A most interesting historical snapshot, but already a lost world for me, at least. http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2015-10-16-habermas-en.html. One belongs to the world of Schopenhauer rascality and comes upon the great Kant indirectly and rather incoherently without an academic course to enforce discipline. The world of Heidegger to the present is almost more lost than the original explosion of Kantian philosophy.
The world of philosophy from Heidegger to Adorno, thence beyond to Habermas, the postmoderns, Zizek is that of a rapidly passing age and yet at the same time the realm of World History and the Eonic Effect rediscovers the legacy of Kant and his contemporaries, and points to a rediscovery of the modern as a self-defense against the now crumbling restoration of religion, now receding, and the ‘dictatorship of the gurus’ that moved to exploit the postmodern assault on the enlightenment. That fascist assault below the awareness of the many in the modern sphere is so frightening that it has ironically condemned a great tradition to the passing away of a spent demonic. The world of the new agers is starting to discover what was becoming clear almost from the start in the seventies, that the world of buddhas was hiding fascism behind its postures of compassion. That may be degeneration, but why is the real thing already long lost? We have pursued that repeatedly at The Gurdjieff Con. All at once the comeback attempted by the gurudoms of antiquity is starting to fail and recede. The mindfulness movement is a clear case of trying to recreate that legacy but instead trivializing it. What’s the problem? Keep trying. But the ‘eternal dharma’ will die and be resurrected in a new form. It won’t be buddhist. It is not the fault of modernity that the great buddhism is going to suffer collapse as its remnant drives a stake through the heart of an ancient vampire, one attended by its doppelganger hinduism.
I think that the world of Kant points to something postmoderns could only find inconceivable, that the onset of modernity is an ‘age of revelation’ done right, or at least with a greater coherence than the now infantile remnants of the Old Testament propaganda system.
Meanwhile we are entering the realm of the cold case of occult skeletons in the Tibetan and other ‘closets’ and a world aspiring to a new dominance of postmodern culture, a project now looking almost laughable. Time the Dalai Lama with his papal pretensions was sent packing.
The future needs a version of a new buddhism, and it is at risk of not even maintaining the nearly defunct version of xtianity. In two thousand years the latter produced not a single buddha that we know of. Staggering. The concealed sufi version in Islam has a rather more stellar legacy but is another police case, yet conceals a stunning but undiscoverable spiritual technology completely beyond the conceptions of the rationalist west, or even the mystic xtian. In fact, it has been withheld by a dangerous invisible elite from the Moslem public that knows nothing of their own legacy, or else is condemned to silence. It may in fact disappear and go the way of Egyptian gnosticism. It would be nice to hold a public discussion of the legacy in the spirit of something like but more than Idries Shahs hints. But these people don’t cater to pop gnosticism. They will suppress the subject for a millennium, no doubt. The current system appears malevolent and puts aspiring sufi mystics east and west at risk from a gangster monopoly of souls. What a nightmare. Down the tubes for Islam. The last great monotheistic hope. Ironically with the shipwreck of monotheistic religion the humanist assault on belief uncovers the reality of a spiritual transformation of history unknown to belief and faith. With the crude motions of the xtian legacy we seem like the coyote left in the dust by the roadrunner we are left to ask, what was that? But its secret will die with its last remnants of a church. The modern transition is in many ways the successor to all that, and finally it is goodbye to all that. While the modern takes us to a much more difficult spiritual challenge. One that requires nearly a new species of man. Who can ruminate Kant’s transcendental deduction over breakfast? We are on the way to brain upgrades and the world of buddhism was a foretaste, whatever the fate of the historical caudillo racket of Gautama. We can’t be buddhists anymore. Yet the path to enlightenment is presumed now, and if we can’t handle it we are off the team, dodos. Extinct. No wonder the propellor cap set is scrambling to mindfulness workshops. Desperation. Nice. The future usually reaches a peak, as with early modernity (or the once but not yet future buddhism) and then that recedes. So the injunction to consciousness has little historical precedent. Over and over man recedes to mechanical consciousness. We need to gather spirits to make a desperate transformation of consciousness to find our way to a sane postcapitalism. But there the fascist legacy of the gurus is going to prove disastrously reactionary. The rogue sufis like Gurdjieff have sold their wares to the neoliberal gang and hope to create at best an aristocracy of spiritual thugs, like the Tibetan.
We should find mindfulness in a communist movement resurrecting from the dead, and lead to a ‘dialectical culture creation’ that can assume or de-assume the spiritual in the context of a real spiritual materialism like that of the ancient samkhya.