All seeing EYE, American Dollar, Camera Lucida, Cash, Christian, Conspiracy, Egyptian, Jewish, Money, Myth, Punctum, Roland Barthes, Secret Socities, Semiotics, Signification, Structuralism, Studium, The Unfinished Pyramid
I was reading an Article on Prof. Roland Barthes: Camera Lucida. In it the article dissects the art of writing about Photography as the Studium and the Punctum. The Studium is denotations about the image and it can be historical, normative and cultural. The Punctum is creative, significatory and it transcends and translates meaning to an aesthetic of an experience.
I am intrigued by the various stories of myths circulating in haloes about the All seeing Eye and the Unfinished Pyramid on the American Dollar. Legends about this magical glyph are shrouded on Masonic, Illuminati and Templar Legends. The All Seeing Eye and the Unfinished Pyramid in its denotative aspect carry historically the Jewish, Egyptian motifs, for e.g. The All Seeing Eye of Horus, the All seeing Eye of God in the Psalms and the mysteries surrounding the Pyramid.
It’s fascinating to probe how the completed Pyramid used as funeral obeisance for the Aristocratic Egyptian society could be transformed into a microscopic entity—a symbol on a piece of paper and that too an incomplete undone state. The signified for the Unfinished Pyramid can be the human bust and the human groin, anatomically but at a symbolic level, it can represent need, greed, covetousness, lust, and to put in a new vein of thought, the Unfinished Pyramid is in a significatory mode of always being in Gratification. The All seeing Eye is more peculiar a symptom. A myth of signification of God has become a trans-hieroglyphic symbol of lust, possession, appropriation and profit.
The World sad to say is being slowly Dollarized even though the currency is printed in a stagflatory mode of being in America as a burgeoning deficit. The Federal Reserve is in perpetual deficit and prints only worthless paper. All that Worthless Paper has to be defied!
Many poor countries used only a measly sum of their currencies and for higher denominations use the dollar. Arms and the Oil market pump oil and also pump the dollar. Many countries have accumulated piles and piles of the dollar with a mythical notion that it is guaranteed reserve.
The paperization of Egyptian, Christian and Pagan motifs and its minutization to a symbol is again the spinning of Monetary and Economic yarn by USA, and hierarchization of signifying other World Economies into servitude and dependence. No doubt the US even after recession is surviving on pseudo myths of conspiracy and economic sabotage.
I too, in my longing for monetary comforts have miserably become a devotee of the symbolic in the All Seeing Eye and the Unfinished Pyramid. But sad to say I have been alienated. There ends the Punctum.