Sunday, September 6, 2009

Roots of ideologies

Nietzsche, in my opinion, was an artist bestowed with a prodigious capacity to love and with an … unflinching jealousy, jealousy consisting certainly, in its most speculative and humanely sublime form, in looking for a master over which to dominate.

Ultimately, if we wish to separate the poets from the philosophers, contemporaneous or not, and precisely identify the sources of ideologies, even to hatch a few, it is quite simple. I know three means to go about it.

The first is to consider one of the seven dimensions of man which most of the worldly traditions lay out – the vegetative dimension, the animal dimension, the spiritual dimension, work, friendship, politics and religion – and to isolate one of these dimensions from the other six (one can also take 2 or 3 of them and mix them together, whilst separating them from the others, or even endeavour to exclude one of them and only consider the 6 remaining ones). For example, Marx and Nietzsche exalted (admittedly in quite different ways) work or the artistic activity as being the only acceptable way to save man and humanity. Kant exalted the religious dimension and morals, etc.

The second means consists in taking the three poles at the center of which rests the answer to any problem – Truth, The Human Person and Liberty – and in the same way as in what preceeds, to isolate one of the three. For example, Sartre isolates Liberty and veneers it for its own sake, etc.

The third is even more efficient, as it is more hidden to blunt intelligences. Take the 5 transcendentals (transcendental = notion which is convertible to Being) : Esse (Being), Aliquid (Something), Verum (Truth), Unum (One) and Bonum (Good). I’m showing you the general technique here, without entering into any detail, because we may end up getting spotted! LoL Firstly, note that "beauty" is not a transcendental, even though it has been exalted as such and is still exalted in this manner. Many people do not understand for example how the concentration camp SS could listen to the quatuors of Mozart during their dinner… as if beauty finalizes! Beauty is relative to the transcendentals and can be separated from them.

All right, but even more devious, only Being is an authentic transcendental, it is the keystone, and the four other transcendentals are acolytes of Being. Those who have a metaphysical touch understand this, the others stare blankly, persuaded that all this has no interest at all or is not concrete, even though we are well and truly at the heart of the most real reality.

Therefore, if one seeks to identify the source of all the deliriums and monstrosities that human intelligence is capable of, sometimes with much talent, one only needs to isolate one of the 4 transcendentals relative to Being (Aliquid, Verum, Unum, Bonum) and to consider it as separated from Being. You will have there a formidable tool to manipulate the fools and seduce the intellectuals. This approach is obviously the name of the game, the other two being more immediate and straightforward. :P

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for shaking up my head. To isolare one of the transcendentals from being is indeed a temptation to which I have succumbed without realizing it. It is probably why Heidegger was so concerned about the fact that we really don't think when we think we're thinking. Being in all its forms needs to be spread on every canvas and shouted from every stage. Even then it will probably not reach the dullards.

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  2. Nietzsche may have given the Nazis bad reasons for their ideology. The 'Will To Power' can be dangerous for certain people.

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  3. Taking the part for the whole will always result in a form of arrogant blindness. The commonest names for this universal malady are Knowledge and Belief.

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  4. hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

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  5. This was incredibly interesting and I enjoyed reading it very much!

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  6. I'm back!

    DB,
    I'm really glad if I shook your head in a positive way. Unfortunately, Being (as Being) can only be induced, not spread on a canvass. It is interesting you bring up Heidegger, who realized that we needed to ask the question "What is Being?", but who ends up with being in the mind...

    ZR,
    Ideologies can indeed be dangerous, sometimes leading to large scale massacres.

    NP,
    Thank you for your insighful comment. In light of your words, you may emjoy reading the blogpost on conviction and intolerance.

    Hapi,
    Don't worry, be.

    Steph Infection,
    Happy to see you again. I (the translator) think so to.

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  7. The SS not only listened to Mozart on the victrola, but they had at Aushewitz a complete symphony orchestra of Jewish inmates giving regular concerts and playing in small chamber groups to soothe those going to their deaths. This tells us quite nothing about being or non-being (Does nothing exist?) but it perhaps tell us that, "One must be wary of words because they turn into cages."... as Violin Spolin wrote. My best Count Sneaky

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  8. Stopped by to say hello. Sorry I can't comment in too much depth on this interesting article, I am mostly in a "vegetative dimension" this morning. ;) Perhaps after my coffee!!! Thanks again for the recent tweets!

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  9. The 'Will To Power' can be dangerous for certain people.

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