11 july, 2009
write this entry the day I am 80.
While writing, I've got
the privilege of being shot
grand-daughter Agar (mirrored in the window pane).
the late 70s and early 80s the Pilgrimage of Arès used to go on in
exceptional fervor: Three long prayers in the daytime, one long night
prayer and, in the intervals, long feverish talks.
are as modest today as they used to be then, but they have gained in
homogeneousness, practicality and charm, compared to the rather
somewhat derisory buildings that the Creator strangely chose to speak
the world in 1974 and 1977, just as he had thirty-four centuries
earlier chosen an unrenowned, unattractive mountain in the Sinai
The supernatural event of The
Revelation of Arès was relatively new, so that the Pilgrimage
was one of moving emotive intensityle and the need to unwind and even
laugh happened to arise commensurately. In a summer's month, an
unsubtle joke went about in a form of a solemn warning, "Please, don't
spread rumors that Mickael Jackson's coming to a pilgrimage to Arès
this year, which we can't prove, at all." Now Mickael Jackson
is dead and, although his funeral was one ridiculously worthy of a
President of the United States', he is gone and will fall into
oblivion. The Arès Pilgrimag will forever be growing in beauty, instead.
Today the emotion has not lessened at the Pilgrimage place,
but it has gained in moderation (Rés d'Arès 7/9,
Only a 3-hour prayer, a 3-and -a-half-hour prayer on some days, A free
prayer. Ever since nosey parkers and cranks have lost interest in Arès,
only two categories of fervent people are met at the Pilgrimage from
June 21to August 15:
(with a capital
and micellaneous Arès pilgrims.
I will call Arès Pilgrims
(with a capital
P) the small remnant that I've been sent
out to gather together (Rev of Arès 24/1). Outwardly they
are not different from the miscellaneous Arès pilgrims, but inwardly
and in daily life they each according to his or her capabilities will
strive to be penitents and harvesters of
penitents and follow and back up God's Word
and the word of God's witness (Rev of
Arès i/12). On the very place where the the Father
of the Universe (12/4) spoke in 1977, they
will come and take (keep going, stir up)
the Fire (xLi/3-7) of their free
commitment to the pious gens (or clan) (xLv/13),
the vanguard of the men of the coming time
(30/13), of those who are to change the world
(28/7) by changing
their own lives first (30/11).
That commitment of the Arès Pilgrims (with a
have often called exodus
or spiritual exodus in contrast to the Hebrews' exodus
which under Joshua
(the Bible) degenerated into the violent materialism of a
land conquest and into a religion and its law.
It is as
though the House of the Saint's Word where we Arès Pilgrims revive our
active faith were our Sea of Reeds (Exodus 13/17-18,
Judges 11/16 ), the
passage that the Eternal has opened up for us in 1974 and 1977 to set
man free from the shackles: religions, politics, laws, customs and
their good reasons, all that has ensured his relative safety and so
kept him from using his terrific capabilities of recreating himself and
recreating the world by changing his life (Rév
d'Arès 28/7, 30/11).
The Place of the Saint
(12/4, xxv/11, xxxvii/6, etc.) in Arès is the ensign
The other Arès pilgrims, the miscellaneous, are
men and women of uneven, heterogenous hopes and expectations, who
accord varying meanings, powers and statuses to The
Revelation of Arès.
The Arès Pilgrims see
evil at its real level, global and worldwide, sin
which only i>penitence
will conquer, sin
which makes man a wolf aggressive
towards himself (Rév of
Arès 22/1, Acts 20/29), sin which maims or kills
spiritual life and brings about unhappiness, misfortune and death, and
which has for millennia kept wisdom from
reappearing on earth and mankind from ascending the Saint's
pilgrims see evil at lower levels, in its immediate, limited, hopeless
forms, evil upon their own
lives, upon people around them, upon social issues, upon their
after-life, evil against which they hope for merciful protection or a
miracle, without them worrying much about universal salvation.
But all of them, whether Arès
or Arès pilgrims, go to Arès seeking for a strength of liberation, of
relief from the yoke of evil,
whether they can see evil at its global level or at their private level,
Not only are the Arès Pilgrims
(with a capital P)—the small remnant—committed to
the hard task of being personally penitent
and working at the harvest
of all penitents
possible in the world, but they have committed themselves to open to
mankind the definitively sacred place where messenger Jesus in 1974 and
the Maker in 1977 have called on the
world to change (Rev of Arès 28/7). That is the Arès
The Arès Pilgrimage is open to all humans, of
all beliefs, provided they have respect for the place and are brought
there by some top moral logic quite other than any form of common
Moreover, there's nothing worth a trip to the place. That is
a place to think, ponder or pray. That is a trip deep down to one's
heart, a quest for the necessity of loving, forgiving, making peace,
setting oneself free
(Rev of Arès 10/10) from the outward world, but not a
pilgrimage to miraculous relics. All of men are the children
of the Father that manifested himself there and no one knows
who among all of men is saved and who is not (11/3).
Rumor has it that the Arès Pilgrimage is
unclassifiable, just as it is rumored that The Revelation of
Arès and the Arès Pilgrims can't be
categorized. That is just a way of demeaning them, because they as a
biblical nation in
the process of being re-formed in a world where such a
re-formation was long considered as impossible, they may well be a
What are the Arès Pilgrims (with
P), those people committed to personal penitence,
to the harvest of all penitents
and to the upkeep of the Pilgrimage?
The elite of humanity who think they are destined for a privileged
salvation and glory?
They are common human beings captive of the today system, neither
superior nor inferior to, neither more unfortunate or less happy than
the Hebrews of old captive to the pharaoh's system, but who have heard
the Call to set themselves free like the Hebrews. Only, as a
has long been unfeasible down below, they are setting themselves free
through spiritual life, through the path to Life (Rev
of Arès 24/5,
Every day they remind themselves and remind the world that no religion
or politics has saved a man, ever, in the sublime sense proper to any
man who has fully taken in that he is not just an intellectual,
religious or sociological animal.
The Arès Pilgrims are to leave their lasting mark on the world as
people of the faith made of consciousness that the good man
day conquer evil, unfortune and even death (24/5),
and that Good
does not belong to a religion, a policy or a law, whatever, but it
belongs to all of men at the simple cost of practicing it (28/25).
Does anybody skeptical about
The Revelation of Arès claim that
he or she is sure of practicing the only religion that leads to God and
salvation or he or she is sure it's no good believing and any man ends
up rotting down in some grave? The Arès Pilgrim says to him that
there's no certainty on earth but that which is forever questioning
itself, and that faith—or lack of faith—is forever working out or
fluctuating, is never definitive.
So the Aresian faith is an
evolutionary conviction, for it's no good believing, indeed, if it's
just a matter of believing. This is why the Arès
forever making sure that he or she is going in the only right
direction, that is, towards Good, which requires
permanent effort of evolution. All is permanently likely to change.
The Arès Pilgrims are under no obligation or dogma but
conscience which has re-entered into possession of itself, has
committed itself to seeking for Good
as personal as well as social life's sole right
critics will refer to as naivety and dangerous simplism. Some day,
however, all of intelligent (32/5), free (10/10) and
pious (28/25) men on the earth are to claim to be their
followers, because they will have found the Right Path,
the easy way to Truth (28/7),
the moral code that leads to happy spiritual life, not the transient
isolated spiritual life of today, but a permanent global one.
Wrong have been all those who have contended that Eden could never be
faith, therefore, is neither a religion nor a moral code,
it places man's re-creation in relation to a collective search for good
as a result from all of individual goods
(or penitences) added. The Pilgrimage of Arès is
the maternity home of that faith, the symbolic place where some
"gives birth to other's good," as Socrates used to say.
The Arès Pilgrimage beneath a sacred pious exterior is altogether
different to the Core—Different
from more than five thousand pilgrimages over the earth, as specific
information say! —. It does not add any new submission to
laws, which the Creator has never decreed, as it is evident from The
Revelation of Arès
that he does not impose anything on man. God proposes, the free
is the Pilgrimage of Arès one where miracles take place under a
God-King-and-Judge's discretionary power. God is not a king or
judge, he is a so much
loving Father (12/7).
Even though miracles are sometimes worked in Arès just as miracles
occur anywhere in the world, they are caused by the beneficial
re-creating radiance of good
men concentrating there.
Pilgrimage of Arès makes men enter a time when their lives, thoughts,
intentions and responsabilities are put to the test in keeping with the
only question of faith worth asking, "We can recover the
image and likeness (Genesis
1/27) of the Creator, but do we want to recover them?"
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may 22, 2009
the endless return of field poppies
months of toil and concerns, and deep tireness resulting from them, we
were off for three days of relaxation in Languedoc at our daughter
As we Sister Christiane and I love field poppies which
spread their somptuous fire all over the fields in spring, we stopped
by the first meadow carpeted with red.
Fields poppies are as
ephemeral under the bad weather of the bleak spring as a man's life
under mankind's sin so they make us ponder the causes of our too short
happiness times and our decline.
But, even though all on earth is destructible or
mortal , like
field poppies, there are things and beings destined to escape death
when the Fire
of the Good
has caught in their depths.
The Revelation of Arès
has been republished with new annotations and in a new layout (see
eight-month construction and renovation work is nearing completion in
Arès all over our holy place which as been turned upside down.
we have to tidy up and clean the whole place and prepare it for the
Pilgrimage to open up on June 21st. We have to make sure that the
Pilgrims will not notice that bulldozers, mechanical diggers, concrete
mixers, trucks of brick, cobble and timber were there.
