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The Inner Striving of the World Soul

The Inner Striving of the World Soul

Alas! Two souls within my breast abide, And each from the other strives to separate; The one in love and healthy lust, The world with clutching tentacles holds fast; The other soars with power above this dust Into the domain of our ancestral past (From Goethe’s Faust). I realize this classic verse from Faust speaks to the terrible inner conflict of one who, on one hand is attached to the cares of the mundane, everyday world; on the other hand…

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Worlds of Being and Meaning

Worlds of Being and Meaning

This article is dedicated to my brother, Jeffrey, who died July 27, 2014, of complications resulting from congestive heart failure. Jeff was only 49. He was a life-long student of history, religion, and the esoteric. He bequeathed to me his library, which I will cherish as long as I am upon this earth. …the Gods and Goddesses are worlds of being and meaning in which my personal life participates (Miller 61). Our ego-centered culture has not yet grasped the fact…

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Metaphysical Solace

Metaphysical Solace

Oedipe et Antigone, by Charles Jalabert In writing about Attic tragedy, Nietzsche states, The metaphysical solace which, I wish to suggest, we derive from every true tragedy, the solace that in the ground of things, and despite all changing appearances, life is indestructibly mighty and pleasurable, this solace appears with palpable clarity in the chorus of satyrs, a chorus of natural beings whose life goes on ineradicably behind and beyond all civilization, as it were, and who remain eternally the…

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Nihilism as a Precursor to Transformation

Nihilism as a Precursor to Transformation

An illustration from Jules Verne’s essay “Edgard Poë et ses oeuvres” (Edgar Poe and his Works,1862) drawn by Frederic Lix or Yan’ Dargent.   How many of you have encountered the experience of nihilism, as in the experience of total skepticism of any meaning concerning life and existence? Have you yet peered into the yawning abyss of nothingness, that your life means nothing, that the world and its laws and moralities mean nothing, that there is no objective basis for…

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Slow Reading

Slow Reading

Leser mit Lupe, c. 1895 The following is a wonderful article by Lance Fletcher on slow reading. This article inspired me some time ago to read more slowly, especially writers like Heidegger and Nietzsche. Thank you, Lance, for sharing this with me. SLOW READING: the affirmation of authorial intent[1]   by Lancelot R. Fletcher   The phase, “slow reading,” is taken from Nietzsche. In paragraph 5 of the preface to Daybreak (Morgenröthe) he writes:   A book like this, a…

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Zarathustra’s Three Metamorphoses

Zarathustra’s Three Metamorphoses

In his greatest work, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche proclaims that “God is dead” (Nietzsche 41). For Nietzsche, this means that the philosophical abstraction known as “God” to institutional religion, especially Christianity, has died in the hearts and souls of Western man. It also means that the dualistic metaphysics of Plato is no longer viable. With one fell blow from his philosophical hammer, Nietzsche strikes down the two-world theories that have dominated Western thought since Plato. But even though God’s…

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