Well friends, the time has come for me to hang out with my favorite be-bearded funny podcast mystic, Duncan Trussell.
Maybe you've heard me or just listened to his amazing pan-mystic-technoccultist thoughts on Duncan's show, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. But if not, you should - He's creating bridges between humor, politics, mysticism, magic, and data. And not in some dumb cheesy new age NPR way, either. It's the real deal.
IN THIS EPISODE
• I've been on Duncan's show a bunch of times so far, and I'm sure I'll appear more. Here are the episodes. And while you're doing all that listening, please consider supporting Duncan's work via his patreon!
• Here's a little thing I wrote on Rudolf Steiner.
• There's a wikipedia entry on the Guardians of the Thresholds and it's not bad.
• The closest thing to a demon podcast is Rune Soup. You should listen to it.
• The quote, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," has a pretty interesting history, y'all, that reaches beyond MLK.
• I paraphrase literary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, who wrote:
"To articulate what is past does not mean to recognize “how it really was.” It means to take control of a memory, as it flashes in a moment of danger. For historical materialism it is a question of holding fast to a picture of the past, just as if it had unexpectedly thrust itself, in a moment of danger, on the historical subject. The danger threatens the stock of tradition as much as its recipients. For both it is one and the same: handing itself over as the tool of the ruling classes. In every epoch, the attempt must be made to deliver tradition anew from the conformism which is on the point of overwhelming it. For the Messiah arrives not merely as the Redeemer; he also arrives as the vanquisher of the Anti-Christ. The only writer of history with the gift of setting alight the sparks of hope in the past, is the one who is convinced of this: that not even the dead will be safe from the enemy, if he is victorious. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious."
That's in his amazing “Theses on the Philosophy of History” (also sometimes translated as "On the Concept of History") which you can read here, But if you’re new to Benjamin, better to start by reading Michael Lowy’s truly excellent book, Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin’s ‘On the Concept of History’ in which Lowy tackles Benjamin’s essay section by section in plain and accessible language.
• Krishnamurti was a profound spiritual teacher who was fond of saying we all embody the totality of humanity. Here's a lecture and Q&A where he investigates this sentiment. If you're having trouble understanding Krishnamurti, a good way in is by engaging with The Work of Byron Katie. She doesn't reference him, and there's no indication that she is deeply informed by him. But if you practice her work, you'll understand his.
• I mention my mentor, Lynn Margulis; here's a brief thread about her.
• I talk quite a bit about evil with Gordon White (host of Rune Soup!) on AEWCH 4!
• Here's Steiner's quote on faithfulness:
“Let your loyalty to another human being come about in this way: there will be moments — quickly passing by — when he will seem to you filled and illumined by the true, primal image of his spirit.
Then can come, yes, will come, long stretches of time when your fellow-being seems clouded, even darkened. But learn at these times to say to yourself: The spirit will strengthen me; I will remember the true, unchanging image that I once saw. Nothing at all — neither deception nor disguise — can take it away from me.
Struggle again and again for the true picture that you saw. The struggle itself is your faithfulness.
And in those efforts to be faithful and to trust, a human being will come close to another as if with an angel’s power of protection.”