When we change
something or we change
ourselves, we have to do so in order to make others happy, but not to
make ourselves happy egoistically. Whenever things or human beings change in
the name of the Good, they are like field poppies which would lose part
of their ephemerality, and the thin stems of which would be linked to a
blissful eternity, which has already been streaming underground, like
they were sucked by God's wake. This is why field poppies are back
every year ! Some day they will no longer die. Our penitence will have
saved them and saved the world.
is the profound meaning of all I'be been striving, so that every
element of the mission that the Creator put me in charge of may result
A book is just some writing on paper and a Pilgrimage
place is just made of appearances in a landscape, but whoever has gone
deep down his or her flesh
as well as mind or soul while looking
for the Good
is aware that the most ordinary and frail things may gain a profound
and lasting meaning.
A book, a place, when they are bridges to Life
thrown across the bottomless abyss of History and man's neverending
insecurity, keep us forever linked to our childhood. This saves us from
death—Be like children,
says The Revelation of
child is cut off from life, ever, unlike a lot of adults whom routine,
mediocrity and the skepticism of "the guys that weren't born yesterday"
have already killed standing. For a man of hope like for a child
there is no such thing as an odor of death. God has given us field
poppies and small pebbles so that we can stay in childhood. Hop o'my
Thumb dropped small pebbles to get and keep his bearings. The pages of The Revelation of Arès
and our holy premises in Arès are our small pebbles along our path to
Heaven. I've got to polish and wash them well so that the generations
yet unborn can find their way.
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april 22, 2009
2009, a noteworthy year
The Revelation of Arès fundamentals:
and the prophet's word
160 pages, size 14,8x21 cm (5.85in
x 8,3 in), 1 cm (0,34in) thick,
weight 237 g (8,3oz), only in
French for the time being
to be marked
by three events:
I will be 80 years old in July. Routine-wise this will be just one more
(faith) seething in my heart and the (Word's) firebrand in my marrow (Rev of Arès xxx/20)—I feel
amazed and even impressed that I have been able to live until an age
which I used to consider as highly unlikely to attain, because a 20 or
30-year-old man in the fifties used to see a 80-year-old man as a rare
survivor and only one by no means supposed to survive much longer, if
that! I am well aware that the enthusiasm and energy still dwelling in
me are not an entirely desinterested gift from the Creator. He's given
them to me by Design.
No retirement in sight for the Father's witness!
A large construction and renovation work including brick and
concrete masonry, roof structure, framework, electricity, plastering
and painting, earthworks and paving, is coming to an end all over our
holy place, the culmination of big works starting in 2005. All that had
to be rebuilt, strengthened, renovated, embellished, will soon have
been and appear new, sturdily built or rebuilt, functional, only
devoted to the Pilgrimage from now onwards. I am very happy, before my
heart sets out to seethe
and my marrow
turns into a firebrand
up there above the clouds, that I can bequeath to my brothers
sisters the Revelation House and the Saint's Word's House together as a
brand new place put into proper condition to last for ages without
having lost the modest general look they used to have when the Creator
chose them to come down and speak in 1974 and 1977. It's from that
place that He restarted the process of man and the world's changing. I am well
aware that some day all of men will come to that place from all parts
of the world.
A new edition of The
Revelation of Arès comes out.
'That's all?" will some people ask, disappointed when peering at the
small 160-page book.
that's all. However, I have worked on it much and long. When I got
going on it I set myself particular specifications the broad lines of
which were designing a book as little cumbersome as possible, easy to
carry, easy to read and understand for men no longer used to reading.
When it comes to a text of the utmost importance like The Revelation of Arès,
to meet such specifications is a bit of a challenge.
I meet my goal? Who but the readers can say so? I hope that the
book in a reduced format, though with clarity, will be
as adequate to the fundamentals every reader expects to find in it,
that it, the Father's Word
and Mikal's word (Rév
of Arès i/12), which is the inseparable wake of the great Vessel of the great
divine Soul that
is forever waiting for us to reach the Sea of Sanctity, Might and Light
(12/4) some day.
the time being, the current edition is a pre-edition designed to test
the appearance and typography of the book and to check it for defects
and whether it is well fit to the various uses (bookselling, libraries,
mission, prayer, etc.) intended for that book.
Revelation of Arès,
ed.2009, will be presented today, April 22, 2009, at the Salon du Livre
de Genève (Geneva Book Fair). The stall has been designed and prepared
by Adira (Association pour la Diffusion
Internationale de La Révélation d'Arès = Non-profit Society for World
Distribution of The Revelation of Arès, http://www.adira.net)
and the Swiss Arès Pilgrims.
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march 28, 2009
when the incredible turns to the necessary
Let the Wind
of penitence sweep away History,
its sins, its scourges, its trials and tribulations,
just as winnowing sweeps away the chaff from the grain!
It looked like everything was
for the the best
in the best of all possible materialistic worlds. The French household
capitals doubled in value within thirty years, modern conveniences was
spreading, medicine made giant strides. Unseen was the deployment of
the Asian industry, the work of which was gradually going to substitute
for our work. Unseen was the slow extension of man's lifetime, which
was going to weigh down the welfare costs. Unseen was the global debt,
which was going to set off the current crisis, the trade of (ac)count
money (Rev of Arès ii/10-19, xi/3-4,
etc.), money which was easy to borrow, but had no real
The welfare benefits will go into decline, Money, real money, will be
less easy to win or borrow. Jobs will become scarcer: In France in
February there were 80,000 more jobless people and the forecasts for
the future are alarming: there will be 50.000.000 jobless people in the
industrial world within two years, which is very big!
In a country where less and less products are manufactured, because
they are more and more subcontracted in more and more remote countries,
the big bosses are no more than super-agents of public relations
capable of negotiating with Czechs, Poles, Romanians, Chinese, Indians,
Indonesians, etc. As not everyone is skilled at super-communication,
the big bosses demand very high salaries. The Stock Exchange and the
big speculators have become so powerful that they sway all exchange
rates and, in a few months, the oil barrel price increases from $30 to
$150 and then, seemingly defying all logic, decrease from $150 to
$50. Nothing has kept any stable value, as a value is no longer the
commodity— the honest cost of the exploitation and distribution—but the
biggest bundle that can
possibly be unscrupulously made from it at one point.
It is indeed possible to live through impoverishment and problems, but
they currently inform us of the beginning of a collapse the
consequences of which are altogether unpredictable to a human long gone
unable to bear the hazards of History philosophically, because he has
long gone unaware that he can be stronger than History.
The people think they have nothing to fear from a
democratic government, but they fail to realize that the government are
forever legislating and whittling away the people's intelligence, which
has already dwindled to a
flickering candlelight (32/5) on the spiritual side, and liberties, so
will have to become absolutely free
(Rev of Arès 10/10) again some day.
How will they do so? That's the question. At the present time, the
people feel let down and have made themselves their own
daydreams and follie. They will more and more often and to no avail try
to get them come true through all sorts of protests staged by
political, media-conscious thinking
machines which they can't control, at all.
Disappointment can no longer spontaneously
inspire in a despiritualized people good and right intentions like penitence,
intelligence. Such qualities can't be raised but by awakening
man's conscience. Which is our mission's purpose.
Disappointment helplessly leads a disappointed people to have evil
temptations, some violent like vengeance
(Rev of Arès 27/9)
on the alleged culprits, revolution and ideological dictatorship, maybe
even war, as well as some individual and peaceful, though no less
detrimental, like the temptation to offload one's disappointment onto
others—by citicizing and/or deserting them—on those whom one thinks are
guilty of a stagnation or a failure, the alleged hopeless immobilists,
incompetents, narrow-minded ones, or petty tyrants, a temptation that
sometimes occurs in our Arès Pilgrims' assemblies, in our
generation of penitent
beginners who still show many of the general population's sins; For
spiritualization, a key to which inevitably difficult fraternization
is, has to start with us.
Man has rejected
spiritual life, which he has considered as demythologized by science
and advances in all social issues and proved to be
incredible therefore. Now, the incredible is going to turn into the
I am not delighted
at the news of an economic decline. Man could have recover spiritual
life and not have been lacking in comfortable materialistic life,
because both lives are legitimate. But man has obviously
become unable to develop both of them at the same time, so it makes
good sense to prompt him to develop spiritual life—which is plain Life
(24/3-5) in The Revelation of Arès—
because only it will give him the safest and strongest basis of
Man no longer believes in the miracle of socialo-communism which
vanished along with the "Eastern bloc". Now man no longer believes in
capitalist or free-market miracle. He understands that both these
miracles have one and the same predator, the
system, that officiates at the top of the financial network, just as he
had officiated at the top of
the collectivist network. It is the system that has to be replaced, Adam's system (Rév of Arès 2/1-5),
materialism, because we ourselves are matter. Our organic matter we
to re-spiritualize just as the Creator spiritualized a thinking animal—the
man that slept on the shadow
(Rev of Arès vii/2)—and so made him Adam
in Eden (vii/5), Adam
before the fall (Rev of Arès vii/7-11).
have to spread the mission of spiritualization and make it more and
more refined, because religion will never carry it out, since it has
never carried it out for centuries. We will not let men stay forever
unable to understand that the basis of happiness is not the
system and its law, whether leftist or rightist, and not the passive
resignated expectation of Mercy
(Rev of Arès 16/15) and of a post-mortem paradise.
