404 = קדש = דת
404 means that something couldn't be found
perhaps that you are lost
but what is this something that couldn't be found?
what does it mean to be lost?
404 is a number
and to consult that Assyro-Babylonian-Greek numerology of Gamatria
We know that 404 is also the value of דת or "dat"
Which means law or custom
and it is also the value of קדש or "kadosh"
Which means holy.
the situation cannot be more clear:
this site is a heretical antinomian profanation machine
did you really think that you would find קדש or דת here?
need you be reminded that the counter apparatus is
a becoming that never wants to become
a unquenchable desire to misuse the masters tools
to dance the spiral dance
to enunciate an infidel heteroglossia that turns language against itself
the greyzone of opacity that resists mediation by the codes of visuality
larger questions remain
what could it signify that 404 means to get lost and to not find something
and that 404 is that value of דת and קדש, law and holiness?
Here is one idea:
when the second temple was destroyed
it was described as a shattering of the vessels
the beginning of the diaspora, the moment of being lost
what was lost? what spilled from the shattered vessel?
the answers, the jews told themselves for a long time,
a long before the enlightenment (that was also the age of darkness)
was that what was destroyed along with the destruction of the temple was the holy vessels
the vessel which held the spark of שְׁכִינָה or "shekinah"
the immanent dwelling and settling of divine presence
redemption would be in the future, with the arrival of the messiah
at that time, what was broken would be made whole, the divine presence lost would be returned
but this dream was a negation of mobility
the u-topia that sought to render impossible the promise of a diasporic becoming
a dream of holiness and wholeness and purity and law
a dream that we know to be the most horrific of nightmares:
that nightmare of settler colonialism, petty nationalism, reproductive futurity
but then there was the powerful heresy of (1)666
people felt an inner transformation:
the spark had been relit, shekinah returned!
the messianic was not some future, but a flame to be tended
an immanent possibility, a moment of rupture with linear time
a new heliotropic awareness
the sun of the messianic over the advent of history
we do not have to go or stay to usher in this flame
we can build a new world in the rubble of the old
we can brush history against the grain
there is neither progress nor decline
rather, there is the subterranean fire, endlessly irrupting
the flickering flame of the commune, the coming community
immanent in every moment, a possibility that can be brought into this world
with our backs turned, lost to history,
we can redeem this world through the work of our hands
creating pockets of resistance, moments of rebellion,
messianic ruptures of the commune into the present
so maybe not finding something is fine, because it was always with you anyway
redemption through sin by gershom scholem
theses on the philosophy of history by walter benjamin
much of the work by the group tiqqun
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