In our ancestor’s primitive rituals of enacting the dying god as scapegoat, the god impersonates the innocent. That is, the roles are reversed and it is the god identified as the “nascent-minded”, “idiot” or “fool”. This seemingly simple minded one or village idiot is selected usually by their meekness and innocuous nature which ‘stands out’. Rene Girard coins the term “satanic contagion” as the acts of overwhelming desire for sex-murder-greed-fear-sympathy-respect.
In James Frazier’s, Golden Bough, the idiot brings attention to him or herself. Such a release of tension we should know from our youthful school days when the focus of the group collective or “clique” was set upon ‘that different one’ or the one who ‘stands out’. The more amplified the group contagion of hate put upon the idiot – the less focus on the inadequacies were brought to light on the group collective. Therefore, *naturally* and brutally the community could mock, despise, put their judgement to, discard, dismiss, etc. the villiage or community “idiot”.
Rene’ Girard calls this collective hate the “Satanic contagion” or “mimetic contagion”. Both aforementioned terms support each other. For it is the inability to escape the very D.N.A. that needs to express both sexual desire and hate as two entities combined into ONE ‘collective orgasmic rage. Furthermore, these collective feelings must have an object of desire. I call this social cannibalism.
We might find a Theological allusion here. In the first act of murder—- or “gracious” ‘driving off’ of the village idiot—-we have no communal, social, anthropological or individual resolve within the participation of this social cannibalistic act.
It is the ego, not the person or community, which wills two perspectives. These two are: (a) —a failure to save yourself or the community from the desire to cannibalize and (b) the will, which is not theirs or our own, to hate – and at the same time—long for or desire THE ONE who can ‘break the cycle’ of the human condition Naturally, social cannibalism attempts the act of resurrecting beyond its will. By the Satanic Contagion —its own will is that which drives humanity to its demise – as we see Legion in Luke 8 willing itself in the presence of Christ to ‘go away’ into a mythological chthonic taxi – a.k.a. – the herd of swine seen in our most primitive representations as the carrier of souls to hell. For a further study on this, see Kerenya’s work on Eleusis.
In their fallenness-innocence, it is the child – by their nature— to both want to destroy and at the same time require death and resurrection. That is: the child requires the same person (their parent – the image of God to them) who they destroyed to be their patient saviour and to resurrect through the child’s tyrade showing the ‘better way’ to act. The child tests the parent – the god – to see if the parent “can take it”.
It is not enough to complete such a duo of deepest sympathies. We need the god/ GOD Who would resurrect and overcome an overwhelming and inherited multiplicity of desires which drive our wills to enact the Mimetic contagion of social cannibalism.
This is somewhat ‘touch base’ with my lecture on Messiah vs. The Hero where I explain that “the Hero-god-king’s cycle of perpetual death and rebirth” beckons a ‘repeat’ of the Satanic-Mimetic-Contagion. This Satanic Mimetic-Contagion is in adversus to the Messianic Line where the Christ-Messiah figure “draws” straightly “out of the circle” of social cannibalism.
In opposition to the Satanic Mimetic Contagion…the Messianic Line is a drawn line with a POINT to refer to. That is, the point of reference or “ontic referent” is a lead – star that guides us out of the contagion with intent from an Intender WHO offers a road map. The teleos on this Line drawn out of the circle is the Christ of Salvation.
We leave the cycle of “WHO should be killed next?”
Again, the contagion that we have enacted or mimed from time immemorial has perpetually showed us that it is never enough to merely “complete” such a duo of deepest sympathies – that is, the antinomies “orgasmic rage” and “sympathy” are deeply imbedded in our D.N.A. —- and this ‘uncatchable ball’ is what only a True God can resolve.
Read the Old Testament, Sir James Frazier’s works, Rene Girard, Kerenya, Joseph Campbell, etc…..and find out what only the Gospels answer. In the Gospels you will find the Genius of the True – Undying God that resolves our double vision. We enact prophecy of Christ by doing everything else but what Jesus did. See the antithesis/ see the Messiah
The True Scapegoat and Sacrifice found in Isaiah 53:
1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?a And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejectedb by men, a man of sorrowsc and acquainted withd grief;e and as one from whom men hide their facesf he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief;g when his soul makesh an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall seei and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,j and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,k because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Final Etymological Note:
The term, “orge” means both “orgasm” and “rage”. We etymologically find the word “rage” in the word “orgasm” and their Greek parent, “orge”. The etymologies and root do entirely express the feeling of two feelings for the group and at the same time, the individual for ‘being out of one’s senses’.