Making the earthly living be conscious that they are cut our for
spiritual life is awfully hard. So remote from it man has become that
the very hypothesis of the spiritual cannot cross but a few minds every
now and then, No doubt, the mission of spiritualization is a
trial. We ask moles
to turn into eagles
(Rev of Arès 23/2). To become eagles? A mole cannot even
see it as absolute utopia, because thinking of utopia is at least
thinking, that's something. A man in the masses does not
think of becoming spiritual any more than turning to a
vegetable or a gas.
Still, this is the challenge the Maker asks us to take up through The Revelation of Arès.
We all are going to be the creators of a changed world (Rév d'Arès 28/7),
if we want to get on. It is easy for religions
contend that it's sheer utopia and that the best a believer can hope
for is a happy death and eternity. The
Revelation of Arès reminds us that death is just
abnormality caused by the cumulative sin. Man was
created to be inseparable flesh,
mind and soul (Rev of Arès
17/7) on Earth. Man was created for earthly happiness,
which only spiritual Life
(Rev of Arès
24/3-5), the outcome of penitence, can
animate in his living complexity.
May the world change
before the sin of sins
(Rev of Arès 38/2), evil prevailing once and for all,
arises and the world destroys itself!
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I have, I am
while channel-flicking I came across a channel, the name of which I've
Morocco something? — I saw a likeable young man being interviewed who,
just when I was about to click and go through to the next channel,
said, "...spiritual, an Islam that shows real respect for others." I
strained my ears. The young man was describing his faith in very
beautiful noble words.
Suddenly, his name shone on screenSoudain, Abd Al Malik. I didn't have
the slightest idea who he was.
At one point, the intervewer told him in substance : "But
don't you earn a comfortable living? You do."
Abd Al Malik answers
(I render his thought from memory) :
"To me earning money is no end in itself. That's just a means of
because, if you don't exist, you don't have the slightest capability
of issuing a message to mankind.
In the world you are what you have. If you have nothing, you are
nothing, you are
I don't know whether Abd Al Malik has read The Revelation of
but he's got his way of stating a global fundamental truth,
that the Creator mentions about himself in that Revelation:
have, I am, says
the Creator (Revelation
of Arès ii/1).
It is because he resembles his
Creator (Genesis 1/27)
that man has physical possessions besides his mere life, because the
Creator himself, if he had no more than his Life,
exist, he could not be heard by
man, who cannot consider anything as existent but perceived, felt,
To have materially speaking is to lay yourself open to the other one's
senses and consciousness and the other one can perceive you and so
makes you exist.
One is, because one has, therefore,
but the Creator says even more, One has what one
This is why leaving men in destitution is tantamount to keeping them
existing. This is more than a sin against the neighbor, this is a sin
against the Creator and his Creation
Consequently, every asset that a living one has is destined to be
traded — it doesn't matter if it is traded for gratitude, for objects,
for help, for wages — and anyone's due honestly paid even allows you to
value a spiritual situation (Matthew
25/14-30, Luke 19/11-27, etc.)
Even though the Creator is not intrinsically molded to
exist materialistically just as man exists by coping with his
body, putting on clothes, eating, etc., the Creator himself needs to
possess something to exist. In saying, I have, I am (Rév of
the Creator lays stress on the fact that he exists only because he is
perceived by his Creation and, notably, heard by the human creature
and that this could not be possible without links of possession. And
even he possesses—he has—much. He possesses the
most, his sumptuous immense
Universe (Rév of
Arès 12/4) and the least, his Voice (4/8-10,
vii/4-5, xxxiii/5)by which he called Noah, Abraham,
(Zoroaster), Moses, Isaiah, Jesus,
Mikal and the world beyond the prophets.
Twice or thrice a month, a reprimanding moralist turns up and
admonishes me, "You have been given The Revelation of Arès
for free, you shall give it to the world for free. It's shameful of you
to sell this book. It proves that you are a crook (or an
impostor, or a smart aleck, etc.)." Ouch! I'm not particularly
I reply, "Every thing has a price in the universe. Passing The
Revelation of Arès
on to mankind costed the Creator a lot more than some money, the pain
to love from unrequited love: I'm
squeezed, I'm squeezed like the nail (hammered in) (ii/21).
An exorbitant cost which it will take time for us sinners to meet by
a currency we can't afford yet. So, until that Day
sets us a special price, next to nothing for his Word
on earth, but
a price that we have to meet nevertheless, that is, the money to edit,
print, distribute The
Revelation of Arès
and the necessity of selffinancing by selling it, in order to keep on
circulating it and forever widening the field of its distribution."
I add, "Judging by what you just said, you'd be
converted by this book, if it was given for free?"
The reply to my question varies depending on the moralist, but it
always amounts to this, "This is not what I meant."
I retort then, "You have tacitly owned that there's a moral in the fact
of selling The
Revelation of Arès. Events prove it. About the
year 1980, for a few months we handed out 20,000 copies of The
Gospel Delivered in Arès
for free. How many spiritual vocations do you think were awakened by
that free distribution? None at all! On the other hand, the books paid
cash in bookstores have allowed a lot to enter into penitence
and create their souls
(Rev of Arès Vigil 17). Which just shows that even a soul
is worth a
little money for a start."
reprimanding moralist disappears then. He is convinced that I
told him lies. Another is to turn up within a week or two weeks.
As to me, I do nothing but proceed with the logic of the Creation, that
is, both to have and to be inseparably:
I have, I am
given that one cannot have and not be, but one cannot be and not have,
To pay the printer's bill, and then to have the book paid by the reader
and let the bookseller make a profit, these actions are normal—for
the laborer (even the
apostolate laborer) deserves his wages (Luke 10/7)—and do not
despiritualize the Word.
Only damned hypocrites try to make people believe that a
Word is genuine but only if its witness lives on nothing and
communicates with the world by sheer transparency like
angels (if that, for who knows what angels live on?)
A new publication of The
Revelation of Arès
is going to come out. It will be sold, just as the previous
publications were. Nothing dishonest in that. In advance I thank all
those who will buy it, whose spiritual Awakening (Rev of Arès
36/4) it will help towards, and who at the same time will
help us carry out a very hard mission.
By the way, I asked my daughter Nina if she had heard of Abd Al Malik.
She replied, "I've listened to him, indeed. He's a terrific rapper."
A rapper? A sufi, philosophic performer of
Grieving deeply over my ignorance of things of rap I told myself, "I
gotta put on a cap screwed on my head with its peak to the side and
pouch-style pants with their seat down to the knees and undone
sneakers... I gotta lose weight until I get a bicycle chest and can
drag myself along with a joint stuck in my lips (I gotta learn to roll
joints too) up to some rap dive... and even I gotta wear a false chin
in cardboard so as to hide my beard, for I've caught sight of a few
rappers on TV screen and not seen a bearded one..." I was soliloquizing
like that, because I had only seen Abd Al Malik's face.
Yesterday, Christiane, my wife, bought a CD by Abd Al Malik, "Abd Al
Malik, Dante". I found out that he was dressed like everybody, like me,
like you, and that the poetic quality of his songs was great,
beautiful, rich in meaning and by no means forgetful of God and the
values of love,
forgiveness, peace, spiritual freedom and
Ouch! He probably incurs the reprimanding moralists' reproaches.
january 27, 2009
courage to be
the year when Barack Obama was born.
the Freedom Riders
are campaigning for local minor rights:
equality in the buses in the USA Southern States,
doing they contribute to having the unthinkable come true: the election
of a Black
to the USA Presidency 47 years later.
limited actions huge far-off outcomes originate.
never despair of your frailty ever being successful.
In 1961 in the USA, in the Southern States
there are buses for white people and buses for black people. White and
black protesters strive to denounce the racial discrimination, an
unbearable situation for people to be in as well as a stupid economical
policy. They think of riding by bus in mixed (black and white) groups
of 15 or 30 riders. They hope that by travelling in sizeable
numbers they can both call the public's attention to the
horrors of racism, which is even more harmful since it has become
reflex, and keep the racist police and justice at bay. They
are wrong on the latter point. A lot of the Freedom Riders end their
rides in prison.
Those Freedom Riders are regarded by folks around
foolish and even blameful as the Arès Pilgrims will be regarded by
their own folks a few decades later, but this is what bringing about
changes costs, what changing the world
(Rev of Arès 28/7) costs.
are excerps of a statement by Margaret Leonard, now a 67-year-old lady,
a Freedom Rider jailed in 1961 in Parchman, maybe the harshest
penitentiary in Alabama, only because she dared to belong in those
mixed groups of riders in Greyhound buses.
"From 1960 to 1970
campaigning in Civil Rights
Movements was hard. I wasn't battered, but others were. I might not be
battered, because I got myself arrested when the campaign was
drawing to a close. The prison time, however, was very hard to me
emotionally. I've kept memories deeply, firmly fixed in my mind,
memories of my release from Parchman. All those arms stretched towards
through the cell bars along the corridors. A lengthy row of white and
"People used to be scared. They were scared of
showing their hope of a new order of real justice. They weren't scared
of dying, but they were scared of people pointing accusing fingers at
them and scared of being laid off. My mother lost her job right after
I'd been jailed.
