what people once openly debated.. and in closed circles made allusions

Deep exploration into political economy, history, politics, beyond the sources generally approved of by the taskmasters and wardens whose authority we admire, reveals some interesting things.

Many of those we thought of as heroes were scoundrels, bastards, and thieves.

Much of the art we thought sublime,w as in it’s time aptly recognized as tiresome and banal.

Much of the literature we found inspirational, was the paycheck seeking whoredom of paid liars, and simple propaganda.

Or at best, the sincere scribblings of amateurs worshiped by those more amateurish still, in later generations.

And that much of culture and civilization, “ours” (whoever we are) and others is simply a fraud.

You realize that men long ago knew Tacitus and Bede were liars.

You realize that those many are wont to think of as superior forebearers were taught to wipe their asses by others, now seen as barbarians. That the superior were often enslaved and made thralls by those they tutored, and that these superior ones were themselves barbarians of unspeakable cruelty only simply mastered by those lacking their few checks.

You realize that much of scandal, recently unraveled, was openly known and called what it was in pasts, before the broom-sweepers of official chronicles swept through.

Few have the courage to admit their fore-fathers may have been stinking hide clothed idiots. Most want to create myths of our be-sainted trees from which we are scions. And indeed saints, heroes, men of intellect or morality may be found in our past, as with idiot cudgel brandishing brigands who didn’t know how to properly wipe their asses.

We are wont to remember one half and forget the other half, thus we murder our own past by our own lies.

The tongues we love and think beautiful, and there is beauty in them, were to others simply inarticulate gruntings.

The arts we think sublime and full of harmony, to others are rather mediocre.

There is safety in bigotry, and great danger in looking at all, with the same eyes we turn to those we love, in seeing our own gaping wounds with others..

In seeing the beauty we see in ourselves, in others.

There are disadvantages to voracious reading in peculiar and esoteric avenues.

Not fiction nor romance nor childish shite (which is not to say that all fiction or romance is childish) but non fiction and, moreover more select or obscure corners of history, politics, economics, political economy, &tc., is this.

If such reading is conjoined with frequent travel and exploration, commerce and social intercourse with others, you start to notice small things and mentally correlate them with an increasingly growing body of facts, a database if you will.

But you begin to grow out of touch with others. You begin to absorb what you have read and things that are not obvious to many become obvious to you.

Moreover you become rather disgusted with people in general.

History are lies selected and sifted, and passed through committee. The wider your grasp on things, the deeper you dig, beyond what sits on the surface, the more you learn language and tongues, the more you learn the obscure origins of the phrases and words most take for granted, the closer you get to a  nebulous gauze veil that is forever out of your reach. Infinitesimally closer but unable to touch, like two branes vibrating, each a world and order of it’s own, to pierce the one would be fatal to both, and yet to pierce or even to touch is never possible.

You perceive patterns, both those the mind projects in a desperate attempt to perceive order in chaos, and those you realize truly are order beneath a veil of apparent chaos. You begin to realize what few ever are able to articulate, that all about you is some vast joke, a fraud, and a masque on-top of a dancer, dancing to a tune far different than you thought.

You look at the streets and see bodies, dead, dying, aging, intents and motive forming brick, tarmac, mortar, steel, bending, growing, falling. Buying, selling, trading vegetables, flesh, and souls.

Blah blah blah,

Basically if one develops the ability to see a scam and a mugging a mile away, but is unable to articulate it to others, because the number of steps it would take to clearly articulate it requires someone far more clever than oneself, one finds oneself at a lonely branch of the road.

And this can be very frightning.

And being well read isn’t cleverness, it can actually lead to what appears to be an idiot savant like condition, pass a certain boundary.

Eventually if one matures enough and has enough wits one realizes that no one who says she or he truly, fully, understands what is going on and why, really does. That such confidence is a sign of ignorance.

And that however many books one has read, and people talked to and met, and secrets heard, and coded language decoded, and subtle allusions realized, and the pattern and spectacle of human behavior, amusingly banal beneath the fancy words, is rather simple..

You realize that something still eludes you, and likely always will.

Dance with the people, and do not be a wall-flower, for the one who knows is he who knows how little he knows. This cliche has been expressed, with greater brevity, and greater eloquence, by others. But I say it anyway.

By Charles Upton, An Interfaith Initiative to Deal with Islamophobia

Posted with the author’s permission. Charles Upton is a poet of the Beat generation, a student of Lew Welch, a writer on Traditionalist topics, and an American Muslim living in Kentucky.His recent works are published by Sophia Perennis Press, earlier work of his has been featured in City Lights Anthology and other sources. Jennifer D. Upton, his wife, is a writer and author, and a Traditionalist Christian practicing Eastern Orthodoxy.

I support their initiative, and I too believe a committee of American Muslims should publicly express support for the right of St. Nicholas’ parish to rebuild it’s church, destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, asking the City of New York to consider issuing the pertinent permits.

