As American as Gnostic Pie
Or according to the Gnostic song, "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie...."
This essay comes from reading the Harper's article "The Deep Roots of Heaven's Gate," June, '97, brought to my attention by Dick Farley. In the article, Chris Lehman points out the many Gnostic aspects of that cult, and how so much of this same nexus of beliefs is endemic to American history and current events.
The subtext to the Declaration of Independence is not the pursuit of happiness, but rather the pursuit of our divine manifest destiny across the ocean. Ask any perceptive grade school student in the ghetto or the barrio or the suburbs. This destiny can be achieved only by liberating ourselves from the conspiratorial tyrannies that keep us chained to our mundane existences.
The majority of Americans who do not consider themselves upwardly mobile find weekly solace in hearing about their impending rapture into God's kingdom, and how the tyrants will be crushed under the heel of the apocalypse. Many 'news' programs each week are following the count down to Armageddon.
Gnosis is the leading heresy of every world religion. It is the belief that all human institutions serve in the entrapment of the human spirit and in the concealment of the cosmic spirit. This is also the Mother of all conspiracy theories, and nowhere is conspiriology healthier than right here in the US of A.
Well, what is the Aquarium take on all this? A qualified Amen, for sure. The qualification is that I hereby, unequivocally forgive all tyrants. Almost without exception, they knew not what they were doing. They were being only slightly more myopic than their tyrannees. For many millennia we have been needing food to eat and so someone had to keep us down on this farm we call the Earth.
It takes two to Tango and for every tyrant there must be a tyrannee. It is both of them who conspired to produce this grand illusion we call history. History is now history. Tyrants and tyrannees both have nothing to lose but their chains, nothing to gain but their spirits.
Before we usher in the kingdom of the spirit, someone has to turn out the lights of the Grand Illusion of materialism. I will gladly do that if no one else can get to the switch before I do.