"I think that we helped make the world much
Clearly the USA today is better than it was in bygone days. I wish my
parents and my sister had lived long enough to see it."
did frail Miss Margaret demonstrate in 1961?
courage to be free
from any prejudice
(Rev of Arès
free to be a man of the coming
time (Rev of Arès 30/13),
courage to be
as we understand the Creator when he says I am (Rev of Arès ii/1).
can't be an Arès Pilgrim unless you too have got the courage to be,
to be a Freedom Rider of sorts, with spiritual freedom
in prospect (Rev of
Arès 10/10), different from the social freedom once sought
the no less heroic
(Rev of Arès xxxv/4-12) 1961 Freedom Riders, but you are even
more firmly resolved to change the world (28/7).
your courage to be is much easier to show nowadays.
are missionaries in a country where
you certainly can be still pointed at by accusing fingers, but you no
longer lay yourself open to a loss of job or imprisonment because of
Your mission is today much less
dificult thanks to the courage to be of heroes
Leonard, from stage to stage and from century to century have cleansed
the world of a lot of prejudices, of egoistic and discriminating habits
and of authoritative interests.
You do not believe, just as
the Creator does not believe, that the system of Adam
outside Eden (Rév
d'Arès vii/7-9), the world's current system, can restore
mankind to the happiness for which it was given spiritual Life
through Adam inside Eden (vii/5-6).
want to inspire the world to enter unto
order to break Adam's uninterrupted stagnating
of spiritual barrenness (Rev of Arès 14/1), Adam who
so far has never ceased to let the noise enter
his head like sand (vii/5),
heavy, barren sand, which ballasts him and keeps
him from ascending towards the Heights
(36/14) of happiness.
You want no more than to inspire the world to
(Rev of Arès
This is why you've got courage to
You're going to be successful.
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january 9, 2009
The Hamas cries out :
"Palestine will keep dead set on martyrdom until Israel disappears!"
Israel cries out : "We'd
rather subject Palestine to martyrdom than leave it to oust Israël!"
I look at the pic: A brave Palestinian woman appealing to
Isreaeli squaddies' fine sentiments, but they can't do anything about
I look at the pic and I can't side with anybody.
anxious to be well-thought of, like newsmen, politicians and
big sermonizers are, by flaunting indignation over others' sins and
demanding solutions that cost a lot to others, but nothing to me,
because I feel absolutely overtaken
with the absolute evil that's hit the lands over there,
the absolute hydra (Rev of Arès
xix/10) beyond indignation and every available solution,
something past the problems of death itself!
So I come to absolute humility in the face of my
own sin and my fellow men's sins.
Early this morning, after I had through my window seen the day rise at
roofs level and I had fallen to my knees to pray,
raised my voice,
refuge with the Lord of rising day from the evil of what (man has made
of all) He has created... (Quran, al falak, 113),
"But that refuge
lies within me, since I am your image
Father, it is up to men to give up evil, which they have designed and
produced (Rev of Arès
You have made man free
(Rev of Arès 10/10) and answerable for his freedom.
How obvious your Wisdom !
Whenever you intervene, man protests volubly, What sort of magninimous
God is He who doesn't leave me free to act?
Whenever you do not intervene, man protests volubly: Is The one that
leaves me wretched a merciful God?
seek is my good self, is love and intelligence.
lie within me, but I can't see them but with
difficulties...if only I can see them, poor me!
How would I dare get annoyed over my
Palestinian and Israeli brothers, because they can't see them within
Through our sins we humans are
all responsible for that tragedy, whether we live in
Jerusalem or 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 Miles from Jerusalem.
We all harbor the solution within us.
Truth is that the world has to change (Rev of
Let's be penitent, that is, good,
and let's harvest all the penitents
possible so that the good
will some day reach the Near East bound to be devastated for long by
immediate ideologies and their dreadful offspring, hatred and jingoism,
which a few truces will now and then barely appease, until our
Palestinian and Israeli brothers find out by themselves that the
solution simply depends on love and intelligence.
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december 22, 2008
How lovely our display window in
Paris is (Raymond Losserand Street) !
the left :
To all of men we whish
a Christmas of hope !
To us Arès Pilrims just as to
Christmas brings to mind hope
all of men will some day do only good
— just what we call penitence
in joy and festivity*
which merely consists in:
being free from prejudices and thinking everything over —
a world where no one savior,
but billions of saviors, billions of fine souls
will come into existence !
On the right :
Father of the Universe,
You are the only Saint.
Let your Sanctity prevails over us
So that we may do your Will,
So that we may get our food,
So that we may forgive
and be forgiven,
So that we can resist temptations
And the devil will be brought down,
So that we may be forever ruled by
Your Sanctity, Your Might and Your Light !**
* The Revelation of Arès 30/11
** The Revelation of Arès 12/4
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décember 11, 2008
the nice fellow mystic
A fraternal amendment
statements of a good many persons that will mention The
Revelation of Arès as being a mystic experience:
The traditional mystic's peculiarity is his or her belief that
he or she can directly experience God and his or her salvation
through piety, asceticism and renunciation of
worldly life without recourse to religion and religious laws and/or
The Arès Pilgrim too believes
that he or she can directly experience God and his or her salvation
without recourse to religion and religious laws and/or sacraments, but
not through piety, asceticism and renunciation to worldly life. The
Arès Pilgrim believes that God and salvation are found when man's penitence is
completed (Rev of Arès 16/17, 30/10/11), that is, when a
man or woman performs love,
from all prejudices, spiritual intelligence and the
harvest (Rev of Arès 5/2, 6/2, 31/6,
etc.) of other penitents who
from generation to generation will add together to make up the small
of good people whose influence will end up bringing about the Day
of global happiness (31/8-12).
will not be performed in mystical seclusion, but it will be performed
right in the middle of the world and its everydaylife
of sufferings (28/25-26, 37/9) as well as joys
and festive times (9/7, 30/11).
If mysticism as experience of
salvation without recourse to religion can apply to spiritual Life,
as it is meant in The Revelation of Arès,
an Arès Pilgrim is no more than a nice fellow mystic, well aware that
he or she will
be saved only by striving to become good and help
other people to become
good and that he or she in so doing will recover the image
of the Creator
of love (Genesis 1/27).
Some people tell me, "But you
saw and heard Jesus in 1974 and then God
in 1977. That was direct experience of God, a mystical experience,
I reply, "No, that was just a direct experience of the surnatural. I
get the experience of God much later, after spending a long
time achieving my penitence, that is, becoming
a man much better than the one I had been. Until the achievement
all was just potentiality, all was just efforts and efforts and I had
no proof that they were reasonable and would end up successful.
Until then all was just words and ideas in the pages of The
Revelation of Arès, which has no real existence until it is
d'Arès 35/5-6). I personally believe in God, though mind
you penitence can be achieved by people who do
not recognize God (28/11-14),
provided they believe in Good. What a great
expectation! How great God's generosity!"
mysticism, if we have any, is performed in direct relation to the
world. It is the mysticism of the practical Good.
No flattering iconography of such a mysticism. Notably, its glory
(Rev of Arès
37/9) disappears under the problem of time, of the huge time
to be good take.
The necessity of time is
misunderstood by some people who, when newcomers in the assembly,
expect perfect good men to be
there. They rub shoulders with brothers and
whom they judge are disappointing fellows. They fail to see
that those novices of
a beginning small remnant make up not an
angel assembly, but a magma
of penitents in the making,
only would-be brothers, but no
consummate brothers. They do not
understand that the assembly is
not a refuge, but a dough trough, and they leave, because they
think they are already good bread and do not want to be "kneaded".
almost nobody is good bread in the world. Love, therefore humility, is
as necessary to persevere in
life as it is to be happy with life in the world where one cannot
receive anything but what one has given, if one happens to receive
The Aresian faith is only
mystical in absolute realism,
which is not the peculiarity of traditional mysticism, which borders on
spiritual emotional ecstasy.
Sacrifice etymologically means "to
achieve the sacred." Now, an Arès Pilgrim is aware that he or she is
neither saved by the sacrifice of a god incarnate on a cross
redeem him or her from sin, nor saved by his or her own asceticism as
hard as possible. It is his or her own sin,
that is, his or her own evil, that an Arès Pilgrim sacrifices—in
accordance with his or her own freedom to be good or evil—by striving
to be good.
An Arès Pilgrim is aware that the addition of goodnesses, if the number
of penitents is to increase much, will
some Day (Rev of Arès 31/8) end up in
global Goodness, whose billions of
atoms the Arès Pilgrim's part of goodness will be a
This is a long rocky path (Rev of Arès
just the opposite of what a famous traditional mystic, Krishnamurti,
said: "Truth is a country with no paths." By saying that Truth
is that the world has to change
(Rev of Arès 28/7) The Revelation of Arès means that the
change will be achieved through slow,
long movements towards the Saint's Mountain (7/1-9)
and four generations will not be enough (24/2) to reach the end.
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november 5, 2008
definitely a great people!
Americans have elected, by a landslide,
their first colored president,
what's more, a man with considerable intelligence and sensitivity!
We, the French, put on airs and give the world humanity lessons, but
are nowhere near making such a passage.
American people have shown that they are as capable of making mistakes,
like the past eight years mistakes, as capable of overcoming some of
their prejudices by electing Barrack Obama.
Only men of quality know how to reconsider their mistakes. This is the
very quality of penitence!
Obama is a politician, he unquestionably has got all the failings of
any politician, and we Arès Pilgrims are well aware that the world will
not ultimately change for the better
through politics or black king any more than it
will change through religion or white
But no man on earth is completely good or completely evil, which
explains why the Father never despairs of his Child
(Rec of Arès 13/5).
Now, it seems that for the USA as well as the world very dependent on
it Mr Obama is on the good side.
So it seems clear that the Father has given Mr Obama's providential
election his blessings!
The Arès Pilgrims, whose eldest brother (Rev of Arès 16/1) I
give you Mr Obama their brotherly greetings,
their greetings filled with great expectations,
and urge you to read The Revelation of Ares.
