Interview with Emericus Durden

Much of the controversy around your work deals with its metaphysical implications. What is your metaphysical message?
Well, in the simplest terms, my metaphysical message is this: if it so desires, humanity can transform itself into some 'thing' superior to humanity itself. If you want to call that thing 'God,' be my guest, though I rarely use that word. In any case, my message is both a compassionate and a shocking one - compassionate because I actually care about humanity, shocking because I express that care by encouraging us all to abandon our own humanity and become some 'thing' better. Thus, my message places less value on humanity as an end in itself, and more value on humanity as a means to an end. In this day and age, anyone who relates to humanity as a means or a 'tool' to achieve something higher is considered a little, let us say, cockeyed, a little eccentric, a little difficult to take seriously, perhaps even a little bit dangerous morally speaking. I accept that. I am a patient man.
Without laying out a philosophical roadmap for the reader, can tell us your own interpretation of the meaning of your novels?
I could tell you, yes, but I will not do so here. It would probably be a waste of time anyway. The fact is, if you read my philosophical works - Aiming Higher Than Civilization and Beyond Words & Machines - in tandem with my novels - Two Heads Equal Two Hands, Great & Mighty Things, The Spectacular Suicide - you will clearly see what my interpretation is of my own work. It's right there in front of you. Any comments here would not improve on that revelatory vision.
Why should a reader have to read your books twice to get their message?
I don't think a reader necessarily should. However, the advantage of multiple readings over long periods of time is clear: the reader brings additional life experience to each subsequent reading, further enhancing his or her understanding of my message.
How do you account for the hostility of come critics who describe your books as pretentious and difficult to grasp?
Without naming names, the few critics I believe you're referring to all work for established review publications in New York City. They are a small fraction of the large internet fan-base I enjoy across North America and Europe. In any case, those critics' 'hostility,' as you put it, is a good sign because it shows my work actually touches a nerve. Much of what I write frightens some critics who still think words like 'radical' and 'disruptive' are reserved for writers who apparently earn it - mind you, apparently - by hobnobbing with the East Coast literary and publishing crowd. Well, in fact, that crowd is better described as a bovine herd, and like any herd, its mentality is governed by survival habits, not by habits of growth and adventure. How can I be seriously bothered by the hostility of a dying breed of cows long since put out to pasture?
Would you agree with some critics who call your work profoundly religious?
Well, of course, whether or not I agree would depend on whether or not they and I share the same understanding of the word 'religious'. I doubt we do. I'm not affiliated with any organized religion, never have been. Nor have I any grandiose, monomaniacal dreams of founding a new religion. Nonetheless, it is true that everything I write has a religious element in the broad sense that my writings reference realities 'beyond' or 'transcendent to' human reality on planet Earth. Except for the fact I don't mention things like spaceships, you might call what I write a form of science fiction, in the sense I'm considering alternate scenarios of existence, alternate moral realities, alternate social realities, alternate aesthetic realities.
How about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets?
How about not. My message is a metaphysical one, not a physical one, not a material one. I don't take planets and solar systems very seriously. Or, putting it positively, I take planets and solar systems about as seriously as a curtain I can simply part with the swipe of my hand, allowing me to 'see' what does exist through the window of reality. Extra-terrestrial life, as scientists typically define it, is just as much a figment of our highly limited belief systems as biological life. It's all one deception, one dream, one fiction of our five senses. If you read my books and understand them, you will no longer waste your time with speculating on life on other planets. Instead, you will look inside yourself and find out who you really are and where you really come from. To do that, you don't need telescopes or any other scientific instruments. You simply need to shut down your senses and still your mind.
What do you think we'll find in the farthest reaches of the known universe?
Still more empirical garbage like rocks, dust, and alien races using monoliths of black stone to communicate pointless messages across pointless stretches of pointless outer space. There is no real growth in what you call 'the known universe.' There is only limiting perception supported by the limiting belief that empirical evidence is the final arbiter for everything forever and ever. If that's the world you want to live in, be my guest. But I grew beyond that realm of belief around my thirtieth birthday.
Published 2015-05-18.
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Books by This Author

Vision, Will, And Our World: The New Science of Radical Individualism
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,440. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2017 by Party Crasher Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Self-realization, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
In section I of the essay, the author discusses the development of the individual vision. In section II, the author discusses the development of the individual will. In section III, he unites the vision and the will to create our individual world, that is, the world of our unique subjectivity.
It's All In Your Head: Collected Works on Spirituality And Occultism
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,630. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016 by Party Crasher Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit, Nonfiction » New Age » Magic
This volume collects the major essays written and published by Emericus Durden on occultism and spirituality in the past decade. The four essays lay out in meticulous detail three complementary approaches to understanding and practicing the Work of Perfection: consciousness growth, identity expansion, and creative unification.
Spiritual Efficiency And The Expansion Of The Will
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,480. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2016 by Party Crasher Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
In Spiritual Efficiency And The Expansion Of The Will, Emericus Durden provides the cognitive and behavioral framework to help you get anything you desire, as well as to get rid of all your desires.
Walking Up And Down On it: Collected Philosophical Works
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 40,320. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015 by Party Crasher Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Metaphysics, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / Rationalism
One’s experience of the entire transformation process from beginning to end – taking up the method of skeptical nihilism, seeing the practice through to its completion, afterwards stabilizing oneself in the new perspective beyond every possible form of human society and civilization – yes, one’s final experience is that of triumph: triumph over oneself and triumph over civilization.
Occultism: Striving To Leave, Striving To Create
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,450. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015 by Party Crasher Press. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Meditation, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Author Emericus Durden has developed the first comprehensively new approach to occult theory and practice in more than 50 years. His latest book - Occultism: Striving To Leave, Striving To Create - systematically lays out his entire approach, beginning with an introduction addressing why occultism matters, then launching into all three ‘phases’ of Mr. Durden’s occult methodology.