What is the inquiry into the Most Perfect Way? What is this Most Perfect Way? And what is the way to articulate this Way? The Most Perfect Way is derived from the Most Perfect Intelligence, the Most Perfect Being, Who cannot but exist, because being itself exists. Because of that tautology, there necessarily exists a perfection, a perfect state of being. And by inquiring into that state, we are thereby drawn into it, we remember it. It is a state that is latent in the memory. When we seek to articulate the Most Perfect Way, we are really seeking to articulate the core components or the fundamental vocabulary by which that Way can be exposited and practiced. It is a practice, and it is a kind of harmony with the environment, it is the ecological way of being, the ecological conception of reality, to use a popular term. And it is the Catholic conception of reality, the universal conception that is particular to each unique being in its uniqueness. And so in what way do we seek to articulate this Way?
According to Taoism, in the Book of the Way and in the Book of Changes, we have reciprocal opposites balancing and generating one another. Yin and yang, broken and unbroken lines. In the Greek pre-Socratics, we have Parmenides saying that only being exists and non-being cannot exist. So there seems to be a kind of imbalance at the heart of the Western conception. For Lao-tze being and non-being generate each other, but for Parmenides non-being in no way is. There is a striving and yearning for perfection, for the ultimate, at the heart of the Western conception. This yearning gives rise to Greek tragedy, the epic heroes, which don’t really have a counterpart in the Eastern conception, with the possible exception of the Bhagavad Gita. The Eastern conception being more about total balance and total reciprocity of opposites, reciprocal generation of opposites. In the West, the tendency has been more towards the total endurance and elimination of evil at all costs, the elimination of badness and weakness at all costs, or the aid and reparation of weakness at all costs. There seems to be an imbalance or disharmony at the heart of the Western conception. And this was brought into harmony with the Revelation of Christ, Who is both the monotheistic One True God and at the same time, the ultimate expression of Greek heroism. And so all of subsequent Western civilization was about bringing into balance Greek reason and the Christian Revelation. That was the yin and yang of the Western conception. This was the pre-occupation of the Church Fathers and the medieval scholastics, was how to solve for this harmony of reason and Revelation, how to adequately balance Greek reason and Christian revelation, with all priority given to God. Leo Strauss’ whole project centers around the idea that the vitality of the Western idea is this tension between Greek reason and Judaeo-Christian Revelation. At the heart of the Western conception is this yearning for the Perfect Way.
And so we are faced with this radical disharmony at the heart of Western being because only being exists and non-being does not exist, according to Parmenides. Or in the Catholic conception, by Dionysius Areopagite, evil is insubstantial and only good is actual. God only allows evil in order to bring about a greater good. And of course this whole scheme, this whole balance between good and evil is upended with secular humanism and the Enlightenment. If only good is actual and evil is insubstantial, then why not take a gamble? Why not take a Faustian gamble and reject Revelation entirely? Thus says that Enlightenment. And of course, we see that this gamble leads to the radical chaos, the disharmony that we see all around us today in Western society, the decline, the inequality and exploitation, the lack of solidarity, the social isolation and atomism, the lack of any shared meaning. And so many people say that the Enlightenment is a failed project, we should throw it all out, everything from the 16th century on, the experiment with reason, it was all a Faustian gamble that came to nothing. We must throw it all out and discover something else. We hear this on the Marxist left and the traditionalist right. The middle path of the liberal who still holds to Enlightenment values seems to be eroding day by day.
And so our question then is, is there a way to restore the balance, restore the harmony to Western conception? The philosopher Hegel pronounced the “death of God,” in his Phenomenology of Spirit, and later Friedrich Nietzsche expounded upon that theme in many works. Max Weber called this the “disenchantment” of the world. There is no longer any shared conception of the sacred that is permissible, all religion is a private matter, according to Thomas Jefferson, we must have “freedom of religion,” which of course means, don’t talk about religion in public or among strangers. This was the result of the project of the Enlightenment, the elimination of one of the poles of the Western conception, the pole of Revelation.
And so the Resurrection of Christ is at the same time the completion of the project of the Enlightenment which began in the 14th and 15th century as the break from scholasticism. The Enlightenment withdrew the balance and harmony of the Western idea because it rejected the pole of Revelation, and left only the pole of reason. And thus the disharmony of the West or the decline of the West could fully manifest. There is a fundamental imbalance in this Parmenidean yearning for Perfection, because reality is imperfect, disharmonious, discontinuous, and it is radically incapable of being Perfected. And we are sinful beings. And so this yearning for Perfection is some kind of sickness of the Western mind, some kind of disease tearing apart the fabric of civilization, as the European strives for blessedness and Perfection and for utopia in all his doings.
