The Dialectic of Desire: Faith in Atheism
More Philosophical Horse-droppings
Political Science: 1b-- More Tales of Two Cities
by John Frost
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 Political Science of Socialism
Two-hundred, give or take a few, score and seven, some odd, years ago, Adam stumbled upon sovereignty, and that stumbling continues to this day. Being sovereign, to what is it we now stumble?
We stumble onto a void of uncertainty, of potential, drawn willingly by our desire under the assumed control of that sovereignty. That void being the dawn of tomorrow.
The breaching of unbridled success, enduring catastrophic failure, the repercussions of consequence and merits of reward make up the spine of human history, the body of which is filled out by the stories of men in their time.
The Last Vestige of Trotsky
All or nothing
Leon Trotsky wholeheartedly believed through his enlightened self-image in the potential for an elevated condition for humanity. Trotsky’s story was centered on our second city. As opposed to Paris in Part One, the city we, for the moment, refer to now is the capital city of Russia, St. Petersburg or Petrograd... and soon to be, Moscow. Which I was surprised to find lies nowhere near New Jersey and not to be found “on the Hudson.” Makes you wonder about the enlightened minds of Hollywood… (This can be very confusing, but I’m trying to take this two cities at a time...)
Trotsky believed in the French Revolution only without the confinement given with “French” or hindered by the false moral absolutism of Robespierre seen in Tales Pt. One. Trotsky was further enlightened by their failures. He believed that true change would have to come “across the board,” and that as long as the sins of sovereignty, free will, and individuality existed anywhere, his human condition’s evolutionary step up was made impossible. The new, elevated man could not coexist within a world filled with lesser brutes. His hope for change would come only through all.
The Human Condition
What is it?
It’s an expression I use rather blindly, quite frankly, with a context presupposed. I guess I’ve never bothered to take the time to fully understand myself… Hmmph.
I just shoot from the hip and let the shots fall where they may. But, since the subject is change, I’ll go ahead and try to define my preconceived notion.
My thinking is that our human condition is set by a relationship between access to potential and a risk level involved for fulfillment. Fulfillment, being key, is highly individualized. Words like good, better, and best must be applied onto collective groupings of humanity. The human condition in Cairo, Illinois might be half a world apart from Cairo, Egypt with both being considered good. An Egyptian overlooking the Ohio River, rather than the Nile, might find himself trapped in some kind of hellish place he doesn’t understand. Mainstreet USA may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but attitudes can change, and attitude bears heavily on the human condition.
One could assume that somewhere near the top of all this would sit a place of satisfaction with complete fulfillment where nothing was left to be needed or desired. In addition, this fulfillment would include the elimination of risk and worry in knowing that completeness will not be challenged or changed. One more added piece, a close and personal God seeing to your every physical and emotional need, and we find ourselves back in the garden that wasn’t quite good enough, to begin with.
Maybe circular might help in defining humanity’s changing condition, always in seeking more, in a search for the best.
A better garden, a perfected one, one freed from worry and the Absolute Sovereign’s moral dictates, free of division, of diverse individuality - freed from choice and opposition, the crux of opinion, this being Man’s freedom from the intolerance carried by free will. These are the sins that brought down the Garden of God, and they will not transgress the Utopia of Enlightened Man. For the good of all, these valued properties of Man will be excluded from the garden of new men. For who would know men better than a man, enlightened through the denial of God?
With nothing to want or worry about, men can bleat, blissfully, to one another how wonderfully satisfying their emptied lives are.
Life is not passive. Life waits for no man. Life is driven by challenge and competition, ever wanting better and more, and forever rejecting the best and all. Life is not satisfied with stasis. Without growth, life ceases to exist. Growth is fueled by the desire to live and to be.
You are starving? This is not famine yet. When your women start eating their children, then you may come and say we are starving
-- Leon Trotsky, (enlightened sociopath)
Life in Jersey or on the Hudson might be described as one of irreducible boredom, dotted with splatters of mind-blowing, insanity… Average and satisfactory by New World standards with the ever-present and sought after, room for improvement.
Desire, fear, purpose, the unexpected arrival of joy and distress, all motivate humanity’s constant reach for more and for better… Damning torpedoes with every step, we dive headfirst into the void - unto our future.
At one point the Universe was dark, without form and meaningless. What the void lacked was recognition and potential, and a desire for both and for more.
What physical properties does potential hold?
