Gnostic philosophy has greatly influenced many alternative movements in their search for individual freedom, from secret societies to enlightenment thinkers to iconic artists of modernity. But can Gnosticism assist in modern politics? It can indeed, especially since the Gnostic speculations of what forces rule the systems of the cosmos have come true, reflected on material society and its existentialist morass of alienated humanity. We delve into these speculations and attempt to find solutions within the mystic ideas of ancient heresies.
Astral Guest– Christopher Knowles, author of Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book and The Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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Chris Knowles: Politics And Gnosticism – (2014) 4 stars
Run time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. A few points I want to touch on here; one cannot underestimate the importance of Art and the stimulation of the human imagination. Manly Hall and Stephan Hoeller have expounded on this concept extensively in several lectures I’ve listened to recently. In my experience, I have met with a number of people that I consider Indigos or Awake. All of these people, to a one, had a great proclivity for producing Art in some fashion, from moviemaking, drawing, singing and even rapping. Empathy can be found through the human imagination, and that is something that can change the world.
Later in the show, the idea of Gnostic texts being written as Fan Fiction comes about. This is very interesting. I’ve seen this in literature and comic books before, so why not in religion? You get your hero archetype, you know that hero’s primary attributes, and you put the hero into different contemporary situations. I can see this in all of the major ancient religions, be they in Egypt, Greece, India, Rome, Scandinavia and everywhere else. When the stories start to become stagnant, you toss in new variables to create novelty. In the Norse fables, for example, the original Valkyrie were old hags who rode on wolves to claim souls after battles. Later, they evolved into beautiful warrior maidens. Also, when the stories of Odin got old, Thor was magnified in might to replace him. Even later than this, the sons of Baldur and Thor started getting their own time in the limelight. This sort of thing especially goes for the pantheons mentioned above, as they were forced to adapt to social evolution.
This idea of Fan Fiction of religion is still happening today. This is why the Abrahamic religions poo-poo all off-shoots and try to force people to keep to their original writings. Otherwise people will head off in their own directions and create their smaller factions within the larger fundamentalist umbrella. Just look at recent additions to Christianity: the Jehovah’s Witnesses version, the Mormon version, the Urantia Book, the Oahspe, Book, etc. Some of these off-shoots get a lot of traction, while some don’t, but the major established hierarchies don’t want to lose any revenue and so they jump all over them and pull the Satanic card.
Toward the end of the interview, Knowles laments over the vast amounts of information found on the Internet. Yes, there is a glut of data on the web, but I’d rather have it out there and available to me than to spend half my life digging it out of a library, if that information can even be found at all. This is a sign of progress, so my opinion is that we should use it. Knowles reminisces over the good old days when he paid AOL dial up by the minute. I remember those days too, but they weren’t good. They sucked! I have 4 Gigabytes of material covering all aspects of alchemical and occult magic on my computer right now. These are thousands of books that I would not otherwise have the ability to borrow, to purchase or to house. I can sort through them at my leisure and go into the specific topics I want to study. I’m certainly not complaining!