…And, yet, despite all differences, one important point stands out. The road of Roman civilization was a road to barbarism. Will it turn out to be the same road we are on today? Whatever historical comparison may afford for an understanding of the present crisis, it can give us no assurance regarding the latter’s outcome. […]Read more "Present Crisis and the Past"
Decline of the critical spirit, weakening of judgment, perversion of the function of science, all point to a serious cultural disorder. To think, however, that in locating these symptoms one is attacking the evil at its roots, is to make a grave mistake. For already we hear the swelling chorus of objections from the self-styled […]Read more "Disavowal of the Intellectual Principle by Johan Huizinga"
If we offend against “history” by removing documents and representations from their cultural context, we hope to compensate by correlating our archetypal investigation with a “psychohistory,” that is to say, with the stages in the development of the human psyche. Taking the development of consciousness as the decisive phenomena of human history, we arrive at […]Read more "Insight into the Paradoxical Nature of Symptoms of Decline, Psychological Human History & Regression into Transition; Standing up to Decline"
And now we come to the real distinguishing feature which essentially separates barbarism from culture; the only reason it cannot serve us as a guiding rod or for the determination of the beginning is that the documentary evidence is inadequate. It is the question: Where does mere living in the present, such as the savage […]Read more "Barbarism and Culture: Distinguishing the Two"
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"