All of them.
Potential is the prerequisite for physical existence. The presence of mere potential annihilates, utterly, the concept of nothingness. We are here, our potential fulfilled - even in the void before time and space, before reality itself, sat potential. With the potential for reality opened, intent and purpose can emerge as substance.
What is the prerequisite for potential? Desire.
Desire evokes potential which invokes intent and purpose unto substance. Depending on the situation, something like this might occur with a big, very loud and substantial bang.
Two Cities, Nowhere for Trotsky
Unchained from God, released from reality, and driven under the auspice of scientific Socialism, political terror would once again reign supreme. Headed by Lenin – the enlightened, Trotsky – the idealist, and Stalin – the “man of steel,” the materialist who rejected the clergy and God. Together, they would facilitate man’s fundamental transformation they so desperately wanted. While the pragmatic Lenin would take smaller steps to secure his enlightened, but loose, foothold their vision held on reality, Trotsky – the globalist, felt all or nothing was a mandatory condition for the new man to become. Stalin – the realist, would wait in the wings.
With feather-duster-like efficiency, Lenin swept away troublesome particulates of matter clinging to the open-faced surface of his Soviet Union where they distracted the eye away from the glossy vision lying just beneath. Millions of men, women, and children who failed his elevated standard were, using the socialist scripture of ideological founder Karl Marx, “made impossible.” Their innocence sacrificed on the altar of ego and left behind to dissipate with the wind.
You must, therefore, confess that by "individual" you mean no other person than the bourgeois, than the middle-class owner of property. This person must indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible.
– Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
Lenin would find his home in nowhere. A crazed madman, he died gloriously, drooling and blithering; in ushering in the ever-present void of potential.
Leon Trotsky’s utopian vision would clash head on with the reality of the Man of Steel in a two-man war of attrition for ideological purity and substance. Their battle would rage on with Trotsky’s pen finally succumbing to Stalin’s sword. Trotsky would find sanctuary in the arms of the New World’s paradigm and in choosing to continue mouthing his disagreement, he would fire shots from behind his new horizon.
Stalin, in realizing his former comrade in arms had obviously lost his mind, had its location pinpointed for him with the leading edge of a pickaxe; this being the final shot in their struggle over ideological turf. Ouch.
Leon Trotsky would find nowhere somewhere in Mexico, fully receiving Stalin’s point made in surely the most unexpected of manners.
Sovereign, free-willed individualism was a vestige of Trotsky that would not comply and his critical hypocrisy.
Two great cities would emerge from this chaos, or in the lingo of dialectical science; crisis. These, would-be-monuments to the magnificent leadership of mass-murdering sociopaths, Stalingrad and Leningrad, would be reduced to rubble under the Nazi boot of a socialism forged in yet another city: Berlin. Their Western European enlightenment sought neither compliance or coexistence with Russian socialists nor with any of the other sub-humans that marred their safe space. They desired conquest and supremacy, and more room to grow… to expand… to progress.
A city half a world away, living dull under the providence of a make-believe God, the people of Mainstreet, USA, led by those in Washington DC, would rise to this challenge in a most exceptional way. In proving a higher condition exists, they volunteered their lives and their goods and services, first to the Soviets, providing the means to live and fight on. Later, these same means would be offered to the vanquished enemy, the German remnant, struggling to survive the post-war.
Two paradigms stand oceans apart. One, a belief chained to the sand of materialism and forever just out of reach. Facing that, an existing ideal that thrives free from the groundings of materialistic nature. One an impossible pipe dream... The other reality.
A reality whose existence is threatened by impossible notions of further-enlightened thought.
Lenin and Stalin’s memory lives on under our paradigm from sea to shining sea. Lenin’s disdain for humanity residing in Seattle, WA with Stalin’s blood-thirst celebrated in Bedford, VA… The backyard of Robert E. Lee.
Two cities for which I can find no respect.
This series forks onto two paths. One, “sciency” stuff, covers science’s current dialectic, in play in a cultural context, with the other, Political Science and Philosophical Horse-Droppings, looking at its effects in the realm of governance.
There is also a two-part Prologue to the series to set the stage. Bear in mind this is a Conservative Dialectic and is free to follow the course it finds. That means this is opinion. Its message is political and that I, like the Left, will abide by the rules as I see fit. But I have made every attempt at accuracy from the scientific, historical, and my points of view.