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Towards an Analysis of The Logomachy of Zos
 
 


II

"More bathos: connexity of all our bloody selves to Ego is a nightmare commanded by the overlooked, unobeyed latencies of return, essentially for re-union."

The second I chose was quite a challenge. I was perplexed. To begin with, at first I hadn't the foggiest idea what "bathos" meant. Here are some possibilities:

1.
a. An abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
b. An anticlimax.

2.
a. Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos.
b. Banality; triteness.

My sense is that this epigram should be interpreted, yet again, along the lines of another epigram from later:

"Falsehood, and all sham conceits, are the reflected memory of the de-related and forgotten event resurging, re-exhibiting for validation; for whatever you pretend, holds a misplaced Truth, i.e., inaccurately related time and place. This also is true of the future. Time here is long..."

I wanted to connect these two quotations because of the connected themes of a return of some forgotten (overlooked, unobeyed) something. There is also the shared imagery of a fall, which is how I think I am going to interpret "More bathos" i.e. as a reference to transitions from exaltation to the mundane which we find in the Truth's being misplaced in time and space and so becoming falsehood and sham conceit, and in the connection of all our "bloody selves" to Ego.
Again, as in the case of Wisdom, we come to the question of whether Ego is to be taken in a negative or positive sense. Sure, the connection of all our selves to Ego is a nightmare, but it is willed by the "latencies (possibilities, capabilities) of return". One is rather reminded of The Book of the Law; "For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union." The very nightmare is for the sake of pleasure. It seems that it is not the return that is important, but the process of dissemination and then re-union, not the climax but the anti-climax.
In the second quotation we see some reference to concepts of repression, and the powerful return of all the repressed (as we find used practically in Spare's sigil magic) and we also see the beginning of a theme which I think I have discerned continuing throughout the text (we will see). This theme is that of the Truth and Reality of all potential things existing at some given time or place. In other words, anything which currently is not, will be in time or already has been. The "Forgotten Event", of which falsehood is an echo, might originate in the future or past, echoing forward or backward and drawing the misplaced truth to a return to its origin. There is, then, always a relation to the Truth but this Truth is not an ultimate unity, but rather the dispersed shifting pluralism of a universe of desire.
It seem that we can draw some conclusions here then. First, the Ego is a construct and the term "Self" is really only appropriate in the plural (there is no unitary self except the artificial unity of Ego) Second, the same point goes for Truth, which is a pluralism stretched throughout time and space forming the web of echoing relations (we have a fair amount of emanationism here, look for example to the work of Plotinus, Martin Heidegger, or Gadamer). The point is that there is nowhere in this structure that can be considered an end point or ultimate reality. We have only relation, echo, process, creation, union, division etc.

 
 
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