The Grand Inquisitor interviews Merlin

The Grand Inquisitor interviews Merlin

by Jon Rappoport

May 2, 2014

In Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, the Grand Inquisitor speaks to, and rejects, Jesus, who has returned to Earth.

Here, he speaks to Merlin the Magician:

Grand Inquisitor (GI): Again, we are faced with the issue of freedom, that most tormenting thing, which people cannot understand or make use of, except in absurd symbolic form. But in your case, you perform miracles, which we, the Holy Church, deploy for our own purposes…to subdue and entrain the masses. Therefore, I must warn you, you are treading on our ground. So first I ask you, are you for freedom?

Merlin: I am.

GI: And are you proposing the mad idea that anyone, sufficiently aware of his own latent power, can perform miracles?

Merlin: Yes.

GI: And do you understand that, for all these centuries, we have secretly been aligned with Satan, who has been teaching us how to rule and expand our kingdom?

Merlin: Of course I’m aware of that. But you see, you are inventing “Satan,” a surrogate, an image, to guide you. You want empire, and control of minds and hearts, and so you concoct an invisible “leader” who will instruct you.

GI: Nonsense.

Merlin: I first appeared on the bridge between two eras. In earlier times, magic was everywhere. People breathed it as they breathed air. The world was alive. And then a change occurred. The age of rationality was born. Science. Technology. Many benefits accrued. But along with that came an urge to transform the human being into a machine.

GI: Exactly. And it is the task of our Church, our organization, to complete and fulfill that urge. Do you know why? Because then we can deliver happiness to the masses, in so far as it is possible. Freedom, on the other hand, brings anguish. We are against freedom. If we can transform humans into machines that experience pleasure, regardless of external circumstances, then we can give them the redemption they truly seek.

Merlin: This is what I was afraid of. The “rational solution” taken to the extreme.

GI: What else would you expect? People come to us for an end to their suffering. And where does suffering begin? With sin? No, with freedom. We end that charade. We close the door.

Merlin: So this is your secret doctrine.

GI: You will see us align with science. You will see us support, eventually, the re-engineering of the brain. We will call that part of God’s plan. The elimination of the rebellion, the quelling of all “negative” emotions.

Merlin: Of course, those emotions you call negative are part and parcel of the energy that can fashion new realities, which are independent of your influence.

GI: True. Our goal is the achievement of a universal harmonization of attitude, response, feeling, among all people everywhere. This is the unity we seek. What difference does it make how we bring it about?

Merlin: You’re actually talking about the flattening of all emotions. A program like that would defeat magic. Magic relies on the most intense, various, free-flowing, and extensive emotions.

GI: When we say cooperation, we mean the passive acceptance of the consensus we contrive. When we say joy, we mean shared mediocre pleasure. When we say deliverance, we mean unquestioning loyalty to our Order.

Merlin: When I say joy, I mean creative penetration into the unknown, the not-yet imagined.

GI: And we will debase that by calling it sin and consorting with the Devil.

Merlin: And suppose I told you that I’m not here at all, but you are inventing me, because I represent your better Self, your hopes and wishes?

GI: I would call that ridiculous. We understand delusion. We control it. We dispense it. We are the experts of delusion.

Merlin: Is that so?

GI (pausing): You’re playing a trick on me. You’re still here…it’s true I can’t see you now, but that’s some of your magic at work…you’re playing your games, on a small stage. We, the Church, are operating all over the world…even if I feel, for a moment, that I’m talking to myself, it’s you I’m addressing…there is no hidden part of myself…I’m all here…the idea that you are really a part of my own consciousness is insane…because then I would stand for freedom, and I don’t…I stand for Order…it appears…I’ve compartmentalized my consciousness…how strange to see it…at this late date…there’s a wall…a bridge between the desire for order and control and the desire for freedom…I’ve blocked the bridge…I’m killing my own soul…I’m an agent of…death…

Exit From the Matrix

The Grand Inquisitor stood alone in his dim chamber. He was silent. He waited. He didn’t know what else to do.

He waited for a year. A century. A hundred centuries. Frozen. He knew he had always wanted to reduce the world to this silence and this lack of motion. He knew he had wanted to remake the world in his own image. He knew this was his concept of wisdom. He knew this was his goal. Perfection in nothing. And now he had it. He was experiencing it. And it was not the triumph he had supposed. It was the shrinking of all dynamism to a single point. There was no solace in it. It was not a Void at the blissful bottom of his own Being. It was a collection of forces held in check. It was diminishment of Self. It was darkness. It was no voice and no expression.

And then he thought…suppose I change my mind? Suppose I recreate my mind? What quality would I first impart to myself?

The answer came. Freedom.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

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