So the question is, is it still possible to complete the project of the Enlightenment? Is the Resurrection of Christ still possible? Or is the Enlightenment now a finished ideal? The Enlightenment project, as envisioned by Kant, is to endow every man with the faculty of ratio or reason, that they might reason for themselves through their problems, to solve the dilemmas of their existence together. Rather than relying on superstition and authority and tradition, that they might reason through things by their own capacity, and that all men might be endowed with dignity and natural right. This went hand in hand with democracy, with republican government, with secular government, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and press. And this stood in opposition to the pole of Revelation which stood for the transcendent Mystery at the heart of being which could only be understood by tradition and authority and by the way of being that has always been and will always be.
In medieval civilization we find still this harmonization of reason and Revelation, and this very organic conception of the intellect searching for the synthesis between Aristotelian logic and Christian Revelation. The rigor of that medieval psychology spills out into Renaissance humanism which erupts into a pagan humanism and gradual negation of God, and we begin to see the seeds of this rejection of Revelation and the return to barbarism in Nicolo Machiavelli.
And so the Western story is this search for Perfection, this Faustian search for Perfection, after the Renaissance into the Enlightenment. Is the project of the Enlightenment radically flawed or can it still be brought to completion? We answer that it necessarily has to be brought completion. There is no choice but to bring the Enlightenment to completion. This completion is the Perfect Way, the Perfect Harmony, the Perfect synthesis of East and West, which is the Resurrection of Christ, the return of Christ to the Western mind, the re-assertion of Christian Revelation, the re-assertion of this profound lucidity pervading all things, this harmony pervading all things. The only thing that can bring harmony to the Western mind is the Resurrection of Christ, the higher balance.
We are talking about the total completion of knowledge in one system or practice that is infinitely good and simple, encompassing every possible aspect. And the danger of this is that it is again the Faustian bargain. The danger of this is akin to Vladamir Soloviev’s Short Story of the Anti-christ. In that story, the anti-christ completes the entire system of secular knowledge in the most perfect and beautiful way and he appointed the supreme monarch of the unified world government, and he will not confess Christ, and the so the leaders of the Christian Churches will not acknowledge his kingship.
And so with the Resurrection of Christ, the scenario is otherwise. In accordance with the Western conception, this Resurrection is the good unmixed with evil. Evil is insubstantial. The appearance of evil is a reciprocal balance with the actuality of the good. And the appearance of evil is subsumed and eliminated within the individual, and is in no way present in his countenance. The completion of all knowledge will not be the denial, but the affirmation of Christ as the true Salvation of mankind.
The project of the Enlightenment really begins with Immanuel Kant, who articulates what reason is without any empirical experience, pure reason a priori, the pure metaphysical conception. And this new kind of metaphysics appears in the increasingly secular scientific general culture to go beyond the scholastic metaphysics. He is the first one to articulate the true conception of the Enlightenement. His thought influences the direction of the positivists on the one hand, and the German idealists and Romanticists on the other hand.
The project of Kant was the Copernican revolution in thought, which changed the whole emphasis and trajectory of philosophical inquiry from the objective substance to the subjective lifeworld. Just as Copernicus had changed our whole cosmological orientation from humans at the center to the Sun at the center of the cosmic revolution, so Kant had changed the whole orientation of metaphysics. The center of metaphysics was no longer an objective substance or God that is outside of the person, but is a priori conditions by which reality is cognized.
And the German idealists who followed Kant, Hegel among them, were all about the completion of the Western idea, the completion of the harmony. These German thinkers rejected the Catholic faith, in order that the Revelation might come back, in order that it might be Resurrected. And that Resurrection is within the psyche. It is within the Western mind’s striving for the Perfect Way. It is striving for good unmixed with any evil. The Eastern mind is satisfied with good admixed with evil, but the Western mind will never be satisfied with evil in any way.
So how to bring balance back to the Western conception? How can evil co-exist with good? The answer is that the only way that evil can co-exist with good is by the radical separation of good from evil, the balance of good and evil is really the subsumption of evil into the internal function of the individual. He subsumes and transmutes all evil within himself, he takes responsibility for evil and suffering. It is through his faith in God that his suffering has meaning. The completion of the Enlightenment is the completion of the Christian Revelation, the bringing into higher balance, the harmony of the Western conception in reason and Revelation.
