I have recently named a particularly interesting and weird phenomenon I’ve been observing in some people I know in the past years: an incredible dislike and disdain for gnosis (“knowledge” in Greek). Therefore I have named it gnosophobia.

A gnosophobic is someone who, for some obscure reason, reacts with astonishment , repulsion, sometimes even hatred to any thought, question or discussion about ontological, metaphysical or spiritual matter.

A most natural reaction for a human being in this world would be to ask himself questions about who he is, what he is, what is all that around, why is it and how it came to be. For a gnosophobic, it is not.

A gnosophobic resembles quite a lot to an atheist. In fact I suppose one cannot be gnosophobic without being atheistic. It is a choice already made, unlike in the case of an agnostic, who believes he cannot know what things really are, yet without being distraught by the mare idea. On the contrary, one can of course easily be an atheist without being gnosophobic.

A gnosophobic does not want to know, does not want to think and does not want to feel. He has already chosen the Maya he lives in as the ultimate truth and reality. He doesn’t want to hear anything that would contest or shatter his belief and that would show him that he lives in an aestheticised reality, as theorized by Mike Featherstone. His reality is as strange and unnatural as are most gnosistic visions: huge buildings, clothes, planes, gadgets, paper money, mechanics, and the list is huge. That is his religion.

Some gnosophobic believe in their religion so firmly that it is not unfrequent to hear them say words like: “I never really thought about it…”.

On the other side, a gnosophilic believes that he can know something about something, is always open to new thoughts and ideas and is constantly searching for new information and understandings.

So which one are you: gnosophobic or gnosophilic?

Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

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