Saturday, January 09, 2016
The Supermaterial Jewel
I have found that some of the best ideas exist where others fear to tread. This leaves one open to the charge of being presumptuous or arrogant, especially if you are changing or adapting the ideas of Shakespeare, or even presumptuously trying to change or adapt ancient religious sages. Hemingway's advice to a young writer was that in art you are allowed to steal anything if you can make it better. After reading the excellent review by Carl Curtis on Shakespeare's “Macbeth” (Modern Age, Fall 2015) I rush in again to change a few things.
It could be said of Macbeth that he did not fear man or God. This might be said of Nietzsche too, but should they have feared these things? Supposedly men can, and do, whatever they want if they have no fear of the transcendent, or the moral order, or no fear of time and place.
At this point in our evolution nature determines mortality, many traditions, and the laws of nature, so fear or no fear, we can't legitimately escape these things. Why would we want to? The real supermaterial drive within nature is the material, Will-Spirit-To-Godhood, which activates life to continually, endlessly, evolve toward Godhood. This sacred inward activation works along with the selection pressures of natural evolution. The material or supermaterial Will-Spirit is far more than Nietzsche's will-to-amoral-power, and not exactly the same as the non-material, inward, Father/Spirit/Soul, symbolic, ascetic, experience of many religious sages. Power and ascetic meditation are only some of the means to aid in our evolution toward Godhood---religion, philosophy, science, art, politics are other means. In our nihilistic modern world when we blithely think we are doing what we want, the Will-Spirit is an activating force of life that should not be feared, or overlooked---it can help heal the damage done by unbalanced characters like Macbeth.