Until the End of Time

House of Usher (Poe) - Image: Daniel Dagnar - View https://www.shortstoryproject.com/

In seeking the origin of these developments, both common and sacred researchers have invoked a wide range of explanations. For us, an essential guiding light will continue to be Darwinian evolution, applied now to human behavior. Brian Green, Until the End of Time With such a devastatingly demoralizing quote I begin this article: the world… Continue reading Until the End of Time

Death Passports: The End of Reason and The Return of Symbols

Alexander Dmitrievich Litovchenko (1835 - 1890) "Charon carries souls across the river Styx"

“Man is neither angel nor beast, and unhappily whoever wants to act the angel, acts the beast.” Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) A Death Sentence has been passed on mankind by others that intend or pretend to be more than human. Blaise Pascal warning is as true today as it was then: the new threat… Continue reading Death Passports: The End of Reason and The Return of Symbols

And Evil Comes

Macbeth consulting the Vision of the Armed Head - By W.J. Morgan & Co. Lith. - United States Library of Congress - Commons

The only way to spiritually understand current world events, and in particular the unrelenting attack on Christians (and its correlative consequence, the savage assault on the dogma of human biological essence as the image of God) is to view these events as the workings of absolute Evil. And certainly, Evil comes. Absolute Evil. Evil can… Continue reading And Evil Comes

The Two Revelations

Structure Part 1 Apocalypsis Iesu (Juscheld) - Book of Revelation

If for whatever reason only the first eleven chapters of the Book of the Revelation were known to us, both the doxa and the Christian dogma would continue to see in the book a work of high religious and spiritual value. See below, The “Two” Revelations If writing music to the Book of Revelation would… Continue reading The Two Revelations

Notes on The Yellow Submarine Film (1)

Page from Beatles Yellow-Submarine - Gold Key Comic

Intro The Yellow Submarine film (link – pdf) tells us about a society in crisis, demoralized, and possibly “decadent” by their own standards. It traces the emergence, attempted assimilation, and ultimate success of the compensatory and highly idiosyncratic messianic surge in that milieu, whose main catalyst was the musical rock and roll/ballad band The Beatles.… Continue reading Notes on The Yellow Submarine Film (1)

Juscheld, Quixote: Metastructure or Vision

Frontispiece_to_Frankenstein_1831 (Commons)

In this article I describe Juscheld’s view of the artistic work as visionary structure, particularly in the way an author’s stance and experience of the world structures his or her emotional life, which in turn shapes his or her work. I propose the term “metastructure” as a an approximate, mid-way concept of what the composer… Continue reading Juscheld, Quixote: Metastructure or Vision

Secular vs. Sacred, Popular vs. Cultist

The seven churches viewed from the balcony of the Estonian National Library in Tallinn (Estonia)

The line between secular and sacred, popular and cultist (at times called classical) in music are diffuse the best of times. Certainly those who take this creative skill seriously, who may have the talent or enjoy the luxury to dedicate their lives to it, know better: none of us I guess would speak of inspiration… Continue reading Secular vs. Sacred, Popular vs. Cultist

Apocalypse as Limit of Signification

Bamberg Apocalypse - Dragon Pursuing Woman In Wilderness (Commons)

The Apocalypse is the limit of signification. For the western mind there can be no beyond it, no possible emotional commitment can be found in anything but the twin Janus faces of the apocalypse: revelation or destruction; the one looking ahead, the other drowning all possible futures in the abyss. Ours is a culture that… Continue reading Apocalypse as Limit of Signification

Happy 200th Birthday Socialist Richard Wagner

Caricature of Wagner by Karl Clic in the Viennese satirical magazine, Humoristische Blätter (1873).

An Introductory Note As I edit this article, in a world where the socialism that Richard Wagner fought for may have achieved gigantic global proportions, and perhaps should deserve a name more fitting to its real nature (since humanity seems now to be the enemy), I wonder what the revolutionary, some say “terrorist” genius that… Continue reading Happy 200th Birthday Socialist Richard Wagner