THE GNOMES OF GNU
As promised a glimpse into Umberto Eco.
Umberto Eco authored the Gnomes of Gnu in 1992 which is a children’s book that is about space travel. The earth is such a mess that a Space Explorer sets out on a quest to find more habitable planet. The Space Explorer ends up on a planet inhabited by Gnomes who live on a pristine planet, a Utopia.
The pictures in this children’s book are not of Gnomes, which you would think would be more fitting for a programming book,some of the pictures can be seen below, the majority of which contain geometry, certain colours and more often than not a black square/cube. The artist is Eugenio Carmi, pictured here with a model of Euclids 47th.
What does that tell you about the art in the Gnomes of Gnu.
“Geometry , mathematical studies , the Pythagorean theorem , the Euclidean reality , the levers of Archimedes to enter the mystery of being. Geometry as a sign and language . The harmony of the universe . Not only geometry but also color relationships . The search of the Golden Section , perfect proportion between the known and the unknown . Painting as pure mathematics . The chemistry of the elements produces the succession of the circle , concentric waves to form the spiral overlay generated by the Golden Section . The synthesis of pure and direct consequence occurs in assuming the divine proportion , as theorized by the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli (1445-1517) in 1497 in the Treaty on the Golden Section ” De Divina Proportione ” . What stage is your research?
Contemporary art seems to have no identity . Claimed to prefer the ” think of Pythagoras , Thales , Archimedes , a Fibonacci ” . The situation is so drastic or there may be a new way out ?
We are close to the date of the so-called end or new beginning . Its scientific culture what do you suggest? There will be a point of restart that we send back , but to project ourselves in the universe ? Or is it still too early ?”
Translated from here:-
What Are These 3 Black Boxes and Why Are They Important to Freemasons?
The 47th Problem of Euclid represents such a perfect symbol of Freemasonry…encompassing both art and science, that the simple knowledge of it demands a breathtaking awe to which we may only bow our heads in reverence at the perfection, the universality and the infinite wisdom of that which has been given to us by God.
For as much time as Umberto Eco has devoted to signs and symbols that the images in this book are symbolic of something. Something that would be too obvious if he had actually incorporated this story for children with pictures of gnomes. The Gnomes are looked upon as favorable things with much more advanced thinking than those on Earth. There are no cars, there are no hospitals, no pollution on their planet. Because the S[ace Explorer is interested in setting up shop to Gnu (the Gnome planet) there is concern about cross contamination. If the people of Earth migrate to Gnu, they might bring all their baggage with them and ruin the Gnomes Utopia. The story ending is as abrupt as this sentence.
Here are some pages from the book, you can find the full version on Flickr and it takes about 5 minutes to read.
Umberto Eco is also known for his books that are partial truths mixed with fiction that include topics on Freemasons to Templars and Jesuits.
His book Foulcault’s Pendulum is comparable, a pre cursor even to Dan Browns Da Vinci code . Foulcault’s Pendulum is a story about three editors who go on a quest to unravel coded message/document which was previously in possession of the Templars, the document holds information that involves harnessing the magnetic currents of the earth. By placing the document under the pendulum, one could find the center of the earth and rule men and nations. The pendulum was invented by Jean Bernard Leon Foucault, a French Physicist).
I would need to write a book myself if I were to go into depth about Umberto Eco, he seems to know a lot more than what he cares to let on which is why I think he appeals to occultist’s more than Dan Brown who took the route that would be more digestible for mainstream readers. For someone like Umberto Eco who has written so many books that center around occult conspiracy theories, I do not see that is coming from a place of ignorance about the things that he writes about and the way that he writes about them. He uses semiotics which is a study of signs and symbols which can be observed throughout time .
I think you can always get a tiny glimpse into someone by their quotes.
Here is his response when he was asked if he had read Dan Browns DaVinci Code.
“I was obliged to read it because everybody was asking me about it. My answer is that Dan Brown is one of the characters in my novel Foucault’s Pendulum, which is about people who start believing in occult stuff.
