Monday, 17 December 2007

In the Waugh Zone



There was an interesting article in the Daily Mail on saturday, about novelist Evelyn Waugh. Well known, of course, for his brilliant and witty dissections of English life, it seems that the man was not without a much darker side. As his late son, Auberon Waugh, recalled:

'As a parent he reserved the right not just to deny affection to his children, but to advertise an acute and unqualified dislike of them... Whenever his children were around, he was liable to take his meals in the library, advancing no more complicated reason than that he was bored by our company... If it had been a joke, this undisguised dislike... would soon have worn pretty thin. Since it was plainly not a joke, it became a fact of life.'

Strangely, towards the end of his life, Waugh developed a most unusual hobby: having his teeth pulled out, without anaesthetic. 'The vulgar new school of literary biographer,' says Auberon Waugh, 'attributed it to some strain of sexual masochism, but I am not persuaded by this.' Interestingly, losing his teeth seemed to effect a spiritual change in him: 'Where before he had been gloomy, bad tempered and on occasions aggressive, he became benign and affectionate, but still his death lifted a great brooding awareness not only from Combe Florey- the Waugh family home in Somerset- but from the whole of existence.'

This 'great brooding' quality is well captured in the above photograph; which, so appropriately, sees the distinctly Crowley-like Waugh perched between two sphinxes. Describing this malevolent charisma, his son writes:

'His presence was overwhelming. He was a small man- scarcely five foot six- and only a writer, after all, but I have seen generals, and chancellors of the exchequer, six foot six and exuding self-importance from every pore, quail in front of him...' The same is captured in this portrait from his student days at Hertford College, Oxford, as found on Wikipedia.


Where did it come from? In my world, as I'm hoping some of you are starting to understand, charisma is a transdimensional construct. It's just one of the traces of the manipulating force I know as 'the Dagon.' Its 'purpose', if you like, is to anoint a guru, or saviour figure; who will leech as much energy from as many people as it can, on behalf of its alien overlords. Charisma- which is nothing other than heightened energy, chi or libido- is the 'technology' that achieves this hypnotic bind. It's the 'force' which attracts and compels others to itself.

This sort of anointing, however, first requires that an individual become 'illuminised'- i.e to participate in any or several of the many behaviours which permit the ingress of an overshadowing consciousness. As I explained in a recent article at Battling the Behemoth (here) one such vehicle is Catholicism: which, in its pristine, Babylonian form, was created for just this purpose. In Waugh's case there may well be factors which predate his conversion, which his deep love of the Tridentine litury- the name betrays its Atlantean roots- would have compounded. (Was Waugh one of those 'star people', illuminised from birth; despatched into form to effect- or reflect- some catalytic change? That would make him- like Prince Charles or Al Gore- more a sentient programme than a human being: as technology is now starting to acknowledge: click here.)

Whatever the truth of the matter, in this- as in so much else- I sense the invisible hand of the Dagon.

4 comments:

km artlu said...

This post has whetted my appetite for a more comprehensive grasp of your views on the Dagon. I only have a vague idea gleaned from the various contexts in which you have made reference.

Can you point me to any of your earlier postings, or writings elsewhere, that will serve as a primer?

BTB said...

Thanks very much... Er, the Dagon seem to turn up just about everywhere at the moment, but for as clear an idea as possible based on the information currently available, try:

Channelling the Dagon

or:

Dun-jinns and Dragons.



ATB,
Ben

Michael said...

Ben, thanks for elaborating a bit about this. Food for thought....

Atlantean Times said...

As i write this BenBEN, Elvis 68 comeback special is on ITV...just the sweetest TIMING...

Waugh was mentioned in the film lost in translation which stars Scarletti John's Son as the Vixen Bill Murray cant get out of his Mind......

It is given as the name that Anna faris books into the hotel under...she gets the sex of waugh wrong and believes him to be a woman hence her choice for the name..

Interesting that his idenity is stolen by a woman who believes him to be a woman...anyway it gets better....\She is staring in a film as part of the plot called Midnight Velocity alongside the neo and only Keanu who she describes as being risen fron the dead and reincarnated in the junket scene that scarlet stumbles upon.....even more interesting is that in the photo shoot for Suntory whiskey or Water of Life Uisce Baithe Bill Murray is asked not to impersonate Loger Moore 007 but to CHANNEL him...he says he prefers Sean Connery who incidently actually did commercials for Suntory whiskey along with Sofia Coppola's father who also did commercials for that brand.....

Just a thought...synchronistically this is telling us that waugh was not who he represented himself to be....