Three visionary writers confronted to war

THREE ETERNAL MODERN GOSPELS IN TIME OF WAR

H.G. WELLS — T.S. ELIOT — C.S. LEWIS

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A Series In One Introduction And Five Parts Published Separately On Medium.

I will dedicate this series of studies to all the Hollow Men of the world and I will borrow the dedication from T.S. Eliot, my middleman here, the only one who could lead us beyond the eugenics believer in social Darwinism, H.G. Wells, and to the kingdom of peace, empathy and love of the Lion Aslan, aka C.S. Lewis.

It will certainly take a lion to help us step over the roaring showing-off of the muskrat and the raccoon strutting on the stage of our apocalypse as if they were Zeus and Apollo. Who will be the four knights who will put an end to the strife and commit a modern murder in the cathedral, or should we say it is a mosque, a Buddhist temple or maybe a synagogue?

After the war of words, there is always either the competition at who will spit longer and farther or the sudden public befriending that leads to some compromise. Such a compromise was not possible with Hitler and Chamberlain. Will it be possible with Trump and Kim? Stalin stayed on the penalty line, watching and correcting the absurd treaty of Versailles as for the borders of the USSR with Poland. Will Putin and Xi stay on the penalty line much longer? And what can they bring on the table to pacify the aging muskrat and the youngish raccoon? It will take more than a pound of flesh to solve the problem.

No matter what may happen, one thing is sure the world order of 1989 or 1990 is finished, over, terminated and he who was first will probably not be last but he will be at best second or third. For many reasons, some clear, some not clear at all, what we call today the west which was only Christian Europe in the 15th century, became preeminent in the world, tilting it away from Asia which had been the most dynamic region before the expansion of the Portuguese and the Spanish along with slavery, trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, all of these meaning the deadly exploitation of the rest of the world by the European minority, with the Muslim world in-between, controlled without being controlled by the west, under the protection or protectorate of the west.

As Hal Brands writes on September 27; 2017, in “America’s New World Order Is Officially Dead, China and Russia have fully derailed the post-Cold War movement toward U.S.-led global integration.” (https://medium.com/bloomberg-view/americas-new-world-order-is-officially-dead-8ad17ada0b6): “The age of integration is thus over, in the sense that there is no realistic, near-term prospect of bringing either Russia or China into an American-led system.” Hal Brands obviously does not realize that what he calls integration is perceived as assimilation or even homogenization by everyone else in the world and that appears to people as being nothing else but an advanced form of colonialism generally referred to as imperialism.

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The USA does not seem to understand that the railroads built by the Chinese with some financing from Japan connecting Mombasa in Kenya to Central Africa (Uganda and Rwanda among others) and to Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and further) are one thousand more important for the world, and particularly Africa, than one thousand US drones in Yemen and 60 Tomahawk missiles in Syria, thirty-six of which were hi-jacked by Russian military hackers and never reached their target. The show of strength turns into a farcical vaudeville that kills quite a few collateral victims who have asked nothing.

And the US menace North Korea with “fire and fury,” and a few other bird names, knowing that anyway they will not do it, or if they did they would be rejected by the global community, including the Brexiteers of Britain and the AfD Teutonic Musketeers of Germany, since it would mean a nuclear third world war that would break the record of casualties of the second world war. It could even reach one trillion victims, not to mention the long-term contaminated and genetically perverted victims already alive or to be born.

The world cannot go on living in that kind of domination. Colonial empires have fallen. The West is jumping from one financial crisis to the next, growing backward as compared to what it used to be. Asia is growing so fast that it might take less time for it to overtake the west than to imagine this event.

Is it the interest of the west to crush Asia under bombs? Is it even, the interest of the USA to crush Asia under bombs. Shouldn’t we speak of getting out of the Middle East, out of Central Asia and not putting our fingers in the rest of Asia? Apparently, Uncle Sam is divided, though the top man there seems to favor a good old show of power in fury and fire, and other four-letter words like grab (like land grab) and a few more he used in Alabama recently against NBA professional players, reinventing at the same time the meaning of “fire” and rediscovering that it may mean dismiss or discharge. Who under the sun ever likes four-letter F-words?

I thus give you the following compilation of studies on three authors who were confronted to the first half of the 20th century, or slightly more, and have become the three gospel writers of this time. H.G. Wells and his fascination for eugenics, social Darwinism, and Stalin. T.S. Eliot and his own fascination for violence in history and the call for justice and peace. C.S. Lewis and his very own fascination for a children’s world of adventure, struggle for freedom, and liberation.

