Learning from the Tyrants 12

Plants and creatures bear upon themselves the marks of salvation, as man those of perdition. This is true of each of us, of the Race as a whole, dazzled and crushed by the brilliance of the Incurable. Which is perpetuated through the nations, doomed to servitude by the simple automatism of becoming. All are ultimately only so many detours history makes in order to end with the establishment of a tyranny on a large scale, an empire that will include the continents. No more frontiers, no more elsewheres...hence no more freedom, no more illusions. It is significant that the Book of the End was conceived at a moment when men, and the gods themselves, had to bow before Rome’s caprice. The arbitrary having degenerated into terror, what else did the oppressed have but the hope of being someday delivered from it by an event of cosmic dimensions, whose main outlines, and even whose details, they busied themselves imaging? In the empire to come, the disinherited will proceed in the same way; the visionary genre, deliberately sinister, will for them supplant all the others; but contrary to the early Christians, they will not detest the new Nero–or rather they will detest themselves in him, they will make him into an abhorred ideal, the first of the damned, none of them having the nerve to posit themselves as the Chosen… -E M Cioran  -Drawn and Quartered -After History

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis has decided to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at a Center for Asylum Seekers some fifteen miles north of Rome, where he plans to wash the feet of twelve young refugees as part of the ceremony.

All who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. This I grant them through the power of God with which I am invested. O what a disgrace if such a despised and base race, which worships demons, should conquer a people which has the faith of omnipotent God and is made glorious with the name of Christ! With what reproaches will the Lord overwhelm us if you do not aid those who, with us, profess the Christian religion! Let those who have been accustomed unjustly to wage private warfare against the faithful now go against the infidels and end with victory this war which should have been begun long ago. Let those who for a long time, have been robbers, now become knights. Let those who have been fighting against their brothers and relatives now fight in a proper way against the barbarians. Let those who have been serving as mercenaries for small pay now obtain the eternal reward. Let those who have been wearing themselves out in both body and soul now work for a double honor. Behold! on this side will be the sorrowful and poor, on that, the rich; on this side, the enemies of the Lord, on that, his friends. Let those who go not put off the journey, but rent their lands and collect money for their expenses; and as soon as winter is over and spring comes, let them eagerly set out on the way with God as their guide.   –Pope Urban II  Urbanus II  c. 1042 – 29 July 1099




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