MAURICE G. DANTEC
"Ne pas subir"
What will be the metaphysical questions of the 21st century ? Maurice G. Dantec arms his acidic visions with theology, (bio)physics, military strategy, realogenes, literature, data processing, music, in order to attain a speed escape from which elements of answers can appear. After several novels and essays, Maurice G. Dantec is beginning a new literary trilogy entitled Liber Mundi. The first opus, Villa Vortex, is to be released in Spring 2003.
First question - a tricky one - who is Maurice G. Dantec ?
According to the neopaganist review entitled Eléments, I’m a reincarnation of President Schreber. After Lafranchouille.com - King-of-Webzines - I’m a "writer made of rubber who thinks that Quebec is located in America". After Mona Chollet and her Taliban troops from the 5th arrondissement of Paris, I’m a dangerous Americano-Zionist extremist. I don’t remember according to which bog-paper of the National Contemporary sub-culture, I’m a fierce xenophobe (understand by opposed to criminal bullshit - from wherever it originates) and a danger to democracy. People also say that I dislike conservationists, as well as totalitarian feminism. All those views are rather close to reality, and in consulting each other, they may be able to draw a portrait of me than could be distributed by the republican Stasi.
In Laboratoire de Catastrophe Générale (general catastrophy laboratory), you’re providing the reader with "a few basic rules concerning metastable mobile warfare and hypermobile tactics against the Matrix, the first draft of a comprehensive ’survival guide in ground zero’". What is the Matrix and how can you fight against it ?
The Matrix is the contemporary post-modern "society", or rather let’s say its media-cultural metamorphosis. It’s a metaphor for the huge factory producing nihilistic viewpoints that have become fully objectified, in which we are living, it seems. Of course that was a reference to Gibson. I was trying to show how the "network" and its possible future developments were also a metaphor come true. The nihilism-producing machine has turned into an objectified nothingness that creates machines - by machines I mean human beings, human beings who are slaves to themselves - in a vast and reticulated "self-regulating system". How to fight against it ? This question comes back to me each time I write. I only have scraps of answers that I picked up from a short wave radio. I sometimes try to retranscribe them, as I did during the process of writing the two volumes of a journal I started for that purpose. That made a lot of people laugh in Paris, I believe.
You’re dealing with the condition of the free man condemned to crypts. Which crypts are the most fertile ?
It seems that I was thinking in particular about the first Christians’ catacombs, or to a "tunnel" which would go under a "wall". But the word "crypt" also refers to notions of "letters", of "codes". The adjective "fertile" doesn’t really fit in regards to my notion of this Freedom, which has more to do with a duty, perhaps even a sacrifice, or let’s say a "free and sovereign obedience", than a right.
What themes do you deal with in your next novel Villa Vortex ?
The Holy Trinity as a process of unfolding the folded, and inverting the inverted. The World City as the Fall, the inevitable disintegration of the Polis. Death as a personal Interface between Nothing and Infinity. The genetic chain as the secret metacode of Narration. What reasons led you to embrace Christianity ? Faith knows no reason. Grace escapes all rational frameworks.
Could you explain to us your theory on the "construction" of Christ ?
I don’t understand this question. I have never - I think - hinted at such an idea of a human "construction". Since I don’t believe in a God-Architect, but in the Might of the Word, I don’t see how I can answer your question for the time being. Christ is God made human, there’s no "construction" in that. Indeed God the Son has always existed, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forming together the divine Tri-Unity. Its incarnation on earth has - according to me - a much greater and more mysterious aim that the mere repardoning of our sins through communion. Such views reflect the terrifying weakening of religion brought on by modern catechisms, and it’s been even worse since the Vatican II. Of course I can’t explain this impenetrable Mystery, at least for the time being. I still haven’t been BAPTISED since I converted. As I think is said in the Nicean Creed, God created the Son through generation, and the Holy Spirit through procession. That’s the only thing I can clearly assert.
Some schools present Christ as a warrior, a conqueror. What do you think about that ?
This confines Him to a political and "human" role. Jesus was a Prophet, HE IS Christ, foreseen by the Holy Scriptures thousands of years ago. As Wilhelm Reich says so justly, if He had been a warrior and a conqueror - as Mohamed was - Christianity would NEVER HAVE EXISTED. On that point too I must admit my way of thinking has changed and has come closer to THE truth (there’s only ONE truth).
