4. The proximity to beings, as this is claimed for the second stage, has Still another Characteristic result: ὁ πρὁς μᾶλλον ὄντα τετραμμένος. ‘Whoever [like the former prisoner] is turned towards more beingful beings [towards what is more beingful than something else, thus to more genuine beings] sees more correctly.’ Thus ὀρθός, ὀρθότης, ‘correctness’ [Richtigkeit] crops […]Read more "A Derivative Concept of Truth"
8. Removal of the shackles is thus not genuine emancipation, for it remains external and fails to penetrate to man in his ownmost self. The circumstances of the prisoner change, but his inner condition, his willing [WolIen], does not. The released prisoner does indeed will, but he wills to return to his shackles. Thus willing, […]Read more "Grasping Genuine Emancipation"
The disillusioning effect of the encounter with one’s own shadow, the unconscious negative part of the personality, is always to be found in cases where the ego has lived in identification with the persona and the collective values of the period. That is why this encounter is, as a rule, particularly severe and difficult for […]Read more "Encountering Ones Negative, Ones Shadow"
“Making good”, as understood by the old ethic, with the attendant repression of evil and obedience to convention, is often enough no more than an easy way out, which shirks peril and clings to established security. Yet “where peril lies, grows the remedy too”, and the voice of the new ethic, or so it seems, […]Read more "“Making Good”"
Scientist: …I hardly know anymore who and where I am. Teacher: None of us knows that, as soon as we stop fooling ourselves. Scholar: And yet we still have our path? Teacher: To be sure. But by forgetting it too quickly we give up thinking. … – Heidegger (Discourse on Thinking, pg. 62)Read more "As soon as we stop fooling ourselves…"
…If, then, a retrieval of ethical and metaphysical values is what is needed, it can hardly be said that we are on the right road at present. The sense of human responsibility, seemingly strengthened by the exhortations of heroism, has been uprooted from the soil of the individual conscience and mobilised in favour of any […]Read more "Ethical and Metaphysical Values, Irresponsible Mass Action, The Word, Truth & Opinion"
Katharsis: thus the Greeks called the state of mind produced by the spectacle of the tragedy, the stillness of heart in which compassion and fear have been dissolved, the purification of the soul which springs from having grasped a deeper meaning in things; which creates a grave and new preparedness for acts of duty and […]Read more "Katharsis and Askesis"