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Thoughts during the Plague № 1. Black vengence of light god.

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Thoughts during the Plague № 1. Black vengence of light god. Apollo. Return to the Self. To know Self on the edge of Death. Hello, I decided to share with you my thoughts on the pandemic which is actually spreading. Naturally, I have a lot of thoughts, like everybody, on the topic of what is happening to us, and it may make sense to record a series of conversations, a series of lectures on coronavirus, this modern plague, on associations that come to mind of a philosopher and about the predictions that political scientists and experts in political philosophy and geopolitics can make regarding the future, when it all will be ended. I suggest that we discuss it, so write to my social networks, I will answer your questions and discuss interesting thoughts that you will express. But let's start today with a relatively fundamental thing. If we recall the beginning of the Iliad, then we will encounter a situation that is surprisingly reminiscent of what is happening to us. There is Apollo, Apollo is very dark, darker than storm-clouds, that means that the god of light, the god of lightness, the god of clarity, the god of constancy is upset. Interestingly, he is saddened by a disrespectful attitude towards his priest, Apollo’s priest, but the result of his irritation for the Achaeans is the plague. So the god of light, the god of muses, the god of harmony, the god of exalted beauty is the source of the plague, the source of the pandemic in the Achaean army. Another very important point is that when Apollo comes to the feast of the gods in the same part of Homer, then all the gods jump up from their seats, because his coming to the feast does not bode well for anyone. This ominous aspect of the god of light, the god of justice, the god of true judgment in the Greek tradition is very revealing. He carries the plague, he carries the virus, he carries death and extermination. Why does he do that? And here it is very important: because his priest was disrespectfully treated. If we break away from the specific history of Homer, we can formulate this philosophical myth as follows: the god of light, the god of the vertical, the god of heaven, the god of Hyperborea punishes humanity, which is distracted by some completely inappropriate thing, insulting the solar axis in each of us. And then the story with the coronavirus, with the pandemic, with the plague, that decimates humanity, becomes understandable. Apollo is a metaphysical symbol of our appeal to ourselves, to our inner dimension, to our self, to our immortal soul, and when people sin against this immortal soul, when they are completely absorbed in the elements of entertainment, the outside world, bodily fun and constant swarming around the material goods that they either acquire, or receive insufficiently, or want more, or want to spend these goods faster or use them somehow. As soon as people begin to swarm around non-Apollonian values, when this swarm reaches a certain critical point, Apollo sends a plague to humanity, and this is absolutely true, and this is logical, and this plague makes people return to themselves again. This was mentioned by Albert Camus in his novel "Plague". He said that the plague is a way to think, it is an invitation for us to think about the most important and fundamental things. It is not only about quarantine, it is primarily a collision with death, because when we live in a normal state, we don’t remember our limb, we forget about death, it is somewhere outside our attention, our existential zone. And here comes the pandemic, then the coronavirus comes, here comes the plague – and death comes back to us, and we come back to it. Thus, we return to the essence of humanity, because it is no coincidence that the Greeks called people mortal, βροτοί. Mortality of a human is its special figure, this is its border, this is its formula, its limits – death – and it is in the face of death that our life expands. Life only makes sense when it is related to death. Heidegger already at the end of his philosophical process, in the twentieth century defined Dasein as "being to death." Our presence in the world, our presence here, our thinking stay in the place where we are, acquires meaning, significance and weight only when we visualize death. Plague or coronavirus moves us to this, it brings us back to our Dasein, in fact, this is a kind of philosophical lesson. And Apollo is the god of philosophy, the god of thought, the god of light, and it is this light of human limb that is ignited in us at the moment when we encounter our borders. It is very interesting – limb –, peros in Greek is the border, the limit. It seems to us (this is a separate question why) that everything is infinite: the Universe is infinite, the matter is infinite, and in the absorption of material infinity, the infinite fragmentation of matter, this infinity, we become slaves to infinity, and in this infinity we just fall into the situation of entropy, entertainment, scattering, forgetting about ourselves. And we want to live forever, and therefore we are talking about physical immortality, therefore we are talking about the transfer of consciousness to cloud servers, and our logical thought is tending to merge with this infinity. But the Greeks said that the essence of man and the essence of spirit, the essence of God is the limit, peros, not apeiron, not infinity, but namely finiteness, boundedness, and this boundedness, this proportion of life and death, the presence and absence establishing a boundary constitutes the essence of the prominent unity. Our finiteness, our limitation by death, just constitutes our essence, our light essence. And when we strive to get away from this boundedness, when we try to merge with infinity, we lose ourselves. Now this is happening, and Apollo is sending the plague to make us recall that we are mortal and finite creatures. And if we purely technically fight the coronavirus, trying to recover, save our relatives, sit in quarantine (all this must be done for sure), but we will miss the main lesson of Apollo, we will miss the main philosophical message of coronavirus: that we are finite, we are mortal, and this mortality is our essence. In the face of death, we live, and whenever we truly live, we live only in the face of death. As soon as death disappears beyond the horizon, life loses its astringency, its presence, it spreads, it falls into the pseudo-infinity of entertainment, domestic worries, constant dispersion of an infinite number of small objects, actions, steps or gestures that attract us. In fact, only in the face of death our presence, our being in the world is assembled, and only in this state, and only in this position, in the face of our own border, we are able to be ourselves, we are able to exist as people, we are able to collect our thoughts. Therefore, it’s not about living or dying, it’s about the fact that a person lives only on the border with death, and when it leaves, forgets about this border, stops living, spreads, it commits a crime against itself, and an epidemic is a call to us, maybe the last call to return to our own dignity. This is the philosophical meaning of the plague. It is amazing that at the Moscow Art Theater we opened the exhibition “Apollo. Manifestation” of the remarkable artist Alexei Belyaev-Gintovt just at the moment when the epidemic began. We did not think about it, we have been preparing the exhibition earlier, at the end of 2019, but it coincided and happened so that this exhibition “Apollo. Manifestation" was underway at the Moscow Art Theater just in that moment. Obviously, we did not cause this coronavirus pandemic, but it is obvious that this pandemic in the metaphysical sense, philosophical sense, is connected with the Apollo gestalt. I think that this is perhaps the most important: we must think not just how to save ourselves from the coronavirus, but why and most importantly for what it came to us, whoever stood behind its appearance and whatever the nature of this pandemic - man-made / not man-made, natural or artificial is, it’s not important, it is the sense of it that really matters. And here when it comes to telos, the purpose of something, the meaning of something, then we must turn to the figure of Apollo, who is the interpreter and the true originator, that is, the metaphysical source of the pandemic that happens to people, and it is a healing, albeit rigid, shaping, it is a hand outstretched to us and aid from light metaphysics so that we return to ourselves, that we close our borders, that we close our homes, that we close our eyes and draw them inside ourselves . So that we finally stay with ourselves, with our immortal soul, which we are about to lose in the postmodern culture and in inseparable from it, constant, penetrating more and more deeply into our culture transgression. The plague is a call to take a step back, turn into ourselves, shut ourselves off from endless entropy and clearly, piercingly, tragically and at the same time with a new inner hope to realize our finiteness. Only in the face of death can a person exist authentically, and for this it must look into its eyes. All the best, you have been watching a new format of appeal to the audience, and with this program, with this short speech, we begin a series of conversations in the era of the pandemic, lectures in the era of the plague.

