In which our star commenter Lobro
reflects on the problem of good and evil
with specific reference to the Cathars
I read a bit recently about a sect called Cathars in SW France and Northern Italy in 12th century, their brutal suppression by the papal authorities and their roots in the Paulician movement out in Armenia and eastern Cappadochia during the reign of Byzantium.
In essence, they proposed a duality of world, a Good God of the New Testament whose sphere of action is free, disembodied spirit and the Evil G-d of the Old Testament whose realm is the physical, material one. Their life was simple and non-hierarchical. They called themselves Bonhommes, meaning “Good People” or “Good Christians.”
This really annoyed the ruling classes of Europe—i.e., the feudal and ecclesiastical nobility. These were the ones that the Jews set out to corrupt. And corrupt them they did. To the core.
The Cathars, Bogomils and Paulicians were destroyed. Burnt to death. Annihilated all across the Mediterranean crescent. What role the Jews played in the destruction of these so-called “heretics” I don’t know for sure, but I do know and feel certain that the motive for this persecution of these fringe sects was hatred and fear. And this hatred and fear were undoubtedly engendered, in my opinion, by the Cathars’ total rejection of the material world — the Devil’s playground of Torah and Talmud, so dear to the heart of Der Ewige Jude, the Eternal Jew.
I can’t find any point of disagreement with the Cathars, I must say.
A HERETIC BEING BURNT AT THE STAKE
My interest in things waxes and wanes and so does the Catharist issue, forgotten until something triggers it again. I am sure it will fall back into undeserved neglect in my mind’s attic.
Here is what re-awoke my interest in Cathars: lies, damn lies and metaphysics, fit for doggers like me who avoid hard work. In fact, even light work if I can. Metaphysics is the required pursuit. Reverse engineering of the moral Big Bang. What happened right in THE BEGINNING? That’s the Big Question . . . the Beginning, when the fate of the world was laid down with that initial kickstart.
Not to mention Hope . . . and Hard Work . . . by the sweat of thy brow.
I argued some time ago, and more than once, that the notion of a Good God is wholly equivalent to a Just God. Unless we have justice for all, then we have injustice for all. It is an on-off switch: it’s all or nothing.
The world is clearly an unjust place. Moral corruption is as inevitable as entropy, its physical double. The innocent suffer, the guilty triumph. So my reluctant conclusion is that “the Good God” is absolutely and completely absent from the knowable, physical universe as we know it. Anyone searching for this Good God in the physical universe might as just as well buy a one-way ticket to atheism. Or adopt a Cathar-like resignation. A stoical acceptance that, if God is to be found at all, he is not to be found in the material world — which is Satan’s realm.
THE MATERIAL WORLD . . . SATAN’S REALM
Why? — Because this material world is essentially the Jew’s World, the Devil’s playground that we are forced to live in. The Eternal Jew is quite at home here in this unsatisfactory material world, but the Bonhommes, the Good Christians, are not. Which is, of course, the essential doctrine of those persecuted “heretics” known as the Cathars, the Bogomils, and their like.
LD: The Cathars’ philosophy constituted a total rejection of the material world: a stupefying world weariness that amounted to extreme pessimism. This included a profound disgust for all mundane activities, including sex and procreation. These heretics actually believed that the noblest thing one could do, when one was ready, was to fast to death. The quicker one could make one’s exit from this appalling world, the better. [LD]
These heretics said it clearly. They set it out in simple language, in a way that hardly any Christians today can grasp because these truths are so unpalatable and so profound: that the Devil — the G-d of the Old Testament — is the master of the physical, material, corruptible, perishable world. And that God rules the psychic, spiritual, pure, eternal realm. Don’t ask me for “proof”, as anything provable automatically defaults to the physical sphere and is thus no good.
The Cathars and my personal philosophy, as it stands at this time, have a solid common ground.
LD: Perhaps the inimitable Lobro needs to be asked at this point: given that you are such a good Cathar, are you ready to renounce sex and fast to death? 🙂