Hollow Men 2 in rapeseed field

TABLE OF CONTENTS OF THE WHOLE SERIES

(A full book of 128 typed pages, 61,925 words, published in six instalments on https://medium.com/@JacquesCoulardeau)

THREE ETERNAL MODERN GOSPELS IN TIME OF WAR

H.G. WELLS — T.S. ELIOT — C.S. LEWIS

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INTRODUCTION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

0- T.S. ELIOT, The Hollow Men

THREE ETERNAL MODERN GOSPELS IN TIME OF WAR

H.G. WELLS — T.S. ELIOT — C.S. LEWIS

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PART ONE: GOD’S DEATH AND SUBSEQUENT RESURRECTION

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1- GOD’S DEATH AND SUBSEQUENT RESURRECTION, FROM FAUST TO APOCALYPTO (Université Catholique de Lille, 2007)

THREE ETERNAL MODERN GOSPELS IN TIME OF WAR

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PART TWO: H.G. WELLS, THE TIME MACHINE

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2- H.G. WELLS, THE TIME MACHINE, (Guide de la littérature britannique des origines à nos jours, eds Jean Pouvelle & Jean-Pierre Demarche, Ellipses, Paris, 2008)

3- THE TIME MACHINE, A DYSTOPIC UTOPIA (2007)

THREE ETERNAL MODERN GOSPELS IN TIME OF WAR

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PART THREE: T.S. ELIOT, MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL

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4- T.S. ELIOT, MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, (Guide de la littérature britannique des origines à nos jours, eds Jean Pouvelle & Jean-Pierre Demarche, Ellipses, Paris, 2008)

5- THOMAS BECKET ET THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT, ou PEUT-ON AVOIR FOI EN L’HISTOIRE ? (Théâtres du Monde, n° 18, Avignon France, 2008)

THREE ETERNAL MODERN GOSPELS IN TIME OF WAR

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PART FOUR: C.S. LEWIS, MARTYRDOM VERSUS EUGENICS

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6- A CONTRADICTORY BACKDROP FOR C.S. LEWIS, MARTYRDOM VERSUS EUGENICS (Université Catholique de Lille, 2011)

THREE ETERNAL MODERN GOSPELS IN TIME OF WAR

H.G. WELLS — T.S. ELIOT — C.S. LEWIS

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PART FIVE: C.S. LEWIS, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA IN SHADOWLANDS

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7- C.S. LEWIS & THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, BBC REWRITING AND ADAPTATIONS, RADIO AND TV

8- SHADOWLANDS, LIVING WITH JOY, LOVING JOY WITH LOVE AND HOPE

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THE HOLLOW MEN

(1925)

Mistah Kurtz — he dead.
 
 A penny for the Old Guy
 
 I
 We are the hollow men
 We are the stuffed men
 Leaning together
 Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
 Our dried voices, when
 We whisper together
 Are quiet and meaningless
 As wind in dry grass
 Or rats’ feet over broken glass
 In our dry cellar
 
 Shape without form, shade without colour,
 Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
 
 Those who have crossed
 With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
 Remember us — if at all — not as lost
 Violent souls, but only
 As the hollow men
 The stuffed men.

The frog, the pumpkin, and the scarecrow

II
 Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
 In death’s dream kingdom
 These do not appear:
 There, the eyes are
 Sunlight on a broken column
 There, is a tree swinging
 And voices are
 In the wind’s singing
 More distant and more solemn
 Than a fading star.
 
 Let me be no nearer
 In death’s dream kingdom
 Let me also wear
 Such deliberate disguises
 Rat’s coat, crowskin, crossed staves
 In a field
 Behaving as the wind behaves
 No nearer — 
 
 Not that final meeting
 In the twilight kingdom

A sad vision of waste life

III
 This is the dead land
 This is cactus land
 Here the stone images
 Are raised, here they receive
 The supplication of a dead man’s hand
 Under the twinkle of a fading star.
 
 Is it like this
 In death’s other kingdom
 Waking alone
 At the hour when we are
 Trembling with tenderness
 Lips that would kiss
 Form prayers to broken stone.

A whole dedication

IV
 The eyes are not here
 There are no eyes here
 In this valley of dying stars
 In this hollow valley
 This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms
 
 In this last of meeting places
 We grope together
 And avoid speech
 Gathered on this beach of the tumid river
 
 Sightless, unless
 The eyes reappear
 As the perpetual star
 Multifoliate rose
 Of death’s twilight kingdom
 The hope only
 Of empty men.

Hollow and resounding as if it were a war-drum

V
 Here we go round the prickly pear
 Prickly pear prickly pear
 Here we go round the prickly pear
 At five o’clock in the morning.

 
 Between the idea
 And the reality
 Between the motion
 And the act
 Falls the Shadow
 For Thine is the Kingdom
 
 Between the conception
 And the creation
 Between the emotion
 And the response
 Falls the Shadow
 Life is very long
 
 Between the desire
 And the spasm
 Between the potency
 And the existence
 Between the essence
 And the descent
 Falls the Shadow
 For Thine is the Kingdom
 
 For Thine is
 Life is
 For Thine is the
 
 This is the way the world ends
 This is the way the world ends
 This is the way the world ends
 Not with a bang but a whimper.

T.S. Eliot

Sad prediction!