The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Neil MacDonald has a two part series on the global financial crisis called “Power Shift” that I very highly recommend. It may give you some idea of where we are now in the “New World Order” post-market meltdown of 2008 and it raises many provocative questions about the future, about the breakdown of our inherited democratic institutions and disturbing questions about the resilience of democracy itself. Be sure to catch the video in the first installment upon which the articles are based.
“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.” — don Juan, from Carlos Castaneda
“The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive” — (ibid.)
“What does not kill me makes me stronger” — Nietzsche
Erich Kahler’s book, The Tower and the Abyss: An Inquiry into the Transformation of Man, may be one of the most important books I’ve come across in my time. I imagine I could dedicate a whole new blogging site just to discussing it and why I think it is such an important book, particularly for dedicated students of the work of Jean Gebser.
I’ve been reading Erich Kahler’s book (1956) The Tower and the Abyss: An Inquiry into the Transformation of Man, and I’m finding it quite engaging. There are a couple of quotes I’ld like to share that are relevant to themes we’ve raised here in The Chrysalis and in the earlier Dark Age Blog.