Peter Parker on 2001: A Space Odyssey
June 16, 2010 Leave a comment
By: Peter Parker
I’ve noticed the traditional “luciferian” formula of the atheistic type, generally goes like this.
1.)Primitive man makes evolutionary leaps by virtue of his imagination.
2.)Initially Man cannot distinguish between himself and outer nature.
3.)Through his imagination, Man creates subject/object boundaries.
4.)Man projects his own person-hood on the exterior world, creating god.
5.)This projection at first helps unify society but then metastasizes into a psychological prison.
6.)Man recognizes god to be merely his projection and “re-ingests” the projection into himself, realizing that he himself was God all along, thereby moving to the next stage in evolution.
7.)In some cases this marks a break with the subject/object distinction, destroying the notion of ego itself, allowing man to be integrated into the pantheistic “all in one”.
8.)This dialectical evolutionary process, is often symbolically represented with the union of male and female pairs.
This is essentially identical to the typical gnostic formula, except in the atheistic version the process is purely material, whereas the primitive man of gnosticism is not an ape but a super-material Anthropos, whose essence became imprisoned in matter. The gnostic formula makes the biblical god the lowest emanation of a supremely transcendent impersonal source, where as the atheistic formula makes the biblical god a creation of the human psyche, which at its base is also impersonal. In either case the biblical god is presented as a tyrant to be overcome. In many ways the various differences between the two formulas is negligible.
Veiled versions of this story frequently feature a character who represents this derogatory image of the biblical god. The character is often, in some sense, a creation of the protagonist, in keeping with the luciferian idea that god is a projection of the human mind. Often unaware of his innate superiority the protagonist will remain trapped in an artificial sub-creation of the “evil demiurge.” In the Matrix trilogy this part is filled by the Architect, who created the Matrix to imprison mankind but is himself a computer program, ultimately made by people.
It could be that Hal9000 in 2001 is meant to be the Demiurge. Like the architect, he is a computer program made by man and like the architect he acts like a god, trapping the protagonist in an artificial world, restricting the human hero, all the while insisting it is for his own good. This is very much how modern gnostics perceive God. Other fictional examples abound such as The Truman Show, Blast From the Past, The Golden Compass and Prometheus Unbound. In each of those examples the hero unites with a female partner to overthrow the stand in for God. As you pointed out, this is represented in 2001 with the conjunction of the male sun and female moon.
If the hero of 2001 “goes beyond Jupiter” after defeating Hal then this would seem to confirm the idea that Hal is, indeed, yet another stand in demiurge.