PART ONE: MAXIMS
(Speculations Concerning the Future)
1. The Supreme Being should not be thought of as a creature but as a state of mind, a supreme level of beingfulness.
2. The equation of being with a creature is pagan. The equation of being with a state of mind, by contrast, is transcendental.
3. Evolution proceeds from the materialistic concept of being to the spiritualistic concept of being as a matter of course.
4. An ultimate communism, or communality, can only come about with the post-Human Millennium, which will succeed the transcendental civilization.
5. This ultimate communality will entail the artificial support and sustain of vast clusters of new brains, and will stand as the polar antithesis to the primal communality of plant life, with particular reference to trees.
6. Sensual communality appertains to the lowest life form on earth, and is manifested in trees and bushes, whose subconsciously-dominated leaves are supported and sustained naturally, that is to say, through trunk, branches, sunlight, rainwater, etc.
7. Spiritual communality will appertain to the highest life form on earth, which will be manifested in the millennial communes of the Superbeings, whose superconsciously-biased new brains will be supported and sustained artificially, that is to say, through technology.
8. Beneath sensual communality are the Alpha Absolute(s) ... of the stars, with their diabolic sensuality. Above spiritual communality will come the Omega Absolute ... of the Holy Spirit, with its divine spirituality.
9. Just as the sensual communality of the plants evolved out of the Alpha Absolute(s), so the Omega Absolute will evolve out of the spiritual communality of the clustered new brains.
10. The term 'new brains' appertains to the collective. But, individually, the new brain is the intellectual/spiritual, as opposed to instinctual/ sensual, part of the brain.
11. The eventual removal of the old brain, or instinctual/sensual part of the brain, will put the resultant life form in a directly antithetical position to the leaves of trees, which are subconscious and, hence, devoid of autonomy - rooted to their branches.
12. In becoming superconscious, the Superbeing will also be devoid of autonomy, its new brains rooted to their artificial branches because devoid of egocentric consciousness, and therefore indisposed to the comprehension of external surroundings.
13. Whereas the leaves of a tree exist for the sake of the trunk and branches, the artificial supports of the millennial communes will exist for the sake of the new brains.
14. The millennial communes of the Superbeing will signify a distinctly different and higher life form than man, whom one is obliged to associate with the natural body.
15. Indeed, there will be as much difference between transcendental man and the Superbeing as there was between, say, pagan man and the tree.
16. The fact that man is not static but an evolutionary phenomenon ... is borne out by the successive transformations from pagan and Christian to transcendental - the latter only incipient in the West in the twentieth century.
17. An alternative terminology for the successive transformations listed above would be: pre-dualistic, dualistic, and post-dualistic, with individual variants on the respective religious developments.
18. Beneath pagan, or pre-dualistic, man is man's direct ancestor, the ape, who appertains to the animal kingdom and is largely dependent on trees. Above transcendental, or post-dualistic, man will come man's immediate successor, the Superman, who will pertain to the godlike kingdom and be largely dependent on artificial supports and sustains.
19. But what will distinguish the Superman from the succeeding Superbeing ... will be retention of the old brain, and the consequent existence of visionary, or egocentric, consciousness.
20. This consciousness, albeit greater than the natural consciousness of transcendental man, will be less evolved than that of the new-brain components of the millennial communes, and will consequently signify a stage of evolution directly preceding the latter.
21. The Supermen will be fed intermittent quantities of LSD, or some such synthetic hallucinogen, in order to facilitate upward self-transcendence in the lower, i.e. visionary, reaches of the superconscious, and thereby will be encouraged, by degrees, to break with traditional subconscious and conscious modes of awareness.
22. Although clustered together on artificial supports, the retention of the old brain by the Supermen justifies one in regarding them as individuals, since each brain will be subject to periods of personal consciousness, and therefore be capable of regarding itself as a distinct entity. Indeed, as one of a number of such entities which bear the generic title 'Supermen'.
23. Likewise apes are capable, with their animal consciousness, of distinguishing between themselves as individuals, while simultaneously sharing a common habitat in the branches of a tree.
24. With the eventual removal of the old brain, however, the Supermen will be transmuted into a collective entity, by dint of sharing an identical post-visionary consciousness, and thereupon become, in the context of millennial communes, a completely new life-form, antithetical, in essence, to the tree, which, however, is likewise regarded by mankind as a collective entity, rather than as a loose conglomeration of separate creatures, i.e. leaves.
