Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Total Presence

There's a thing or two to learn from an ever-present motif throughout recorded history as we know it to this point in time of December 2014 c.e., and that motif is that of the ever-present eschaton. The theologian Paul Tillich "existentialized" eschatological anticipation to the "eternal now," as did Thomas J. J. Altizer, the "christian atheist" death-of-god theologian in the 80's following Tillich's lead, in terms of interpreting the eschaton in terms of total presence.  I must admit that the two thinkers were on to something, something very, very significant, perhaps even the heart of all parousia-kind of religious and quasi-religious anticipation.

Our blog here had been swept up with T. McKenna's eschatological prolepsis of Timewave-zero and the end of the Mayan calendar of December 21, 2012. That was almost two years ago. The hype of the latter was real while the former was lesser known and "esoteric," but even people of conventional thinking did get caught up, to an extent, with the hype that even commercialized on a large scale starring John Cusack and Woody Harrelson who suspiciously looked like Geoff Stray. But it's all said and done, at least on a mass scale, relegated to the Y2K hall of crap.  But personally speaking, I experienced concrescence over a year prior to that date, while pretty much nothing of significance happened on that date itself. If you are to be spoken to by teleological fields, guided by cosmic information, you already know that it was all a very personal journey. The hype was just a hollow husk housing encapsulated kernels relevant only to you and you alone.

Recently I watched for the second time the joint called Synecdoche directed by Charlie Kauffman. It's a depressing movie but quite amazing at the same time. It hints at an eschaton at the end of the movie as almost everyone on the set is dead; the protagonist spent decades designing the set of his masterpiece play which never opens. Like K. in Kafka's Castle, there is only the anticipation that something is going to happen next, but never does. Like Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Godot never arrives. Like for christians for two millennia, the second coming never comes.

There is anticipation and anticipation only, its object never makes its advent. We might as well learn something from this ever-present eschatological motif. Otherwise, it's just an absurdity of human historical existence, a delusion. But that's too much of an obvious copout to label it a delusion and leave it at that. It's rife with profound implication and hidden meaning. I might as well go out on a limb here and interpret what it should mean.

It should mean that evolution is an ever-present process, a teleological process that never ceases. Quantum jumps, call them evolutionary bumps to the next stage, can always be anticipated. It's what Nassim Nicholas Taleb called the black swan principle, viz., that the "highly improbable" could very well happen at any time, that applying the Gaussian curve to the process of unfolding history is worse than imposing an inaccurate artifice on "natural" phenomena to "do science" with them, it is an outright delusion; ironically, it's pseudoscience. According to the theory of the black swan principle, the defining moments of history were black swan moments, utterly unexpected. Though eschatological prolepsis and anticipation are "expected," no one knows what to expect. Hence that is what the motif is; it is the ubiquity of the possibility of the black swan, and as such, human beings are ever in the state of anticipation. The object of anticipation happens in mysterious ways, and what matters is how it is understood, "existentialized" subjectively, personally, to have deep significance. After all, we should all be evolving and resonating with the Future. Something will happen, it always does, and that something could very well be the advent of what you had been waiting for, in disguise. The Future is always calling you, in the here and Now. If you are waiting, you are waiting for Godot. Stop waiting. It's here and been here the whole time.