Mr Obama, I am personally and permanently at your disposal to
travel to Washington D.C. or Chicago, your city, and give you
explanation of that great Word you may be asking for.
Father of the Universe, You are the Only Saint...
(Revelation of Arès 12/4).
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october 31st, 2008
the only real crisis, the crisis of man
A lot of
trouble and work takes up my time and seem to dull the attention I've
paid to this blog so far.
actually do no more than get me to slow down the blog, even though the
news offer plenty of subjects.
of those subjets are not worth the great fuss made about them by
newsmen, who are just sensationalists who sound like the fairground
barkers in my childhood's days.
The economic crisis, for example.
Any sensible person that had observed the world, at all, ever since
has expected an economy based on indebtedness—and, which is worse,
indebtedness: re-re-loans of
re-loans of loans—to turn into hot air trade. It is or it would be
necessary sooner or later to restore to every thing its real price,
different from the one written in accounts and printed on tags, and to
give back the loans (1,200 billions of Euros as far as the French
government is concerned). This necessary rationalization is or would be
to cost everybody a lot, but the situation is not so
hopeless, since 4,000 billions of Euros to save the banks worldwide
have been found within the space of a month, while 20 billions of Euros
to save the starving humans have barely been found in the space of 10
In any case, it is in no man's interest to see the banks head
for disaster, just as it is in no man's interest to see his local baker
or garage owner be bankrupt because of poor management. We all need
trades, even when they are at fault, just as they need us to
survive. Whenever one of us has bought a washing machine, a car,
an apartment, on credit, he or she has been a party to
the banking system just as the state has been by borrowing 1,200
billions of Euros. As you can see, the matter is existential and
enormous, but the real existential crisis is the crisis of man.
worst is still in store, but we won't die from it.
The real economic crisis is to come, unbelievably cruel and aberrant,
when the bark eats away
its own tree,
when the roosters kill
the hens to rob from them the poor moss
left, and when therefore man has to face up to the truth, that the falcon
stands for (Rev of Arès xvi/15). Not only does the
Maker's Word forecasts it, but it
is patently obvious.
Let's be serene and strong in spirituall life then, just as Jesus
prepared us to be 2,000 years ago: A
man's life (or ha, Rev of Arès xxxix/5-11) is not
made secure by what he owns (Luke 12/15).
But man can die from the
Jesus appeared and spoke to me, in 1974, I had believed that man was
or evil, doomed to eternal damnation, and could not be saved but by the
holy mercy, that religion claims to be authorized to secure for him in
return for his faithfulness to the creeds, the religious laws and
some denominations) the sacraments.
Ever since 1974 The
Revelation of Arès has every day shouted me from this
error and to the direct opposite, and I have talked people out of this
error and into the direct opposite, that is, I have taught that any
human, whether a
believer or an unbeliever, can be saved but only by himself or herself
and merely and in any event by applying love,
which The Revelation of
Arès encompasses in one active word: penitence.
Penitence that is
no sadness or austerity or severity, but that is joy and
festive mood (Rev of Arès 30/11).
Unfortunately, manhood is not moving towards it. Hence the necessity of
This is what I have taught ever since 1974, and as no teaching
really done in love
if the teacher fails to learn from the experiences and thoughts of its
audience, a permanent exchange has to be effected between them. Which
why this blog is useful.
snag in a blog or its poorness are the very snag in the whole Internet
(or in any publication), that is, it is just made of words and pictures.
to this, the Internet has not taken on the importance and efficiency
usually and wrongly ascribed to it, because History—evolution,
therefore— is not
made of words and pictures, but it is made of facts and actions.
That's where we can find both a certainty and a lesson.
The certainty is that there's no cause for us, Arès Pilgrims—including
the eldest (Rev of Arès
the most slandered one—, to remain excessively worried
because we are blackened by denigration and fibs on the Internet or in
publications. This is just the usual scribbling, mostly anonymous, of
racism, prejudice, counter-propaganda, pettiness, sometimes hatred, in
short, of pathetic
people who avenge
themselves for their stitched tongues (Rev of Arès xii/3)
by mimicking the media kass (tinny piano)
(xviii/6). Those people talk a lot of fuss — the
never borne out by facts. History will acknowledge that we are honest
poeple, whose only mistake is, just as the minstrel used to sing, that
they displease "ordinary people" who "hate anybody that takes a path
different from theirs" ("La Mauvaise Réputation", in English "Bad
Reputation", Georges Brassens).
The lesson that we, Arès Pilgrims,
are given is that we absolutely have to emerge from the words, from
which the disparagers cannot emerge, at all, and we have to develop
is the best way to deny their disparagement and slander.
This is why I am sorry that I can't
escape from my solitude, I am bound to remain remote from my brothers.
I regret the loneliness which keeps me from seeking and performing
actions shoulder to shoulder with all of them. At least, I can through
this blog encourage my brothers to switch from words to actions,
because words, leaflets, posters, well-dressed windows, present the
public with ideas, but never save anybody. Actions like penitence
and the harvest of penitents
started off twenty-five years ago, which is great, but we have to
develop practical incentive actions.
There are good
reasons, like those shown by The
Revelation of Arès, for men to be pessimistic about the
future, but there are also limits to pessimism.
world, mostly rationalistic, which due to the fact it is rationalistic
is expected to be "realistic", I am stunned to see it become more
pessimistic than we are. Just look at the environmentalists! Why can't
they see that back in the days when dinosaurs reigned supreme over the
planet there was every reason to be environmentalist and pessimistic
about the future? However, the planet Earth, the home of man, the
Creator's privileged creature, is still in existence et will remain so
in spite of its new dinosaurs: carbon dioxide, insecticides and global
When faith and hope are lacking, reason is dwindling. The
Revelation of Arès
doesn't worry about the fast disappearing elephants and gorillas and
the lack of environment-friendly potatoes, but it worries about the
disappearing kindness and love. Love is needed to be salvaged!
have to innovate in action.
have to inspire man with actions he may feel like trying to take or
copying from our own actions, actions likely to persuade him gradually
that happiness and the future are produced from good, but
not from evil. We have to
demonstrate to man that faith and hope give strength and
clearmindedness, and that love,
forgiveness, peace, spiritual freedom and
the constituents of virtue,
the only lucid process of making a success of life...and of changing
the world (Rév of Arès
The Revelation of
does not meet with approval from humanity, as long as it is circulated
only in words. This is because, as scientist Jean Rostand said, "truth
necessarily sounds like revenge." The harsh words of truth
put off a lot of
people, except a few exceptional people, the rare ones capable of
seeing truth beyond words. Now, the small remnant that
the Father has sent us
to bring together (Rev of Arès 24/1)
is not made up of exceptional people; it is made up of poor chaps, dead
losses and jerks like me and you. It is when the word "revenge", once
used by Rostand, loses its meaning of reprisals—endless
has the meaning of denial demonstrated and proved, in short, of action
and fact that lead to good and happiness, that our
message gets through to the
will be easier and easier to be understood by the world, because there
exist less and less opposed human blocs. Society is becoming a
patchwork. Races, educations, trades, etc. are being more and more
mixed up in the world, which is great evolution, because prejudices and
privileges are gradually vanishing at the same time. No one will ever
able to stop the mixing. Which gives us great expectations.
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september 24, 2008
love of the neighbor
is used sixteen times, but the noun love
only twice in The Revelation of Arès. At
first sight, such a scarcity is strange in a Message
that came from the universe depths and that from end to end quivers
of man. But the scarcity actually is intended to lay stress on
the very strong meaning that love has in The Revelation of Arès:
The verse 7/5 recommends
that mankind should never be reminded of the Will that saves
and the annihilation
(self-extinction) of the
rebellious souls in threatening tones, but
always in a loving
tone, that is, always in terms of prospects of the revival of
the Will that saves just
what was originally willed
by the Creator, that is, a mankind made happy and invulnerable through
annihilation of the rebellious souls has not a tragic
meaning; it just means that, according to evolution and for millennia
by now, a mankind that has for millennia freely opted for "might is
of Arès, Adam, 2/1-5) against spiritual Life (24/5)
and kind-hartened intelligence
(32/5) has given birth to offspring devoid of a soul,
so that each
adult individual on earth has to re-create for himself his
or her soul
(Rév of Arès ch.17 & 18) by working up and practicing
The verse 25/7 emphasizes that love is wisdom, which
the world needs to gain happiness, but which is by
wisdom, that is, guile (Rev
of Arès 4/3) to pretend to love the opponents and unpleasant
people so as to make them easier to catch or eliminate.
Love of the neighbor
is not selective
and so is not instinct
or tenderness love or attraction love as is parental love, romantic
love or friendship.
paramount civilizing prospect.
It is wise to love any human,
whether close or distant, whether friendly or belligerent, because
wisdom consists in changing the world for
the better (Rev of Arès 28/7), seeking for
equity (Rev of Arès 28/10), consolation and peace
(28/15) in every domain. To achieve these ends love
and spiritual intelligence have to offset
intellectual intelligence, the worst forms of which have made
mankind go into decline — contrary to the rationalists' assertions —
like apriorism, legalism, scientism and even ethics, because the
Maker's Word is not made of ethics, but of Love. Such
is the meaning The
Revelation of Arès gives the expression the too
much loving Father (12/7).