25. The Superbeing of the millennial communes will therefore stand one stage closer, in evolutionary terms, to the ultimate unity of the Supreme Being, in which transcendent spirit will constitute an indivisible whole.
26. How many millennial communes there will be on earth, preceding spiritual transcendence, will depend on the technological facilities available to the age and the number of new brains to be supported.
27. It isn't impossible that, with the eventual removal of the old brain from individual Supermen, the ensuing increase in space available on the supports will allow for the introduction of additional new brains on each support, thereby making possible a decrease in the overall number of supports in existence.
28. Such a hypothetical decrease in the overall number of supports world-wide would correspond to an evolutionary progression away from the materialistic Many and towards the spiritualistic One, thereby signifying a reduction of the materialist component to an absolute minimum.
29. It should be feasible to contend that each support, no matter how many new brains it may contain, will be connected to a single sustain system, so that the individual organic or, rather, super-organic components of the commune are nourished from a central source, not dependent on separate sources.
30. Thus, our collectivized or communal entity would be completely interrelated, and could only function as an integral whole.
31. To a certain extent, men protect apes and apes protect trees. Likewise, one can assume that transcendental men will protect Supermen and the Supermen duly protect Superbeings.
32. Put another way, this means that the creation and protection of the Supermen will be in the hands of certain trusted men, specialists in their chosen field, who will tend their superior creations and know how they feel, what they require, etc., at any given time.
33. But the Supermen will themselves create or, at any rate, protect the Superbeings by the very fact of their existence ... to the extent that they will be the logical evolutionary forerunners of the latter, rendering the ensuing maintenance of the artificial supports and sustains obligatory for the trusted men.
34. And, presumably, if everything hasn't become completely autonomous and directed by computers and robots by then, these trusted men - a technological elite - will be entrusted, at the appropriate hour, with the surgical removal of the old brain from the clustered Supermen and consequent creation of the collective entity I have termed a Superbeing.
35. But they, or their mechanical equivalents, will never act arbitrarily or over-hastily, but will always bear in mind the evolutionary status of the life forms under their protection, thereby regulating their professional activity in strict accordance with the requirements of the hour.
36. This patient, considerate attention to their 'charges', by the technological leadership, is not, however, incompatible with an element of coercion, which is an essential element not only to responsible leadership, but also to evolutionary progress.
37. Thus a delicate balance must be struck between the requirements of the post-dualistic life forms and the ambitions of the leadership, too weak a leadership resulting in the danger of an evolutionary stasis or even regression; too strong a leadership resulting in the possible destruction of the said life forms and, as a paradoxical corollary to this, the undermining of the leaders, who would then be deprived of anything to lead.
38. Just as an able gardener both protects the plants under his keeping and encourages them to grow, so must the successive leaderships of the transcendental men, the supermen, and the superbeings strike a workable balance between the two responsibilities, in order to ensure the steady spiritual growth of their human and post-human 'plants'.
39. That the state, as signified by the leadership, will eventually 'wither away', in Engles' oft-quoted phrase, can be confirmed by the foregoing speculations concerning future developments, and will doubtless result in the supervision of the evolutionary life forms by trusted humans eventually being eclipsed by an entirely autonomous, mechanistic supervision carried out by robots and computers.
40. When current political and other leaders retire, they do so in the knowledge that their work is in safe hands and will be continued by their successors. Doubtless this will still apply in the foreseeable future, even if or when their successors are known to be robots and computers.
41. Political evolution presupposes an extension of democratic power to greater numbers of people, so that, at its highest level, the maximum numbers of people are being represented by the government.
42. A dualistic system of democracy, torn between capitalism and socialism, inevitably limits the number of people being represented, by the acting government, to those whose votes proved successful, which may be no more than a narrow majority.
43. In accordance with political progress, a post-dualistic democratic system, centred in socialism, extends the number of people being represented by the government to the vast majority of voters, since every vote balloted proves successful to the extent that it elects or re-elects a socialist candidate.
44. This post-dualistic system is called Social Democracy, as opposed to Liberal (Capital) Democracy, and is largely a consequence of the transference of political power to the proletariat, who are no longer obliged to share power with the bourgeoisie, and thus suffer the consequences of capitalist exploitation.
