An Important Announcement

An Important Announcement

June 4, 2022 1 By Anton

An important announcement

Going forward, the purpose of this website will shift considerably. Its main focus will be to develop the dialectic of freedom, as explained by Nicholas Berdyaev in his magnificent study of Dostoevsky’s work, entitled simply Dostoevsky. In a nutshell, there are two types of freedom that concern human nature: freedom to choose between good and evil and freedom in Truth (or in God). The human being, with its highly irrational nature, moves between these types of freedom and this trajectory defines man’s destiny.

Why the change?

The twentieth century is not just a part of history as it is generally thought; it ended a period of history that began with the spread of Christianity in Europe, a religious and cultural source upon which the European civilisation – with all its diverse forms of government and ways of looking at the world – was built. The nineteenth century’s mantra of progress and anti-religious sentiment among many of the leading intellectual figures were the final nails in the coffin of Christianity as the source of cultural order, religious guidance and even political governance in Europe. As a consequence of the “death of God”, nihilism and meta-narrative alternatives (ideologies) that divinised man emerged on the Old Continent.

These spiritual and intellectual maladies however spread throughout the world – in the form of totalitarian regimes, especially that of communism which has outlasted the Nazis, and nihilism that reached even Japan post-world war two. All these forces collapsed in the twentieth century, the spiritual abys swallowed mankind, destroyed its spiritual roads, wreaked havoc on truth, order and even philosophy itself, mutilated art and beauty and created an unmitigated crises of meaning underneath which, due to what I have just described, lies a profound and painful wound of aimlessness: simply put, man, today, does not know how to find meaning and therefore, he cannot choose to direct his life towards meaning.

To all of this chaos, Nietzsche proposed that man should affirm life, through the will to power, ad infinitum, with all its meaninglessness, suffering and everything that it brings, building a civilisation on the man-god (the Anti-Christ), as opposed to Dostoevsky who reached the opposite conclusion: that although God was banished from public life and discourse, the Truth can be found inside man, but God must be reached through the free choice of man, not through force: freely, through free choice, to build a faith in Christ (in the God-man) based on free conscience. Crucially however, Christianity today needs to be reinvented: it cannot be argued to completely resurrect any a past form of its manifestation for it will be incompatible with our world, a new world that has emerged from the greatest catacomb in human history (the twentieth century). Some elements from its past – of course, its everlasting truths – will however be retained in the work which I set to do on the dialectic of freedom.

I have lived all of the above – not simply read it, but lived it and, moreover, I have lived both of these conclusions. First, I have reached that door that Zarathustra saw with the word “Moment” inscribed above, underneath which the present and the past met, and I affirmed, as Nietzsche advocated, the nihility of life, living the process of history through me, as a consummate nihilist. However, as that reaffirmation was ongoing, for reasons which I do not know, I have suddenly decided to read The Brothers Karamazov, and, as Berdyaev described in his study on Dostoevsky, I was “baptised with fire”.

As such, I shall argue that this new form of Christianity, which has deep roots (that reach back many centuries), can be thought of as a flame ignited by each individual, through one’s free choice, that works inwardly: man’s destiny has been pushed deep into the inner world of the soul. It is there that God must be sought, not in any external features. Churches no longer represent centres of the world as time and space is no longer sacred; spiritual sanctuaries are surrounded by shops and entertainment venues, diluting their significance with profane nonsense; the Cross has been made into a pop icon and the Church (the mystical body bound by faith) has been confused with the church (the institution); our relations are false or weak, both with others and with nature which we have transformed into a giant holiday park; men and women live lives of work and leisure, without much time dedicated towards education, let alone prayer (communication with God); man is today alone with himself and it is in this solitude that has long become loneliness that the dialectic of freedom operates nowadays and therefore, it is inside man’s inner realm that I too shall focus in looking for God.  

What will this mean for the website?

The structure of the website will change to accommodate this. Some of the content will be archived – anything that is related to economics, finance, political commentary, personal reflections, art commentary and writings that are not related to metaphysics (including religion), to philosophy (including ideology) and to the exploration of human nature will be archived.

Culture, national institutions, modes of government, concepts and ideas, political schools of thought (such as conservativism, progressivism etc.) and history will be discussed, analysed and explored through these three perspectives. When I will not be able to do so, I will restrain from commenting on these topics. However, any publication that does not deal directly with the dialectic of freedom stressed previously, it will be required to be indirectly related to it so that it can be published.

For example, my essay on space exploration and faith does not deal directly with the dialectic of freedom but it highlights the choice that man must make as he ventures in the infinite unknown in understanding, accepting and making use of faith as a cognitive capacity that goes beyond reason, imagination and instinct in order to be able to cope with what lies beyond the stars. Similarly, my writings on death and the moment of death, although not directly related to the dialectic of freedom, they are very closely linked to it as the choice of how we perceived death and the moment of death is a necessary stepping stone towards the second type of freedom: freedom in Truth.

Therefore, blogs, essays, short-stories and even art commentaries that are not related to these topics will not be produced going forward, except in exceptional circumstances which I shall judge based on the situation in question, but which may include: the break of a war (like the recent situation in Ukraine), a movie, book or song that is fundamentally dealing with human nature (such as the cinema of Sorrentino, Tarkovsky, Kieślowski, or the philosophical significance of “true” black metal, the literary works of Mishima or Camus etc.), or an economic or financial development can be explained by deeper philosophical roots. These writings however will be quite rare, so the reader should not expect them to form the bulk of my future effort.

Additionally, the frequency of the publication will also change dramatically: what will dictate when something will be uploaded on the website will be whether or not the argument has been brought to its conclusion. My hunch is that this will mean fewer publications going forward as the topic at hand is complex, even if it is not complicated.

The apparent constriction of content will also mean an enlargement in other areas that are far more important for the destiny of man than what is happening right now in the superficial arena of politics, markets and widespread sophistry that passes as knowledge. Importantly, although I will focus mainly on Christianity, I will try to provide a perennial perspective on as many of the major religions as possible – but this shall happen in time, as I develop my understanding of these ways in which God speaks to other peoples.

With this in mind, I hope that you will continue to read. It is of outmost importance to understand what will emerge from the spiritual abys of the last century, because it will seal the fate of man for centuries to come.