Our world is filled with marvelous inventions, whose purpose is to save time and effort. Especially in the last half of the last century it has gone really fast. Most of these inventions are consumers of electricity. We would not be without them, we believe.
Here one would then think that it has produced a general state of surplus time and forces for mankind. Which then would mean a general state of freedom. More leisure, more freedom, greater bliss. Should one think.
The counter-marvel is that people have less time than ever for themselves and each other, less profit for the benefit of themselves and others, people are more restless and restless than ever. So what is the reason? What went wrong along the way, what have we forgotten and lost?
A story about an Indian chief suggests the answer. We are talking about a contemporary representative of one of the American tribes or nations as they call themselves, who was invited to a congress of ethnic peoples in London. He of course took a plane, for who sails across the Atlantic in these times? When he arrived at Heathrow – and in good time one must suppose – he sat down on a carpet. Here he remained seated for three days before getting up. When someone asked him why he had been sitting there for so long, he replied: I was waiting for my soul to arrive.
I just need to have the soul with me, one of the elders in the family would say. It takes the time it takes, Grandma would say. Haste is load, added grandfather. In the fullness of time we said, once.
The Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes (1-8) states:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
In some dis-marvellous way, modernity has taught us to be untimely impatient. The Preacher’s Thoughtfulness and the Fullness of Time at the Right Time are blunted to:
Now the alarm clock rings, and then there is an hour and a half until you have to check in at work, where you are 07:27 hours, including lunch break, which you pay for yourself, is released again, where you spend half an hour of transport, which is delayed due to a traffic accident on the ring road, which you use to sit and drum on the steering wheel and throw curses at the other drivers who can not do shit either, so you can then have time to throw some items in the shopping cart in the super market, line up in the queue of just as impatient types as you, so you can move on and pick up the tired kids who have been locked up in the institution for the same number of hours a day – so they can learn what awaits them later – after which you have an hour to get the food on the table before the TV news prime time, after which there is a countdown to you falling over prematurely on the bed so you can be just reasonably rested to tomorrow when the alarm clock rings, and …
So, industrialism put mass production into system. It created consumer goods that were worth craving for because they could make life easier. Well, who would want to do without a washing machine or access to one today? Who would do without indoor lighting, running water, gas on the stove. But gradually the whole advantage of the time-saving inventions disappeared, because both mother and father had to work full time so that the small family could afford it all, because it did not stop with the basic conveniences. In the consumer society, hundreds, even thousands, of possible unfulfilled desires arrived that overtook our real needs within. Now we can no longer live without mobile phones, computers, an arsenal of torture instruments in the kitchen that we do not use half of, walls wallpapered with giant flat screens mounted on slot machines, a shitstorm of wifi signals through the nervous system, family size vehicles for half a million, exotic southern fruits flown in from the tropics produced by neo-imperially underpaid outskirts humans using various chemical genetic modifications. Because it has to go fast, there is not even time for the plants to grow on their own, and the chicken never reaches beyond its puberty before its prematurely inflated body loses its head.
What profit has he that works in that wherein he works?
He has made every thing beautiful in his time: also he has set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.
I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him.
It is not entirely coincidental, that the cultural lack of time and profit arrives, as God disappears out of the human field of vision. There is a close connection. Rationalism had a different sermon than the Book of Ecclesiastes. Rationalism promised us, that in time science would come up with solutions to all of humanity’s problems, as long as we agreed to confess to the sensory and the measurable as the only reality. The past 400 years have been one big increase of this promise. At the same time, it has been one big negation of fulfilling the same promise. If people 400 years ago had problems, then we have problems in 10-fold today. Problems of a weight and to an extent that the rationalist ‘church fathers’ had not dreamed of. And every time science and its clergy are forced to admit their dead ends, they come up with the ingenious bid for the solution to their missing solutions: Then we just need more of the same kind!
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requires that which is past.
And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
There it came, kicked in from maybe the 5th century BC or older – no one knows how old the individual sections and verses in the Book of Ecclesiastes are, for the book is just a collection of pre-existing writings collected through one or more millennia of thoughtful statements from various sources, edited and written down in several rounds.
First of all: Time comes back, it moves in circles. Cyclic time is the original, the organic, the universal time. Linear time first arrived with Christianity drawing a static, pre-determined line between Creation and the Doomsday. Secondly, in the place of justice sits injustice. There we could rightly and in time feel hit by a lightning stroke!