45. The transference of political power to the proletariat is the ultimate political revolution, in which the vast majority acquire representation and thereby experience maximum democracy.
46. An erroneous concept of 'more democracy' is to confound maximum representation with the absence of all representation, and thereupon assume that it should signify freedom from all government.
47. This erroneous concept of 'more democracy' can only lead to anarchy, which is contrary to political progress. Consequently it will be opposed by post-dualistic leaderships.
48. It isn't freedom to do what they like that will lead the People to their future salvation in a post-Human Millennium, but ... directive leadership.
49. This post-dualistic directive is socialism, as opposed to anarchy.
50. And socialism, conceived politically, cannot 'wither away' until men attain to the post-Human Millennium, and thus become recipients of spiritual salvation in the millennial communes.
51. The State is a materialistic phenomenon that will continue to exist so long as men are capable of identifying with matter, which is to say, so long as they retain the old brain and are therefore partly disposed to subconscious allegiance.
52. Thus the State will still exist, albeit to a less apparent extent, when men are elevated to the Supermen, or clustered brains artificially supported, in the first, or 'socialist', phase of the post-Human Millennium.
53. But the State, having 'withered away' throughout that time, will completely cease to exist with the second, or 'communist', phase of the post-Human Millennium, in which the radically superconsciously-biased new-brain clusters of Superbeings will have supplanted the partly superconsciously-biased brains of Supermen.
54. For with the removal of the old brain, the ensuing higher post-human life form would be incapable of identifying with matter and, therefore, be oblivious of the State.
55. Likewise trees, which signify the sensual communality antithetical, in retrospect, to the spiritual communality of our projected Superbeings, are incapable, lacking consciousness, of recognizing the State.
56. So, on the next evolutionary level, are apes, whose rudimentary consciousness, subconsciously-dominated, keeps them beneath civilization.
57. For civilization, at any level, appertains to man, and signifies a compromise between politics and religion, the State and the Church.
58. Such a compromise will still exist for post-dualistic man, taking the form of socialism and transcendentalism.
59. With the transformation of transcendental man into the Superman, however, the State will 'wither away', as transcendentalism continues to expand, and by the time the evolutionary metamorphosis of the Superbeing comes properly to pass, the State will have completely ceased to exist, and with it civilization, as life becomes exclusively transcendental.
60. And as life becomes exclusively transcendental, so there will be no further need of directive leadership, but only of supervision - surveillance by the relevant computers and/or robots, as required.
61. For the State is not only a subjective phenomenon, dependent on the ability of consciousness to perceive and identify with matter, but is also, and more particularly, an objective phenomenon, embracing the directive capabilities of government.
62. When direction is no longer necessary, because the materialistic component of the psyche has been removed, government ceases to exist and the State along with it.
63. And thus civilization comes to an end with the full-blown spirituality of the Superbeings.
64. At some subsequent point in millennial time the Superbeings will attain to transcendence, and so bring about the Spiritual Globes of the heavenly Beyond.
65. Broadly speaking, the development of evolution runs as follows: the Alpha Absolute(s) of the stars leading via planets (cooled stars) to the sensual communality of the plants; the plants, including trees, leading to the animals, of whichever type and degree of intelligence; the animals, including apes, leading to man, of the lowest, and therefore pagan, type; pagan man, in his successive manifestations, leading to Christian man; Christian man, and other dualistic equivalents, leading to transcendental man; transcendental man, in his subsequent manifestations, leading to the Superman; the Superman, with his artificially-supported and sustained brain, leading to the spiritual communality of the Superbeings which, in their exclusive spirituality, will be antithetical to the plants; and, finally, the Superbeings leading via successive Spiritual Globes of transcendent spirit to the Omega Point (as defined by Teilhard de Chardin ... as the spiritual culmination of evolution) - Universal and One.
66. This evolutionary progression signifies a convergence from the Many (stars) to the One (Holy Spirit), with all due gradations of improvement in the quality and type of life coming in-between.
67. Whatever the Alpha Absolute(s) are, viz. many, separate, sensual, infernal, etc., the Omega Absolute is their complete antithesis. There is nothing further apart, in evolutionary terms, than the Devil and God, alpha and omega.