The Father just like man
naturally goes for malevolent creatures naturally. Nonetheless, the
Father wants to see
the jewel of his Creation,
back to life and so has to prompt man to change his life (Rev
of Arès 30/11). In all fairness, he cannot withdraw the right
to enter into penitence (Rev of Arès
8/6, 31/2, 33/13)
from anybody on earth. It's a matter of absolutenesss. Just like man's
absolute freedom (Rev of Arès 10/10) the Father's
absolute Love cannot but be
"The Pilgrim to Arès 1993-1996" dealt with love at length (p.460).
blog 0086 only lays stress on the existential (or existentialist) side
which necessarily results from a free resolute purpose
of getting out of egocentricity now an inevitability from birth. Except
in some gifted humans, notably some women (see below), love
of the neighbor
has to be chosen,
deliberate, and then gradually improved without losing its way in
passion, which is just suitable for romantic love, because passion
usually borders on disorder which romantic love alone can get up to
without serious accidents. Love of the neighbor is
with moderation (Rév of Arès 7/6, 25/9, etc.) and
the moderation has
been set: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus
Just as penitence
— striving and struggle to be good — begins with a
decision, and then develops by the practice of goodness, but takes much
time to becoming natural, the love for the repugnant
or dangerous man — the one
lips let pus or the worm come out or conceal the hook (Rev of Arès
has to be built up and experienced from scratch.
A believer, when not
sheeplike, needs the right concept of truth, but has to gain it with
because truth is not just the wording of the listing of principles, but
results from real life, personal experience. All the more certainly in
the field of love.
A number of women — but not all of women, far from
it — gather
and develop truth, love of the neighbor therefore, in a
relatively short time, because they are maternal, which all of men
ought to be likewise, but they have forgotten about it (Rev
of Arès 2/3).
spiritual intelligence is a less
weak candle than men's (Rev of Arès 32/5).
Most of men have to
be far more existential than women. Deep down they have to pick up the
voice of wisdom, which says that mankind will never gain happiness
without continual problems, or wars, or disease, or death, as long as
it keeps on separating its unpleasant, negative elements from its
pleasant, positive ones, who all together make up the absolute —
the Great Whole — that Eden was once
made and will be made some day anew of.
Love of the neighbor
cares little about the specification and qualifications of the loved
one, since the loved one is everybody. Any individual is as good as any
other individual in the absolute, but it comes as no surprise
that a lot of men will have to make headway for long before getting at
that stage of conception of the world, which verges on the stage of
conception of the early Creation.
The masses, numberless,
brainwhashed by the political hype, which the media keep on relaying,
believe that it is possible to live without love of
only in the peace of the law, of the social contract, of the
"democratic" debates and of economic realism. The masses can't see
that, just as eating can't go without drinking, living can't go without
spiritually living. Otherwise, it is daydreaming, imagining that codes,
police and civil services will be enough to make the world happy.
Dreams of loveless society are even dangerous dreams. Which is proved
by the fact that the world permanently lives under threat of war.
Tragic evidences of this occurred in the 20th century when two dreadful
wars broke out, during which it was incredibly easy to put uniforms on
millions and send them to kill and even... hate each other. Which is
going on outside of Europe.
Every day the political hype strives
to maintain us in the belief that we cannot live without agreeing with
laws, taxes and other contraints more and more pressing,
the powers fear that we could one of these days realize that we do not
need laws, taxes and other constraints, if love of
spreads, and that politics and religion are to disappear then.
can do much more than strive to last and be organized. With
the help of love it
can re-create itself, blossom, fulfill its potential, develop
ceaselessly, privately as well as socially. If you want to grow into
far greater than whatever you are forced to be, just put your trust in love! Choose that path
and, even though it is at first unrewarding, uncomfortably gritty
and rocky (Rev of Arès 25/5), follow it
a result of your love for the neighbor, a different planet
tell you that christianity will not be an endless failure.
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september 8, 2008
grim politics and poor Giordano
into a narrow shortcut, a usually dormant alley. I am enjoined to
pull over by a police motorcyclist with an elegant garrison cap and
glassy black high boots on, his mount (a magnificient thoroughbred BMW)
on kickstand close-at-hand. Along the street well-shammied limos are
parked and men in black uniform or in undertaker-gray three-piece suits
are hanging around.
The motorcyclist leans to me, "Are you a guest,
Sir?" There may be some ceremony of inauguration around.
I laugh, "The wind of the Republic or politics never sends me any
invitation, but the invitation to pay taxes."
A bald man in plain clothes perfectly brushed and pressed comes near to
us, "What did you tell about the Republic or politics?"
smile wide, "The obviousness of the wind is in the swaying of the tree,
the choppiness of the sea..." I make a sweeping but by no means
irreverent gesture toward the bunch of
authorities in the street. "But we have to pay for the wind. That's all
He suddenly irritated says, "Get out of the car!
Show me your documents!"
say, "Well, I'm going to my barber's. I may have forgetten to take my
papers." I rummage around. "You're lucky! I've got my driving licence."
I hold out a transparent card-wallet to him.
says, "Slip the document out of the card-wallet!" I comply. He grabs
red card softened and dog-eared. The old Photomaton picture on the
licence and the old bearded gentleman in front of him do not really
look like each other. Which makes him wince with disbelief. Handling
the document the way a laboratorian
handlles a dog dung he tries to decipher my name. "Your
I say, "Michel Potay."
This reminds him of
something. For seconds he searches his memory. He asks, "Have we
I say, "I'd rather say yes, but unfortunately I don't think we've ever
He resumes deciphering my driving licence, "You've been born in
I say, "Correct. Will you have me put on police files, even though I've
not been 13 years old for ages (I allude to Edvige, a
new French police file system)? Civil Service index cards and
tax forms are
just about all the wind shows to me as evidence of its existence."
He says: "To you the Republic is nothing but wind? You should keep
I say: "Is the biting breath of air you
are breathing on me now, unawares, what
you call Republic or politics..? I can't reply but that it's just a
of the wind. Giordano Bruno said: 'Let's regard
obviousness as the sole judge of the truth, but whenever the obvious is
missing, let's keep consciously doubtful!' We are sorry that Giordano
Bruno was reduced to ashes,
he was an obvious proof of man's sublimity, a proof that the soul
successfully escape the religious and political darkness. But what blew
on his stake? Nothing but the wind."
He says, "Who? Jordo...what?"
I say, "Giordano Bruno, 16th century. The security forces in those
days, who tormented that good fellow, thought staunchly that tey
people's security, but just as the Heavenly Father
doubts, I doubt whether the authorities have secured anything but their
own security, ever. Please don't consider my words as scornful!" He is
seething. I willing to defuse the situation say, "With whom do I have
the honor of talking?"
He looks away, hands me my old faded red card, "You should have a new
driving licence made." He claps his hands, "Move along!" says he imbued
with supreme condescension like a confessor that absolves a big sinner
I pull away peering anxiously in my rear-view mirror at those priests
of the prince
whom The Revelation of
Arès does not distinguish from the priests
of the prince of
Politics and our security? Politics, the cause of the enormous
slaughters of World War 1 and World War 2, which adds
Iraq, Afghanistan and Georgia to its slaughterhouse list? Politics
powerless against the sharp increase in
prices and the economic crisis? Politics,
which puts citizens on police files, notably in France the citizens
"likely to be a breach
of the peace" (no one knows what this means exactly) from the age of
Admittedly, men are violent, but only politics could supply their
violence with the
colossal means of warfare, conquest, massive destruction and repressive
measures that we deplore. Admittedly, men are prone to lie, steal and
quarrel, but could never give all of those sins committed individually
the fantastic dimension that politics alone can give them
The Revelation of Arès denounces
the black king as well as the
because they entitle themselves to commit the
worst sins, on a charge of which they in other respects convict any
individual that sin alike. In addition to its great care in maintaining
men in their flaws and weaknesses and so keep them easy to handle—hence
its incapacity to make men
happy—politics has inherited from religion its way of regarding power
as sacred, of incarnating the all mighty, of excommunicating or
inquisitioning detractors. The Revelation of Arès
says that politics
sometimes happens to do good, but that nonpoliticized men could do good
likewise and even do much better. We can't help but doubt the validity
As for the victims of politics and its mother religion, a thousand
pages in this blog
might not be enough to list them, but why not say a few words about
Giordano Bruno, since I mentioned him—by sheer contingency—to the
police officier (maybe a superintendent)? Although I do not share all
Bruno's concepts, I totally share his crime, namely looking for the
truth and telling it.
Giordano Bruno was a priest and doctor of divinity in 1578 in Napoli.
Then he had the courage to think. He came to tell and write that much
he had been supposed to believe and teach was untrue, was just
dogmatism, the antique
throne, the old "sacred" trick, that every
earthly power had from time immemorial sat on (Rev of Arès
22/5-6). Did he understand that the real
seat of men's happiness had always been something
else, love, the free Good? Yes, he
did, but he was less gifted for spirituality—his spirituality
was heavily influenced by Platonistic "emenatism"—than for logic. So he
had a logical intuition of the infinitesimal and the infinite great,
both materialized in numberless elements and constituent of all that
exists, man included. This led him to understood the infinitude of the
universe. Those concepts were conflicting with all that the church used
to teach then. Giordano Bruno had to flee from the Catholic
Inquisition. In Geneva he thought he could join real free believers,
but found himself face to face with the Protestant Inquisition. He then
fled to Paris, Toulouse, Londres. He was a teacher in each of those
cities, and then he probably homesick returned to Italy, where he died
an atrocious death on the Inquisition stake, in Rome, 1600. When, right
before the heap of firewood was kindled, a monk raised
a cross in front of his
face, so that he could kiss it, he looked away in anger, as he
had long realized that that cross was nothing
but the commander baton of
the princes (Rev of Arès 3/6).