Do you have any answers regarding questions raised by the issue of the famous "missing link", which is the intermediary between ape and man ?
Apart from some famous singers, I don’t believe there is such thing as a missing link between ape and man. That is the ultimate dross of the mechanistic thought which is looking everywhere for CONTINUITY. I am an evolutionist, but a heterodoxical one. I believe in a divine "Intelligent Design", which today in the US would put me in the little enviable position of the Darwinists who had to face fundamentalist Calvinists in the early 20th century. And I’m not even talking about the Republic-Homeland-of-Human-Rights that I left. There’s no "missing link" between man and ape since mankind is the product of a "catastrophic" DISCONTINUITY - see the parable of the Fall - which throws it out of the CYCLE of NATURE. Or let’s say which throws it out of the CYCLE of NATURE, or say to its END POINT of transmutation, a neotenic helix, which never closes and evolves into a double spiral. In short "created in the Image of God", as it is precisely specified in Genesis.
Does the explanation given by Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick in 2001 : A Space Odyssey seem plausible to you ?
That doesn’t matter. It is one of the most beautiful works of 20th century science-fiction. I would remind you that, in the introduction of his novel, Arthur C. Clark explains that he intended to write a "scientific fairy tale" with the ability to give "a rational explanation of God". That’s the only limit to his text. There is no reason for the existence of God. Therefore there can be no rationally understandable explanation of His "existence" by men. Men can only understand the existence of God through Faith, which - you’ll understand that very well - can only cause thrashing panic, or limitless hatred for any good self-respecting rationalist, especially if he is also a typically narrow-minded Frenchman.
Will the evolution from man to its successor be of the same nature ?
Probably. But my way of thinking has evolved since I wrote the two volumes of the Théâtre des Opérations (theatre of operations). I would no longer say that Man’s Successor of man will be Christ, since I believe Christ is always UNIQUE. Christ is the intensified counter pole in a single person. The new human species will indeed be the product of a catastrophe, of a Flood - if you want, of an infinite contraction of the telluric and social forces upon themselves, from which will result a contrary extension, also infinite, in the form of Grace. In the breach, the meta-human will appear in the medium of a post-humanity which - undoubtedly - will almost be destroyed by its own involutive forces.
In one of your theories you explain that humanity - having passed the 10 billion mark - would be obliged to leave Earth and in doing so, come into contact with other civilizations ?
With more than 12 billion inhabitants, Earth will be inhabitable. According to relatively recent studies, that could happen around 2050. In the meantime, a part of Humanity will indeed have rebuilt on a few "Arks" which will be in orbit around Mother Earth, or around other objects in the solar system. It is probable that at this precise "moment" of Evolution, an "official" meeting between stellar civilizations will become possible, necessary and desirable.
You believe that extra-terrestrials exist, that is you’ve integrated " the basic cosmobiological evidence" into your beliefs a long time ago. Do you think a meeting with other civilizations will not take place before this fatal threshold, or that it has already happened ?
Questions regarding the presence of other intelligent forms of life in the Cosmos are endless, they’ll become the metaphysical questions of the 21st century. As far as I’m concerned, it is principle that the Life is not rare in Cosmos. However, it is possible that the development specific to Humanity is much less common, perhaps something like the relationship that exists between our species and other species living on this planet. The orthodox vision of Darwinism leads us to think that each great catastrophe - some of which reduced by up to 90 per cent the existing (forms of) life on the planet - proves that only CHANCE enabled the appearance of Homo Sapiens. I think that this series of catastrophies exactly "proves" the contrary. I think they prove that "Nature" is a "lab-oratory" where the selective goal is to produce the being the most developed possible for this particular biosphere. The rhythm of planetary catastrophies is that of a double-helix. The end of each cycle is not closed, but the process starts again from a discontinuity. This is precisely this selective/evolutional discontinuity of the world which - in my opinion - proves the existence of a Unifying Metastable Principle. But you can’t call that God without being suspected of dishonest negotiations with the Opus Dei. It seems useless to discuss the issue of "contact" between humanity and "extra-terrestrial" civilizations. Each time evidence is put forward, they bring out the strait jackets and The Morning of the Magicians.
