Archive | May 2022

The Hammer and the Anvil

We are getting hammered by cascading crises at our “end of history”, aren’t we?

Despite Fukuyama’s discredited thesis (mostly the production of wishful thinking), there is nonetheless the sense of an ending. It brings to mind a piece I posted long ago in the old defunct Dark Age Blog — the predecessor to the present Chrysalis — about our being seemingly stuck between the Hammer of God and the Anvil of the Earth. Jean Gebser, of course, enjoins us not to focus too much attention on the ending of things as much as on the beginning — on the seedlings sprouting amidst the ruins and detritus of the old order. The path of the hammer and the anvil is the form of a transition to a new consciousness structure as long as do not succumb to the “maelstrom of blind anxiety”, as he put it, that attends this transition, but which is unfortunately everywhere in evidence today. And that is why I retired The Dark Age Blog and launched The Chrysalis.

I regret, now, that this earlier post is no longer accessible.

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