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What Sacred Games

What Sacred Games

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Published by hipbone6551
A HipBone solo game on the topic of nuclear war and the sacred
A HipBone solo game on the topic of nuclear war and the sacred

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Published by: hipbone6551 on Jan 17, 2011
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 hat sacredgamesshall we haveto invent?
A TenStones Gameby Charles Cameron
 The great German engraver Albrecht Dürer’s illustrations of the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) differ from contemporary televised images of warfare not only interms of the armor and weaponry used, but also and more importantly by recordingtwo worlds, the visible and the invisible, where the television camera records only the visible. The sky in television reports of war contains missiles and warplanes, and if anything “invisible” is depicted, it is invisible only by virtue of being viewed in theinfra-red portion of the spectrum via night scope. Dürer’s sky is not merely “sky” butalso “heaven”, and thus depicts that “war in heaven” alluded to in Revelations 12: 7, with its angels and demons and dragon, its Lady clothed with the sun, the moonunder her feet, and crowned with the stars... A crucial shift in the way in which we envision “reality” has occurred between Albrecht Dürer’s time and our own, and that shift has indeed largely deprived us of areal sense of the existence of an “invisible world” — whether it be the invisible worldof faerie or sacrament, of poetic vision or apocalypse. That great modern prophet William Blake both predicted and lamented this loss, and his entire corpus of poetry and paintings can be viewed as a singular attempt to replace in our culture that visionary quality that our increasing scientism so easily deprives us of.
 This shift in our understanding becomes exceedingly important when we come toconsider the awesome potential of weapons now in the human arsenal: and nuclear weapons in particular. For while the “rational” conscious mind is consideringHermann Kahn’s Ladder of Escalation and other more recent “scenarios” and “gameplans” in the “theater of war” with characteristic dispassion, the imagination by necessity views the imaginal... and our dreams, our hopes and fears are filled withthose same ancient forces that John of Patmos perceived in his visions, and which Albrecht Dürer depicted in the imagery of his own time. As a culture, we are nowlargely “unconscious” of the war in heaven — but it has not ceased to influence ourlives. James Mills, who was President Pro Tem of the California State Senate while RonaldReagan was Governor, reports that Reagan told him at a state dinner in 1971:Everything is falling into place. It can’t be too long now. Ezekiel saysthat fire and brimstone will be rained upon the enemies of God’speople. That must mean that they’ll be destroyed by nuclear weapons. They exist now, and they never did in the past. Ezekiel tellsus that Gog, the nation that will lead all the other powers of darknessagainst Israel, will come out of the north. Biblical scholars have beensaying for generations that Gog must be Russia. What other powerfulnation is to the north of Israel? None. But it didn’t seem to makesense before the Russian revolution, when Russia was a Christiancountry. Now it does, now that Russia has become communistic andatheistic, now that Russia has set itself against God. Now it fits thedescription of Gog perfectly.Part of the interest of this particular quotation, of course, lies in the fact that Russiahas had another revolution since it was made, and presumably no longer fits the “EvilEmpire” image that Ronald Reagan still carried with him when he was President —and thus Commander in Chief of US armed forces that deployed vast numbers of nuclear warheads in an array against the Russians...

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