@Political Interest ;
Thank you for your thoughtful reply as well, my friend. I will try to respond more rapidly.
We have lives, brother. As it happens, life perhaps can lend some answers and/or greater insight of some kind in the interim, before we engage in conversation.
On the old philosophical questions which tend to constrain God (and man for that matter);
Yes, it is a highly blasphemous line of discussion.
It seems to me even more so than when we first began this line of discussion. My recent posts are a kind of (perhaps angry) reaction to the obvious-in-hindsight propaganda with which my generation in particular was subjected to.
On the dispassionarity of the holy gods (and God Himself, of course)
What are the implications of this within the context of the Greek understanding? This could potentially also lead to some problematic conclusions depending on how the Greeks understood this.
Well, of the Greek philosophers Plato definitely was of a mind to discern that there could be nothing disordered in the passions of the Holy, and that the Pagan mythology was therefore a scandalous lie. I think that this was even brought up by Blessed St. Augustine himself, but I can't remember where in his writings just now.
It is rather strange a concept to live without a belief in God, however. I cannot comprehend whether atheists are serious or if they are simply making an intellectual choice, while their inner being tells them something else. Didn't Stalin and many officially atheist Bolsheviks have moments where they used to express religious feelings?
Yes, I believe that they did, Stalin in particular. Interestingly the one who appeared to be entirely Atheist was Adolf Hitler despite some official nods to religion, although it was more about having no rival to his inordinate love of self with him.
Perhaps we need to simply come to terms with this. We want to control all that happens in the world and in our lives but there are severe limits to what we can control, both within our own lives and in the wider world.
Perhaps all we can aim for is the highest good, to maintain our moral and spiritual integrity right to the end of our lives. The highest good is a tangible objective. Of course this includes being faithful to the Lord and trying to avoid sins and purify our hearts. Thinking good thoughts, being good in both word and deed. What more can we do?
Yes, I think that while we are less limited maybe than we realize in our effect on others, the best we can do is seek God's will and then faithfully follow it. St. Abraham didn't know where exactly God was leading him, nor how he would become ''the father of many nations'' at his age and barren state of his marriage. And having St. Isaac as his son, he had to trust in God even with a seemingly contrary command that might render his promise apparently impossible. But nothing is impossible with God.
I must read this book.
This is an awesome resource that includes that;http://shestov.phonoarchive.org/
With the suggestion of artificial purposelessness of modern life;
Especially when people are ascribed traits and conditions which they must follow out of necessity, that there is some type of framework for their behaviour. We hear so much about freedom, or of peoples rights but the social behaviour as an expression of necessity deprives people of their true volition. It even prevents people from moral volition in a sense.
Pretty incredible, isn't it, the rigid conformity of people sunk into what the world system tells them how to be, who to be?
On the hysteria and social madness of the ''Covid years'';
Probably not very long. There will be some other craze after this, again fueled by social media and all the internet pseudo-intellectuals.
Bouncing from one thing to another, ''remembering nothing and forgetting nothing'', as Talleyrand once said of the Bourbons.
You cannot sell stupidity to people who have no time for it, in the most literal sense. When nonsense theories can lead to questions of life and death, or cause fundamental dysfuction that prevents physical survival people will not accept them. It is similar to what you said a few months ago about the cloud dwellers and the people who have too much free time on their hands to come up with false elaborate nonsense. Although I remember that I put to you that we need some more dreamers and cloud dwellers these days I am of course referring to dreamers of a very different sort.
Yes, people with true vision.
There is no limit to what the Lord Almighty can do.
Questions of religion and of one's soul are not merely intellectual exercises. They are as you say, part of real every day life. They can't be intellecutalised in such a detached fashion, because they are very much a lived experience.
I agree, philosophy in one sense isn't worth the time, while the real existential matters, issues of ultimate concern, are ''answered'' I think by one in a state of ''lived receptivity''.
On the redemption of the West spiritually;
Not while the West chooses to have little belief in much other than freedom and and consumserism.
Absolutely right. Poverty might make some receptive, as I said before, as poverty in the pre-modern sense is totally necessary I think, a life where people don't know or have what they allegedly ''lack'', but seek what they need
If I may ask, what are your criticisms of the White Movement and of Denikin and Kolchak? I think Denikin and Kolchack were good men.
It's a good question and a fair one, that I've tried to wrap my mind around for a long time. They were good men, as were many of those in the White movement in general, even the very best. But I think they were too beholden to their allies in the West and Japan in the eyes of the common people, and that the common fear was that a White post-bolshevik Russia would be a dismembered and dying Russia. This is a more difficult and complex issue, tied as it is with modern events today, than many people realize. Of course General Denikin and Admiral Kolchak could not see all that far either, and could not refuse help in the existential struggle. I think that it helps the Russian people to know, now that the Soviet period is over, that there was an alternative which lost then, but possibly still exists today, which was at the core of White Anti-Bolshevik resistance. We should discuss this more I believe.
On my opinion of a materiarchal European destiny;
In my opinion the West is not moving so much towards matriarchy as much as it is moving towards a complete revision of all stability itself. Matriachy would suggest that there are fundamental established, rules, procedures and traditions (even if this is a contrived development of post-modernity), but what is happening now is the complete sort of deconstruction of the very notion of gender itself. This is why we are witnessing some clashes between the more old fashioned forms of what would have once been considered radical feminism with even more avant-garde ways of living that we've seen emerge in the last ten or so years. There are now even people who choose not to identify with any gender, for example. I agree with you that a lot of this is a product of Scholasticism and too much thinking of pseudo-profound thoughts by people who fancy themselves intelligent.
True enough, it's absolute madness then.
On my watching ''Brat'' and ''Brat 2'';
I thought you might have seen this. I watched it many years ago in the early days of my youth and it made a very strong impression on me. Danila was a type a Russian folk hero, it seems. It's interesting that throughout those two movies he never hurt anyone who was a good person. The Americans were also portrayed as a mix of good and bad, as were the Russians. The director could have tried to portray all the Russians as good and all the Americans as bad but he understood that this is not the way the world works.
Yes, I like ''Danila'' a lot. Non-Russians and particularly Americans might not understand so much, but it really resonated with me, and apparently many Russians of my era.
Sometimes I wonder, what if I feel drawn more towards a world that I am not fundamentally of, even if I feel closer to it? Perhaps it is the case that by being drawn to it, I am really of it.
Totally correct I think, to be drawn to is to be part of.
Truth is power. Money will never change the truth and it cannot buy it either. Truth concerns the eternal, whereas money is only a practical contingency for material existence. Man cannot live with money alone. And in any case, what use is money if one's soul is in anguish or if one is damned.
You're right. So much more is vitally important. Love/the Spirit/the Blood/the Land. All these things tend to die from the love of money.
There is every reason to believe that Nietzsche turned away from Christianity because the Christians, taught by Aristotle and the Stoics, completely forgot the primordial jubere and remembered only the parere which follows it.