2014-04-20

The Dark Side of the Earth


The world looks more and more like a great mechanism. The prophet of communism, Karl Marx, already warned us: capitalism is characterized by developing a production system increasingly independent of men, a "vast automaton" which operates outside of their desires or their control (Capital: Critique of Political Economy, 1867). In the realm of capitalism, it is no longer the man who produces the things, but the things who produce the men. The man becomes, in one way or another, another thing.

There have always been varieties of rule of man over man, but what distinguishes the capitalism from previous regimes is that in this one the mechanisms of domination increasingly tend to be embodied in the system itself. Everything works as an increasingly perfect clockwork device in which no one would care about the whole. In this sense should be explained the words "God's transcendence has fallen" by Walter Benjamin (Capitalism as Religion, 1985). In the capitalist religion there is no dogma or distinction between the sacred and the profane, the cult is permanent and, what is more worrying, atonement is not possible. The machine needs to keep running.

Under these circumstances, understanding the Earth as a metaphor for the cosmos seems more appropriate than ever. If the Ancients intuited the deep affinity between the microcosm and the macrocosm, the fact is that the models they conceived to recreate these relationships are making our world to reproduce the relentless order of the heavenly bodies.  

Image after photographs of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Titan, Iapetus, Rhea, Tethys, Dione, etc. [pd-fu/fd].