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Thoughts during the Plague (A.Dugin)

Thoughts during the Plague cycle of speeches.

Hello, we continue our conversations in the era of pandemics, and today I would like to talk about those indisputable consequences of coronavirus spread in the world, which, it seems to me, have already become apparent.

I am deeply convinced, and this is confirmed by most sane experts both in our country and on a global scale, that this coronavirus epidemic actually represents the end of globalization. All institutions, all mechanisms that should both have prevented the spread of the pandemic, and become immediate reaction in order to somehow localize or neutralize, or cure; all these institutions on which humanity could count and rely by default in conditions of global united world with open borders, with the ideology of human rights and with a common vision of full transparency of all societies; all this failed in a completely shamefull way.

Globalization could do nothing against coronavirus. In the beginning, the attempt to leave everything as is, not to change anything and not to respond to the virus, gave catastrophic results, and all societies, including the most open ones, the most liberal, most globalist: European and American - were eventually forced to just close their borders, implement government control, the state of emergency and actually to rush far, far away from these global institutions that have demonstrated their complete ineffectiveness, inability to respond to any problems and to delegate authority to nation states. Actually what happened in France with Macron, in the United States with Trump, in Germany with Merkel, and even with Boris Johnson in the UK is a return to nation states, imposition of the state of emergency and, as Karl Schmitt said, the state of emergency is necessarily followed by establishing dictatorship. A sovereign is the one, for Karl Schmitt, who makes decisions in emergency circumstances - Ernstfall. Coronavirus brought us the need for Ernstfall, i.e. emergency circumstances and in these emergency circumstances, the ultimate authority which make decisions, the sovereign instance are nation states and their leaders. Here we are!

In other words, as soon as globalization collided with something that represents a real threat for human lives, all spells about open borders, about technocracy, about Ilon Mask, flights to Mars, driverless Tesla cars, Greta Tunberg, all globalist projects and spells disappeared in one moment. In fact, we see how, by contrast, China is effectively acting. Why is China, which was the first victim of the pandemic spread, although, perhaps, the pandemic in other countries: USA, Europe and Italy existed before, just it wasn't detected. China turned out to be the first country where it was identified as an epidemic of coronavirus, this pandemic. And then other countries have discovered coronavirus but it’s quite obvious that the scale and the scope that the spread of coronavirus has acquired in Europe or USA means that this virus existed there for a long time, he just was not diagnosed as such. So, China, which collided to the full extent, first, in a pretty terrifying scale, with this epidemic, China coped with it only thanks to its closedness. Due to the fact that China maintained a political structure governed by the Communist Party, because it was and remains a disciplined, disciplinatory society that was instantly closed, instantly implemented isolation mode, closed Wuhan, closed other provinces, blocked people, forbade movement, imposed a state of emergency on a part of its territories, and in such a way localized the virus and suppressed it. This strict coordinated action of the Chinese model gave an example of how to work with coronavirus. And in the beginning England, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, America said: well, just not the Chinese variant, tried to ironize over the Chinese, but as soon as trouble reached Europe, then it turned out that the measures applied by the Chinese are the only effective way to fight coronavirus.

