Secret of the Epiphany Plunge

RT reporter joins brave believers to take ice-cold Epiphany dip

Each year, in January, Russians take the Epiphany Plunge. Stripped down to swim suits, outdoors in weather of minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit, they immerse themselves in ice-cold water. Above (hopefully) you can view a video clip of Russia Today reporter Peter Oliver taking the Epiphany Plunge.

The Epiphany Plunge amounts to a yearly baptism. Often, a Russian Orthodox priest is present. He will bless the plungers. Many make the sign of the cross as they emerge from the water.

Baptisms such as Epiphany Plunge are thought by some to be an antidote to Original Sin. Also called ancestral sin, it is thought to be a state of guilt which all humans inherit from Adam and Eve. That is one explanation for the collective guilt which humans routinely deflect onto scapegoats, such as Vladimir Putin, for example. (Background: Behold Putin, Who Takes Away the Sins, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 28, 2015.)

Whence comes the feeling of collective guilt experienced to varying degrees by all humanity? The “ancestral sin” idea is that we all inherit the sin of Adam and Eve. This idea though is contrary to the spirit of Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 of the U.S. Constitution: “No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.”

Ex post facto means “after the fact”: After the fact of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden apple, a law cannot be passed which makes their descendants guilty. A bill of attainder is an act of a legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without a trial. [1] We have all been declared guilty of the crime committed by Adam and Eve, yet have not been granted a trial in which we could defend ourselves against the charge.

Ancestral sin is also present in the idea of America’s “original sin”, the enslavement of African and other blacks. Ex post facto, white Americans have been declared guilty of a crime via an implicit bill of attainder. The “Adam and Eve” in this case would be a minority of whites who had “owned” slaves until they were emancipated by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1865.

If the collective sense of human guilt did not exactly originate with Adam and Eve eating a forbidden apple, then whence comes it? Adam and Eve are recognized by some as having brought death into the world by their disobedience. Because of their sin, their descendants will live a mortal life, which will end in death of their bodies. In The Denial of Death, a 1973 work of psychology and philosophy by Ernest Becker which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1974, the author has as his basic premise that human civilization is ultimately an elaborate, symbolic defense mechanism against the knowledge of our mortality. We create “immortality projects”, something deemed eternal by which we ourselves become part of the eternal, and thereby stave off the knowledge of our own mortality. Becker argues that a conflict between immortality projects which contradict each other (particularly in religion) is the wellspring for the destruction and misery in our world caused by wars and such, since an immortality project which contradicts others indirectly suggests that the others are wrong. [2]

The story of Adam and Eve somehow might explain whence comes the collective sense of human guilt. Maybe the guilt is really a deep underlying sadness about seemingly inevitable futility. “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 2)

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away. (Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias)

Thomas Wolfe (1900 – 1938, image above) explored this idea of ultimate futility in the section called Ecclesiasticus, in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again. Foxhall Edwards (Max Perkins) was resigned to the apparent futility, but George Webber (Thomas Wolfe) argued that to yield to inevitability was to assist, by the tiniest iota, the immense darkness.

New World Order is the “immortality project” of some, a thing deemed eternal by those involved and who thereby themselves become part of the eternal. New World Order however conflicts with the “immortality projects” of others, such as innumerable competing religions and their tangential political beliefs. From this conflict comes the wellspring for destruction and misery. There is hot debate between the adherents of the different “immortality projects”. Which side are you on? Only one of them can ultimately give defeat of death and the washing away of sin. Yet all the “immortality projects” are a materialist delusion. Death is an illusion – or is that just my own “immortality project”?

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Bill of attainder”, Wikipedia, June 29, 2015.
[2] “The Denial of Death”, Wikipedia, June 29, 2015.

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About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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