68. Likewise a less extreme but, nevertheless, consistent contrast is to be adduced between the various antitheses which gradually develop along the evolutionary spectrum created on earth.
69. On the dividing line between that which stems from the Diabolic Alpha, and that which aspires towards the Divine Omega, is early transcendental man.
70. Of course, Christian man also aspires towards the Divine Omega, but not to the extent of completely turning his back on the Diabolic Alpha. As a dualist, he always remains rooted in nature.
71. What the television is to transcendental man, LSD, or some such hallucinogenic equivalent, will be to the Superman.
72. Transcendental man allows his consciousness to be invaded from outside himself ... by artificial visionary images, which affect a mild upward self-transcendence in the lower regions of the superconscious.
73. The Superman will allow his consciousness to be invaded from inside his brain ... by the visionary images of hallucinogens, which will constitute a stronger upward self-transcendence in higher regions of the superconscious.
74. Appearance always precedes essence, but can never expand spiritual consciousness to the same extent, the reason being that appearance appertains to the flesh, whereas essence appertains to the spirit.
75. Thus, no matter how ingenious or educative the appearance may happen to be, its ability to expand consciousness upwards is severely hampered by its contrary nature to that which it is intended to expand.
76. Only essence can radically expand essence (spirit), which is why the use of an internal stimulant, like LSD, would be far more efficacious than the contradictory and inevitably futile use of an external one, like TV.
77. LSD will be the 'art' of the future, transcending art as we have known it.
78. If LSD was prohibited in the twentieth century, it was because such a mind-expanding hallucinogen would be premature and a danger to society as it is currently constituted.
79. Only with the first phase of the post-Human Millennium would an official, widespread use of LSD and/or equivalent synthetic hallucinogens be possible; for the Superman would be indisposed to riotous or otherwise irresponsible behaviour.
80. It should always be remembered that whereas natural drugs, i.e. those grown from the soil, appeal primarily to the subconscious and are accordingly of diabolic orientation, synthetic ones, by contrast, appeal to the superconscious, and are therefore of a comparatively divine orientation.
81. Even the mildest natural drugs, like tea and tobacco, are fundamentally of a diabolic orientation, insofar as they result in a correspondingly mild downward self-transcendence.
82. Even for transcendental man, a degree of downward self-transcendence becomes necessary ... to the extent that he is the possessor of a natural body with natural needs, including, not least of all, sleep.
83. It is quite conceivable that a person who, for one reason or another, lacked the requisite intake of sensuality for his particular body in one or more important contexts, would be obliged to seek compensatory sensuality in the regular use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, etc.
84. In the future, however, all natural drugs will be transcended ... as man transcends his body in the Superman.
85. And the Superman will be cultivated from birth with the aid of test-tube reproduction, so that he will be accustomed to existing in an extensively artificial, not to say transcendental, context from the very first.
86. It would be quite immoral to create the Superman from a grown man, depriving that man of his body through an extensive amputation.
87. No grown man will be forced to sacrifice his body in order to become superhuman. The Superman will be created, in all probability, from birth.
88. Even a brain that, under natural circumstances, would have acquired a female body ... will become a Superman and not a Superwoman. This first phase of the post-Human Millennium will be predominantly transcendent - as will the second phase, although, given the removal of the old brain, to a somewhat greater extent.
89. Transcendence will signify the complete spiritualization of life ... in and through the Divine Omega; for it will entail the total overcoming of matter, with freedom even from the new brain.
90. Transcendence will inevitably lead to the heavenly, i.e. transcendental, Beyond, though it won't necessarily lead straight to the Omega Absolute ... in ultimate Oneness.
91. Bearing in mind the immensity of the spatial universe, it is more than likely that transcendence will lead to the establishment of 'local', or galactic, globes of pure spirit, which will gradually converge towards other such globes from remoter parts of the Universe.
92. Thus a gradual convergence to the Omega Absolute may also be manifested on the transcendent plane, constituting (for a time) an antithetical development to planets, which are themselves intermediaries between the Alpha Absolute(s) ... of the stars and the sensual communality of the plants.
93. With the eventual establishment, however, of the Omega Absolute, the evolution of the Universe, in the fullest sense of that word, would be complete.
94. And the supreme being of the Omega Absolute would continue, in all likelihood, to expand into space, in contrast to the gradual contractions and dissolutions of the stars.
