The Saving Remnant




"The genuine practitioners of the love of and the search for wisdom will be but a small remnant. . . Those who belong to this small class have tasted how sweet and blessed a possession philosophy is."
Plato, The Commonwealth, VI


     In each era, small groups of advanced thinkers have pushed humankind forward, revealing what persons are capable of, while battling the forces of degradation, ignorance, and murderous tyranny. But the ongoing struggle against oppression is ultimately insufficient--as one form of tyranny replaces another in historic succession. Humans must at last attain the understanding and capability that will enable them to create a higher social order.

     The only viable way for this to occur is for an advanced group to constitute itself as a "saving remnant" that will leaven the larger culture with its higher knowledge and power, creating a commonwealth.


"Say to yourselves: the little group of us here have waked up a little sooner than the rest of them, can see the danger a little clearer, are passionately convinced of the thing to be done. Then we're the ones to do it. It's only the conviction that we are the ones to do it that is going to accomplish it."

Betty White and Stewart Edward White, With Folded Wings


     In a previous essay we examined how the realization of a commonwealth must come about. In this essay we're concentrating on the role of a saving remnant in assisting in this process of creating a benevolent social order.

     In a time when a demonic capitalist cabal tyrannizes the ordinary world, we wonder how humankind will ever gain the understanding and the power to throw off this reign of terror and establish a commonwealth for the good of all its members. Those alive now have never experienced a civil order whose principles and structures accrue to the well-being and full development of all its citizens. Commonwealth is essentially an unfamiliar concept and experience. How, then, can humans gain the understanding and power to create a benevolent society while living in a culture where egotistic greed and uncontrolled power are the standards?

"Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all."

Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, 1776


     From time immemorial, humans have been dominated by small despotic groups characterized by ruthlessness and depravity, with a benevolent leader here and there thrown in for good measure. True to its intrinsic nature, capitalism has developed into a baleful genocidal fascism and a positive but flawed American democracy has now degenerated into a barbaric totalitarianism.

      As people have been mentally conditioned in autocratic social control and interaction, "the struggle of all against all," the knowledge and capability relative to effective group solidarity and decision-making have essentially been lost.

     As Paulo Freire 1 has made clear, oppressed people see themselves as competitive animals in a "dog eat dog" society, identifying with their capitalist oppressors and vulture capitalism's despotic ideology.

     Oppressed people can lose consciousness of themselves as real persons with authentic power or as members of an oppressed class. If tyrannized people do not learn to think for themselves, they remain mere pawns of the ideology of the ruling class.

      The present capitalist cabal has created the most powerful engine of repression and destruction that the world has ever seen. Left to its own devices, the capitalist cabal has destroyed the basic principles and institutions of all civilization. This is why it is so essential to create a saving remnant community in the twenty-first century.

"No one in the history of the world has developed a system of power so sophisticated, so pervasive, so internally legitimizing by its own victims than corporatism."

Ralph Nader, "Reflections On the Consumer Movement" 2


      It is from this system of total worker annihilation that we must save ourselves--hence the absolute necessity of a Saving Remnant!

The Concept and Realization of the Saving Remnant

    The concept of the "saving remnant" is constituted by allegory, 3 metaphor, 4 and analogy, 5 deriving its meaning from a number of sources. In this essay's use of the concept, "saving" does not refer to orthodox religious "salvation" 6 whereby a believer has faith in and devotion to a "savior" who "saves" him from an angry deity who wishes to punish him for his sins.

     In our use of the term, "saving" 7 refers to protecting, maintaining, preserving, or rediscovering something of value.

     The concept of remnant in this essay refers to a small surviving, transformative, and enlightening group, in somewhat the same terms used by Gerald Sykes in his book The Hidden Remnant.

"A Remnant means, both originally and in the sense in which it is used here, a group of people who have survived or can survive a great catastrophe, while an elite means a group of socially superior persons. The origin of one word is religious, of the other social. In its flowering a society may produce an elite. It is only in a time of extreme trial that it is called upon to produce a Remnant. . . ."  

     A saving remnant, then, is a small group which discovers, applies, and disseminates transmutational 8 principles within its own domain, proving the truth and efficacy of its precepts by its own practices, then leavening the larger culture within which it exists, creating a commonwealth community.

