Among the great sages of the ancient world, there once dwelt a mystic who the ancients heralded as the Мaster of Мasters, the Great-great or the Thrice-greatest Hermes Trismegistus. This man, if man indeed he was, is the author of the Corpus Hermeticum, the discoverer of alchemy, the founder of astrology, and the forebear of occult wisdom. 

The Egyptians deified the Thrice-greatest as the God of wisdom Thoth, while the Greeks recognized the equivalence of Thoth and Hermes through the interpretatio graeca and worshiped them as the same deity.

Hermes’s influence on philosophy, dogma, science, mathematics, and — most importantly — our collective map of meaning, spans across two millennia and more cultures and religions than probably exist today. 

Hermes matters for this story: not because his arcane teachings have anything to do with crypto or decentralized systems and protocols (he was a prophet alright, but he got nothing on Satoshi), but because one of his fundamental principles of reality — the principle of rhythm — serves as pretty good ruler for mapping out the colossal societal phase shift we’re currently facing today.

It’s time to reflect, writes Allen Farrington in rebuttal — and reflect we will. It was unfortunate, perhaps, that it took us being stranded in our homes, besieged by an invisible, undead enemy to finally question how we managed to mess this up so profusely, but at least we’re finally doing it.

Rhythm compensates

The hermetic law of rhythm is the embodiment of the truth that all things rise and fall. That the pendulum swing manifests in everything, and that the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left. This principle, once you’ve witnessed it, cannot be unseen. It applies to all things, at all levels of analysis. It is almost fractal in nature, and much reminiscent of human stupidity.

Relative to whatever-dimensional axis the current cultural pendulum is swinging, one thing is obvious even to…

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