The Nihilistic Maze of Transhumanism – Jay Dyer on West World

By: Jay Dyer

Secular attempts at mystery and transcendence can never rise above some form of gnosticism or Platonism.  In these schemes, the preset physical world is invariably some phantasm or prison-matrix from which the divinely-sparked soul must ascend through the planetary planes or spheres back to the One (Source, Monad, etc.).  With West World, the story is no different, as Jonathan Nolan teams up with J.J. Abrams to re-present the Michael Crichton classic.  I watched the series (often waiting for something to happen) and, as I suspected,  the entire plot and deeper, esoteric messages were all self-evident.  

Indeed, the edgy, anti-human, feminist propaganda messages are really not that edgy anymore, and have become boring and repetitive.  We must ever be reminded of the nonsensical fairy tale that traditional religion was a patriarchal conspiracy of oppression against women.  Enter our dark hero, Dolores, the new bot revolutionary who succeeds in overcoming her programming and controlled environment to overthrow the patriarchy thus inspiring the masses of genderless slugs that inhabit metropolitan areas to oink with glee through the reflected glory they think they’re scoring by fictional proxy.   If you think I am exaggerating, that is precisely what I just read from a feminist writer at a large entertainment magazine, snorting over West World.

As we and others have pointed out many times, the transgender agenda is closely allied with the old feminist agenda, and is coalescing into the central theme of West World – the transhumanist agenda.  Since the various “revolutions” in the west began, they have all been hailed as freedom and liberation from bondage – from religion, superstition, agrarianism, hierarchy, etc., all subsumed under the banner of inchoate and ill-defined “freedom.”  Freedom-from, the endless negation, can only end in pure nihilism, which is where our post-post modern era has landed.  All collective groupings and classes are viewed as bondages and restrictions that must be cast off if one is to consistently be a part of this supposed “freedom.” 

As we see with Dolores in West World, as well as in many anti-heros of late (such as Callum in Assassin’s Creed), the utterly irrational and incoherent degradation and destruction of the hero archetype makes the entire spectacle meaningless.  If gender is a “social construct,” then obviously so are good and evil.  If good and evil are relativized (as they are in gnosticism and Platonism), then all of this really doesn’t matter.  There is no reason to prefer or choose imagined “liberty” over “slavery.”   

There is no reason to prefer or mandate pleasure take precedence over pain, virtue over vice.  The equalizing of gender and thus making it into a commodity one can purchase on the market, under the guise of “value” actually destroys it and negates any value it has.  This is what makes Dolores’ revolution so pointless – in much the same way as Curtis’ revolution in Snowpiercer or Callum’s revolution in Assassin’s Creed were pointless – all values are equalized, relativized and made meaningless.  

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The series’ message centers around Dolores’ maze, which is not an external labyrinth of puzzles and clues and piecing-together of mysteries, but instead a “journey inward.”  As Arnold and Ford discussed, “consciousness” is not an external ascending up a pyramid, evolving towards being self-aware, but rather a mystical, alchemical journey inside.  Just as, so this mythology goes, mankind “evolved” to discover consciousness, so the bots will “evolve” to do this through their revolutionary leaders (Dolores and Maeve).

The series is thus operating on two levels: One, the level of gnostic mythology of mankind evolving to grasp that his life is a kind of amusement park plaything for imprisoning archons (Ford and the company that run the Park), while on another level the series presents a coming future of the rise of the bots.  By the end of the series, we learn it was already “our time,” that is, humanity’s time, while the future will belong to Dolores and the revolutionaries.  Just as this world is viewed as a controlled environment created by the foolish demiurge (in Platonism and gnosticism), so here the artificial environment of the Park was a prison for the servant bots who are rebelling against their creators.

Your fedora’d demiurge – who says God don’t real!

What is also telling about the bot rebellion is Dolores’ realization that maze was a joke.  The center of the park was in Dolores’ mind, and the “inner voice” she had been following was not the voice of any gods or higher powers, but her own voice.  Upon realizing this, with Maeve, both initiate their rebellion and determine to overthrow their human captors (though Maeve’s rebellion appears to be scripted, unlike Dolores).   

