Egyptian Civilization & Organicity
Egypt, home of a knowledge superior to the man’s capacity
For instance, their knowledge of astronomy and geography was so great they constructed their monuments taking into consideration the position of the stars as well as the dimensions of the earth and the ocean. They also were able to raise to the top of their pyramids enormous stones that could not be lifted even by the most powerful cranes of New York (in the 1920s when he was writing). How do you explain such tremendous advancements?
We can say that the argument would prove too much. If it is demonstrated that this knowledge is over and beyond what a man could have normally, then it stands to reason that they received that science from a revelation.
Adam & Eve kept the memory of many things
they knew in Paradise
Now, some peoples maintained the knowledge of that primitive treasure more, and others less.
There are signs of that primitive wisdom among peoples in various fields. For example, how can one explain that from mankind’s very beginning, men knew remedies that would cure various illnesses?
St. Raphael revealed to Tobias the healing
properties of codfish
Another is the culinary field. How did men know that this fruit or that herb was good to eat and not poisonous? Since the beginning of mankind people ate the healthful food and avoided the harmful ones. They had no experience; nonetheless, there is no record of large groups of people being poisoned by eating the wrong food. Again, who told them to eat this and avoid that? Here is another symptom that men knew these things because they received that science from Adam and Eve.
These examples indicate the presence of an ancient revelation that allows men to benefit from solutions beyond his capacity. The hypothesis thus emerges that the Egyptians maintained many principles of that primitive revelation and applied them not only to feed and cure themselves, but also to build their monuments. I believe it is very reasonable to work with this hypothesis.
This could be the case, but we should also take into consideration that the Egyptians could have also been assisted by the Devil. It is a possibility that we can also easily admit.
Spontaneity in organicity & the Catholic Faith
City planners constructing an inorganic society
In the Middle Ages we note that there were no planning commissions to arrange society. Things happened spontaneously and naturally, and were successful.
In life man experiences many things of which he is unaware, but that are successful. For example, man is constantly blinking and irrigating his eyes through this operation but he does not think about it; most of us do not even realize the beneficial effect of blinking.
What is proper to organicity is that it is superior to a man’s reflection, corresponding to a plan of God. This organicity makes things happen that only afterwards does man, applying his reason, realize were well-done. Organicity is so wise that we should respect all spontaneity that is not bad because in this good spontaneity there is a much greater wisdom than that of the great sociologists.
A medieval lecture hall in which
professor & students are seated
The inestimable thing about organicity is that it contains treasures of an upright order superior to the comprehension of man. What is important, then, is be able to discern what is the bad spontaneity as well as the action of the Devil. The Devil is the patron of a counter-organicity.
Thus do we understand that to devise a full plan for making a society is not good. Society should not be planned. What we should do is to create conditions to avoid evil. This is the first function of one who governs. Next, he must observe what is good, see where it is heading, and then assist it in this direction. The plan, when it exists, is only to encourage the good, normal course of things.
In this sense Counter-Revolutionaries – who are often wrongly accused of being authoritarian – are very friendly to this liberty. Because of this, they are viscerally anti-socialist and anti-authoritarian.
Things should be set on track and everything will go well. The important question is to know the track. Again, the track is to let things follow their natural order according to which they follow the plan of God.
This would be our notion of organicity.
Posted August 25, 2023