“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, March 9, 2016

Nostalgia, Optimism, Time, and the End of the Cycle.

Throughout recorded history most of the world has believed itself to be living in "The End Times." According to Traditional doctrines the advent of the Kali Yuga corresponds approximately with advent of recorded history, so in this sense they, and we, have been and still are living in "The End Times." The problem is we "moderns" conceive time only on a petty personal or provincial historical scale. Americans, whose history is merely a recent flash in the pan on the scale of recorded history, and not even a blip on the radar of cosmological time scales, are particularly guilty of this.

Traditionalists have been occasionally misunderstood, by those with shallow understanding of Traditional doctrines, as being prone to "nostalgia" in terms of idealizing particularly ancient and medieval history, and prone to "optimism" in terms of expecting the Dark Age to roll over into a new Golden Age.

Regarding "nostalgia": As noted, the Dark Age corresponds approximately to our timeline of recorded history. Our "ancient" and "medieval" periods still exist in the "Dark Age," and are rife with anti-Traditional forces. They are only relatively more "Traditional" in contrast to the aberrations of our "Modern" period, particularly the excesses of the post "Enlightenment" period. The tide of Traditional and anti-Traditional forces occasionally fluctuates, and at a level beyond the imposition of human "will" in the matter. There are traditional doctrines of phases of the Kali Yuga. By one Traditional system, the "Twilight" phase of the Kali Yuga began in 1939. Much could be said about this.

Regarding "optimism": Traditional doctrines are almost unanimous that the transition from one phase of major cosmological cycles to another is cataclysmic in nature. Both Guenon and Evola disparaged their over-eager followers who had romantic ideas about forming "elite" cadres in hopes of being the standard-bearers of "Tradition" into the next era. Aside from the cosmic time scales involved, meaning none of us reading this will likely live to see it, the cataclysmic nature of the transition is such that few would survive the transition even if they lived long enough to see its arrival.

Whatever "nostalgia" or idealization of the knowable past there may be is highly conditional. Whatever "optimism" might be warranted is abstract and impersonal in nature. Misanthropy and "pessimism" is generally warranted. Nihilism might only be inconvenienced by a modicum of abstract, coldly impersonal metaphysics within a transient spatio-temporal threshing machine.