– But you yourself seem interested in the kabbalah, alchemy and other occult practices explored in the novel.
No. In Foucault’s Pendulum I wrote the grotesque representation of these kind of people. So Dan Brown is one of my creatures”
I wonder then, that if Umberto Eco thinks that of Dan Brown does he think that the children who have read the Gnomes of Gnu are his little creatures, or his Gnomes….
Here is an excerpt from Foucault’s Pendulum.
“There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics…Cretins don’t even talk; they sort of slobber and stumble…Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation…Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent…Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark, and cats are pets, too, therefore cats bark…Morons will occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason…A lunatic is easily recognized. He is a moron who doesn’t know the ropes. The moron proves his thesis; he has logic, however twisted it may be. The lunatic on the other hand, doesn’t concern himself at all with logic; he works by short circuits. For him, everything proves everything else. The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars…There are lunatics who don’t bring up the Templars, but those who do are the most insidious. At first they seem normal, then all of a sudden…”
Which category does Umberto Eco fall into? Seeing as he himself has written books that have been specifically about the Templars, Umberto unwittingly self prescribes himself into the category of insidious lunatic.
Umberto Eco, a man that looks for secrets within secrets. The secrets have paid off as he owns a private island where he lives in a 17th century Abbey as well as homes is Paris, Milan, Bologna and New York.
I am not sure if his secret is so secret, I think he might have had a few swings on the pendulum himself. Maybe Eugenio gave him a push every now and then.
Signs and Secrets.
A clip from a 2005 article in The Telegraph by Umberto Eco.
“The pianist Arthur Rubinstein was once asked if he believed in God. He said: “No. I don’t believe in God. I believe in something greater.” Our culture suffers from the same inflationary tendency. The existing religions just aren’t big enough: we demand something more from God than the existing depictions in the Christian faith can provide. So we revert to the occult. The so-called occult sciences do not ever reveal any genuine secret: they only promise that there is something secret that explains and justifies everything. The great advantage of this is that it allows each person to fill up the empty secret “container” with his or her own fears and hopes.
As a child of the Enlightenment, and a believer in the Enlightenment values of truth, open inquiry, and freedom, I am depressed by that tendency. This is not just because of the association between the occult and fascism and Nazism – although that association was very strong. Himmler and many of Hitler’s henchmen were devotees of the most infantile occult fantasies.
The same was true of some of the fascist gurus in Italy – Julius Evola is one example – who continue to fascinate the neo-fascists in my country. And today, if you browse the shelves of any bookshop specialising in the occult, you will find not only the usual tomes on the Templars, Rosicrucians, pseudo-Kabbalists, and of course The Da Vinci Code, but also anti-semitic tracts such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.
Here are a few of Umberto’s quotes, although there is so much more to Umberto Eco than his quotes.
“Among the many certainties whose lack he complained of, one alone is present, and it is that all things appear to us as they appear to us, and it is impossible for them to appear otherwise.”
“What better hiding place for the true Templar than in the crowd of his caricatures?”
“The fine thing about pacts with the devil is that when you sign them you are well aware of their conditions. Otherwise, why would you be recompensed with hell?”
“Beware of faking: people will believe you. People believe those who sell lotions that make lost hair grow back. They sense instinctively that the salesman is putting together truths that don’t go together, that he’s not being logical, that he’s not speaking in good faith. But they’ve been told that God is mysterious, unfathomable, so to them incoherence is the closest thing to God. The farfetched is the closest thing to miracle.
“Every thing thinks, but according to its complexity. If this is so, then stones also think…and this stone thinks only I stone, I stone, I stone. But perhaps it cannot even say I. It thinks: Stone, stone, stone… God enjoys being All, as this stone enjoys being almost nothing, but since it knows no other way of being, it is pleased with its own way, eternally satisfied with itself.”
“Thus we have on stage two men, each of whom knows nothing of what he believes the other knows, and to deceive each other reciprocally both speak in allusions, each of the two hoping (in vain) that the other holds the key to his puzzle.”