The Woke Meme and NeoPlatonic Furor

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Dear Reader,

Just a quick note on a weird connection between the popular internet meme of glowing eyes in an avatar as a sign of being “woke” or conscious to allegedly deep philosophical and political issues.

Such an image of glowing eyes was popular in the Renaissance to denote the intelligence and beauty of a soul that itself reflected the divine forms. In Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, he writes of the huntress Belphoebe’s eyes “flaming” like “two liuing lamps.”

This is not necessarily an occult connection, but it is a sign that the person is possessed with fury, perhaps even the fury of a daemon or demon.

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