Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Reservoir Gods

Image Source: Armenian History.

I was thinking about my posts on the collapse of heroism in Postmodern and post-Postmodern fiction and cinema, and especially the Revolving Door of Death, in which heroes in pop culture over the past 25 odd years have been repeatedly killed off for fake thrills and then unceremoniously brought back to life. That cat-came-back trope was exploited by Peter Chung in the earliest appearances of his animated character, Aeon Flux, around 1991. At least Chung appeared to be using that trope to comment on what a nihilistic moral vacuum it is.

On reflection, it seems that each age in the Great Year brings new frames for morality and different standards of heroism with as the Precession turns.

In the Age of Aries, classical heroes were not immortal. Whether they were warriors or prophets, their deaths in myths and religious legends were a huge breaking point in the heroic story.

In the Age of Pisces, the classical hero became a religious saviour and acquired transcendence and immortality. The message was that he could come back from the dead, but in order to do so, the human hero must become divine.

In the Age of Aquarius, heroes can come back from the dead; they are immortals, like rehabilitated vampires or accessible zombies, but they still bear the daily drudgery, weaknesses and flaws of real human life. Humans don't become gods, gods become humans.

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