new-lens 5

The First Branch


It seemed everyone was waiting for an opportunity to display their values, the blessings they had received from a divinity they did not believe in. It was felt, however, that the wait became too long and someone came up with the idea of Hollywood, until each of the existential actors would have achieved their goal. The idea, initially, was to make out of this cinematographic center a machine to fabricate epics and, as is well known –imagination knows no limits. Faced with the lukewarm human reality, difficult to camouflage with any other rhetoric, Hollywood offered man the possibility of manifesting their most secret dreams within a certain technical rigor.

However, it was not just one man who came up with ideas –in fact, there were many. That multitudinous meddling in what seemed to be a business affair of few –of the inevitable, invisible and intolerant elite– complicated what originally was meant to be a mere technical event. The elite spoke again, but this time in undertones, because after a bitter and extensive experience of several thousand years, it had already become clear to them that it is not worthwhile to throw pearls to pigs –let’s turn Hollywood into a creative power. It was a phenomenological point in time. They had already done away with God and nobody got surprised by the proposal that seemed crazy only a while before.

In fact, it was not about going to the Moon in a ship impossible, or at least very expensive, to materialize,  with the additional disadvantage that it might not work, or that it did so poorly and that adventure would end up in an immediate explosion. Rather, it was about creating a matrix in which that was possible, credible and within the general expectations of mankind. Clearly, it was going to be exhausting to convince everyone, one by one, of the new Copernican Revolution, especially if we take into account the great multiplicity of prisms projected by human subjectivity.

The first step was taken by the Soviets. They lied when talking about their space prowess, but since only they were able to take off from the ground up to the height of a few kilometers, everyone nodded in spite of their lacking Hollywood. That fact muddied the waters of success and more than one doubted the effectiveness of the film-making elite. It was J.F. Kennedy who saved the West. The world needed a power discourse: “We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon…We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do other things, not because they are easy, but because they are difficult.” That speech cost Kennedy his life, so we can see how important linguistics is –if he had said “in this century”, he would have been able to continue putting his respectable rear in the presidential chair in the oval office and he would certainly have had time to see how healthy and robust his grandchildren had grown, but that haste made the deep state nervous and led them to conclude that his death and a threat of war with the Soviet Union would make the U.S. electorate forget that technological bluff. They were wrong –“alea iacta est” the catholic president seemed to scream from the bottom of his grave. Each one did their job, and the wife of the late hero got married on the way home from the funeral to an old and decrepit Greek billionaire.

However, the forgery had to be much more profound than a mere walk through space. In fact, the public immersed in virtual worlds found the Moon and the planets less and less interesting. Given the growing difficulty in separating reality from fiction, the only thing that mattered was having a good time; that is to say, living in a space closer to an oneiric state than to the vigil, in which reflection was not necessary, nor responsibility felt. Hollywood cast the spell –ignorance is bliss. Despite being a fully comprehensible expression, it suffered from a certain dose of ambiguity. It would have been better to say –the drowsiness of unconsciousness generates fetal happiness. Kafka preferred to become a cockroach to face the absurdity of life that made no sense. For his part, Galileo adjured his theoretical fantasy about the movement of stars because that striking proposal was not worth dying at the stake.

We can deduce from all these stupefying events that the materialistic formula lacked factors. One could fall for a metaphysical orphanage as an aesthetic position and a way to take revenge on the church –both catholic and protestant– intransigent with the “other” demanding elimination of aberrant concepts, contrary to what the cognitive capacities of man dictated as healthy and rational. Calvin ordered that Miguel Servetus be burnt alive at a square in Geneva, probably the largest, for denying the trinity. And that, precisely, was the real reform, the one that was urgently needed, not the one proposed by Luther.

It was about twisting the arm of southern Europe, of finishing off the Vatican and of launching an assault on the world with the divine commission of doing it in the name of civilization – a euphemism for “white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant power”. Luther and Erasmus were the first factors of this materialistic formula, also called “humanism” to avoid the unpleasant incongruity of an atheist movement within the very heart of spirituality. “Humanism” seemed a better term to define the formula just mentioned and to conceal behind it its true objectives. It was not only about doing away with the Vatican, but also with the very source of its power –God, as a Living Entity Independent of His Creation, always vigilant, attentive to everything that moved in the universe, including in that “everything” the human heart itself. Such a god would immediately collide with humanistic plans –brutal colonialism, indiscriminate plunder of all traces left by the first communities, inversion of values, discredit of prophecy, incitement to idolatry and concealment of everything divine.

The parents of the American Constitution and their agent progeny were disconcerted when there was a terrorist attack that they had not prepared: “We thought we were the only ones”. This led them, first, to an international investigation that exhausted the coffers of the intelligence community, which by then had proliferated more than necessary –according to the plumbers at the White House there was not enough to go around. The second and final item in their investigations led them to the pathetic conclusion that A –only we have the know-how to perpetrate these attacks, and B – different and opposing factors of power have been installed in the very heart of the establishment. This result forced them to change some variables in the formula of Luther and Erasmus –they had no choice but to start studying humanism. Each one passed the buck to the other, until the matter was forgotten and Hollywood had to save the situation by producing the endearing film titled “A Man for Eternity”. We will not say that talking about the beheading of Thomas More 500 years later did not suffer from certain cynicism. However, the important thing here is that Henry VIII had his way –he annulled his marriage with Catherine of Aragon, married, as had been his desire for years, Anne Boleyn, created the Church of England and put himself at its head, thus separating it from the Vatican and declaring himself the sole representative of the divinity on Earth. More humanism impossible. It was a song of individual freedom, and already then Enrique VIII gave to that concept the meaning of –do what you want in a way that pleases you. Even in the subjunctive mood, the thing was clear. Hollywood called it “historical” movies.

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