Centretruths -

Inner Journeys to the Centre of Truth

Collected Writings 1974-2014 of John O'Loughlin

With an Introduction by the author

Copyright © 1974-2014 John O’Loughlin

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Introduction

 

To anyone who can only conceive of literary work in the context of books, or possibly even audio-cassettes and/or audio CDs, this major compilation of assorted electronic texts originally intended for CD-Rom but now available on the Internet in HTML file formats may seem a trifle bizarre; but, to me, it signifies the culmination of a process of creative and ideological evolution that began some four decades ago and that, frankly, would not be served to best advantage on anything short of the chosen medium. 

     For the Internet is the ideal choice, it seems to me, for anyone who not only has a large literary oeuvre - spanning well over a quarter of a century - to present to the critical judgement of others, but who believes, moreover, that it is a highly appropriate medium, given its universality, in which to publish and/or freely disseminate works of a truly philosophical and therefore wisdom-seeking, truth-oriented nature.

     Such works, it must be said, can only be aphoristic, or of a notational brevity that defies essayistic prolixity, and it is because the greater and more significant part of my literary oeuvre happens to be aphoristic in one way or another, that I have taken the trouble of putting it on the Internet, so that its true stature as something germane to a higher and more subjective order of literature, not to say civilization, than that pertaining to printed books (with their printerly, rectilinear, voluminous, structural, and other limitations owing more to worldly criteria than to what is genuinely otherworldly in the synthetic artificiality of its global universality), is granted the possibility, by discerning readers, of due recognition.

     Obviously there were stages to my becoming the radical philosopher that the above comments might indicate, and such stages are arguably more apparent in the earlier parts of my oeuvre, when I had yet to dedicate myself exclusively to philosophy but was still endeavouring to pursue a more conventional literary path based around both poetry and, in particular, fiction. 

     At that time, back in the 1970s and early '80s, I had no idea that one day I would unequivocally transcend these more conventional genres in the interests of a consistently methodical pursuit of moral or rational  truth; though I always knew, deep down, that I was more truth-orientated than, say, beauty- or knowledge-orientated, even if I had yet to discover that an enhanced sense of and commitment to higher knowledge, to what should, in genuinely religious or pro-religious terms, be called Truth (with a capital 'T'), could only be upheld on the basis of a sort of aphoristic purism that would both confirm and enhance one's entitlement to effectively consider oneself - over and above pedantic concessions to academic convention - a true philosopher, as opposed, for instance, to a poet or a novelist who occasionally dabbles, essayistically or otherwise, in philosophy. 

     All things take time, and my growth as a writer in the process of becoming ever more intensely philosophical, and thus effectively metaphysical, was no exception!  I am only glad that I kept at it over the years and indeed decades, and thus discovered my true vocation, the sphere of creativity where I would peak and eventually achieve something close to if not actually constitutive of philosophical perfection.

     In that respect, my slow rise to literary enlightenment could be said to resemble the gradual progress of Bunyan's 'Pilgrim' towards the 'Celestial City' or even of Teilhard de Chardin's ideal Christian towards the 'Omega Point' ... of prospective evolutionary consummation, a contention which only makes sense from a Catholic or, in my case, more than Catholic standpoint.  For a medium like the Internet, upon which the entirety of my literary oeuvre, my intellectual journey, has been stored ... is not unlike a 'Celestial City' or an 'Omega Point' to me, and I flatter myself to suppose that it would be impossible to go any further, to find an alternative medium that, at this juncture in time, would do more justice to my collected literary works, from poetry to philosophy via prose!

