The Road of Magic

by Jon Rappoport

March 17, 2022

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“When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.” — William Gibson, “Zero History”

These are notes. They have to be. Otherwise, I’d be trying to make a model out of something that eats models.

Shake off the literal.

Drop it for a minute.

It won’t kill you.

Through a combination of ingenious marketing ploys and technological advancements, we now think of a few years as a significant period of time, in which great changes race across the landscape. If a month goes by with no riveting happening reflected in the press, we lapse into boredom. But if we look back and consider, say, the years 200-300 AD or 400-300 BCE…it feels as if we’re watching paint dry. I bring this up because only a hundred years have passed since the upheaval in art that declared, once and for all, that the artist doesn’t need to imitate Nature. A hundred years are a mere blip on the calendar.

The modern artist is getting his sea legs. He will produce new kinds of languages.

These new languages won’t be imitative in any sense. They’ll be created. Again and again, we’ve circulated around the cluster of meanings and emotions and yearnings we identify as “profoundly human.” This is going to change. In the journey, we won’t be lugging old suitcases full of psychology and cosmology and metaphysics and science.

When all our experience and thought is poured through a vessel of language that is only equipped to deliver a tiny fraction of what we can invent and perceive, we go around and around on the wheel. We condition ourselves to pretend—unconsciously—that language is an admirable mirror of our potential.

This is a delusion.

Think of the cave man struggling in his world to express a few ideas to his clan. Then, unload on him the full weight of a sophisticated lexicon. Pick one. Tang Dynasty Chinese. It would look to him—if it looked like anything at all—like a dazzling galactic storm. Ideas, emotions, distinctions, metaphors signaling levels of being and experience beyond possibility.

We are at a similar crossroad.

Fortunately, we aren’t invulnerable to change. We will eventually look back on this present as lackluster, as if people in the year 2022 were forcing premeditated restrictions on their language. Now, we only see a hint or two of our future. We insist on a tranquil view of our accomplishments; we think of ourselves as so generous with language. If only we knew.

Shakespeare invented some 1700 new words in his plays. For example, premeditated; lackluster; invulnerable; hint; generous; tranquil. They’re all in the paragraph I just concocted.

Ecstatic moments that suddenly appear and then vaporize in dreams; exotic shapes that well up through the push-pull of analytic calculation; chains that snap during odd reflections; huge propelled desires that seem to find no home or target; dynamic glints in the skies…these unlabeled events that put cracks in our armor will become letters and words and sentences in a new tongue and script.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

3 comments on “The Road of Magic

  1. Roundball Shaman says:

    “… we now think of a few years as a significant period of time, in which great changes race across the landscape.”

    This is because people have become so restrictive and unimaginative in their perspective that nothing seems to exist in Life except for what is right in front of their preoccupied and shallow faces.

    Those (mostly Native) cultures that constantly live with Their Ancestors and their social history front-and-center in their thoughts always have a healthier and fuller view of Existence. The Earth was here a long damn before humans ever appeared here. Yet, humans want to view everything only through Their eyes and restrict the grandness of the Universe down to a tiny percentage of a view screen. Never a good way to try to understand the Big Picture.

    It’s like people who say God does not exist. Really? Have these people looked in every nook and cranny of the entire Universe first before making such a rash and bold and foolish assertion? Have They looked in other DIMENSIONS? No, they haven’t. They haven’t even looked at one place away from the Earth. In fact, they don’t even look AT the Earth because if they did they would recognize evidence of The Divine right in front of their faces. So, they arrive at the conclusion first and then do nothing to challenge the veracity of their foolish notion so that it is never disturbed.

    “When all our experience and thought is poured through a vessel of language that is only equipped to deliver a tiny fraction of what we can invent and perceive, we go around and around on the wheel.”

    In addition, when we view our experience THROUGH the vehicle of language at all we are making a mistake. The most important things about Life are found in FEELINGS and EMOTIONS. And feelings and emotions do not translate well to any language. Language is always a secondary vehicle to represent something else. It’s better to live mostly in the world of Something Else, instead.

    “We will eventually look back on this present as lackluster…”

    Let’s hope that we GET to look back on this period of history. That alone would be a victory with the self-destructive impulses of egotistical adolescents that possess weapons that could hit the Big Off switch for Humanity any time They want or do something stupid.

  2. “Think of the cave man struggling in his world to express a few ideas to his clan.”

    Do you believe this? Do you believe what they gave told you about the past?

    A bit antithetical.

    Cave man is such a wrong adjective for then, that guy was a dynamic, robust and creative individual, far superior to what we have become. Nature was his religion and he was in an incredibly symbiotic and total Zen relationship with it, his consciousness was far more advance that you purport.

    Look at his art and the things he invented, he was a complex thinker living in a pristine world and held very deep relationships with his fellow man?
    But of course I don’t believe any of that louis Leakey crap. There have been numerous great civilizations that lived here on planet earth, that have come and gone.

    Modern man is digressed state of a golden era.

    Catastrophism in cycles have done unknown damage to what we were.

    We are a species with amnesia and a lot of inbreeding.

  3. If I could tell anyone anything, it would be this:

    Everything you’ve been told is a lie.

    That’s it. Go forth from there. Back it up if however far you need to and start again. Everything.

    Take the two William writers in this article; Gibson and “Shakespeare.”

    Yep, them too.

    William Gibson. I’d say he, along with several cyberpunk writers, were/are solidly implanted in the transhumanist agenda which officially kicked off with their new “modified RNA” serum injections. Not saying I’m not for reading this genre, I’ve read a lot of it starting with Neuromancer back when it was published. Only that I believe there should be questions for writers like Gibson, Sterling and especially John Shirley who I think is an agency asset.

    William Shakespeare. As super-mason Manley P Hall revealed in his book, The Wisdom of All Ages, the person known as Shakespeare’s real name was “Shakspere.” His heritage, upbringing and geographical location make it impossible for him to have written the works attributed to the famous author Shakespeare. For starters. Anyone can read it here…

    All that may be off-topic to this article. The point, I think, is not that we’ve been lied to about everything. Most people reading here get that to greater or lesser degrees and I know I’m not a master of it. The point, I think, is to lose the baggage that’s been weighing me down since I was born. What keeps me from remembering who and what it is to be alive.

    Imagine playing an instrument most of your life. You’re right-handed so you played it that way your whole life. One day, you were bored shitless so you thought of trying something different. You tried playing left-handed. Well shit that is different. So different that it’s gonna take a lot of WORK to get to the place your were 40 years ago when you were playing right-handed. Maybe this is why most people will NEVER learn.

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