The Necessity of a Saving Remnant

     As the world descends into anarchy, it is only such an advanced fellowship that has the higher knowledge of how to transform human character while at the same time preserving the essentials of human civilization. A transformative group provides the most effective organizational and strategic means for struggling against personal and social ignorance and tyranny.

Galileo      This coalition of advanced thinkers provides an effective laboratory for experimentation and training in consensus decision-making which will produce innovative concepts, procedures, and leaders to assist in building an advanced human culture.

     This initiate echelon provides a sustaining environment of open, positive interpersonal interchange in which individuals can develop to their fullest.

     A transformative fellowship provides security in numbers and commitment and provides the pattern for a new society for future generations.

     This grouping of initiates provides a supportive experimental environment in which new ideas, art forms, and approaches can be tried, tested, proved, nurtured, and disseminated.

     A transformative group--an ageless spiritual aristocracy which disseminates wisdom to humankind in each historic era--conducts itself according to Perennialist precepts. Thus, it contains in its very existence and modes of operation the mystery of how transformation is carried out through group activities and how human groups can function at the highest level.

The Felt Need for Preservation

     The progress of civilization has largely been the work of creative and conscientious men and women, forgotten by history and derided by power brokers and scholastics.

     The criminal cabal has been able to destroy the minds of a great number of Americans, to the point that they are blind to the debauched, lethal condition of the nation and the world. They're aware of almost nothing of what's happening in the world, what's happening to the psyches of the world's peoples, and therefore see no need for preservation.

     Since the brain-dead masses throughout the world see no need for deliverance from the totalitarian cabal, they make exceptional people--those who could rescue them from the death-throes of their suicidal ignorance--seem superfluous.

"What further evidence do we need of the degrading ends of our acquisitive existence, when it has reduced our defenses and self-justifications to a level which, by any normal standard of judgment, has lost all the essential marks of civilization? What shall we say of ourselves, and of our philosophy and 'way of life,' when, looking for the spokesmen of the best in the traditions of Western culture, we find that we have made them into superfluous men? How many of those who are acknowledged to be individuals of cultivation and sensibility are able to make their voices heard? How many try to make themselves heard? You hear a Bertrand Russell in England, a Lewis Mumford in the United States. A Schweitzer speaks from Africa. There are one or two more, perhaps, who would qualify as of this group, but the Saving Remnant among contemporaries is indeed a desperately tiny few . . .

"Here, you might say, in Gerald Sykes' phrase, is 'the politics of shipwreck,' which is the only kind of politics worth practicing, these days. [Sykes'] conception of the Remnant reminds us somewhat of the endeavor of Pythagoras in founding his school at Krotona. The Greek philosopher sought to train individuals in a way of life that would enable them to go out into society and lift it to a higher level by the leverage of their personal example." 9

     The saving remnant assists the larger culture to recognize its critical need for knowledge and awareness by which it can be delivered from the murderous intentions of the current cabal which is running rampant over the face of the earth.

"The mass society must first recover from its moral insensibility, and this can happen only as more and more of its members stop submitting to mass compulsions. The Remnant, in short, must grow." 10

     In an essay on this subject, 11 Albert Jay Nock identified the few who understand this problem as members of what he, following the Book of Isaiah, called the Saving Remnant, in which he placed Plato and Marcus Aurelius along with the Hebrew prophet. To structure his analysis, Nock rendered Isaiah into modern English. (The time of Isaiah was after the rule of King Uzziah of Israel, who reigned for fifty-two years (808-756 B.C.), a period of notable prosperity.) Nock relates:

Isaiah 'In the year of Uzziah's death, the Lord commissioned the prophet to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. "Tell them what a worthless lot they are," He said. "Tell them what is wrong, and why, and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don't mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong, and keep on giving it to them. I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you," He added, "that it won't do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you, and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life."

'Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job; in fact, he had asked for it; but this prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question why, if all that were so, if the enterprise were to be a failure from the start, was there any sense in starting it? "Ah," the Lord said, "you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up, because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society, and meanwhile your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.'" 12

Patrick Henry speech on March 23, 1775: Give me liberty or give me death      Humans must overcome their tendency to ignore and marginalize persons with wisdom, gaining essential respect for those adepts capable of preserving civilization and developing a higher social order. The desire for a commonwealth must come out of the understanding that other seemingly simpler and more efficient principles of social order lead inevitably to the oppression of society by a tyrannous faction. We gain this understanding by experiencing oppressive forms of despotism in the family, the workplace, and the community. By experiencing the oppression and life-destruction which these forms entail we gain an intense desire for the commonwealth way of life.

