“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the mind-god of them all? Me!”
Certain snotty critics in a forum posted a criticism of my Thomism article, where I looked at the flaws in Thomism that led to, I believe, to Enlightenment scientism. That’s a good segue into the next topic I’d like to expand upon, integrating the recent articles and interviews I’ve done on the mystical, magic mirror theme. On top of that, to make it even crazier (as opposed to attempting to placate the small-minded critics with some rationalized defense), I’m going to tack on the subject of the ancient mystery of the serpent, since I see a connection between the mirror and the serpent. How that might be is a question of the psyche and its relation to the objective world resulting from an examination of biblical, mystical, mythological and psychological notions. I propose that in order to understand the nature of man’s psyche, the objective world and spacetime, rather than the modern approach of mere linguistic expression, symbology should be sought as the primary means of conveying the truth.
Granted, words are symbols, but there is much more that can be contained in certain forms, especially forms such as Platonic solids, or the Monad, dyad, triad, etc., as opposed to just ”words.” Could deep truths about metaphysics, meaning and space-time actually be encapsulated in the basic forms of geometry? I think so, and in this article I am going to set out to make that argument. It recently occurred to me that given man’s predilection for relativism, it might be possible that relativism was actually one of the epistemological effects of the Fall. Falling from objective Truth (God) and accepting the (supposed) autonomous epistemic authority of his own desired perceptions, man chose to become his own god, but rather than achieving what he sought, his mind has become a prison for his own delusions, illusions and vanity. As a result, man is trapped in a cyclical prison that I’m going to call the “mystery of the serpentine mirror.”
The mirror here will be man’s self-perception, embodied in the being he perceives himself to be, with his accepted and desired beliefs about his origin, meaning (or lack thereof) and destination. I recall Bahnsen proposing in his PhD thesis on self-deception that there is an interesting distinction between being deceived, and believing “I am not deceived.” The first involves outright deception from one person to another, while the second involves the psyche actually choosing to believe a proposition about the self that is raised to a higher level, if you will. Whereas in the first, I might be told by a suspect, “I did not steal your fanny pack and kilt,” and in the second example, I choose to believe “That cool ass dude is my bro – he would never steal my fanny pack and kilt,” even though all the evidence points to the latter, as I later see my buddy dancing in a kilt with a fanny pack. In the first case, I didn’t know, and in the second, my desires influenced my choice to believe the erroneous proposition. Thus, Bahnsen posited, this is how self-deception works in the human psyche.
Note the circular imagery in Canova’s statue of Eros/Cupid and Psyche. They draw each other in cyclical embrace, eternally.
That is applicable here. In the classical symbology, the psyche is drawn as a circle, sometimes with a dot in the middle, signifying the individual. The dot is the Monad, or the point of self-consciousness of the individual. It is also the universe as a whole, as well as the sun symbol, and the beginning form of the Egyptian, Pythagorean and Platonic mysteries as the basic architecture of reality (the Platonic solids). The psyche is also a feminine symbol, though the monad that emerges with a third dimensional extension is masculine (being a phallus). Eros or Cupid here represents the desire of the psyche. Desire is what moves us towards an end, and for the man deceived into the mind-prison of relativism, it is as if a mirror has been placed in front of his psyche which reflects to him a false image of what he is. In the mirror of the serpent, the image is a reflected image of an individual deluded into thinking he is God. In individuals who are full psychopaths, this has reached full actualization insofar as they have completely convinced themselves they are god. Thus, serial killers often exemplify this well-known trait. Continue reading