Thursday, March 16, 2023
We are living in Mystic Meg's world - UnHerd
We live in the age that succeeded and built upon the one of science, exploration and British Empire that Dee inaugurated: that is, the American Empire. And in this era, someone who wanted the ear of those with real power would be far more likely to borrow the authority afforded by the exoteric side of Dee’s interests: the field now known just as “science”. Instead of sigils, it would use more mundane symbols to give substance to intuition. Users might call it “data-driven decision-making”.
And nor would such a person bother to learn abstruse tables of Enochian symbols or inscribe wax discs with elaborate symbols, if they wanted to use languages to shape reality. Other arcane languages are now routinely in use, coding the algorithmic trading engines that power the roiling back-and-forth of global finance, and the social media platforms that serve as giant, distorting scrying-mirrors for our collective souls.
Henry Kissinger has said that we're going to live in a New Age where people worship the powers of AI oracles who can predict, sort of, the future. I don't think he's wrong.
Have you read the Ferguson biography of the young Henry K? It's rather good.
I hadn't realised that he'd recognised the cruel futility of the Vietnam war early on but that his warnings went unheeded by JFK and LBJ.
Posted by: dearieme | Mar 16, 2023 3:38:24 PM