     Unlike Isaiah's concept of the saving remnant as the "obscure, unorganized, inarticulate" residue that happens to survive catastrophe, our concept of a transformative, enlightening group in this essay refers to a deliberately created, carefully developed fellowship that possesses advanced knowledge and capability.

A Deliberately Created Saving Remnant

Thomas Carlyle      Every civilization has contained within it the principle that certain advanced persons have constituted the means by which a society has been preserved and advanced: Sargon of Babylonia, Hermes (Thoth) of Egypt, Moses of the Hebrew nations, and Plato of Greece--to name only a few. At some point in the nation's history the people have been "taken captive" by some hostile, malevolent force, necessitating the extraordinary efforts of a Patriarchal Leader to preserve a remnant by which to rebuild the society. Much of this epochal history is mere myth, with little if any foundation in reality and is always based on the happenstance of a Preserver appearing on the scene.

     But in truth, throughout history humankind has been preserved and its mind and spirit advanced through the arcane wisdom of Perennialist teachers. They have initiated the great impulses that move humanity forward, leaving their mark, as in the examples of Perennialist-inspired leaders like Frederick II and teachers such as Diotima, Socrates, Plato, Hypatia, Boethius, Rumi, Rabia, and Bernard of Clairvaux.


         But never has an individual leader or a group been able--yet--to develop a lasting civil order based on the principle of serving the interests of all its citizens. In the history of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt saved the country from collapsing into totalitarianism (Federalist party tyranny) and economic disaster (the Great Depression of 1929). But America was soon again overpowered by domestic and European moneyed interests in the nineteenth century, represented by the Belmonts and the Rothschilds, and the result was the American Civil War and the severe depression of 1893. Since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the international cabal, typified by the Rockefellers, the British royals, and the Bush family interests--including their puppets from both American political parties--have controlled the American economic and political systems to the detriment of the people, while amassing great wealth and power for themselves. Even worse, the demonic cabal now has seized power through such coups as JFK's assassination and Trump's stealing of the 2016 election through collusion with Russia.

     We are historically at a time, therefore, when we can no longer merely hope and wait for a "Great Leader" to come along, someone who might pull us out of our present catastrophic condition. If humankind is to be preserved from utter destruction by this demonic cabal, we must deliberately create a saving remnant that will rescue us from our plight, an advanced group which will demonstrate higher knowledge, disseminating this wisdom through which to build a society in which the good of all its members is the operating principle.

Diet of Grapes


Once upon a time, in the days of long ago, there was a wise and powerful prince, who lived within a walled estate. His palace was surrounded by orchards and gardens, and he was generally thought, because he did not explain his actions, to be uncaring of the people's interests, and neglectful of his duty to strive to improve himself. Those people who were considered wise were unable to understand him, and spoke against him. Those who knew little about him thought that he was bereft of qualities. Those who wished to curry favour praised him; but since such people are generally superficialists, this did not extend his repute far.

    Now the territory in which this prince lived was, as is the way of life, attacked by barbarians, who successively reduced the neighbouring principalities until they were fast approaching his own. Time and again the prince sent messages to the other rulers, asking them to ally themselves with him against the invaders, but such was their arrogance, their ignorance of him, or their other tendencies that they took no heed.

    This behaviour on the part of his neighbours did not seem to distress the prince. All he said was, 'The burden of wisdom is almost too much to bear. I have, as a truthful man, been forced to tell them that I have to be their leader if the war is to be won in co-operation with them. Naturally they will not accept such a condition. Therefore the only option is to wait until the Second Stage.'

    The barbarians continued to advance, until those who had been opposing them, in ever-increasing numbers, fell back upon the domain of our prince to make a last stand. They were the remnants of the knights and soldiers of every one of the vanquished princes.

     Thus it was that one day when the prince was resting, his minister approached him and . . . said:

     We have been unable to prevent the remnants of the defending armies from climbing the walls of the Domain, in their flight. They are now huddled in the vineyards, covered in mud and blood, in the last stages of exhaustion.'

