, through enlightenment, from the tyranny of a non-existent god, cathedrals built with reverence for majesty are re-imaged as Temples of Reason in honor of pride. With the Church hierarchy beheaded and the nuns evicted, the temples of the Cult of Reason become roosts for harlots, giving their all to fulfill not a yearning for wisdom and grace, but lust at the altar of ego.
Due to this literal debauchery, Robespierre, being a man of impeccable virtue and questionable sanity, borrowed some Hegelian enlightenment and instead of separating truth from governmental overreach, he proceeded to mandate into existence a god, complete with a moral code and one carrying the legal status of State.
Totalitarianism thought Hegel, a conjunction of Man and Maker through the apparatus of State, was the highway to Heaven. But, totalitarianism would take its usual unexpected turn for the worse and become Man’s road to ruin. Salvation would not be found collectively... No – only men, always falling short, committing transgressions against one another to be answered with unprecedented murder delivered under the guise of Social Justice.
The sin of free-willed, individuality would prove to be a hard stain to wash away.
Mad Max Robespierre would eventually lose his mind over the inability of common, equal, but unreasonable people to come to terms with his reasonable definition of proper. They had no difficulty assuming his moral certainty, though… Robespierre, supposedly, was afforded the uncommon privilege of being strapped face-up to his guillotine so he could see, with certainty, his destiny’s quick approach.
The Paris Accords...
Unfortunately as we’ve yet to see, Maximilien Robespierre’s fate left behind inklings, philosophical horse-droppings that would soon progress and develop into Fascism, with its primary being the State, and Socialist rule with a presumed focus not on the State, rather its concern’s in keeping the underlings in line, always keeping their best in mind for the benefit of all.
Next: More Horse-droppings— Defining the Human Condition
A Conservative Dialectic is a response from a "conservative" point of view that is also a play on the word. This in the manner that cutting loose with both barrels might not seem "conservative" at all. Bear in mind, as with the Leftist Dialectic; “The Narrative,” I am free, also to presume facts, not in evidence with these undertakings. Other articles in this and the Dialectic of Desire series can be found here.
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Written by John Frost
A fundamentally transformed Leftist apostate, politically conservative; an anarchist in the realm of grammar