In the east, Lao-tse articulated the Way, in the West, Christ articulated the Way, but now Western man must articulate the Perfect Way, the higher balance of the Christian Revelation and Western scientific reason. Western scientific reason is a decadent, materialistic worldview that must be cleansed. It has no adequate and proper philosophical grounding. Edmund Husserl tried to give it such a grounding with his phenomenology that sought to ground the whole Kantian-German idealist project in a mathematical way.
The elimination of the pole of Revelation has led to the dependence on the techne, dependence on the external material creations. Faustian man seeks to become one with the environment, to have all of his external reality be a direct manifestation of his will. The only alternative to this radical transhumanism is to discover the Perfect Way, which is the higher balance. It is the fundamental conditions of the Christian soul, the conditions of higher intelligence.
Pure mathematics is the only aspect of Western science which can be said to remain free of decadence and degeneracy, because it is a fundamental inquiry into the most basic conditions of reasoned thought itself, apart from any utility or practicality. It is the articulation of the ground of being, not in its figures or mechanisms, but in its ontological foundations, it unconceals the foundation of Western being. It unconceals the harmony with Revelation, in the concepts of the equilibrium, the conservation, the identity and transitivity, in compression and aggregation, and efficiency, and in the total harmony and reciprocity of motion that it makes possible. The foundations of mathematics can be brought to new ground, to the metaphysical ground of common sense, accessible and rigorously effective in virtuous aestheticism.
The Western mind brings itself back into the higher balance, brings all profound uniquenesses of Western individuality back into compatibility rather than chaos. Western man discovers within himself the ground of Christian Revelation, the idea of Christ Himself, pure goodness unmixed with evil. He discovers suffering which has meaning, suffering which has purpose, suffering which always brings about a greater good, always for some higher end, suffering which is mighty and heroic, which has infinite meaning. It is not the suffering of nihilism, of the abyss, but of the bringing about a greater Heaven, dying for a heroic purpose, of transcending one’s prior limits.
All of this lives within Western man. He discovers the harmony and ecology of the East, but within his own tradition, through Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas, through Plato and Socrates, and Parmenides and Pythagoras, through Augustine and St. Maximus the Confessor and St. John of Damascus, and St. Paul and the Apostles. Western man can be brought back into harmony, from the precipice of the decline.
The transhumanist and post-humanist is in no way Western man, but a radical mutant, a cyborg, a radical disharmony of Faustian man, teetering on the edge of evolutionary hell. Threatening to bring man into evolutionary hell which he can’t escape. We see this in the mythos and the lore of the extraterrestrial conspiracies. We see the mighty downfall of the fallen beings, the fallen Annunaki, trapped in cycles of time and time travel, unable to escape, unable to access Heaven, unable to be saved, they travel back in time from thousands of years into the future to warn us, to vampirize the population, to do scientific experiments on us, to treat us like cattle in a factory farm. The extraterrestrial lore is the lore of the demons.
The extraterrestrial lore is the pagan mythos of science that can never approach the grandeur of the Christian potency. Faustian man in his radical imbalance seeks to bring about the cyborg trapped in mythical non-existent time, cyborg beings trapped in time travel loops unable to escape, unable to solve the question of existence, they pursue endless intracacies of scientific experiments and metallic spacecraft, searching the cosmos for they know not what, endlessly dependent on his metallic machines and matter.
The extraterrial lore can never approach the grandeur of the Angelic filiation, the Celestial Hierarchy of the Angelic intelligences described by Dionsyius Areopagite, the Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones guarding the seat of Almighty God, in the Trinity in the Highest Celestial Heavens. The Angels in the highest Heavens sing in perpetual harmony, in perpetual joy, singing forever in Eternity. The Angelic intelligences being organized in the most Perfect school, the most perfect order, the most perfect system capable of being conceived, the most excellent unadorned beauty of science and mathematics and art and philosophy and politics, being all of these in one single activity beyond any of them, with all residents of Heaven being filled with the most sacred grace and presence and pure Love of the Almighty, they are infinitely fulfilled in each moment increasing without end.
Western man threatened to fall into the abyss of endless time travel loops, threatened to fall into paganism, by eliminating the Christian Revelation. The Christian Revelation is the ground of being, it can never be disposed of. It can never be eliminated. It is eternal because it is the ground of tradition and being. Jesus is in no way a revolutionary or radical. Jesus is the Uncreated Lord, the Uncreated Master, the Most Perfect Intelligence, the King of the Angels. And His Mother crowned Queen of Heaven in Revelations 12, His mother, the mediatrix of reality, through whom all graces flow down, interceding for humanity and streaming down blessings from Heaven into creation.
