Eponine and Irony

This summer I read, cover to cover, Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace. I also watched the movie musical made from Hugo’s epic novel Les Miserables. Both these great works from the nineteenth century contributed to my understanding of the underlying forces that are propelling our world and its communities in the mystical year 2020.

Tolstoy repeatedly and emphatically insisted that heroes and geniuses do not exist. We create them out of historic figures (or mythical figures) trying to understand history. Real history, according to Tolstoy, consists of movements among masses of people. Napoleon in his wars two hundred years ago was merely a chip bouncing on the waves of history. He had no more to do with the real history of his times than any other man or woman alive at the same time. Revolutionaries and street protestors, like those portrayed in Les Miserables, are equally impotent to shape the times in which they live. Hugo deliberately chose one of the most pointless and ineffective uprisings in French history—the June Rebellion of 1832—for his novel. Both Tolstoy and Hugo created fictional characters with meaningful lives and troubles to inhabit their novels. Both writers incorporated historical events as virtually meaningless background sights and sounds for their stories.

[With this innocuous beginning, I hope to have lost, by now, the more casual readers, along with those computer-generated searches that are designed to keep real thought and real truth from existing on the Internet. Indeed, some of those preceding sentences may well be copied and pasted into college papers handed in to professors for years to come. But my real Reader, if there is such a person, is advised to print a hard copy of this pair of posts. What I write and post today may well be edited or entirely removed in the coming days, and I might not be available to clarify or restore what I have written.]

Tolstoy and Hugo provide examples of a philosophy or world-view that has risen to dominate much of twenty-first century life. Behind this movement is a They or Them who really exist, although they are not formally organized as a single organization. One could call them the Illuminati, so long as one understands that they have no constitution or bylaws, no board of directors or officers, no membership list, no budget, no dues, no regular meetings, and no periodic newsletters. If they ever use a label like “Illuminati” among themselves, it is done with an ironic wink and grin. This Illuminati, like Tolstoy and Hugo, denies the value of individual accomplishment, of heroes and geniuses, of persons who mold and shape human history. When individual names (such as da Vinci, Rothschild, or Rockefeller) are attached to the Illuminati, the real Illuminati only chuckle in response. They lurk in the shadows, wanting no public recognition for their deeds. Yet, since this group includes the rich and the powerful, their influence extends into the lives of most people living in the world today.

They cross paths on the boards of large corporations. They see each other at gatherings of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Tri-Lateral Commission, and the Bilderberg Group. Their thinking is echoed by government officials around the world. Yet the Illuminati does not own or control any of these groups. They have uses for corporations, for governments, and especially for gatherings of people who discuss major issues and listen to one another to learn more about these issues. But the true Illuminati could not be extinguished by gathering and controlling people involved in the world at these levels.

The members of the Illuminati are rich and powerful. They all want to remain rich and powerful. In many ways, they compete with one another for wealth and power. They are not equipped to cooperate among themselves to run the world politically, economically, or in any other fashion. But they also do not believe that politics and economics run the world. They usually do not care who lives in the White House. Elections are, for the Illuminati, mere drama to entertain and distract the masses. In fact, most newsworthy events and most historic happenings are distraction and entertainment, neither caused nor controlled by the Illuminati, but used to achieve their deepest goals.

The Illuminati cannot control the weather. When storms happen, though, they find ways to use the aftermath for their own purposes. The Illuminati have no control over Mother Nature (or, if you prefer, God’s creation). They cannot start, spread, or eliminate diseases. When diseases happen, though, the Illuminati exercise their ability to focus attention on these diseases and their consequences or to distract people from these diseases and their consequences.

Their primary weapon is fear. Their primary tools are education and communication. What passes for news reporting in the current world is, in fact, an arm of the entertainment industry and not a service of communication for the world’s population. While they do not declare wars, fight wars, or bring an end to wars, the members of the Illuminati use past and present wars to shape public perception. Fear is their primary weapon: they are behind much of the fear that people have felt over the Cold War, nuclear weapons, environmental concerns, terrorism, climate change, street demonstrations, and COVID-19.

Because they deal in fear, the Illuminati do not want to solve problems of racial injustice, discrimination, or other factors that separate one group from another. Instead, they use their power over education and communication to highlight differences, stoke anger, and continue injustice. Government programs and privately-funded efforts that genuinely reduce injustice and promote cooperation are undermined; similar programs that continue injustice, damage cooperation, and generate further anger and fear are encouraged.