     No, one cannot get to the Truth overnight, and if I have got to it, that is, to an accommodation with a species of higher knowledge which, on account of its sensibly metaphysical orientation, I can logically call true, then that is only because of the initial and intermediate stages of literary creativity which, whilst falling demonstrably short of the Truth (as, incidentally, they had every right to do), kept me on track for the goal that destiny was seemingly preparing for me all the while - a goal of consummate philosophical fulfilment such that made it possible for me to declare my pursuit of Truth to have effectively reached its culmination and for me to take upon myself certain Messianic presumptions and responsibilities even, whereby it might reasonably be inferred by anyone who becomes sufficiently well-acquainted with my better, more evolved works that, through what I advocate, I am the resurrection of the 'dead in life' to the 'Life Eternal', and that no-one, but no-one, can enter the heaven of 'Kingdom Come' (as explained in rather more contemporary terms in my later texts) except through me, which is to say, through a careful study and, ultimately, acceptance and, more importantly, implementation of my mature teachings, with their advocacy of a new order of sovereignty, whether with my assistance - as would seem more logical - or otherwise.

     However, such teachings would not be that accessible without a painstaking progress, as chronologically as possible, through my entire oeuvre; for to fully understand the terminological implications of a later work it helps to have ploughed through an earlier one, to have climbed from a lower rung, as it were, of the literary ladder to a higher rung, no matter how erroneous or mistaken some of its earlier contentions or assumptions may happen to be or prove, in retrospect, to have been, and thus gradually come to an understanding of the way my mind works and of how, inevitably, things only develop and improve gradually ... as the fruit of unremitting effort conducted over an extended period of methodical time, given the immense complexities of the task involved. 

     Obviously, this possibility of chronologically progressing through a large oeuvre would not materialize without the help of a medium like the Internet, which can accommodate far more material than a book and thereby enable the reader to climb, ladder-like, from work to work, opus to opus (the product, in part, of a musical bias and background), and thus  acquire a deeper insight into the development of this complex philosophy than would otherwise be possible. 

     Then, too, no-one can point a finger at such and such a work, or particular aspect thereof, and say: "That is surely wrong; therefore he is a waste of time," when they are only at the half-way stage or three-quarters of the way through the oeuvre rather than at or near its end, where (even if I had been 'wrong' before, as I for one would be only too ready to concede) the conclusions about metaphysical truth, and lesser though related concerns, are often so radical and even contrary to what convention or tradition might have led one to expect ... that one would never be able to take them seriously without having had the benefit of formative or inconclusive philosophical developments - some of which one might, on the contrary, have erroneously believed to be true - en route  to that definitive destination.  For then one will be in a better position both to understand and, hopefully, relate to them! 

     Truth does not reveal itself to people who have not placed themselves cautiously and diligently at its metaphysical feet, having come to it by whatever circuitous or rambling paths.  It took me, I repeat, some forty years of painstaking endeavour, during which, for a variety of reasons, I was obliged to modify my approach to philosophy time and time again.  Now although it may not take any prospective pilgrim through my literary works anywhere near as long to get to the end of this particular intellectual journey, still he will be 'on the path' longer than a few months before he begins to understand even a fraction of the complexities involved!

     Nevertheless progress can and, I hope, will be made; for at the end of the 'journey' it is the reader who should confirm me in my endeavour, thereby deciding whether or not the promise of sensible deliverance from worldly limitations it contains will be realized by the (phenomenal) Many rather than simply continue to be hogged by the (noumenal) Few. 

     For the philosophy I have developed, under the rubric of Social Theocracy, is an ideological philosophy, a philosophy with social implications, and it appeals to those whom I have specifically earmarked, or 'chosen', to consider well the potential for radical change it promises and to act, democratically and responsibly, to help bring about such change in due course, so that the dream may be turned into reality and the reality bear all the hallmarks of the transmutation of this ideological philosophy into a sort of psychological theosophy - in short, of theory into practice.  I am, in a way, the judge of metaphysical truth, but I must also be judged, or recognized and acknowledged, in my limitations as a theorist and the distinction that must still exist, at the end of the day, between theory, no matter how 'true', and practice, else it will not bring to pass something approximating to that which has been anticipated and expected for so very long and which the Church has made it its responsibility to uphold faith in - namely the establishment and furtherance, under messianic auspices, of 'Kingdom Come', a sort of federal union of all the countries that become involved with it, which, if my theories are true, should eventually encompass the entire world, making global civilization a unified reality ultimately capable of space-centre apotheosis in what must approximate the 'Celestial City' of eschatological and theological hope.

