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An_Old_Big_Tree wrote

Any good?

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willow OP wrote

i'm not sure yet, i think i'll have to read it again. positing the "the knowledge of naming" as a form of witchcraft seems insightful (i have been thinking a bit about witches in general recently, which is what led me to this), but "we should name/label things less" is well trodden ground nowadays and having finished it i was left a bit unsure about what actual point it was making.

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willow OP wrote

i like this analogy.

For hundreds of years, the Church executed and imprisoned thousands for the heresy of Attempting to Immanentize the Eschaton. The eschaton is the end of the world, and immanent means “within,” so to immanentize the eschaton is to make the end of the world here and now: Heaven on Earth, Paradise made real. This notion was a problem for the Church because according to doctrine, we must wait through the unknown eons of history for God to bring it about.

There is a related concept – revolution – that is spoken of in similar terms. History must progress through a series of stages, we must build our Party, and when the time is right, the revolution will occur and everything will be awesome. While this end of history is desired, it is considered counterproductive to try and make it happen now. Instead, we are to defer to our priests and our churches all of our energy and desires.

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