Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: RS: a theory
From: jbuck@janus.Berkeley.EDU (Joe Buck)
Date: 1991-04-17, 20:06

In article <71493@eerie.acsu.Buffalo.EDU> writes:
> >SORRY!!!  :-)  Anyways, what you state, however, seems consistent
> >to me.  "Two Gods, one good, one evil, locked in endless struggle."
> >In Christian belief we have Christ & the devil (who once was united
> >with God in Heaven).  In Zarathustra's teachings, we have two gods,
> >one evil and one good.  The "spirits" of the Bookwus are aligned
> >along dark and light forces.  

> >So.... Explicate your modifications to make the theory work!!!!

But that's just it -- I'm not sure I want to make that theory work.
As I said before, it makes things look disconcertingly like Star Wars
(use the force, Coop) and I've already seen that story; I don't need
to see a remake of it.

Something I have noticed, though, that I haven't seen comment on: the
spiritual forces of the White Lodge (assuming we can identify the Giant,
maybe the Tremonds, the sender of the message to Cooper) seem rather
ineffectual and clumsy, as if they don't quite get it about how to
communicate with humans or to do the simplest things.  Windom Earl
seems to have a similar opinion, putting on one side of the ledger
a place of saccharine sweetness and images of Bambi, and on the other
side (the Black Lodge) forces powerful enough to remake the world.
Now this would be an interesting switch: Zarathustra had good and
evil equally matched, Judeo-Christian-Islamic thinking had an all
powerful force of good and a less powerful (and ultimately doomed)
force for evil: what if, in Twin Peaks, evil is simply more powerful?

A Tibetan Buddhist (where I started all this) might smile gently at
all the above, and suggest that it is our very concepts of good and
evil that cause the problem in the first place, and suggest that we
drop all that moral code stuff and simply act with compassion (at
which point various factions would start screaming about "situational

So how would I tie all this in to a more Eastern way of thinking (since
Coop is all concerned with Tibet)?  Well, how about this:

(pseudo-Buddhist/Hindu/Taoist/new-age mysticism alert!)

The members of the White and Black Lodges were once ordinary men and
women; well, ordinary in the sense that they were flesh and blood but
not so ordinary in their accomplishments, for they were shamans.  Through
discipline, meditation, and study, they learned to transcend that plane
that we see as reality.  Some reached the stage where they no longer needed
physical bodies at all.

The goal of their study was to reach sartori, a state of enlightenment,
of one with all that there is.  However, there were temptations along
the way, for, in the course of this discipline lay vast power.  Those
that understood just what kind of illusion the physical plane consists
of could manipulate this illusion as well, giving them a power to "remake
the world", to quote Windom Earl, or at least, the tiny portion of the
world in which we live.  Those who turned from the journey to pursue
power over others took the path that became known as the Black Lodge,
but it was really (as Hawk said) merely a waystation: all who would enter
the White Lodge must pass through the Black Lodge on the way.  But the
powers the Black Lodge offers pale compared to the real thing.

The White Lodge is a place of total transcendence; those who reach it
have no further use for what we on earth consider important.  But there
are some (call bhodisatvas -- I know I spelled that wrong -- in the
Buddhist tradition) who stop short of this total transcendence, moved
by their compassion for all living things, they seek to bring all to
enlightenment, not just get there themselves.  These seem as gods to
ordinary men, but they come from us.  Where they come from, the birds
sing a pretty song, and there's always music in the air.

Note that Black + light (enlightenment) = White.  Black isn't the opposite
of white; it's black without light.

It's clear, if there is anything to this, that Mike, a Black Lodge
denizen, had the mystical experience that all that follow this path
seek ("Then I saw the face of God, and I was changed") and he saw the
limited nature of the power he had reveled in before.

I think that the most enlightened White Lodge spirit is the Little Man