Penultimate Times Blues: Nostalgia as Disclosure of Truth

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  1. Lionel Chan says:

    Being a bit heavily ancestor based (I.e. racist) in my logic here… it seems to me that this inversion and hypocrisy is not exclusive to the Christian and especially post-Christian West, but it is peculiar to it, and thrives in that soil before it is able to reach tendrils out everywhere else.

    Compartmentalisation is a particularly Anglo-Christian speciality, driven by the strengths of that peoples together with the willingness to Other-ise (within and without) in pursuit of the One. Chinese don’t do particularly better overall, but the source of that weakness is different. We are less “well intentioned “hypocrites than just plain liars (not all, not all, etc).

  2. Lionel Chan says:

    Im so glad you are back Branko.

    The Traditional Islamic perspective is that such ontological feelings cannot be shaken off and they must not be, because they are signposts from God that must be interpreted and then followed. If that is done then calamity can be if not physically inverted, then will at least always be internally transformative.

  3. Lionel Chan says:

    “Man cannot help being hypocrite, but generation claiming it’s been vaccinated against hypocrisy probably cannot help being anything else but a bunch of hypocrites.”

    Brilliant and dead on. The ultimate (which is good and bad news) in this is the “open acceptance about hypocrisy as immunity from it” story, rife in new age influenced pseudo initiation.

    Continuing with my own Islamic Supremacy narrative, one can see how this might be described as “Christian Heresy”, a rebellion but also an outgrowth of Paul-ite Christianity and the compartmentalisation against “holistic” instantiation it may have a weakness for – particularly in areas of sexuality and aggression.

  4. Lionel Chan says:

    Ps. Just joking about the Islamic supremacy thing of course, I hope it is not taken the wrong way… on the open internet on a comments section….

  5. Mihai says:

    Thinking about this nostalgia question, i have come to the conclusion that there are two forms of nostalgia.
    The first is the ontological one, which you have treated at length in this article and it is – to use one of Mircea Eliade’s expressions- a nostalgia for Paradise, for a state which is deeply rooted in our transcendent memory, in the center of our being, and which we have lost.

    The second type is of a more sentimental sort and it is a distant echo of the first. We catch a glimpse, for example, of what may even be considered a trivial thing- or hear a sound or sense a smell- and it awakens some memory of some past experience or time period and we feel, for one reason or another, attracted to such- it fills us with joy and even a sense of inner longing.
    I believe that this second type of nostalgia is filled with confusion and present day projections. I say this, because the memories it awakens are most often than not periods which were not particularly peaceful or joyful, at least not so much more than the present day.
    Perhaps that particular moment we remember (or that particular day)- which is merely a snapshot- was one of peace and joy, but here the confusion comes in- the confusing of the transcendental source of this peace and joy with its temporal moment of manifestation.
    Another reason might be that the past is written in stone and we know how it all unfolded and that we have, one way or another, gotten through it and turned out ok, while the present moment is full of uncertainties and we don’t know how it will end.

    Difficult subject to understand…

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