Vlassis G. Rassias on cultural and political monotheism (ENG SUB)

Vlassis G. Rassias on cultural and political monotheism (ENG SUB)


The problem of monotheism is of complex nature. It is a departure from man’s natural view of the godhead invented by the Hebrew priesthood in the Babylonian exile. This was at the end of the 6th century BCE. In this way, a religion was invented, which later, with Christianity and Islam, became a problem, because it began to destroy the ethnicities, traditions, religions and humanity’s ways of life, basically, to destroy the ethnosphere, something very valuable for humanity. Now, this religion also creates certain stereotypes in people’s minds. This was to be expected. These clichés produce the so-called cultural monotheism. That is, you may indeed be areligious and not go to the church, but the patterns in your mind are of such a kind that they compulsory create a certain human acting and behavior. An example of this is the imagelessness that attacked the figuration of classicism of the 19th century. And modernism was attacking the form, not for religious reasons, but because people had certain stereotypes in their heads. This is the so-called cultural monotheism. There is an even more dangerous form, something we observe very often in our time, and that is political monotheism. In the last two hundred years, in the new era following the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, different ideologies have been invented, which basically – if we capture them in their entirety – promise a new human being, a new humanity, an end to history, for example the classless society or worldwide supremacy of national socialism, each one has his own hodgepodge. Basically, these ideologies carry the plague of monotheism within them, they are do-gooders. This is reminiscent of the Hebrew priesthood in the Babylonian exile, which looked at the rest of humanity in order to do the exact opposite. “If the others build statues, we will not build statues.” “They do that and we do not.” Here the same phenomenon can be observed. We are dealing with a political monotheism that attests to humanity that it is not doing well, which is why it wants to fix it. Human nature, the tragedy of human nature – something that the Greek tragedy writers had understood – is set aside and everything is becoming uniform. There comes someone with his model for humanity and wants to enforce it. And this is supposed to be the final solution, a final solution for humanity. It is a nightmare. And yet, it has become so deeply embedded in people’s minds, so that someone who talks about tradition, the ancient societies, the ancient view of the world, is constantly confronted with this thing: people who cling to these ideologies and tell you times have changed, and now the only thing valid is “this”. In fact, they offer you a political manifesto for a healthy humanity, although you imagine humanity as it was before the advent of these ideologies, while waving Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” or Marx’s “Das Kapital” or another political holy scripture, like the Quran or the Bible, but the result is the same. It is the end of all discussions. They do not allow you to talk about man anymore. They have a “model” and they want to enforce it. They have the right solution and do not recognize any heretic or unbeliever. One of the first things humanity needs to do to save itself from monotheism, is not only the fight against the disease of theocracy and the current attempt of a re-religionization of our society, but primarily to attack the invisible monotheism, the cultural one, meaning the clichés in people’s minds, and above all political monotheism, which is the most dangerous of all, because people do not know what goals it serves, but they think it is pursuing a noble goal. Millions of people are trapped in these ideologies. Unfortunately that’s how it is. If one does not overcome these stereotypes, one will not make any progress, but just go around in circles, only to return, after the post-pubertal phase is done, to father monotheism again. It is no coincidence that all the regimes which were the expression of political monotheism, returned in the end to the priests, crosses etc. We need the ancient perspective. I have said that before and will say it again. You have to take a clear-eyed look at things and not look at them through a distorting lens. Otherwise you will not achieve anything.

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