Augusto Guzo, who expertly looked over Giordano Bruno's life and work,
"[People can at great length discuss Giordano Bruno's concepts, but]
they can't by no means discuss the strength of the intellectual
enthusiasm with which he used to celebrate the infinite variety of
universal nature as God's creation."
Ever since Giordano Bruno's stake politics has triumphed over
it seems, as it nowadays lets beliefs and thoughts be freely
expressed. This is untrue in fact. Obscurantism has only been reframed.
Politics still consists in taking power, keeping it, and, so doing,
preventing any contradiction expected or unexpected to grow active. In
politics the fundamentals have not changed, only experience has.
Politics has learnt that it's no use keeping men from thinking for the
sake of thinking, because any thought for the sake of thought—usually
called intellectual activity—is just a bonfire in the desert. Seen from
a distance it is even pretty, so that politics leaves bonfires to
multiply in the
desert, which makes a spectacle of the effusions of the State's holy
generosity. Only, if one of the bonfires crawls out from the desert
edge—this rarely happens, but this happens— blown off by the Creator's Breath,
and lights, and heats, and generates steam that activates the human
engine, obscurantism reemerges immediately. Obscurantism reappears as
soon as an "incorrect" throught performs positively or
achieves (Rev of Arès 35/6).
In the days of Giordani Bruno obscurantism
originated in theology. The questioning of dogmas was considered as
working thought and the thinker was branded as criminal and put to
death. Which the sheeplike masses considered as quite natural. From
those days to now the "sacred" value of theology has changed into the
"sacred" value of public opinion, which is operated like an instrument
of torture or of execution. There is no longer any need to kill
the man. To make the public have doubts about his integrity is enough.
Which the masses, made much more sheeplike by means of the media than
it used to be in the 16th century, consider as quite natural.
I think that the police, who serve the Republic, are aware of this
point. But what can we do, that's the need to make a living. To be a
policeman or a baker...I don't think that those men have made a choice.
It was painful, at the bend in a small street, to experience the
considerable gap between us and those men, our brothers, because the
hard way of life that the system has made for us forces them to ignore
the obvious. The obvious that Giordano Bruno used to point to. All the
more reason to step up our mission, circulate our great
expectations better and better.
augusT 6, 2008
hey youth, get the world to
look young! (a meditation)
Hey youth, get
world to look and feel young! Get it to grow spiritual! Get it to give
You don't give
youth in years, but you give it in capability of loving,
forgiving, making peace, being spiritually free
and intelligent, the
opposite of which, sociomaterialistic dependency, brings about the
Every day, the world grows more bourgeois, grows older, decreases in
spirituality, if there's any notable spirituality left.
Every day, The Revelation of Arès proves
more emblematic of relief from the
bourgeois spirit is not the resul of a social plot; it is not
a materialistic philosophy or a vice, either. It is a web of specific
fear of shortage, fear of misjudement, fear of rejection from the
social mold, etc. Besides, taking the most of these fears of yours,
mass-media and religion can dominate you. Most of
whether wealthy or destitute, have got the bourgeois spirit.
Which explains why the liberating Call, "Change!" came over from the
ends of the eternally young Creation, where there is no time or fear.
is at least a rung of the insurgence (Le Pèlerin d'Arès 1989, p.236)
ladder that any real believer had to reach, and that is his or her
self-fulfilled relief from the bourgeois spirit. A kind of
metamorphosis turned inside out, the return to the faith of the
spiritual conqueror, who takes on his or her past youth again as well
as gets inspired by the youths around.
has been born a bourgeois, ever. Poet Shelley mentioned the mother that
seized her newborn, held it aloft and cried out, "Babe, speak! reveal
your immortal truth!" Doesn't the Creator remind man that he
should forever believe in his native truth? He does. — Make
yourself as young as this little child... (Matthew 18/4-5, 19/14), Do
not store up securities on earth... but store up for yourselves
security in Heaven... Don't worry about your life... Look at the birds
in the sky... (Matthew 6/19-26) —.
We are born true and would forever keep true, if
not only sin or evil,
but also their environment among which the bouregois spirit belongs
were not continually smothering our wits or intelligence
(Rev. of Arès 32/5). So everyone of us, getting soon
old, turning soon into aweak
candle, has to create for himself or herself a soul
Arès 17/4) to survive.
rid of the bourgeois spirit is not synonymous with giving up worldly
and properties. This kind of abnegation is meaningless — The
clergy that take vows of celibacy and poverty have not changed
the world for
the better (Rev. of Arès 38/7-8).
Getting rid of the bourgeois spirit means getting rid of one's fear of
shortage and of misjudment, rekindling within oneself the permanent festive
spirit of youth (Rev. of Arès 30/11), being bold
enough to fly off, hover over the citadel
of the world (Rev of Arès 13/7-8),
so as to get people to look up to the prophetic hawks (Rev.
of Arès xLv/14-26).
Why can't a man with a bourgeois spirit be
believed by other men with a bourgeois spirit but with big
By calling on men to penitence he only incite
them to be good, to
to be peacemakers, and
be spiritually free
and intelligent. These
values sound attractive, as they sound just
ethical and non-materialistic, not leading to any social compromise,
and filled with beauty (Rév
But there is a very faint tremor in the voice, and that's what the
public perceive! The public don't detect one who has got rid of the
bourgeois spirit in one's words or leaflets. They detect it in that
whole made up of one's flesh, mind and soul
in short in the living good man, that is an uttermost living good man
Let's regain youth!
Youth! Take the controls! Take them, because you will never be able to
throw them out below the horizon
together with the Beast (Rev. of
Arès 22/14), if you can't take them first. A revolution? No.
An insugence? Yes (Le Pèlerin d'Arès 1989, p.236).
The bourgeois spirit used to cocoon itself in the threads of religion
and politics, religion's sister,. Today it cocoons itself
in the threads of industrie and banking. That cocoon is
already wrapping the Asians, who think that it will forever keep them
warm and safe. The fears that spin the bourgeois spirit thread are
spreading out. Notably, the fear of losing the energy and the
myriad little treats, the low prices of which have so far depended on
the destitution of producers who, through imitation effect, are now
gaining the bourgeois spirit. But, what's more, the fear that "Order"
may disappear together with the
good cash return from savings, the health and
pensions organizations, which are regarded as "benefits" due to the
social struggle or civilization — the Egyptians, Greeks and
of old has their own, which vanished ages ago —, but which are no more
than godsends threatened with extinction by the instability of
materialism, rough, unstable and volcanic by nature, never controlled
by any earthly power, which History points up.
the religious and political rivalries here are the rivalries that the
industrial and banking world organizes nowadays, but what's at stake is
still as uncertain. There never come out the right car, the right
airplane, the right machine, the right policy, the right law, the right
exchange rate, the right stock exchange quotation, so something new is
forever required, which is always expected to be better, but which is
still more costly and does not come up to anybody's expectations.
When the race for impossible perfection.
the impossible never turns into reality, it is the impossible that
rules the world. There is no future, therefore, the horses of
"progress" are galloping toward nothing, nothing, nothing. Only
spiritual life can refine, strengthen, stabilize life, but we can't see
but a few ripples, very scant or even unnoticed, of spiritual
life, like those brought about by The Revelation of Arès.
in the midst of this world driven by the bourgeois spirit we can see
some religious people praying and preaching, some humanists
philosophizing, some environmentalists picketting, but they have met
with defeat already, because it takes more than ideals to win, it takes
some material strength to win against bourgeois materialism,
realism of which has overwhelmed everything — Do not the workers, the
grassroots and furthermore the povertystricken third world dream of
getting bourgeois privileges, real concrete ones? They do.
In practical terms, the sole way of conquering the bourgeois spirit,
says The Revelation of Arès consists
in getting every one of men to change his life objectively,
really, in the facts of his life, so that he may discover in love, forgiveness, peace and spiritual freedom
and intelligence higher causes of
joy, festive spirit (Rev of Arès
30/11), happiness (37/9, xxvi/12) and even
materialistic interest (26/8-9). Actual personal
change of the penitents (=simply those
who change for the better) will induce the
change of the world (Rev of Arès 30/11,
28/7), which technologies, rhetorics, laws, treaties,
agreements, have never managed to bring off.
The Creator's eternal Word alone, counterculture par excellence, picked
up again by The Revelation of Arès, can, if
achieved (35/6, 36/8), conquer the
spirit — our bourgeois spirit —, that may be the most pernicious form
disguised as Good and Reason before it reemerges in a different form, the
sin of sins (Rev. of Arès 38/2). Like
a wedge into a rotting tree stump we have to penetrate the recent
though already too old industrial culture, which, even if repeatedly
disenchanted as former civilizations had been, will stay long deeply
caught in the ground, because nothing convincing has ever come to dig
Even if the
next president of the USA is Barrack Obama, everybody on earth
knows that he, his personal qualities notwithstanding, will be just one
more politican and bourgeois, that is, one hope less for the world.
Provisionally this is good, but idealistically this is just hovering
and getting nowhere. We cannot expect any global justice, equality,
wealth and health on earth, as long as a minority will be thriving on a
majority sacrificed. No workable global ideal can be drawn on politics,
which always results from partisanship. A global ideal can only be
accomplished by the man of good, whether a believer or a
non-believer, all races taken together, all frontiers
prejudices forgotten. These are the yardsticks for measuring the depth
of the utopia that The Revelation of Arès
expresses, which can only be originated from a Father
whose limitless Universe (Rev. of Arès 12/4)
is an utopia, which science still considered as impossible until
lately, something with no size or end and yet definitely real.