     A word of warning: Do not take me or my work for God. Being pro-godly or, more correctly, pro-Heaven through writings such as these is not the same as actually experiencing heavenly joy. There is no God in the person, nor in the 'book', the text, but only, at best, what is in favour of a society in which godliness, as a concomitant of Heaven, can exist, compliments of a metaphysical disposition that, whilst not shared by everyone, will nevertheless typify the leading principle of that more enlightened society which, as the product of an enlightened elite beholden to a messianic leader or mentor, can only be identified with 'Kingdom Come'.

     Finally a word or two about the text. I have purposely chosen to present my works in an italic writing style (Frecnh MT) because to my mind italics signify the ethereal, or noumenal, realm in which the greater part of my philosophy, being metaphysical, operates, and a writing style is necessarily a subjective approach to text proper to what, in philosophical terms, I would call a wavicle as opposed to particle disposition commensurate, in this monochrome instance, with metaphysical criteria. The preference for white text on a black ground (except in the case of my second or 'individualized' level eScrolls which I have chosen to present in a comparatively 'regressive' style) has also to do with metaphysics as requiring a kind of Nietzschean 'transvaluation of all values', though in this case the values being repudiated through transvaluation, namely black text or a white ground, coupled to a printed type of textual presentation, are those characterizing a non-metaphysical approach to literature and are therefore largely, though in the case of my earlier works like novels and poems not entirely, irrelevant to my preponderating approach to philosophy which, being metaphysical, has been served, through the use of white-on-black italic writing or (in my preferred terminology) writerly text, in a manner befitting it, so that there is little or no lacuna between the subject matter and the way it is presented. If this is not true of my early writings, it is nevertheless so of the bulk of my literaray oeuvre, and with that in mind I have overridden pedantic considerations of textural applicability in the interests of a fairly uniform presentation of text that one would expect, I think, from any 'collected works', or attempt at synthesizing a large number of disparate works in such uniform textual and sometimes stylistic fashion that it should be easier to progress from one to another in some kind of chronological order, the basic requirement for better understanding of the way in which my writings, and hence approach to philosophy, have developed over the course of several decades. Besides, any works that purport to be metaphysically concerned with subjects like God and Heaven and the relationship between the two can only be enhanced by a style of presentation that is commensurate, within the language used (in this case English), with such subjects, so that they are granted the textual fremework they deserve, irrespective of whether this makes them inaccessible to the generality of persons accustomed, through the corporeal medium of print, to a more conventional mode of textual presentation. If so then, quite apart from the 'regressive' eScrolls alluded to above (links to which can be found at the foot of each of the principal texts), there aer several black-on-white print-based options also available in the form of eBooks, so that what is freely available metaphysically 'On High', as if in relation to Heaven, can also be purchased 'down below' in the relatively more earthly guise of the eBook medium, and purchased, moreover, in a variety of formats on several different platforms. Not the ideal textural presentation for my philosophy, no; but nonetheless one that is surely better than nothing and, for all its corporeal limitations, no less thematically enlightening than the best of the works gathered together here under the title 'Centretruths - Inner Journeys to the Centre of Truth'.

      

John O'Loughlin, London 2012-14

 

NB. Some common acronyms frequently occurring in the texts include:

CD(s) - Compact Disc(s);

CND - Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament;

CNS - Central Nervous System;

CPU - Central Processing Unit;

DVD(s) - Digital Versatile Disc(s);

ESP - Extra-Sensory Perception;

IUD - Intra-Uterine Device;

LP(s) - Long Player(s);

LSD - Lysergic Acid Diethylamide;

PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride;

VDU - Visual Display Unit.

 

 

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