About the Title “Panopticon and the Love Resistance”
By Matthew Mossotti
The Panopticon, a term derived from the Greek παν/pan: all; and οπτικος/opticos: seeing, was the name given to a prison design developed by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham in the late Eighteenth Century. Panopticon was so-named, no doubt, after Panoptes (Πανόπτης), a name attributed to Argos, the many-eyed Giant. The same word was also applied as an epithet of Helios to denote his omniscience. Bentham employed the term Panopticon to underscore the psycho-philosophical principle which undergirded his prison design, viz. that human behavior can be conditioned if it can be brought under total subjugation by a “mind over mind” systematizing. His architectural schematics depicted a circular facility within which the cells lined the circumference of the outer walls, wherein a tower stood at the very center to allow the prison inspector to peer through one-way glass into any cell, leaving the inmates unable to ever determine when they were being surveyed. In his envisaging of Panopticon infrastructure, Bentham included an intricate grid of “conversation tubes” through which the warden could infiltrate individual cells to communicate commands and establish his presence within the interior of the prisoners’ personal quarters. Bentham postulated that the prisoners would become conditioned to always assume they were being watched and would thus fearfully obey all prison regulations and any command given to them from the unseen governor.
In the Book of Revelation of the Scriptures, it is written that the Beast (Greek: θηρίον/thērion) will have “been given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain,” and that this great mass of people will demonstrate their utter obedience to the dark power of the cosmos vis-à-vis: “People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast.” As a mark of identification, it is further written that the Beast “will force all people, small and large, rich and poor, free and slave to be given a mark upon their right hand or upon their foreheads.” A glossary examination the Greek word χάραγμα/charagma, which is rendered “mark” or “stamp,” reveals the etymological basis of the English word character. The right hand may be taken to signify its traditional symbolic meaning of the active power of self-assertion, that is, the faculty of a person that accomplishes the actual doing of an action. Thus, under this reading, it would be interpreted that the character of the Beast will be forced upon a great mass of people and exacted through their behavioral activities. Examining the lexicological scope of the disjunctive particle which separates the terms right hand and forehead, ἤ/é, only two possible meanings emerge: “or;” or “rather that is.” Where a translation of “or” carries an either-but-not-both-logic, the latter translation of “rather that is” bears signification that the actuality of the first clause in the sentence is to be maintained while a second clause is imported to elucidate the meaning of the first clause. In this case, the literal sense of the second clause elucidates figurative sense of the first clause; viz. “upon their foreheads” indicates the literal procedure which would manifest in the figuratively outcome introduced by “upon their right hand.” Under this interpretation then, the physiological application of the mark of the Beast would be located upon the forehead and the metaphorical mark of the beast would be expressive upon the right hand – i.e. upon the behavioral activities of this mass of people. Interestingly, The word forehead (Greek: μέτωπον/metopon) is a compound word which literally means “after or behind the eye” (μετά/meta: after/behind/among, compounded with όπς/óps: eye or face). Congruently, the King James translation of this verse reads “upon their right hands or in their foreheads.” According to this exegesis then, the behaviors of masses will be subjugated to conformity with the dark powers of the cosmos by way of an implanted stamp between the eyes in the frontal lobe of the brain, the neurological region where higher mental processes are carried out. In an internalized Orwellian surveillance schema of demonic Thought Police, like the inmates of a Panopticon prison whose unseen but always present governor communicates with them at will, it may well be that this prophecy states that the great majority of people on late-earth will be held under direct Pandemonium control from the inside of their brains.
In speaking of these late-Earth times and the rampant persecutions against followers of the Way of Light, Jesus is recorded as having told His disciples that “many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of evil, the love of most will grow cold. But those who stand firm to the end will be saved.” By taking the term “most” to signify the same mass of people in the end times which is signified in the language “every tribe, people, language, and nation,” it may be fairly induced that the mark of the beast will disallow the phenomenology of love, causing the pinnacle expression of human freedom to “grow cold.” It may be finally extrapolated that those who endure to the end will be those persons which have not received the mark of the beast, who thus remain outside of Pandemonium’s Panopticon, thus remaining resilient warriors of Light will retain their divine capacity for love; hence the title of this Second Episode of the SpeciMen Trilogy: “Panopticon and the Love Resistance.”
About the Title “Panopticon and the Love Resistance”