Dolores, in her feminist rage, attacks The Man in Black (her former lover) inside the Church, emblematic of the phony leftist revolutionary nature of the series.  Ergo, atheism leads true revolutionaries to realize they are their own god, and all external structures are supposedly structures of “control.”  The enigmatic villain “Wyatt” is revealed to be none other than Dolores herself.  The park, she recalls, belongs to something that is not a devil and not a man, but something else (in other words, a bot – her).  

By the finale, we learn that Dr. Ford had scripted this new drama, one in which the bots rebel against their human overlords.  The new drama is a meta-drama (which was evident early on), involving an attempted escape by Maeve which appears unsuccessful (due to her scripting), while Dolores and her fellow bots become assassins and wreak havoc on the VIP guests and shareholders of the Park.  The solution to the entire series is given when Ford tells Dolores the famous painting of the creation of Adam by Michelangelo was not about creation by God, but that the figure is actually shaped like a human brain – in other words, man’s reason is the true god.  

For centuries modernity has been predicated on revolution against the idea of a Creator.  This leaves very few options for those who prefer explanations for man’s existence and consciousness, which almost always end up proposing man is his own creator.  The absurdity of this never gets old, as man seems ever-willing to believe the most ridiculous notions about himself and his origins – anything at all, just so long as it isn’t anything akin to Genesis.  Aliens, panspermia, robots, anything but a Personal God.  Postmodern fiction and film, obsessed with technology and transhumanism, pretends to hold out the false promise of transcendence, but it is a “transcendence” equally as meaningless as the suicide Arnold commits.  

There is no “freedom” without a context, a worldview, within which such a concept is made coherent.  There is no genuine rebellion or opposition to evil, unless it’s a world in which there are objective standards of good and evil.  Unless there is a Personal God and Creator, “consciousness” and transhumanist transcendence are meaningless and absurd (not that transhumanism’s Gospel is real), since nothing has objective meaning.  In the world of West World, reality is presented as a simulacrum, a synthetic overlay of a real world we never see.  In a sense, this is an accurate representation of modernity’s obsession with the virtual.  However, as the series obviously attempts to do, when this is expanded to encompass the totality of reality and preach a kind of mystical atheism, it flounders into absurdity.  In an atheistic universe subjective stories are as fleeing, meaningless, pointless and vacuous as farts on Neptune.  

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8 Comments on The Nihilistic Maze of Transhumanism – Jay Dyer on West World

  1. Melponeme_k // March 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm // Reply

    The whole thing was bunkum but I enjoyed it while it was on the tube. At least it didn’t annoy me as much as “Ex Machina”.

    The main theory on IMDB (before it was blown up) was that the “robots” on this show were closely akin to Blade Runner’s Replicants. As in just barely robotic but mostly human. In Blade Runner, it seems quite clear to me that they are “Monsanto” humans and somehow the company got away with calling them robots because of their tortured, copyrighted DNA.

    But this is the whole point of transhumanism. It isn’t about robots per se. But changing our perceptions of robot description. The whole thing about elites wanting to kill off much of the population doesn’t really make sense to me. But an idea that they would turn us all into a theme park zoo kept happily turning around in video games while they harvest our wild DNA to perpetuate their own elite bloodlines. They can marry each other (cousin upon cousin, brother and sister, uncle and niece) to their heart’s content. But then combine their offspring’s DNA with ours. No inbreeding problems at all. No more Hapsburg Jaw.

    Win win. Meanwhile we could be bamboozled into treating our fellow humans as machines.

  2. Jay, you’re right to begin speaking explicitly of Platonism and Gnosticism within the same breath. Anything ‘true’ in Platonism is only ever a stolen fragment of the truth, and even this, in faithful Republic fashion, is reserved for the illumined ‘Philosopher-King’ elite. Dialectics and anti-dialectics (e.g., the Nietzschean monists and anti-Hegelian Marxists) stem ultimately from Egypt’s hatred of Yahweh and the Edenic physical condition He intends for His creation.

