Worth Readingby Linda Kimball
If we and our posterity...live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments...we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country.... But if we...neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." Daniel Webster, Address to the New York Historical Society, 1852, http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/warnings.html
Heedless to the warnings of wise men like Daniel Webster, since the turn of the century increasing numbers of Americans have been turning their backs on the rational, personal God, and by extension, on the source of their humanity, and of their unalienable rights. Like yesterday's pagans during the declining days of the Greco-Roman civilization, they are today either practical atheists aimlessly wandering in a spiritual desert of nihilism or spellbound, are desperately trying to find meaning and purpose from the mesmerizing ideologies that arose out of the heart of Christendom, during the time of the Renaissance.
In his two books, "The Occult Underground: The Dawn of the New Age" and "The Occult Establishment," historian James Webb chronicles the rise of an occult intelligentsia as it emerged out of the Renaissance. Webb sees the Renaissance as a spiritually traumatic time in which the spiritual roots of many people were shaken free of Christianity. As a result, they eagerly embraced the pantheistic /materialistic occult traditions---Hermeticism, Theosophy, Buddhism, esoteric Cabbalism, alchemy, neo-Platonism, and Gnosticism---sweeping into Christendom at that time. His book, "The Occult Underground" was originally called "The Flight from Reason" because Western man had turned back to occultism ---the science of magic. Webb's main point is that since the Renaissance, a powerfully influential occult community existing at the highest levels of society has been both the intelligentsia and the real powers behind what has been variously called the Progressive Underground, the Anti-Establishment, and the Counter Culture, the aim of which is twofold: first, the total destruction of the Old Order based on Christianity , and second, the creation of a utopian New World Order which is to rise out of the smoldering ashes of the Old Order.
Under the term occultism are included various practices broadly categorized as animism, astrology, divination (called channeling today), fetishism, shamanism, and underlying all of these is magic.
Magic is generally understood to be an interference with the normal 'way things work' in the course of nature. In short, it is an attempt at procuring godlike powers in order to "unmake" reality and then to recreate a second reality, which is really an illusion. Powerful 'miracles' are wrought by tapping into or even communicating with unseen energies and/or spirit-powers underlying and running through the universe. Generally this is done by way of speaking magic words (invocations, incantations), through alchemical formulas, gestures, secret rituals, and other mysterious actions knowable only to magicians, wizards, gurus, god-men, shamans, witches, sorcerers, and other such adepts who claim to possess deep inner-gnosis and even psychic powers.
The return to the ancient science of magic produced two currents of animism: Eastern/occult pantheism and rationalist/materialist/secularism.
Essentiality, animism is the belief that not only is all of nature animated--including both living and non-living things---but that the animating force or spirit conveys power and influence. Western occult-pantheism speaks of animating spirit or soul while materialism speaks of miracle-producing 'knowing' energies that in their modern forms, animate and inform what can be viewed as either discarnate entities or 'force and/or voice ideas'called memes, genes, dialectical matter, chance, causation, determinism, evolution, and neurons, for example.
Enrico Ferri (1856-1926), a prominent socialist of his day, and an Italian criminologist who for many years was the editor of Avanti, a socialist daily, speaks of the miracle-producing 'knowing' energies animating nonliving ideological systems, or idea-forces. Note that he endows positive science with 'choice-making' ability:
Writing in â€œSocialism and Religious Beliefs,â€ a spellbound Ferri babbles: â€œ....â€œmodern positive scienceâ€¦has substituted the conception of natural causality for the conception of miracles and divinity....I add that not only is Darwinism not contrary to socialism, but that it forms one of its fundamental scientific premises. As Virchow justly remarked, socialism is nothing else than the logical and vital outcome partly of Darwinism and partly of Spencerian evolution.â€ (www.marxists.org/archive/ferri/1894/religion.htm)
In the following example, madman Gustav Wetter expounds on the magical properties animating and informing nonliving matter and dialectic, a "voice-idea":
â€œâ€¦matter itself continually attains to higher perfection under its own power, thanks to indwelling dialecticâ€¦the dialectical materialists attribution of â€˜dialecticâ€™ to matter confers on it, not mental attributes only, but even divine ones.â€ (Dialectical Materialism, Gustav A. Wetter, 1977, p. 58)
Karl Marx's dialectical-materialism cannot be understood apart from the inventor of the dialectic system, master-magician G.W.F. Hegel. Hegel was an important member of the occult intelligentsia. He closely studied the magic traditions, including Hermeticism, esoteric Kabala, and theosophy as well as mesmerism, psychic phenomena, dowsing, precognition, and sorcery. He professed belief in a pantheistic Earth Spirit, and informally aligned himself with Hermetic societies, the materialist-Freemasons, and the pantheist-Rosicrucian's. (Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition, Glenn Alexander Magee, 2001)
In reworking Hegel's dialectic, Karl Marx incorporated into his systematized 'voice and force ideas'---dialectical materialism--- the Hermetic science magic of Hegel's system. Hermeticism is the secret science of magic created by Hermes Trismegistus Thoth who lived in ancient Egypt. In his Biographia Antiqua, the English occultist Frances Barret wrote that Hermes "communicated the sum of the Abyss, and divine knowledge to all posterity." The foundations of Hermeticism are forbidden knowledge--revelations-- revealed to Hermes during an out-of-body experience. The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurias Trismegistus relates Hermes mystical encounter with The Great Dragon. Calling itself Poimandres, the Mind of the Universe, the Dragon transformed itself into a glorious being of Light and proceeded to 'illuminate' Hermes with the forbidden knowledge that would eventually find its' way into Hegel's dialectic and from there into Marx's dialectical materialism. (www.themystica.com/)
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