“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Ɯbermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarÄ«, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

HISTORY: MYTHS OF PROGRESS AND METAPHORS OF PATTERNS

This was in response to a discussion elsewhere:

Technology and certain specific types of human knowledge and abilities are cumulative. Meaning some specific abilities become more sophisticated over time if the foundations are not forgotten or wiped out. For example: we go from throwing rocks to precision guided missiles. Or for counter-example: various cultures have experienced "Dark Ages" where aspects of civilization are lost or forgotten. The Ancient Greeks for example lost literacy then recovered it later. Of course civilizations also die, self destruct, and are wiped out.

This does not extend to collective psychology. Mankind does not "wise up" as a whole. There is no supporting evidence that he does. He just becomes more efficient at killing and comfort.

Taken collectively; mankind exhibits traits that would be considered retarded or psychotic in individuals. When interpreting collective behavior it is almost a safe rule of thumb to imagine what an individual of below average intelligence would do in similar circumstances but driven by the most negative fears and motives. Collectively mankind acts like the worst individual specimens, not the best.

"Big History" is my favorite niche of historical study, especially in conjunction with historiography and philosophy of history. I've actually read most of the important works on big history and "grand narrative" overviews, and attempts to discern patterns. I'm convinced all patterns perceived are projections on the part of historians based on grossly incomplete and randomly accurate/inaccurate knowledge and reasoning. Usually this is more evidence of the hardwired propensity of the human mind to abstract in terms of metaphors and analogies than evidence of any real pattern in "history."

The idea of overall "progress" in human history has pretty much been left in the dust (along with other ideological debris of the Enlightenment such as "equality"). I think linear and cyclical interpretations of history are just as much a projection and pipe dream. There is an ebb and flow on a micro-level, mostly because the human animal is by nature excessive and reactionary, so in some contexts collective behavior gives the impression of "pendulum swings" which in turn can be fantasized into a "cyclical" pattern just as sudden beginnings and abrupt ends can be fantasized into linear patterns. These are all constructs of the human mind trying to grasp complexity beyond its ability to comprehend.

Human history is as arbitrary and meaningless as the life of a termite mound.

JDS

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