Like Tolstoy and Hugo, members of the current Illuminati are interested in broad movements among large groups of people. History and progress, to the Illuminati, are found in these movements. At the forefront of the powers that inhibit these movements are the traditional family and the traditional Christian congregation. The Illuminati encourages every opportunity that arises to undermine these two opponents. Removing children from their families to educate them in public schools was an Illuminati goal. Dominating the conversation in colleges and universities to turn students against their families and other traditional supporters of family was an Illuminati goal. Redefining the family to promote alternate lifestyles, even a rejection of biological gender, has been an Illuminati goal. Separating the joy of sex from the stability of marriage and family has long been an Illuminati goal.

Because it uses the entertainment industry to attack traditional families and traditional Christianity, the Illuminati has long endorsed anti-family behavior within that industry. As a result, children and young adults have succumbed to predators hidden within the industry for years. Public embarrassment of child stars emerging into adulthood has been the norm, not the exception. Charges against Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein are only the tip of the iceberg—surrender of a couple of egregious examples for the purpose of maintaining the nefarious structure to which those men belong. The victims of this structure are not people singled out for programing by a massive conspiracy; their tragedies are the inevitable result of a view of life that places personal pleasure and profit ahead of appropriate human relationships—and that plans to train the rest of the world to do the same.

To be continued… J

19 thoughts on “Eponine and Irony

  1. Wow— truly fascinating and painfully full of truth and even worry— but the worry of man will blessedly one day be know more!!
    There are names that come springing to mind— names of men I’d wager don’t trust their own— like a pack of wild hungry animals ready to devour their own— an evil toxic melange at best— an abyss of eternal damnation at worst— while the family of Believers hold on to an end found only in Victory of the Cross!

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  2. I am actually reading my first Tolstoy novel as of now: Anna Karenina. However, defiantly love Hugo more: Les Misérables is my favorite classic

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    • I moved on to Anna Karenina after War and Peace. The people are fascinating, especially Levin and Kitty. Tolstoy was not subtle about his beliefs, though; Hugo was a little more story and a little less preaching. J.


      • I finished Anna Karenina. The only story I could even connect to was Levin and Kitty. That is why I kept on reading to the end.

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      • Well, I do love character-driven stories more than plot-driven stories. But it is important to know the plot because after all the characters create the plot. If something about the plot feels off, that could drastically change what you think of the characters

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  3. Whoa. You’re braver than I am. I have come to eerily similar conclusions but I’ve always been uncomfortable sharing them lest I end up looking like crazy conspiracy lady.

    I’ve been quietly culture-watching for like 25 years, been watching with dread where we are slowly but inexorably being led. But it wasn’t until I went down the Epstein rabbit hole that I put it all together.

    It’s disturbing and I’ve really been trying to work through it all from a Christian worldview, so I hope that is something you will touch on in the next installment.

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    • I went out on a limb writing this. In fact, according to a paper I signed last month, I could potentially lose my job by posting this. But one of my goals is to measure how closely I am being watched. So far so good…. J.


      • “XX employees are ultimately solely responsible for what they post online. Before creating online content, they must consider some of the risks and rewards that are involved and keep in mind that any online conduct that adversely affects the employee’s job performance, the performance of fellow staff members, or otherwise adversely affects patrons, vendors, people who work on behalf of XX, or interferes with XX legitimate business interests, may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
        Social media posts by staff that violate this policy or related XX policies governing conduct that bring the employee or XX into discredit as discussed above or would tend to do so will result in XX taking appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination.”
        It’s a wide open gray area… but they have lawyers on staff and I don’t. That’s why it’s a risk. J.


  4. I’m with you so far but fear recess. Hope I can hold on. I’m sort of wondering where the supernatural “they” fit into these schemes. Perhaps there is a center of control that is not recognized. I’ll hang tough until you get back. 😀

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  5. Quite insightful and relevant. Although I had hoped to finally discover who really are the named individuals that comprise the proverbial “THEY”, I can’t allow that omission to detract from the value of this post.

    I have long believed that actual members of any ‘Illuminati’ are purposely anonymous, many of them not even realizing themselves the scope of their licit involvement. Like the many degrees within the Freemasons, full disclosure of intent and purpose is an ever elusive ‘carrot’ perpetually dangled before their affiliates, presumably available ONLY to those at the very top. Always searching, but never coming to a proper knowledge of the truth, they are content to believe they have a significant role in shaping the future.Good or bad is inconsequential, the end always justifying the means.

    I am looking forward to reading your next installment.

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    • “Purposely anonymous” is right. And capable of denying how much influence they actually have, at the same time that they are trying to use their influence to change the world. It’s almost a split personality to claim that “there are no heroes and history is a series of mass movements” and “my friends and I can influence the mass movements.” As I wrote in the following post, rather like Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation.” J.


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