      The prince raised his head. 'And what else?' he asked.

     'And,' continued the minister, 'they are too exhausted even to eat or to attend to their wounds. They are now lying fast asleep, like dead men, while the enemy masses without.'

     'Very well,' said the prince, 'now you have made your report, you may withdraw. Return to me the day after tomorrow, to describe conditions then.'

     The minister, though knowing that his master was possessed of wisdom, wondered why the prince did not take some action to defend the domain, but, like a good servant, made his salutation and withdrew.

     Two days later he again approached the prince and said: 'Lord of Princeliness I have come as instructed.'

     'Give me your report,' answered the prince.

     'The exhausted warriors,' said the minister, 'have now slept for two days.'

     'And what are they doing?' the prince asked.

     'They are now so famished that they are devouring grass, leaves and raw grapes.'

     'Very good,' said the prince. 'Return in a further day and give me an account of conditions.'

     The next day the minister announced: 'High Presence! The lords, warriors and ordinary people who fled to our domain are now eating the ripe grapes, having restored themselves somewhat.'

     'Continue your report tomorrow, at midday,' said his master.

     The day after, the minister said, 'The refugees are now selecting the best grapes and eating them'.

     'Excellent,' said the prince. 'Now call them to me, and I shall prepare them for the victory against the barbarians, for they are ready. Before this, they were in no condition to struggle, and had to get what nutrition they could from us. If we leave it any later, they will be so sated that they will start to argue among themselves, and will not listen to us. Prepare for victory!'

     And that is the tale of the wise prince whose actions nobody understood. When the final battle came, and the barbarians were slaughtered, the victorious army fell out with one another. Returning to their own lands, their historians wrote conflicting accounts of what had passed.

      All accounts had this in common: they misunderstood the prince. 13


      With the almost invisible assistance of the Saving Remnant, humankind will be able to regain its awareness of the timeless principles of justice, truth, and goodness, ridding itself of the demonic cabal, bringing cabal members to account for crimes against humankind, and establishing a Commonwealth for the mutual benefit of all its citizens.





Notes:

1 Paulo Freire, The Pedagogy of the Oppressed

2 Ralph Nader, Reflections On the Consumer Movement, Public Citizen, September/October, 2011

3 Allegory: the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths about human existence. Allegories of a saving remnant include these elements:

  • Old Testament - captivity - evil captor and complicit captive - release of remnant - rebuilding Temple
  • Middle Ages - mind destruction followed by reintroduction of Perennial wisdom
  • Poisoned Well - the ethos of a culture becomes contaminated and only those who avoid these noxious aspects survive and can lead the larger society to a higher order of life
  • Rebuilding

4 Metaphor: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them

5 Analogy: inference that if two or more things agree with one another in some respects they will probably agree in others; resemblance in some particulars between the members of pairs of sets of linguistic forms that serve as a basis for the creation of another form

6 In religion, salvation refers to being saved from an undesirable state or condition. In Western religions, this state is typically one in which an individual faces the prospect of eternal torment in hell. In Eastern religions, this state is typically one in which an individual faces earthly suffering during endless cycles of death and reincarnation.

7 Saving:

  • To keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction : protect

  • To keep alive, intact, or free from decay: maintain

  • To keep or save from decomposition: preserve

  • To keep up and reserve for personal or special use: rediscover

8 The separation of the soul from its original state of being is not total. Regeneration to and re-attainment of our original state are desirable and possible. Despite the soul's fall there persists in it, although in a condition of atrophy and enchantment, a residual seed of that divine principle which once wholly actuated it. This seed, the latent "divine spark," the "Christ in you" of Paul, used effectively, can bring about regeneration--the reunion of personal consciousness with the Universal Mind. This process of regeneration (palingenenesia in Greek) is an actual transmutation of the psychical and physical elements within our present frail and imperfect nature into a divinized condition.

9 Walker Winslow, "The Irrelevance of the Cold War," MANAS Journal, November 28, 1962

10 Ibid.

11 Albert Jay Nock, Free Speech and Plain Language, 1937

12 "The Weight of Orthodoxy," MANAS, March 21, 1984

13 Idries Shah, The Commanding Self