It is not well known that the City has presented numerous hardships to St. Nicholas’s parish, and such a declaration would express very real common ground and mutual interests shared between Traditional Muslims, and Traditional Orthodox Christians, while serving as a light of clarity defusing some of the interfaith conflict surrounding the factitious issue of the “Ground Zero Mosque.” Many Americans are not aware of the real agenda behind the Ground Zero Mosque, or the interests its framers represent, just as they are often ignorant on particulars concerning 9/11 itself. So too the vast majority of Americans, both Muslim and non-Muslim, are not aware of the difficulties the church has been experiencing with the City of New York.

I agree with the Uptons that this situation has not received the media attention it deserves.

An Interfaith Initiative to Deal with Islamophobia

Public relations campaigns to address Islamophobia and quid-pro-quo negotiations with non-Muslim groups are definitely worth pursuing, but their effectiveness will probably be limited. What is needed is unencumbered action that cuts against the prevailing lines of both interfaith conflict and established interfaith dialogue.

Most Muslims do not seem to know that many many churches are continually being burned in this country; the Christian Defense Council estimates an average of 100-150 churches are hit with arson every year. What if Muslims were to pledge to express support for any Christian congregations whose churches are torched, without asking for anything in return? Now that Terry Jones has demonstrated that any unknown person can get attention from the President of the United States himself just by threatening to burn the Qur’an, things have decidedly taken a turn for the worse: this is a bad idea that won’t go away, and I believe it needs to be addressed with vigorous action. In order to gain insight into people like Rev. Jones and the threat they pose, we need to understand their grievances; and the fact is that many of the churches burned in the U.S. every year are rural churches with conservative beliefs. Support for Christians who have had their churches burned is the best way I can think of to improve relations between Muslims and Christians, particularly conservative Christians.

My authority for this proposal is the Prophet Sunnah. In 628 C.E. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) granted a Charter of Privileges to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery near Mt. Sinai; here is the text of it:

This is a message from Muhamad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).

Charles Upton
Lexington, KY 40503-2121
cupton (at sign) qx.net

A Commentary on this Initiative

in Light of the Transcendent Unity of Religions

I consider the initiative proposed above to be an example of the “United Front Ecumen-
ism” I called for in The System of Antichrist, which I specifically envisioned as the proper exoteric expression of the Transcendent Unity of Religions. Liberal ecumenism can only be a parody of the TUR, since it emphasizes Unity at the expense of Transcendence; an obsessive, repetitive, and largely useless horizontal dialogue between religious institutions replaces the vertical dialogue between the soul and God. And since Unity is conceived of not in Transcendent but in worldly terms, there is a tendency to seek a lowest common denominator of “those things we agree upon” and then elevate this area of “agreement” to the rank of a spurious meta-principle. This process is aided and abetted, seeded and funded by those globalist forces who wish to press elements from all the major religions, and from the Traditionalists/Perennialists as well, into the service of their agenda to federate the world religions under a non-religious authority, and ultimately to create a One World Religion to pacify the “particularist” or “tribalist” masses—the traditional religious believers—so as to stabilize and solidify the New World Order.

United Front Ecumenism, on the other hand, does not seek doctrinal common ground between the religions (or deny it either, when it exists), but rather concentrates upon, and moves to counter, the actions and influences of those forces of secularism, overtly globalist in many cases, which stand as the common enemy of every revealed religion, the enemy of Transcendence itself. Those who channel such forces know quite well that the best way to prevent the religions from uniting against them, while simultaneously hiding their actions and agendas, is by setting up contexts in which the religions can unite under their patronage. The more the attention of believers can be directed by these secularist outsiders toward a barren and purposeless interaction—one that is just as likely to produce interfaith conflict as interfaith amity (and the forces of secularism know quite well how use both reactions)—the less likely believers will be to pay attention to them, to the non-believing interlopers who seem to be so interested in their common welfare. If their attention were to shift in that direction, they might begin to understand how they are being manipulated and co-opted by people who see religion as nothing more than a system of social indoctrination and control, a system they wish to dominate and employ for their own ends.

Liberal/secular ecumenism destroys Transcendence in order to create a spurious interfaith unity, and then attempts to employ this false unity so as to erect, as its unifying principle, a false transcendence: the “transcendence” of the social engineers. That way lies Antichrist. United Front Ecumenism, on the other hand, doesn’t attempt to artificially create interfaith Unity—which, if all true religions are revealed by God as the doctrine of the Transcendent Unity of Religions maintains, already exists in the Unseen, the Transcendent, perfectly formed and in need of no help from us—but rather posits this Unity, and then proceeds to serve it and draw upon it by taking action against a common enemy. Such action requires no doctrinal agreements, negotiations or adjustments whatsoever, but posits the Transcendent Unity of Religions by the apophatic method as it were: by taking the visible, exoteric existence of a common enemy as the outer sign of a silent, hidden, esoteric Unity that need not be explicitly defined and articulated—simply intuited, accepted as already established in the mystery of God’s Will, and then acted upon. It is in the act, not in the definition and the articulation, the endless speech-making of religious politicians and the interminable yammering of academics who have no sense of what is happening on the ground, that the true Transcendent Unity of Religions is employed, and served.