Archive | March 2012

Dualism: Know the Enemy

In his memorial introduction to Jean Gebser’s book The Ever-Present Origin, Jean Keckeis attempted to briefly summarise (if that were at all possible) the main concerns that drove Gebser to write the book,

“Gebser has noted two results that are of particular significance: first, the abandonment of materialistic determinism, of a one-sided mechanistic-causal mode of thought; and second, a manifest ‘urgency of attempts to discover a universal way of observing things, and to overcome the inner division of contemporary man who, as a result of his one-sided rational orientation, thinks only in dualisms.'” (p. xix)

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Disturbia

I suppose that, given all I’ve written here and in the earlier Dark Age Blog. or have voiced aloud about the appalling condition and stature of the human soul at the end of history, I shouldn’t be at all startled or disturbed to discover that a great many people — the many-too-many people — don’t necessarily believe the implicit truth of what they otherwise publicly say or do. Read More…

Generation Why: The Millennarians

I see that one half of the team of Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell, who together authored the book The Narcissism Epidemic, has now released her own study of “Generation Y” or “Generation Me” (the “Millennials” born after January 1, 1982) and has, not surprisingly I suppose, discovered that GenY is even more self-indulgent, aberrant, and narcissistic than its post-War predecessor generations: the Boomers and Generation X. Presumably Generation “Z” will be the Omega Generation, since we will have run out of alphabet and, perhaps, also out of time therewith.
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The End of Democracy in the Breakdown of Dialectical Consciousness

In The Ever-Present Origin, Jean Gebser emphasised our disturbing contemporary penchant to think in terms of mere “dualisms” as the signal symptom of the breakdown and disintegration of the mental-rational structure of consciousness. He called this our “deficient rationality”, and thought of it as something reflecting “the inner division of contemporary man” (in the words of his interpreter, Jean Keckeis).

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Seth Speaks… On Nihilism

Last evening, I was cruising around the Web when I came across these assembled quotes from the book Seth Speaks (1972). The quoted sections struck me with great force and impact, perhaps because I’ve also been brooding over our present predicament at “the end of history” and reflecting on this in relation to the works of Nietzsche and Jean Gebser, which the words of Seth powerfully drew together in their joint concern for the future of life, humankind, and the fate of the Earth. Read More…

Campaign Against Political Corruption in Canada

Tomorrow, Sunday 11. March, marks the beginning of a nation-wide rally and campaign against political corruption in Canada. It seems strange that this is even happening here. But in fact it’s happening everywhere, and raises some disturbing questions about the future of democracy in the post-modern era.
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The Commonwealth

It would seem that the Harperite faction in the ruling Conservative Party of Canada is on a mission of destruction, or at least deconstruction, of liberal democracy. In this, they are following much the same neo-conservative programme that Margaret Thatcher followed in the UK, based on two principle conceits: one, “there is no alternative” (the TINA principle) and second, “there is no such thing as society”. These are the principles of someone who is delusional. Read More…