Some figures being very convinced fanatics and globalists like Giorgio Agamben or Bill Gates still try to convince us that the best way to fight coronavirus is to quickly get infected for everybody, leaving open borders, keeping completely all the system of globalism, well, in some sense it follows from this just quickly to die. Boris Johnson tried during the virus spread week in the UK also to move in this liberal-globalist direction but in that circumstances of the terrifying scale of the tragedy, very quickly rejected this, and was compelled to implement the same national isolation regime, closure of borders, isolation of people, quarantining, sa faced as well extraordinary circumstances. And now today's world is for those who wanted to close their societies, their borders and their people, wanted to impose a state of emergency and to transfer the authority to national state as the highest instance of sovereignty or didn’t want it, but still ended up in a situation of need in the face of the pandemic, since everyone around acted the same way: closed borders closed people and transferred the power from supranational authorities to national. What do we have as a result? We mean that when the epidemic started, before the spread of coronavirus, we dealt with open society, and even if this society was not completely open on worldwide scale, all elites, all leadership of all countries: Russia, and China, even Iran, to a large extent, aside from Western countries, recognized by default that we live in open society that open society is if not something accomplished, as in Europe or America, then an aim to strain after, as for other territories, and therefore in reality nobody called into question basically that anyway liberal democracy and open society is the goal to which all of humanity is moving. No one questioned this. And then the coronavirus came, and it turned out that this goal, this orientation is completely a failed one. This is a chimera that cannot respond effectively to none of the challenges with which it collided. And after that we see the total collapse of open society, because coronavirus is incompatible with open society, as far as we must choose between either coronavirus or open society. And in the beginning those who still tried to say: "Better open society and death", have lost all support because everything, absolutely everything, and even western liberal societies in which this openness has already penetrated in the depth of their unconscious and even them had to instantly break up with it, shouting: "No, if closedness is the choice of life, then we choose closed society.

Here's what happened: we see the closing of open societies and moving from transnational authorities and approaches to economic, social and political processes to national standards. In fact, welcome to the multipolar world! Coronavirus closed open society, completely eliminated the process of globalization, undermined (well, we are separately talk about it) globalist economy, and returned the peoples to national borders. And many will tell me: "Well, these are temporary measures, now everyone will cope with it, invent a vaccine, recover" ... This is a mistake. First, the epidemic will last quite a while. Even the most optimistic forecasts announce a term of six months or even of a year. Many say that it will contaminate all humanity, and there are relapses of this disease. Someone says that synchronously to this virus (firstly, we do not finally know about its consequences, how serious and terrible it can be), there may be relapses, there may be different strains, but in principle, such a precedent already gives evidence to the complete failure of the globalist project.

If a serious problem can be effectively operated by humanity solely in the context of closedness, in the context of national borders, it means that globalization has come to an end and that we enter the post-global world. Accordingly, from the ideological point of view, it is nowadays that we are experiencing a transition from an open society to a closed one, and the longer this fight will last in conditions of a closed society, and only in such conditions it can be conducted, the deeper the institutions of this post-global order will take root. We entered into the coronavirus epidemic as open society, as global world and we will come out of it as multipolar world with nation states as higher authorities of sovereignty. That's what has already done this pandemic. And day after day the irreversibility of this process will become more and more apparent. Those who believe that everything will come back, are deeply mistaken: there is no way back, totally new horizons are ahead, the new world order which is different from the previous one is ahead, naturally different from the bipolar one which collapsed in the 90s of the last century, and from the unipolar one. This multi-polar world, in which China, Russia, strong closed states - even the United States of America - can survive with state of emergency, with Trump, with the imposition of curfew time with patrols troops in American cities with closing, and actually suspension ("suspended democracy"), of democracy and temporary abrogation of civil rights and freedoms or, at least, restrictions - this regime is henceforth dominant of that world order which will take shape faster and faster day after day. So, during coronavirus we are changing one world order: open society, global system for another: for a closed society, a multipolar world with completely different priorities, other value systems and other structures of political governance.

The state of emergency, Ernstfall, it is very very serious and one who is in power in such a situation, is not likely to give it up voluntarily to anyone. This is, let's say, the positive side of the epidemic in which we now live. Of course, it’s important to deal with it, it’s important to survive, but you can’t reduce everything to solution of purely technical issues, it is essential to think about the future. And at the exit from this pandemic we will come across a completely new post-global reality.

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