Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hail Cthulhu

A quick comment on Sam Mickey's article on object oriented theology. He speculates that God might resemble Cthulhu, which reminds me of previous IPS forum threads here and here. Perhaps in some twisted and horrific way we might find some clues there to our inquires here on OOO?

One aspect of Cthulhu that comes immediately to mind is that s/he/it is radically other, cannot be comprehended, let alone barely imagined is the most vague of ways.

I.e., it is radically withdrawn and can never enter into presence or actualization, always remaining a nightmare that haunts our waking days, insidiously reminding us in our moments of weakness that all we know and aspire to is but a dream that can come crashing down at any moment without notice like a tornado in the night. Even though we cannot directly perceive it we nonetheless have an inkling of it though our darkest dreams and through our speculative philosophies, themselves nightmares for ontotheologies. Cthulhu  is a hyperobject of the most majestic magnitude that although we cannot grasp we still see its effects in our fears, like the slowly increasing temperature of the earth from another hyperobject, climate change. Cthulhu warns us to keep our theories of everything in check, to allow for the unknown and unknowable, to temper what otherwise can easily slide into totalitarianism and hegemony. If we do not heed its call we will project his shadow and create our own destruction. All hail Cthulhu, the horrific and ironic savior of mankind!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn - (In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.)

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