The inverse economics of gratitude

Part of the Kabbalistic/Tantric reality replacement program is faith. This is great. Faith is generic. It only means taking a mythic claim as true (and its purported referent as real) despite the consensus interpretation, which says that things are husks and physics is alien to human hope and concern.

Faith is the lynchpin of mythological empowerment. It is faith, finally, that lets you hook inner emotional and other states into the hero and benefactor of your myth. An object that is not believed in, including the non-objective all-pervading Urgrund behind even the subject and the Unconditioned of Buddhism, cannot be a candidate for meditative absorption.

Hassidic Jews are the peerless knights of faith in the contemporary West. They are faith-crazy and frightfully serious about their allegiance to Yahveh’s peeves. It’s all very impressive and unusual for the eye-rolling skeptics. Their passion is fearsome. And, for these reasons, they must feel very happy.

Faith rests on fiat—the Most Beautiful Object must first be made. But that is just a start. Once made, we then praise it, thereby investing it with even more goodness. “You are good! You are the fount of all goodness! I owe you so much! Thank you! Thank you!”

This second step—the ugly, obsequious one—gets short shrift these days. Magick, positing, constructivism—all good and reasonable. But praise, worship, gratitude—embarrassing symptoms of an innate proto-fascism. Dumb humans are wired to worship any old thing, even our own arbitrary fictions.

But the gratitude phase is even more therapeutic than the positing phase. And if you look carefully, you will see that the apparent outwardness (and economic loss) of gratitude is a trick—it seems to go out but it really raises the value of what one already has. The gratitude of worship, inside the context of exclusivism, says: “Wow! I am really lucky! Holy crap! I am so happy! I am so, so happy! I got it all!” (And the smaller the group of people having the One True Method of Linking with the Boss, the luckier they feel.)

Thanking someone for the Great Gift presupposes that you have received said gift. Thanking someone profusely for the Great Gift and meaning it is a mechanism that fills the gift with pure highest-value juice. The goodness that is presumed to reside in the gift is proportional to the gratitude you feel. So when the praise is highest, the value of one’s life becomes highest.

The recipient of the value is the one doing the thanking. That’s an amazing trick.