Justice is no longer the purpose of leadership. Special interests are now the background for management.
Is it not interesting that some old man of a scriptural wisdom once for 2,500 years + hits the main problem of our time so precisely? Which should not be misunderstood, as the literalists do, the bible basques who read everything literally, thereby getting it all wrong. And all theology is in a way fundamentalist on some degree-biased scale. The old man of the past had no intention whatsoever of speaking to anything other than his own time and his own people. This is pesha. In Jewish scriptures, past events were used as models for what had happened and what was happening to predict that, which will happen. For as it says:
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requires that which is past.
We must understand it as: There is nothing new under the sun. What the ancient experienced as their fundamental problem, has not changed. They saw and knew that Power sat in the place of justice and exercised injustice.
A German analysis institute made a major study 10 years ago of what were the biggest problems of our time and our society. They came up with the idea that the overriding problem in the world was: corruption. Remember in this connection that corruption means: abuse of power. Not just bribery, which is what the corrupt sometimes get exposed to and fall into the water. This is all that happens afterwards, when the corrupt, for example, have received bribes. But the corrupt are not necessarily bribed, they may have been put a gun to the forehead, they may have received a forged world explanation, they may have had a colored cloth waved to their noses, they may think they are doing something good for humanity, they see perhaps a career unfolding, they may be ego-weak individuals who think they are gaining an identity and a self-respect by hanging out with Power. Or they just smell money. And some of them – not to be underestimated – get an erotic arousal by participating in the exercise of power.
The Venetians, the cunning bankers, diplomats (read: spies) and intriguers already mastered the art of seducing those in power in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The dirty art can be described quite simply. They first studied a person and learned what their desires consisted of. Was he for expensive habits, was he for lovely ladies, was he for glorious food and drink, was he for pomp and splendor and prestige… well we’ll find out then. Once the man was read, hooked and had received the fulfillment of his desire – which, as you know, is non sustainable but highly addictive – then the generous giver came back and demanded something in return. A Faust-Mephisto complex has been created, the greedy one has sold himself to the devil in the form of a Venetian middleman, and now he is sitting between two scissor blades. If he regrets, the generous benefactor has the power to ruin his life.
But what does it say in the end that assures us: There is no God. Which then means: Since there is no God, there is no higher righteousness.
I thought: Both the righteous and the unrighteous are judged by God. For everything that happens, and for everything one does, there is a time.
I thought, of course, is the preacher in the Book. But I – the author of the blog – then think that all this atheism, nihilism, materialism, rationalism, positivism… all the philosophical names for the same have a very specific effect aimed at a very specific segment: the corruptible, the corrupt. Rationalism assures us: There is no God. Which then means: Since there is no God, there is no higher justice, no universal moral standard, and then YOU, corrupt henchman-collaborator cannot be judged for your deeds, then you can do everything you can get away with. Karma is canceled – is the signal. Do what thou wilt, said Satanist and hippie guru Aleister Crowley. In 1666, the Kabbalist Sabbatei Zevi, who claimed to be the Messiah that the Jews had been waiting for, said: God has created both good and evil. So the more evil you do, the happier God becomes. Millions believed in and followed the message, just as millions of young people in the happy 60s-70s were captivated by the signal in Crowley’s motto and indulged in sex-drug-and-rock’n’roll sponsored by the CIA.
Mnjae says the skeptic, now we have rational law and practical law that has taken over and which guarantees justice. Which is exactly the problem. Remember what the preacher said: In the place of judgment sits injustice. Who dictates the rationale? Should intellect be a guarantor of higher moral standards? They saw it 2-3000 + years ago. The court’s place is interchangeable, and when injustice corrupts and occupies the court’s place, then justice no longer exists.
And with that, we have arrived at the World filled with marvelous inventions whose purpose is to save time and effort. We have arrived at the Dominion of the Technocracy, a world ruled by time saving algorithms, knowledge filters, spin, fake news, falsification of history, pseudo-journalism, bought-paid politicians, bought-paid media, science with a bullet to the forehead, global censorship, genocide disguised as public health, poison disguised as medicine, trans- and inhumanism disguised as humanism.
What has been done by time and over time, it will respect time. Auguste Rodin
The time has come. There is no time to waste. We have arrived at the End of Time, where all time begins. Time is no longer money and love cannot be bought. Time is the presence of the present in the perspective of eternity.