5708Re: trinitarian and triadicRe: [neoplatonism] Re: What are the One and the No...
- Aug 1, 2012
>Well, I suppose America used to abound in these utopian communities of
>> > Yes, I got one of those invitations too. I am glad to be filled in by Mike,
>> > as I had no knowledge of Alexander Dugin, though the founding of
>> > Platonopolis did sound seriously dotty. John
> Has there ever been a serious community established anywhere, among such type
> communities? I have of course about zero confidence in such an idea, given the
> track record of most such enterprises, being nothing more than con's or worse,
> the nastiest sort of repressive cult exercises. But I suppose in a sense any
> sort of monastery is a specimen of this type of social organization, and can
> work. Questio is, could a Platonic one? Such as he proposes in the Republic
> would not be legal actually in most countries, would it? Never really thought
> about that. I suppose in a great catastrophe we want refuges to carry on, but
> the thought is so dreay in general, that even that contingency depresses me
> too much to contemplate it much. Otherwise, I think if a social organization
> cannot heal its main self in itself, then why bother will little experimental
> enclaves, unless of course they are for some sort of true survival, but is
> that really feasible now, and is it not also too depressing to contemplate?
> And yet this weekend I watched part of a documentary on people spending
> hundreds of thousands of dollars on high tech [sic!] refuges in advance of
> this silly Mayan calendar thing about 2012. The con artists taking advantage
> of it are hardly a surprise to see, and have been around as long as these
> millenialists have.
> One telling aspect of this phenomenon I noticed when I heard one contractor
> interviewed on the program say he had lost business because he himself, while
> quite happy to build these things for believers, was no believer himself. The
> business he said he lost was from those who were unhappy to hire him, if he
> was not also a believer himself!
> Does that explain a large part of it? The seeking of fellow believers,
> regardless of what is believed? Superstition loves company for it to take
> hold? Yikes.
> Dennis Clark
various sorts, after all, not too many of which lasted very long. As for
Plotty¹s plan, I think that it would have turned out a sort of Platonist
monastery. It would have been a bit like the Swiss navy, as they say, though
all admirals! Not too many candidates for the peasantry, I think. John
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