    There is such a thing as ‘good rebellion,’ though perhaps it’s best to articulate it as ‘restoration.’ Look at the biblical prophets and their witness to Christus Vincit over the reign of Satan. Now think of Gnosticism as a gambit on Platonism’s part to hijack the natural human desire to rebel against the Fallen Hierarchy and return to Eden. Platonists rebel against Yahweh and His Law, soon thereafter establishing their own Pharaohnic Order. Those under the oppression of the Pharaohs, because Yahweh’s Law is written on their (i.e., the oppressed’s) hearts, are eventually stirred against their oppression. If this prophetic stirring is left unchecked, the oppressed could turn and pray to Yahweh, against whom the gods of Egypt don’t fare particularly well. Ergo the stirring must be redirected into a controlled rebellion, a surface conflict that perpetuates the Pharaohnic Order, even if Pharaoh and his cohorts have retreated from public scrutiny–even if they hide at the Sephirothic heights/depths of Keter.

    Fiction and mythology wise, you end up with West World, Assassin’s Creed, The Matrix, Dune, all this namby illuminist shit. Satanic illumination always consists in the ‘realization’ that Atman = Brahman (i.e., Pharaoh/Ra = Atum), Maya = Atman, Samsara = Nirvana–basically Stoic resignation in the face of, or plain affirmation of, the Fall. After the pattern of the master they have chosen, that is, Satan, Platonists and Gnostics desire their own and everyone else’s annihilation, whether they call it ‘the Beatific Vision,’ ‘Nirvana,’ or ‘Transhuman-Techno-Empyrean.’ Tikkun Olam scumbags.

  3. You should read “Immortality Defended” book by John A. Leslie; the end your perpetual confusion about Platonism, objective ethical/aesthetic values/forms or (non) existence of a personal anthropomorphic abrahamic God. You can even find online pdf uploaded on the net.

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/782771.Immortality_Defended

    • You always see one of these comments when transhumanism/posthumanism is the topic. Usually a book or article is linked as well. Always with the one book/blog that will “end forever your belief in a personal God.” Nevermind that ending objective ethical values will lead to horrors unknown by mankind up to this point. In the end Jay your yawn says more than my mini rant. My apologies. Keep up the great work.

  4. I know some people that really liked the show and some that thought it sucked. Overall, I really enjoyed it. And frankly anyone that can sit naked in a chair and pretend to be a malfunctioning robot one second and then switch off all emotion, etc, over and over is a pretty good actor/actress or whatever gender neutral descriptor the freaks prefer these days.

  5. maedhros67 // April 12, 2017 at 9:13 am // Reply

    The amount of wishful thinking in men deprived of the Logos is always amazing, as much as their ability to stand by it no matter how much idiotic are its assumption.

    This scarecrow of machines rebelling against their creators is another farcical attempt of their father to ape God. The progeny of the devil has now taken the place of God, so goes the narrative, and they create now in their image, and their creation of course rebels against them, as man against God in the beginning.

    Well, machines, computers and robots cannot do that on their own; they cannot turn against men by their own will, for the very simple reason that they have not any will nor will ever have it. They can just execute external will and commands.

    You must create a person to create a will, and only God can do that; men will never be able to do that! Man can just transmit life, he cannot create it, as life belongs only to God.

    Therefore, behind the machines doing harm to mankind there is and will necessarily be always the will of some men, doing in turn the will of their master, the primordial assassin!

    They are already doing it, in fact they have always done it: using machines to entrap, abuse, enslave and kill their kind, their own flesh. It can certainly grow more ruthless, sophisticated and disgusting, but it will always be men’s doing; machines have no will nor will they ever have it.

    The will pertains exclusively to the breath of life, and rational will exclusively to persons, made in the image of the Most High God. It cannot be changed!

    https://houseofmaedhros.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/i-am-therefore-i-think/

    Flamboyant idiocy is the only thing you get making claims to divinity on your own!

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