Paul Virilio deals with " virtual travel" and says that in the future, the projection of virtual reality will be able to replace actual travel. Will it then be possible to imagine that humanity will desire and be capable of carrying out this (massive) exodus ?
One of the ultimate tendencies of evolutionary humanity is its technical de-creation. On the one hand, there is - in a mode of maximum extensivity - a technological network which is part our own biology, until the moment of collective electrochemical hallucination, the democracy of human rights is extended to the invertebrates, the cacti, the electrical household appliances. On the other hand, counter poles in modes of intensity, "quantum jumps", pirated and retroviral derivations of these same techniques t prepare them to a higher stage of production - that of the Integral Man, opposed to the self-enslaved social masses, unsubdued to anticosmic Laws as well as pancosmic Philosophies, and as a result of his knowledge, creates a bridge towards the Spirit.
You also say that mankind will radically mutate from this period on ?
Yes indeed, but I don’t believe in "general mutations" that would affect all the individuals of the species. Rather let’s say that these mutations are precisely thanatogenes, they precipitate the factors of involution, disease, carcinomic self-destruction. Their counter poles are "singular mutations", which support the Factor of Evolution, and take place within a particular "individual", a concrete individual if I may say so, which then becomes - to quote Berdiaeff - a "person". And in my opinion, if the mutation is succesfully completed, he becomes a "Prophet".
Towards a Metatronic future ?
See how funny this is : Metatron is - in The Book of Enoch - represented as the Angel of the Creator’s Light, He who Appears, because "in front of the True Name of G., all men perish" - (Genesis). It is the Veil of Light of the Unutterable one. It is he who takes Enoch, at the end of its 300th year, to carry him directly, by means of Assumption to the sky, in the presence of the Glory of God. Enoch-Metatron is a central figure of Zohar, or other Pseudepigraphic or apocryphal Books - Jewish and/or Christian. It’s noteworthy that the origin of this name can be explained through linguistic analyses that link it to Greek roots, as well as to Jewish, Indian and Sumerian roots. And that it still exists 6000 years later, used by nutcases who think the genetic code is much more than instructions for a biological erector set, and who think insanely that poetry is the Electric principle itself, and who find themselves insulted on the Internet for that !
Could you provide us with a deeper insight into Métraton : La Naissance de l’Electricité (Metatron : the birth of electricity) - themes, forms, contributors ? ?
Here we are. Just like Tragedy was the creative Act of the Greek civilization - because it synthesized all the Dyonisiac and Appolinian tendencies of the Hellenic culture - Electricity seemed to us, to a small group of people, myself included, to constitute the same kind of Birth Act for the American civilization. Edison’s Invention - the circumstances in which it occurred, its origins, and its developments - led us well beyond a "historical" vision. Here we see instead a cosmogenesis mysteriously included in a world dedicated to devolution, a phenomenon which we can only transcribe in the condition of surpassing, from the beginning, all "analytical", Cartesian or university postulation. Even if however a laboratory at the University of Montreal is to be involved, our aim is to create - excuse me for using bad words in everything I do - an electronic "work of art", made mainly by an active collaboration between a group of authors, musicians, and possibly of video artists, around this "topic". There will be at least a book and a CD. The designers of this project are Richard Pinhas, Jérôme Schmidt and myself. The project was established as a partnership with Leo Scheer Publishing. We expect to present the project to the public from 2004.
You present certain drugs like "realogenes". Which are the ones to be used, which are those you would strongly recommend ?
It’s not at all that, I’m not a psychotropically appointed guru. Hallucinogen drugs are extremely dangerous Instruments of Knowledge, and those who use them EX-clusively are bound to the Fall, as is indicated in the parable of the Apple of the Tree of Life and Death. It is by ex-cluding the apple from its branch that the man became mortal. If you do not include the use of psychotropics in a true - that means FREE - devotion to God, you will end up, at one point or another, falling into one Luciferism or another, possibly Idol or self-worship. There is no doubt for me however that certain substances, whether "natural" or "artificial", have consequences such as the in-depth modification of our cerebral cortex, which SOMETIMES opens to us up to (I underline it) Dimensions which are normally invisible to us. Let’s not go any further, I can already hear the atheistic rationalists laughing sarcastically.
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