Telescopes prove that reality. Our souls
are the infallible
telescopes to see the infinite life
(Rev. of Arès 17/3, 32/3).
In youth blossoms out the strongest hope! That
the hope that each man as well as the world of men are
able to change —, the Father
in person kindled it within me
like a Fire in 1974 and 1977. It is the Fire
that pilgrims come and take (Rev. of Arès xLi/7) every
summer in Arès, and that all of good men on earth, every day, kindle in
their hearts by pursuing Good.
The man that is addressing you is an old timer, to whom the Creator,
out of kindness, has day by day given youth. One is not young by
sacrificing what one has. One is young when one does not live in
fear — typical bourgeois fear — of giving up what one
which mostly is no more than one's reputation, rather than giving up
what makes up mankind's glory
(Rev. of Arès 34/2).
Youth! Call on the world to enter
It is, indeed. And it is even awfully hard! But the world was not
created for bourgeois people who have long failed to expect anything
from an ideal, if only they have expected anything from themselves,
ever. Within each bourgeois a counterbourgeois is sleeping. Wake him or
Youth! Take to the streets and stand on the public squares
to call on the world! Show your faces! Sing, declaim poems, write! In
every way call on people to regain youth, become young together with
you, make love, forgiveness, peace,
spiritual freedom and intelligence
reappear and develop!
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juLY 1ST, 2008
it'll soon be the
The 2008 Arès Pilgrimage began,
as it has done
every year, on June 21st. Every day we sister Christiane and I drive
from Bordeaux to
Arès (an about 65 Miles round trip). We are pretty less
in funds than the emirs of Arabia, so this daily ride costs us
lot, and as on Wall Street rumors
begin circulating that the oil
soon cost $200, we figure that some day we will not go to
Arès every day, but every other day or every third day.
And then oil will grow scarce and we will pay a small fortune for fuel
or gas, so "we will go to Arès by wheelbarrow, either
Christiane or Michel sitting in the wheelbarrow and the other taking
turns at pushing it, because either of us will be too old to walk the
complete journey," say we in roaring with laughter like two good oldies
stark raving mad. We add, "On the sole condition that there will be a
few marks left on our wheelbarrower's licences, because politicians,
who nevermore stop at anything completely absurd—just as their 35-hour
week law was intended to give jobs by means of restricting jobs, their
"marks driving licence" is intended to make the French model drivers by
making them forbidden to drive—politicians, as I was saying, are
milking the most reasonable travelers by the bucketful of warm full fat
fine+punishment! Lately, 95 instead of 90 Km/h... Wham! One mark less
on the driving licence. 53 instead of 50 Km/h... Wham! One
mark less again. However, not only do you have to watch the
speedometer, but also the road (as to me, I drive watching the road in
front of me, don't you do so?), I challenge any of you all to detect
just by ear the difference of engine revs between 95 and 90
Km/h or 54 and 50 Km/h. Any reasonable driver is diddled out of some
marks and money by each radar he or she passes. We are living through
days when politicians and oil traders are growing more stupid
and malicious than good oldies are becoming stark raving mad. I do not judge
(Rev of Arès 35/9), I only see for myself, and that's it.
Accordingly, I legitimarely wonder what the future has in store for us.
Few people are aware
that China holds more than a
quarter of the world's exchange funds Rulers that give their employees
$45/month wages are necessarily all wealthy. Every day, while we
Westerners try hard to buy oil a bit more cheaply, China's man in New
York raises the bidding, because China wants to make its industrie the
first in the world and stops at nothing to provide it with all of the
necessary energy. So the price of oil rises a bit more every day, it
never goes down. That energy race is going to drive billions of basic
humans back to a new middle age.
I can remember when, not that long ago—in the
80s—Jacques Ellul wrote "Bluffing Technology". I then had someone give
him a copy of The Revelation of Arès. My messenger
told me, but I'm unsure if it was true, that Ellul had harshly
made fun of this holy book. Well, we can see today that
technologists are not bluffers, at all. They are devouring all the
energy from earth, aren't they? Not very distant may be the time, when the
iron beak (technics at the peak of its hazardousness) will
wipe away even the sea like sweat (Rev of Arès
xii/8). The sea, which has already been
impoverished by overfishing, and which has already been polluted, and
the tide power of which is going to be caught worldwide, and
the fresh water and hydrogen of which are going to be extracted. It is
from the sea that the energy
man will no longer be able to draw from oil will be drawn, one way or
Let's note that the sea will not be the
only source of exploitation. The air will be so, as well. Rumors are
circulating that coal mines will soon be reopened. How
about wheelbarrow factories?
I wonder if the slave quarters
be also reopened, if man does not enter into
Picture: a stronghold of the
age of the future.
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may 20, 2008
in my doctor's waiting room, I was leafing through a magazine. Who
might expect a undistinguished periodical, even one soiled and
dog-eared as an old book, to mention philosopher ethnologist Claude
Lévi-Strauss? Even then it didn't do so without printing nonsense. It
read, "In May, 2008, Lévi-Strauss will be the first writer alive
published by La Pléiade"? I groused inwardly, "Untrue! Those newsmen
always talk rubbish. La Pléiade published Julien Gracq years before he
died. My children presented me with that edition then..." but my
thought soared soon. I looked up at the ceiling. It's incredible how
many memories you recover from a ceiling! My old impressions of
"Tristes Tropiques" ("Dismal Tropics"), a book I had devoured around
1958 at Lyon, rushed up toward me along the plaster moldings.
That hard mecreant of Lévi-Strauss—I also was a
mecreant until I
was some years over thirty—has thought much and made us think
Any thinking that mulls life over and over has that man to thank.
is why my thinking, untalented, which after all the Father has used to
express himself, has all of the great thinkers to thank, Lévi-Strauss
among others. He has urged my generation to realize the structural
high-sounding, somewhat pretentious word structuralism—between
nature and culture, which the
"intellectually correct" establishment had so far seen as
irrelevant to each other.
Would Lévi-Strauss be surprised or even annoyed at seeing us Arès
Pilgrims use his
findings to bear out our return from culture to nature, between which
he has shown the enduringly active mesh and gears? I don't know, but,
whether he likes it or not, that extreme non-believer provides us
extreme believers with a convincing argument against our
detractors. Because we have taken up or revived natural spiritual life,
because we are the new savages in the noblest sense of the word—God's
which is entirely cultural, sees our natural faith as a great danger
and along with three hundred loudmouths, the other
cultural old voices
(Rev of Arès xLv/2), it is forever running us
down, but, yes indeed, Lévi-Strauss has given us the major
argument to reassure reason.
feel gratified by two sides of Lévi-Strauss.
His negative side. Lévi-Strauss belongs among those who provide me with
the reverse of a necessary contrast, the obverse of which is The
Revelation of Arès.
Lévi-Strauss's complete atheism is one of the shades that I need to see
Light better. A thinking, a pondering, whatever, is a debate and I have
learnt that opponents, particularly those who are good and intelligent
men like Lévi-Strauss, help think as much as proponents do. To
me, entrusted with a world prophetical mission by Jesus, the Creator
and a few angels, whom I have encountered just as Lévi-Strauss has
encountered the Natives of Mato Grosso and the Amazon River Basin, that
is, without having asked for it ever...To me, a scribbler and
philosophaster, one who writes only because the Father asked him to (Rev
of Arès 33/10), to me a talentuous Levi-Strauss, atheistic
and even more than atheistic, says Lévinas, utterly indifferent to the
notion of God, provides me with the night necessary for
the Dawn and the Day
Another negative side of Lévi-Strauss's: He has referred to the
existentialism of Sartre, also an atheist, but a thinker far more alive
to man's complexity, as "metaphysics for salesgirls," in much
way as he might refer to The Revelation of Arès
suckers. Some sort of non-existentialism or even non-humanism with
Lévi-Strauss—which is no non-humanity—, for much in Derrida's
deconstructive way he has deconstructed ethical...and spiritual
beliefs, a lot of man's inner realities, on which my hope is based,
reinforces the contrast that I need to explain to the world what I
believe in and why I believe in it.
Levis-Strauss's positive side is related to the one already mentioned.
He has dug out a cardinal truth: Primitive or wild thought—which also
is the title of a book by him, "Savage Mind" —
is by no means a feeble or babyish form of reason. In so-called
primitive societies thinking and all of intellectual operations are not
different from ours, so long as our thinking is really bright. Thank
you, Claude Lévi-Strauss, for demonstrating that the Arès Pilgrims'
faith, a faith devoid of theology or intellectualism is just as good as
the convictions of well-cultivated religion or rationalism.
Pages and pages would be necessary only to summarize the
significance of Lévi-Strauss's work. Notably he has been a strong
critic of a technical society as intent on destroying earth as unable
to generate virtue. But sadly this is just a blog, the style of which
is brevity. Only, before closing this entry, I beat my breast because I
thought ill of a magazine that, as it is a vulgar periodical, has
wrongly said that Lévi-Strauss would be the first writer alive
published by La Pléiade. A short while ago I opened the less vulgar of
all books, the Webster's New World Encyclopedia (ed.1992), and read
this: "Levi-Strauss, Claude, 1908-1990..." Now, Lévi-Strauss, far from
being dead in 1990 will be 100 years old in November, 2008. We wish him
a still long life! What we find in the most serious books —just
imagine, an encyclopedia!—may always be questioned.
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