Some folk have suggested that I produce a glossary to explain what I mean when I use particular terms in my writing. It’s easy to forget what I’ve written in my past blogs so here’s the beginning of a short, and hopefully useful, glossary.
If you come across any terms in either past or future blog posts that need further explanation, please do use the comment section below to let me know what they are. I’ll try to get them added to the glossary as soon as possible.
Mimesis = the ability to copy or imitate one outside the Self.
Explanation: mimesis is a subconscious imitative ability that we’re equipped with in order to learn, e.g. from our parents’ actions etc as infants. All learning comes through copying. I believe that we’re also wired to pick up a Divine desire frequency or Will and become like it. Yet, something has gone wrong, whereby we subliminally absorb others desires, and possessing them, believe them to be our own. This dysfunctional process initiates the process of rivalry which usually ends up as some form of expulsion or violence.
Skewed Desire = a horizontal or angled desire that latches onto the desire of another human being.
Explanation: The target may be someone on the same level, e.g. a brother/sister/friend or an authority figure, someone we look up to e.g. parent, teacher, sports star, film star etc
Scapegoat Mechanism = The means whereby individuals and communities release the build up of rivalry tensions within themselves.
Explanation: A victim or subgroup is chosen, often at random, to take the blame for the flaws appearing in the social life of the individual or community. Such a selection is often arbitrary, although one that appears different is always an attractive selection. The process may go through various stages, e.g targeted humor, gossip, verbal and often physical violence before the ‘other’ is psychologically or physically expelled from the community. The sending away may even ultimately take the form of murder or community sanctioned killing. Once the victim is gone a cathartic peace returns to the community reinforcing their belief that their problems were indeed the fault of the other.
Sacrificial Religion = A belief system whereby a victim is killed to please an unhappy divinity.
Explanation: Such a victim of the scapegoat mechanism may inadvertently take on the nature of a divinity themselves. If their departure has brought peace, then they are looked upon as a god, the dispenser of peace or have pleased the god whose anger has led to the cracks appearing within our individual lives or community. The victim may become a devil-god, one who causes the problems but also one who fixes them through their death.
Culture = a way of thinking that has emerged to cope with the violence and rivalry of skewed desire.
Explanation: Culture comprises, rites/ritual, myths, laws, structures. All culture is a form of religion and all religion cultural.
Rites/Ritual = re-enactments of the original violent ending of the victim
Myths = the story of the scapegoat and its expulsion as described by the scapegoating community. The scapegoat may have another version of events.
Laws = A system of regulations to curb the excesses of human desire and its mimetic transfer.
Structures = Organizations and institutions that form hierarchies to let folk know their place or station within the community. e.g. family, government, courts, faith groups. The aim of these is to enforce laws,spoken and unspoken by means of distancing us from our desire models. The greater the distance the more unlikely we are to absorb or steal the desire of another.
Queendom of God = Commonly known as the Kingdom of God in traditional Christian thought, this is the inner space where we enter into mimesis with Divine Love, thereby disengaging from humanity’s skewed mimesis, viz the absorbtion of another’s desire, and the resulting rivalry.