Posted by The Happy Tutor
The clash of civilizations is not between religions, nor between religions and the Enlightenment, but between those who have certainties, enforced by authority, and those who have only questions, and images whose meaning shifts and hovers ambiguously, yielding only paradox and aporia. In the realm of ethics and politics, and in the realm of the inner or spiritual life, those who live by the question, who "hold open the wound of the negative" (Kierkegaard), may succeed, get a doctoral degree and teach others the same, be it modeled on Socrates, Sterne, or Derrida. Even then we have "disciples," "schools of thought," and other safe habors from the terror of thinking for oneself. Outside of the academy, the tests are not true and false, fill in the blank, or essay, but obedience. We have to know not what is right and wrong, but which way is up, for those above us will tell us what is evil and what is godly. They will stage the scenes of instruction, making an example of those who disagree, or highlighting for us in the news, real life stories that point the moral that Father is always right. Evil doers, we are shown, are evil always, until freed and obedient to the Market, and its God, not Moloch, but the Jesus of Revelations, who comes with a sword, with his robe drenched in blood to slay all those who have not been obedient, observing some totally arbitary ritual ordained by those in charge. At the heart of Wealth Bondage is the terror that will not go away, the fear of thinking, the fear of life itself, that embraces death as its end in view, the Rapture: Certainty and obedience to the very end where the saved lie strewn around the Koolaid tub, and the soldiers obedent to some other regime drop them into a grave. The Way of the Dumpster, is the Way of the Cross, and the Way of the Dog, the dog of Diogenes, lifting his leg on the statue of Alexander. When Bush, or LaHaye come to my Dumpster seeking instruction from The Bondage Master to the Stars, what will I say? When they offer me whatever treat I might want for my loyalty to the powers that be, with the implicit threat from the spear carriers around them, what will I do? Jesus jesting with Pilate won his death on the cross. Diogenes jesting with Alexander won freedom and fame. Socrates probing Thrashymachus on justice, won death and fame. To bear witness. Is this not what the martyr, artist, clown all do? Answers and questions make a game of wits where losers are winners and winners are losers. I would say then that the answer to the questions of right answers is a question, and that in the true/false slot the true answer is that Jesus Saves and the reward is Eternal Life.