Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Authentic But Brief Existence

I'm no Heidegger aficionado, but I liked this summary of a book I've looked at: “Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy.”

"[The author] traced the connections between the völkisch themes in both Heidegger and Nazi ideology and the shared conviction that only a return to a presumably earlier and more authentic existence can save us from the spiritual wasteland wrought by modernity."

Stated that succinctly, it reminds me of Rousseau.

The worship of the primitive,
as a more authentic existence,
is a march toward disaster.

When civilization is "no way to live",
and savagery meets small resistance,
death comes so much faster.

(via Stephen Hicks)

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