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Ramayana and the Birth of ‘High Morality’

The study of ancient literature, particularly the great mythologies, helps us decipher the origin of culture and society. We come to learn that within each heroic and magical tale, and beneath each culture that springs from that tale, is the story of a lynch mob and a sacrificed victim.

Take, for example, the great poem of Ramayana. This epic tells us the story of a banished prince who lives in exile as a hunter along with his wife. The name of this prince is Ram and his wife Sita. One day, a wicked king named Ravana deceives and kidnaps Sita; he takes her and imprisons her within his fortified kingdom of Lanka. Ram, the archetypal hero, must now undertake a hazardous journey out of his home and into the wild in order to save his wife. He raises an army and invades Lanka. After a fierce battle, he slays Ravana and thus saves his wife.

A Jungian analysis of this story reveals the archetypal hero’s journey. Much like St. George, Ram ventures out into the unknown, confronts the dragon, and saves the virgin. But a Girardian examination reveals a deeper truth–a truth that is more real and grittier than that of an extravagant fable with moral truths.

The text of Ramayana alludes to past struggles that may have occurred somewhere around 1500 BC between armies from Persia/Central Asia and the Dravidian peoples. In those days, it was not uncommon for scribes to romanticize the feats of their beloved patron kings. In the light of this knowledge, the Ramayana can be interpreted as a war between two kings, or maybe it is the sacrifice of a defeated king. In traditional artistic depictions, Ravana is usually painted or carved out as a powerful man with dark skin and features similar to that of Dravidians. Also, his kingdom of Lanka is thought to be situated somewhere around or within modern-day Sri Lanka.

Once Ram has defeated Ravana, he establishes a period of Ram Rajya–a culture/state of high morality. This is reminiscent of Cain’s feat after he murders his brother. Like Ram, Cain founds the first civilized society. And civilization, culture, society, and even language are all the result of violence, specifically the sacrifice of a single victim, who is later deified because of the catharsis that comes from his demise.

I have personally found Jung’s study of the unconscious mind fascinating, but I think Girard was right when he said Jung didn’t go deep enough. Had Jung gone deep enough in his study of mythological symbols, not only would he have been able to uncover the slain victims, but he would have also recognized the reverse mythology of the gospels that internalizes the sacrificing within the realm of the person.

When Christ saves the adulterous woman from getting stoned to death, he challenges each person to look within themselves, and in the process, he breaks the hypnotic frenzy of the crowd. The individual recognition that each of us has within us an inner persecutor, who is ready to burst out at any moment, is probably the most potent weapon against collectivism. It is this weapon that causes us to transform and start imitating Christ.

Today, we need not adhere to groupthink, and we need not sacrifice a scapegoat to keep our societies functioning. The ancient stories of good vs. evil, retold countless times today, were subtle cover-ups for violent scapegoating. The only real battle is within our hearts; any external battle is false and based on a lie. Once we realize that we are each potential persecutors, we create within us the heart of Christ. We develop a heart that naturally comes to love our neighbors, whether they be victims or oppressors. This was Paul’s Damascus experience, and it should be ours as well.

Wilfred Reilly on Trump’s Impeachment

David Gornoski starts the episode by his reading his five-year-old article Trump: The Scapegoat Supreme. With recent developments in American politics, David explains how he stands vindicated in his prediction using the Gospel technology revealed by Jesus two thousand years ago. Also in the show, professor Wilfred Reilly calls in to talk about the upcoming impeachment process against Trump, the many levels of Big Tech censorship, the new totalitarian ideology of Wokeness, and more.

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Trump Delivers Final Address, Unity Examined

In this episode, David Gornoski comments on Trump’s farewell, the reports of pardons lined up for Trump’s last day, the alienation and shunning of dissenters by the establishment, digital censorship, and more. Do we really have a free market when we see the rule of oligarchy, especially with Big Tech, over our lives? What exactly is meant by the word “unity” when the political world uses it? “Unity, according to the world, always means a group minus one,” David says. Listen to the full episode for all this and more.

The Failing Scapegoat Machine

David Gornoski starts the episode with a reflection on how statist monopoly over violence has disrupted American society at every level and why we must reject the Left vs. Right dichotomy to find solutions. Join David as he analyzes the latest news stories such as the recent impeachment against President Trump, Uganda inadvertently banning and exposing Twitter’s hypocrisy, the demands for secession, and more. Plus, David’s THINGS HIDDEN collaborator Shannon Braswell calls in to expand on the crumbling of DC’s scapegoating machine.

Deconstructing the “Sacred Temple” of Human Sacrifice

“The way of the world is a crowd, and the crowd has lost its humanity,” David Gornoski says as he highlights the personhood revolution of Jesus. “In the discourse of our time, we have lost sight of personhood.” Join David as he takes on the corporate press’ demand for political “cleansing;” the meaning of the rise of Elon Musk; the codification of violence as state laws; the stoking of violence by Pelosi and Co; Big Tech censoring of Sidney Powell; the scapegoating of the MAGA crowd; and more.

Hindsight is 2020, The Great Start of 2021

“The world offers a Great Reset, but what we need is a Great Start!” David Gornoski starts the episode with an analysis of the rampant authoritarianism as evidenced by the notorious lockdowns around the world. Why has Dr. Fauci completely ignored information on nutrition and our immune system? Joining David to see what lies ahead in 2021 is Shannon Braswell. The two discuss the anthropological work of Rene Girard and how Girard has provided a thorough dissection of our modern-day socio-political landscape. Listen to the full episode for all this and more.

Weldon Angelos Gets Pardon from President Trump, James Lindsay on NY Times McWoke Propaganda

David Gornoski starts the show with an analysis of the ongoing Big Tech censorship fiasco. Also in the show, David is joined by Weldon Angelos, who was incarcerated for a non-violent, drug-related crime and has now been pardoned by President Trump. Plus, James Lindsay, author of Cynical Theories, calls in to talk about the New York Times story of a teen who ambushed his classmate for a 3-year-old Snapchat video. Listen to the full episode for extensive discussions on criminal justice, social justice, collectivism, and more.

Read James Lindsay’s article at newdiscourses.com

Is the Priestly Caste Evil?

“If you don’t have the freedom to take up your cross and instead are forced onto a cross, then you’re not living the abundant life.” Is prosperity worth it without having the freedom to make choices? Join David Gornoski as he deconstructs the coercive structures that have come down from ancient sacrificial rituals while showing us the path to freedom as revealed by the anthropology of Christ’s crucifixion. “If you’re imitating Jesus, you are going to leave the collective to pick up the one.” Listen to the full episode for all this and more.

Great Reset, Saturnalia, and Christmas

David Gornoski revisits an essay he wrote a few years ago titled Saturnalia vs Christmas. What did Jesus mean when he said that His power is made perfect in weakness? David Gornoski gets to the bottom of this question and comes to some fascinating anthropological facts when comparing Jesus’ birth narrative to the ancient myth surrounding Saturnalia. In today’s culture, why is it considered cool to be a victim? Can Jesus’ kingdom be brought about by political machinations or is God working a bigger mystery through human culture? Listen to the full episode to find out.

The Anthropological Effect of the Gospel

Does the government understand what constitutes science? Why isn’t Fauci telling us to avoid vegetable oils that destroy our immune system and make us more susceptible to comorbidities? Listen to the full episode as David Gornoski comments on the cultish ways of statism; the COVID-19 stimulus bill; the uniqueness of the West in having political correctness; the anthropological effect of the Gospel; and more.