95. With the ultimate dissolution of the remaining stars, the Universe would attain to perfection ... in the sole presence of the Omega Absolute. And the Omega Absolute would last for ever.
96. As spirit expands, so matter contracts. As spirit converges, so matter diverges.
97. Social evolution begins in tribalism, proceeds to nationalism, and culminates in internationalism.
98. Parliamentary democracy is a compromise between conservatism and socialism, and is therefore inherently liberal.
99. Just as the pre-dualistic age was fundamentally lesbian in character, and the dualistic age ... heterosexual, so the post-dualistic age can only be homosexual (though not necessarily literally), if more in terms of a male-biased unisexual absolutism.
100. Each time a man falls in love, he becomes a spiritual nonentity. To fall in love is to succumb to the body and its beauty thereof. Spirit is eclipsed by flesh.
101. Just as the ape is beneath sensual love, so the Superman would be above it.
102. Literature is the greatest of the arts, because it appeals directly to the mind.
103. The modern literary masterpiece must necessarily be both short, reflecting a materialistic contraction, and true, advancing a spiritualistic expansion.
104. Western nations are divisible, in the present century, between those that are dualistic, like Britain and France, and those that are transitional between dualism and post-dualism, like the United States and Germany.
105. As life evolves, so it becomes more interiorized. The men of the transcendental civilization won't just be more introspective than those of the Christian or Christian/transcendental ones. They will also spend more time indoors.
106. In the post-dualistic civilization, books will be superseded by computer discs, which will be the medium through which literature is read.
107. In the post-dualistic civilization, nothing appertaining to pre-dualistic or dualistic civilization will be read. An exclusively omega-oriented civilization requires an exclusively omega-oriented literature. Works appertaining to the past will, for the most part, be taboo or, at any rate, 'beneath the pale'.
108. A new civilization requires not just a new literature, but a new art, music, architecture, politics, religion, science, sexuality - indeed, a new everything.
109. The typical leader of the post-dualistic civilization will be more of a religious than a political figure.
110. By the time mankind attains to the post-Human Millennium, the leaders will be exclusively religious types.
111. That there will always be leaders and led, coercers and coerced, is a cardinal fact - and necessity - of evolution.
112. The demolition of the State for its own sake would not lead to a post-civilized society in the post-Human Millennium, but to a pre-civilized society in barbarous chaos and anarchy.
113. The demolition or, rather, contractive 'withering away' of the State ... is only justified on the basis of the expansion of the Church towards an exclusively religious stage of evolution, as in the post-Human Millennium.
114. But such an advanced stage of evolution, commensurate with the superhuman and superbeingful phases of the post-Human Millennium, will still entail a distinction between leaders and led, the only difference being that the leaders will then be exclusively religious.
115. The leaders of a civilization, however, are divisible between politics and religion.
116. In pre-dualistic civilization, the political leaders or, rather, rulers preponderate over the religious ones in the ratio of at least 3:1.
117. In dualistic civilization, the political and religious rulers/leaders are approximately in balance, although nominal priority of status is granted to the latter.
118. In post-dualistic civilization, the religious leaders will preponderate over the political ones in a ratio of at least 3:1.
119. In the post-Human Millennium, however, only religious leaders will exist, and their task will be to ensure that the collectivized brains of the Supermen and, later and most especially, the new-brain collectivizations of the Superbeings ... are set directly on course for transcendence, and hence the attainment of spirit to the post-millennial Beyond.
120. Unfortunately latter-day Marxists, especially in the West, do not possess such an evolutionary perspective, which is why they make the lamentable mistake of assuming that the proletariat should be left entirely to its own devices, without either political or religious guidance, following the advent of socialism.
121. The consequences of such an hypothetical eventuality would be too bleak to bear contemplating, but naive Marxists, who foolishly elevate the common man to the level of a saintly ideal, could not be expected to know that!
122. Rather, if anything, would these naive Marxists be inclined to equate the Millennium with literal power to the People, with an absence, in other words, of any control on and/or guidance of the People, in the interests of what they mistakenly consider to be true socialism.
123. By treating Marx as an infallible guide to evolutionary truth, his most literal followers are doomed to repeat all of Marx's worst errors and limitations.
