Note on Capital and History

Before history, humans were subordinated to the gods, and that limited their ambitions. The gods were the stabilizing guarantee that prevented history. Prehistory was the time when the relation with divinity afforded stability in knowledge, economy, psychology and society.  Generally speaking, divinity prevented capital accumulation. Excesses were sacrificed to the gods, and so humans were limited in how far they could go.  But, once divinity was removed, humanity lost its limits. This abolition was the great event that set us off-kilter tumbling into the uncertain events of history. This was accomplished by subversive mystical cults such as Gnosticism, Sufism, alchemy and similar spiritual materialisms. Or we could say divinity was abolished by dialectics through the radical spiritualization of matter. Human consciousness breached its relation with divine absoluteness, and so it became an unstable search for its own absoluteness.  Capital is the form of human power as it fills the void left by the evacuation of the divine. This is the problematic excess or openness of history, and its analysis is disturbed by the uncertainties of lost finitude. At our present juncture, there is a nascent polemical tension between capital and markets. If capital is humanity sucked into the vacuum left by the evacuation of the gods, then it is also the dissatisfaction which compels the endless chase of fashion. This endless quest for a model is the circular life of Tantalus and Sisyphus. Perhaps the problem then is to absolve the circle of capital by reasserting human finitude.  This could mean reestablishing some relation with divinity, or with something else that can stand for alterior absoluteness as divinity once did. So I think it is becoming possible to enter a phase of dialectical praxis as a work of anti-history.  

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