"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."
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:
An abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace,
producing a ludicrous effect.
b. An anticlimax.
a. Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos.
b. Banality; triteness.
sense is that this epigram should be interpreted, yet again, along the lines of
another epigram from later:
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..."
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.
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.