We have spoken of the age-old impulse to abandon culture, to flee from the present day and its misery. In times such as these the impulse comes over us now and then more powerfully than ever. What will be the refuge? There are still a number of roads open. Though the past no longer proffers […]Read more "Culture; The Abandonment of One’s Own Ego"
1. The discipline of history is suffering from the defect that the issues are insufficiently formulated. … In the historical discipline, with its necessarily unsystematical character, currents in thought are constantly moving in divergent directions. Only a very few of all these studies seem to point back toward a central core of knowledge. Here the […]Read more "Historians; The Willing Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water."
We shall do without such historical decorative end pieces. Instead, we have a request to make of fate — a request for a feeling of duty for what lies before us each time, submission to the inevitable, and, when the great problems of existence confront us, a clear, unambiguous statement of these; finally, a request […]Read more "A Request of Fate"
At our universities, the historians like to dump the Ancient History course in the lap of philologists, and vice versa. Here and there it is treated like a poor old relation whom it would be a disgrace to let go to ruin entirely. But with the public at large antiquity is completely out of fashion, […]Read more "Why Today’s ‘Educated Man’ Can No Longer Understand Antiquity"
No one should ever judge what they do so positively or as having been done so well that they become so casual or self- confident in their actions that their reason grows lazy or slumbers. But they should always elevate themselves with the twin faculties of reason and will, thus activating the very best in […]Read more "On Constant Effort in Spiritual Progress"
The great, to some extent ultimate, task posed here is that of understanding fear in all its forms as an instrument of the Self. Fear of the unknown and of all that is ego-alien turns out to be fear of the unknown aspects of “one-Self” and of “one-Self” as the unknown. In this sense the […]Read more "The Great Overcoming"
To walk while the Earth trembles, To dance while the Earth quakes. The Ground erupts and convulses; Thrusting, spewing forth chaos, Uncertainty and death; No longer Does the Earth speak to the I, as something known; All intimacy Has dried and sunk into Darkness and oblivion. Lost is the I who once saw, Lived, slept in the […]Read more "I; the self-centered"