MARCH, 2004

 

Mythic Prelude:

The Passion of the Christ Paradigm

As of this morning, March 1, on the day this March calendar goes up at Hermes 3 and goes out to the e-mail subscription list, the main front-page story here in Hawaii is about a man who shut down Kahului Airport in Maui yesterday when he drove his Dodge Durango SUV into the ticket lobby, opened a back door and doused the seats with gasoline, then set his gas-guzzling karma bomb of a car ablaze, and ran. God be praised, the people near the SUV had ample time to get out of the way before the thing exploded. And the police caught the firebug, a 52 year-old man from nearby Ha'iku who yelled that he wants to die.  

  It is stunningly appropriate that a middle-aged man living in an American state or colony in 2004 would commit ritual suicide in public by torching his wheels. What better symbol of the soul desert that America has become than a new suicide scenario in which the desperate one does not do away with himself, but instead blows up the costliest thing he's got? One does not need to be the Sufi master Esin Chelebi -- or one of the, likely, many others who have said this by now -- that the source and radiating center of the soul illness and mental instability the United States suffers now is the almost complete loss among most Americans of true spiritual feeling, practice and values. The resulting way of life is really only a way of things: completely material, based on the value system of one core principle: that every American has the right to buy and break as much as he damn well wants. The more you waste, the bigger you look, as F. Scott Fitzgerald knew well when he was proofing The Great Gatsby 80 years ago.

 This may prove a useful introduction to the main mythic subject for this month, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and its connection with the grand celestial time design in which the old Piscean Age of the Christ Paradigm continues to recede, while the new Aquarian Age of All-Embracing Friendship grows and flourishes. Gib