124. Without my own contribution to the evolution of post-dualistic thought, one is in the realm of socialist barbarism - a necessary realm for a certain period of time, but a realm which must eventually be transcended, if civilization is to reappear on a higher level.
125. As the spiritual expands, so the material contracts; the bound electron becomes free and the proton is transformed into or replaced by quasi-electrons.
126. The post-atomic society will be free of proton control, and thus able to aspire towards the maximum electron freedom.
127. If the sun, and indeed most stars, convert(s) hydrogen into helium through proton-proton reactions, then the future Spiritual Globes, so far from a helium hell, will entail an electron-electron attraction ... as they converge towards one another in the transcendental Beyond.
128. Quasi-electron equivalents, whether socialist politicians or avant-garde scientists, function in opposition to proton equivalents, but remain, at bottom, proton-natured.
129. Free-electron equivalents, whether radical politicians or transcendentalists, oppose bound-electron equivalents, such as Christians and liberals, and desire to orientate mankind towards the Divine Omega.
130. By themselves, quasi-electron equivalents would only minimize the Diabolic, whereas it is imperative for evolutionary progress that the expansion of spirit towards the Divine should subsequently be aided by free-electron equivalents.
131. Only when the political quasi-electron equivalents make way for free-electron equivalents ... will post-atomic civilization make its first appearance in the world.
132. The present century signifies a transitional age between the end of proton determinism and the beginnings of electron freedom, and is accordingly neither atomic nor post-atomic but ... somewhere in-between.
133. It is thus, par excellence, a
bourgeois/proletarian age, an age of transition from the capitalistic
bourgeoisie to the socialistic proletariat, and its chief representatives are
134. To an officially proletarian state, all types and degrees of petty-bourgeois art, which includes what is commonly regarded as 'modern art', are irrelevant.
135. This would be so even if the proletarian state were civilized and not barbarous, since the irrelevance of petty-bourgeois art to a proletarian civilization would then be founded on its inadequate degree of transcendentalism rather than, from the barbarous point-of-view, on a materialistic opposition to petty-bourgeois transcendentalism, i.e. painterly abstraction.
136. The proletarian society of a transcendental bias, however, would wish to develop post-dualistic spirituality, and consequently would uphold the more radical transcendentalism of the proletariat, utilizing a variety of electronic means.
137. This superior transcendentalism would be derived from the superconscious, which constitutes the higher subjectivity of transcendental man, rather than from the conscious mind at or near its 'Pentecostal' peak, as it were.
138. The oldest idealism, as pertaining to the objectivity of the subconscious, would have no hold on the civilized proletariat, and consequently they would not be partial to the lower objectivity of the external cosmos.
139. Rather, they would tend to impose on that external cosmos the ultimate idealism abstracted from the subjectivity of the superconscious.
140. Only the internal reality of the superconscious is really pertinent to a post-atomic society, for which the proton-dominated external reality of the Cosmos - and nature - will be taboo.
141. The civilized proletariat would look upon that lower diabolic reality with a divine bias, seeing only the idealism they have imposed upon it, in fidelity to their superconscious subjectivity.
142. And thus post-atomic society would draw ever closer to the ultimate reality of transcendent spirit, derived from the superconscious and destined for unity in the Omega Absolute at the spiritual culmination of evolution.
143. Literature in the proletarian civilization would be collective and essential rather than individual and apparent, as with previous levels of civilization.
144. Meaning in literature is the proton of a sentence, words the bound electrons which revolve around it, so to speak, in the interests of meaningful sense.
145. Post-atomic literature requires that words be freed from the constraint of meaning and elevated to the status of free electrons. This is especially desirable in the context of poetry, hitherto the most proton-dominated branch of literature.
146. The convergence towards an Omega Point on the level of literature not only requires that words be freed from proton determinism but, as a corollary of this, that literature be freed from the constraints of one language and composed in multi-lingual terms.
147. For with the eventual emergence of post-atomic civilization throughout the world, literature would have to be international in the profoundest sense.
148. As they grow old, women contract physically whereas men expand spiritually. Just so does the material side of life contract as the spiritual side of it expands.
149. Socialism signifies a contraction of the material, transcendentalism an expansion of the spiritual.
150. As the State 'withers', so the Church will blossom into the exclusive spirituality of the post-Human Millennium, post-civilized because post-human.