Come Now, and Let Us Reason Together

China’s warships in Syria

“Come now, and let us reason together…” This is found in Isaiah 1:18. The highly vaunted “reason” reigns as deity amongst the “normal men” (and women). Yet “normal men” have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow “normal men” in the last seventy-five years. (Background: Return of Anissa Naouai, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 14, 2015.)

Nonetheless “reason” is where people continue to put their faith. Surely Russia and the United States can reason together about escalating tensions in Syria and Israel, it is generally believed. The current danger “has never been so acute,” notices the World Socialist Web Site. [1]

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon. [2]

The dish ran away with the spoon. “Air safety talks” were planned following a “near miss” between Russian and U.S. fighter planes in Syria. [3] A third round of video conferences was held Wednesday, October 14th, between US and Russian military officials, subsequent to the Saturday October 10th “near miss.” “Visual contact took place,” said Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the US military in Baghdad. “All pilots conducted themselves appropriately and everyone went about their business. But this is dangerous, right?” Outcome of the reasonings together of US and Russian military officials was that the two sides “became closer on key provisions” on a joint agreement on operations. However a deal has yet to be reached. More expansive and higher-level talks were proposed by Moscow, but rejected by Washington. [4] While these shuffling of papers were going on, the dish ran away with the spoon: Chinese warplanes are to join Russian air strikes in Syria; Russia has gained an Iraqi air base. [5]

In Washington, DC, many are pushing for an escalation of U.S. involvement in Syria. But that is exactly what we don’t want: Adding more fuel to the fire will only worsen the situation, and “reason” will be ever more powerless.

“Reason” is put in quotes because it is not the summum bonum. The ultimate good is Good Itself, not Its manifestations. “Reason” is Ishmael. It is born from delight in external knowledges. A problem is that the external knowledges are limited to perceptions from the human sensory apparatus, and “reasonings” based upon such perceptions. But the human sensory apparatus (and its extensions) is limited: there is much that it does not see. Furthermore, human fallibility enters in: sometimes we see only what we want to see. We are “the drunken beggar on horseback, reeling”, thought Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

“And great Goethe, accepting the inevitable truth that human growth does not proceed in a straight line to its goal, had compared the development and progress of mankind to the reelings of a drunken beggar on horseback.” [6]

Thomas Wolfe wrote, “What was important, perhaps, was not that the beggar was drunk and reeling, but that he was mounted on his horse, and, however unsteadily, was going somewhere.” [6] Fine. But do we really want a drunken beggar on horseback reeling now into Syria, where there is potential for something horrific beyond words?

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah.” That reasoning includes the Almighty being in the conference. But instead, the Summum Bonum has been excluded by the “normal men” from their “reasonable” discussions.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “The strange death of the antiwar movement”, by Bill Van Auken. World Socialist Web Site, October 14, 2015. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/14/pers-o14.html
[2] “Hey, diddle, diddle,” by Mother Goose. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176328
[3] “Return of Anissa Naouai”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 14, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/return-of-anissa-naouai/
[4] “US, Russian military meet amid warnings over war threat”, by Bill Van Auken. World Socialist Web Site, October 15, 2015. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/15/syri-o15.html
[5] “Chinese warplanes to join Russian air strikes in Syria. Russia gains Iraqi air base”. DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2015, 1:27 PM (IDT). http://www.debka.com/article/24926/
[6] You Can’t Go Home Again, by Thomas Wolfe. http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks07/0700231h.html

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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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