Western man striving for Perfection achieves the perfect balance, the perfect mathesis, in returning to Christian Revelation in the Most Perfect Way. We can conceive of the completion of the Enlightenment in total opposition to any admixture with cyborg transhumanism. In total rejection of Faustian transhumanism, in total rejection of cyborg post-humanism and extraterrestrial lore. We seek only the Angelic filiation, the Perfection of the Angelic intelligences, in perfect organic recirprocity. Western man, striving for the Perfect Way, must complete the project of the Enlightenment, perfect mathematical knowledge as envisioned by Gottfried Lebiniz, the only traditionalist of the Enlightenment.
The Enlightenment is about resisting not evil in the most subtle way, Western man returns to the higher balance by eliminating all evil from within himself. The traditional Catholic conception as it existed from the Church Fathers to Aquinas was in balance between reason and Revelation. It did this by maintaining the balanance of good and evil. It did this by maintaining that existence itself is good, but man is fallen, made evil by sin, but man is intrinsically good despite this because he is redeemed. He is promised Salvation in the New Covenant if he lives well the teachings of Christ. He is capable of rising to the heights of the Christian promise. He is capable of the ascent through the Celestial mansions. Western man is therefore balanced, being both good and evil, both fallen and capable of return to the abode of the Father.
This balance was lost with the introduction of materialism through Baruch Spinoza and Renes Descartes. The separation of man from his environment, the destruction of the Catholic way of being, the destruction of the Revelation pole of being. The experiment with Faustian man, returning the balance of good and evil, the higher balance, unobtainable by the East. This is a mathesis, a lucidity, a perfection, an organic harmony, an incredible way of being, to return to reciprocity between reason and Revelation in the Catholic way of being. Jesus Christ is the origin of time. To articulate the Perfect Way is to restore the balance of Western idea, to eliminate evil within himself, because within himself is the capacity for sin and disharmony.
And so the story of Western man is the disharmony in his soul, it finds its conception in Parmenides who says that only being is and non-being in no way is. And Dionysius Areopagite, in the Christian tradition, reiterates this in saying that only goodness is actual and evil is insubstantial. We hold to this doctrine, and at the same time, we balance the actuality of goodness with the insubstantial appearance of evil, so that evil can be eliminated form the soul. Whereas Faustian transhumanism seeks to accept this evil and radically let it loose it into the world, to accept evil as a social way of being, it seeks to play dice with demons.
To come up with an alternative to the vision of the dystopian transhumanism, the brain machine interface, the cyborgs, the nanomachines, we must conceive of the organic modality, an organic way of being, the Perfect Way of being, the Perfect analogy, we must conceive of a higher balance, the Christian Revelation and Greek reason, the Christian Revelation and universal mathematics brought into the greatest harmony. The Christian Revelation rediscovered in a Way that is the most traditional Way. This is only possible by the Perfect Way, the articulation and convergence towards the most fundamental vocabulary of being. It holds in harmony with the East, the harmony with the Tao, the balance and harmony in the environment, the reciprocity with nature, the ecological conception, and pure goodness.
And through St. Anselm, by the very existence of this most Perfect Way, we thereby approach and approximate this Way, we become absorbed into this pattern-structure of being, we are a part of it. We are children of God, we are children of the Most High Intelligence, speaking through us, speaking through our souls. This Way is the higher balance between good and evil that ultimately conquers over evil, that subsumes it in the soul by interiorizing and transmuting it, dissolving it, and in no way expressing it or giving into it. The Perfect Way is the perfect organic ecology, the organic mathematics of awareness, the proportional harmony with all situations, the proportional relation to all contexts and objects in the field of awareness, the logic of sacred Christian meaning, which conquers over the environment yet is in perfect harmony with it. The Perfect Way is the convergence to the fundamental vocabulary, the completion of metaphysics by organic mathematics. It is the meta-calculus of the social organism.
The soul of man is a character, a destiny, it is one structure from birth until death, it is one lifeworld. This is the character, destiny, fate. This fundamental theme is the axiomatic context of all his articulations, and expressions and actions, and it orders all his wants and inclinations, and all his choices and decisions in space are ordered by this most beautiful theme, which is derived from the Most High Intelligence, through the filiation of the Angels and the soul. And all of the social organism is one interaction of the variegated lifeworlds, one harmonious composition, moving through space around one unstated form, one Most High Intelligence, one Greatest Possible Conception of good without evil, and they are all motivated by this one most sublime conception, which exists in the interior root of the soul of all people, but especially Christian. And they strive on for the Perfect Way, and this Perfect Way is the meta-calculus, the total harmonic reciprocity with space and beings, the total beauty of patterned communication and the loving relationship, the total proportional harmony of conception, of agape and eros, and logical mystery, and sacred inquiry. The Perfect Way is the Way of all true paths. All of being circulates around this one conception, this one convergence, of the meta-calculus of the most fundamental vocabulary.
