“The death of the spirit is the price of progress. Nietzsche revealed this mystery of the Western apocalypse when he announced that God was dead and that He had been murdered. This Gnostic murder is constantly committed by the men who sacrificed God to civilization. The more fervently all human energies are thrown into the great enterprise of salvation through world–immanent action, the farther the human beings who engage in this enterprise move away from the life of the spirit. And since the life the spirit is the source of order in man and society, the very success of a Gnostic civilization is the cause of its decline.
“A civilization can, indeed, advance and decline at the same time—but not forever. There is a limit toward which this ambiguous process moves; the limit is reached when an activist sect which represents the Gnostic truth organizes the civilization into an empire under its rule. Totalitarianism, defined as the existential rule of Gnostic activists, is the end form of progressive civilization.”
― The New Science of Politics: An Introduction
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Oh, my goodness, this is exactly the kind of thing I’ve been reading and listening to lately, at every turn. Even Mattias Desmet, who seems to be an atheist, decries the rise of a scientism which has no awareness of the transcendent, or interest in it. And this is how so many young people have been educated.
I have to say it’s interesting how many in the field of science are alarmed by what’s been going on, and many of them have no religion, but are people of good will.
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