The Theater of Man and the Theater of God
What a remarkable thing to have found someone like you after all these years, looking at and writing about the same things.
I was beginning to think that I was the only one that was coming to the same conclusions in the anglosphere, and I pretty much stopped writing about them because I thought I was being too wierd even for my small group of wierd, misfit friends.
I’m really looking forward to your next article, and I thank you very much for all of the excellent work in this post and your other articles.
Books could be written on this subject. I have oft wondered about the explosion of fiction, especially in the English language, that took place in the 19th century. What motivated it, and what forces were at work making it happen? Being lost in fiction is bad for one's mind, and it seems as if many of the most fantastical ideas people hold sancrocanct today originated with fiction, particularly with the fiction of the 19th century. Ideas about space, dinosaurs and the like. Fiction, much like pop music, is intended to be a mind worm, altering our collective morphic resonance in ways we wouldn't consent to if we understood what was being done up front. For this reason, I haven't subscribed to television in years (trying to protect my children mostly), and I have pretty much stopped listening to the rock and roll of my youth.
In the book, Black Boy, an autobiography by Richard Wright, his grandmother asks him why he's reading fiction, if it isn't true? Because if it isn't true, then it's a lie, and he should be reading his Bible instead. There's some wisdom there...
On an unrelated note, Substack app on the phone includes a voice to text feature. So I used it to listen to this on a long ride. But the voice to text obviously can't read screen capped text quotes. It does, however, read repeated underscores as "underscore underscore underscore underscore underscore underscore". Just an FYI.
Astonishing piece. Thank you.
You should certainly read both of Joy Hancox's books. The other is Kingdom for a Stage. She came into possession of a large cache of very extraordinary geometric drawings. They turned out to be original plans for the Globe and other theatres. Connected to Dee, Bacon and much more. Highly recommended. As for Baconian material. The definitive work is The Bacon Shakespeare Question: the Baconian Theory Made Sane. By: Cockburn, N B. but it is almost unobtainable and not cheap. It is also 700 pages + but it is the last word on it. The entire subject is an insane minefield beware though.
Extraordinary writing, research and thinking. Thank you.
There is a twist to the Elizabethan story you have so brilliantly described. If you will entertain the idea, Francis Bacon played a role of immense significance: he was not only the author of the Shakespeare works, beyond question, but he was also the secret eldest son of Elizabeth. His output was almost inconceivable, under a variety of masks. One of these was Edmund Spenser. Under others, including Marlowe, and with the unseen assistance of his brother Anthony Bacon, he was the source of much of the Elizabethan drama. And he was a pupil of Dee. The books of Joy Hancox, especially The Byrom Collection, on the intersection of the theatres, Dee, Bacon and geometry is unmissable, the key to the Elizabethan mystery, where Frances Yates leads to but never quite arrives at. Thanks again for this essay I look forward to rereading it.
I haven’t been able to read the whole thing yet, but the story of St. Genesius has been a great resource for homilies and talks the last week or so.
With respect, the Lord of Spirits hosts engage in all kinds of nonsense (regarding Nephilim, astrology, giants, etc.) which is at odds with the Church Fathers. A better source for this kind of material is Fr. Seraphim Rose.
The last three years (or maybe the last 10 years) have been pretty apocalyptical in the sense of pulling aside the curtain. Too many mini-apocalypses to count. This pulls a lot of them together.
You probably have read these, but I recommend Neil Postman's books. Great article, by the way!
Excellent piece and I will have to re-read! A thought occurred to me as I got towards the end of the article...when theatres re-opened here in the UK (after the events of 2020), only those who took the injections were allowed in. I would think a majority of them believed, when they took them, that they were doing the right thing and that indeed the injections were ‘safe and effective’. Hearing these messages of course being repeated over and over and over again on television and radio.
Very interesting. The 'Deus ex Machina' is used to describe AI becoming conscious but was also originally a stage term from Greek theatre. I do think the Renaissance had to revive the natural mythologies and the theatre. These things can be evil but they are also man's natural striving for meaning and so can be good. Once the Church had established the primacy of history in Jesus Christ it was possible to reject these things as historically false but mythically true. There is a dialogue still to be had with pagans on myth in which we will not only teach Christianity but learn from what is natural. I think Jonathan Pageau is someone who is doing this incredibly well.