“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Hegelian Truth Squad: Paul Continued

Paul's conversion is officially sanctioned, that is, it's non-heresy. His conversion is a legitimated deviation that marks the beginning of official Church history.

It's easy to support Paul. Revolution without the inconvenience of persecution. It would be far more risky to make a case for John of the Cross (denounced as a Buddhist or nihilist by many in the Church) or Rumi or Milarepa.

I agree with @_machinic_ (thanks for that Lindsey) who points out that what gets reproduced in the left adulation of Paul is a bunch of Hegelian baggage. To wit, Western religion as the privileged bearer of truth: non-western experiences of the void are nihilistic or meaningless.

In particular, Badiou's fondness can I think only be explained by Catholicism. Kensho in Zen is phenomenologically identical to Pauline conversion. And it's far more democratic. More than one person can have it without some Hegelian Truth Squad descending. You would've thought this would serve as a much better model for a breakthrough "Event."

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