There is, in being, an overall distribution of sound and expression and action in each moment. And each action of speech is an articulation some aspect of that overall distribution of sounds and actions at that moment. This overall distribution of sounds and actions is one harmony, one composition, orchestrated by the Creator, who is the Way. And each action in space is an instance of that overall totality, an example of it. And each of those contexts are in total reciprocity, completely offsetting one another in a pre-established harmony. This is the total balance that is re-discovered by the Western mind in its memory of the Christian Revelation. That Jesus Christ is an intelligent mathesis, an intelligent teacher, a wise teacher, Who instructs in the Most Perfect Way, He speaks in clear tones, He speaks in wise words, and never fails to keep his promises.
And the most profound conception of religion is that it is the most fundamental answer to the question of meaning and the question of existence. The religious answer is the deepest answer to the question of existence. It is the only logical answer to the meaning of suffering. That all suffering has a greater glory attached to it.
And so we rediscover the source of harmony and cooperation within ourselves, within this distribution of sound and action in space, which is already always in total harmony and equilibrium, and by this profound conception of ecological harmony and grace within the environment. Western man returns to the balance in his soul and balance with good and evil, knowing that he has a tendency to sin and not giving into that tendency. Denying the tendency to fall away from the Creator, always seeking the most fundamental of all patterns and structures in existence, the very ground of essence and being as a Way, not a technique or method, but the superessential unity of these, not as poetry or mathematics, but the superessentialy unity of these, not as science or art, but as one field, one inquiry, one Way, one Harmony. And this overflowing exactness, it bleeds out to the beings, so that all can understand Him, and know Him, that reason and Revelation are one conception and one modality.
And so we have the pre-Socratics, Parmenides being the first example of disharmony in the Western soul, the first instance of Faustian man. Then we have Christ, the supreme expression of the higher balance, the supreme expression of the greatest achievement of the highest balance, the salvation of mankind, the radical elimination of evil and suffering from the world, promised to us. And we have the Stoics, Cicero, and Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius, who are in many ways in harmony with the Chritian way. And then we have the Church Fathers, who articulated the doctrines of the most holy Church. And we have St. Augustine, convert from Gnosticism. And St. Irenaeus, the refutation of Gnosticism. Then we have St. Maximus the Confessor and the Cappodocian Fathers. And then we have St. Thomas Aquinas weaving together Aristotle and Christian Revelation for the most enduring dogma of the Church. And at the same time as the Church Fathers, we have the neo-platonics, articulating a pagan Gnosticism, and Dionysius Areopagite rejecting the neo-platonics, but harmonizing Plato with the Christian Revelation, who is made of most sublime use by Aquinas. The medieval conception is rigorous in ways no longer understood, rigorous about the interaction between senses and intellect. St. Albert the Great, the great saint of union with God and the rediscovery of Aristotle. And through the rigor of the scholastics comes the Renaissance and the introduction of humanism, paganism. And in Kant, Goethe, Schelling, Fichte, Herder, Hegel, we find the Lutheran exposition of the subjective science, and really in Leibniz is the origin of the whole Enligthenment project to complete the Christian Revelation. The whole Enlightenment project is about nothing more than the completion of Christian Revelation, nothing more than attaining the higher harmony that was discovered by Christ, that allows societies to peacefully exist and co-exist. Western man must discover that most gracious harmony, must live in accord with the Way of the Creator, with the Way of the most primordial intelligence, the most primordial pattern of existence, the most profound balance of creation. And so Germany, the deep and profound destiny of Germany, through Leibniz, Kant, and the German idealists, was to discover the a priori categories of space and time, the a priori concepts by which we cognize existence. And through Kant’s Copernican revolution in thought, he inverted the whole emphasis on objective substance to the subjective lifeworld, and Western man became secular and humanist and individualized and subjective, and fragmented, radically chaotic and disharmonized, because of the loss of the Christian Revelation. And it is only through reason, was the gamble of the German Enlightenment, that only through reason was the higher balance attainable, was the rediscovery of Christ attainable.