Cosmicist Political Philosophy

{The following is an excerpt from Book of Cthulhu, by the Dark Lords.}

Cosmicism, being a philosophy of man’s relationship to the larger Cosmos, is not inherently political, but tends to be associated with thinkers of a conservative or reactionary bent. This is not difficult to understand, since liberalism and leftism are rooted in Enlightenment ideals such as “progress”, “equality” and “human rights”, which are themselves rooted in Christian and Judaic metaphysical concepts like Imago Dei (man is created in the image of God), universalism (religious values are true for everyone, everywhere) and tikkun olam (man is obligated to help “fix” a broken creation). Since Cosmicism posits a universe that is totally indifferent to us, with no benevolent gods in whose image we were created, no “arc of the universe that bends toward justice”, no historical dialectic or metaphysical forces compelling humanity to build a better world, it provides no philosophical support for liberal or progressive ideology. Neither does Cosmicism support the projects of Promethean/Faustian man, who by his genius, reason and will hopes to remake the world into a more pleasing form and place himself on the throne previously reserved for God. Nor does Cosmicism support the secular humanism which holds that “man is the measure of all things”; on the contrary, Cosmicism posits that man is the measure of nothing but his own impotence and insignificance in the cosmic scheme of things. None of these ideals associated with liberal, progressive and leftist thought find support in Cosmicism, so Cosmicist thinkers are associated with conservatism and rightism by default. Here are quotes from two notable “reactionary” thinkers to further illustrate the point:

In and of itself the destiny of this small planet that pursues its course somewhere in infinite space for a short time among the swarms of the ‘eternal’ stars is of no importance. Still less important is what moves for a couple of instants upon its surface. But each and every one of us, in and of ourselves of no importance, is for an unspeakably brief moment–a lifetime–cast into that whirling universe. … There are no ‘men-in-themselves’ such as as the philospophers prattle about, but only men of a time, of locality, of a race, of a personality type, who contend in battle with a given world and win through or fail, while the universe around them moves slowly on with a godlike unconcern. This battle is life, and life in the true Nietzschean sense of a cruel, pitiless, relentless battle deriving from the Will to Power. ―Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics

In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. That was the highest and most mendacious minute of “world history”—yet only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die. One might invent such a fable and still not have illustrated sufficiently how wretched, how shadowy and flighty, how aimless and arbitrary, the human intellect appears in nature. There have been eternities when it did not exist; and when it is done for again, nothing will have happened. ―Friedrich Nietzsche, On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense