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Re-enchantment of the World: The State of Amnesia, Part 3
In the third part of his series of essays, Mihai provides us with the exposition of traditional Christian outlook to dogma and its role in ascetic life, a qualification rarely pointed out today, as dogmatic seems to have become a subject of endless discussions instead of the guideline to spiritual life.
Harmony of Tongues
In this podcast Mihai attempts to answer questions of ethnicity, race, nationalism and the ontological place of sexes from the perspective of Eastern Church and its Tradition.
KT Answers, pt.2: Peoples, Nations, Wars and Turning of Other Cheek
In the second part of our Q&A session we answer to questions about what is ethnicity (or people) and can it be defined, whereas Christian dictum of turning the other cheek is at odds with historical reality, why the political community should have origin that its member cannot re-create, how Internet based Right could just be a homosexual grooming operation and much, much more. Also we provide some thoughts on Schopenhauer and the way we discern between what is useful and what is superfluous for the kind of philosophy we practice on KT.
Special thanks to Han Fei for questions and Ivan Karamazov for his contribution in the comments.
As the podcast is hour long we provide timestamps:
0:00 On nature of ethnicity, nation and its relation to nationalism.
24:00 On morality in politics and the nature of Christian principle of "turning the other cheek".
46:27 On Internet based Right and its peculiar homoerotic tendencies.
48:15: On Christianity and Manicheanism.
Noli foras ire
KT wishes you merry, mask-free, Christmas
Re-enchantment of the world: The state of amnesia, Part 2
In the second part of his series of essays, Mihai puts forward one of the most important subjects one could think of, although it occurs surprisingly rarely: that of memory and the struggle between oblivion and recollection. In the Christian Tradition the faculty of memory is being traditionally understood as a sort of backdoor for the divine influence - aptly so, because we tend to forget about having it throughout our daily lives - and "thief in the night" rarely enters the house through the front door. Mihai draws our attention to some traditional notions about memory as such and the nature of its object and then proceed to explain why the proper use of this faculty is essential for overcoming the perils posed by essential flaws in human nature.
KT Answers, pt.1: Cosmic Ego and the Devil in Psychoanalysis
As we received quite a lot of question and none of them an easy one, we'll need more than one podcast to provide answers. In this one, we pick two easiest ones: what is Ego and what was Rene Guenon's charge against psychoanalysis. These two subjects are not unrelated and can be treated quite similarly from the metaphysical perspective which encompasses what is usually understood as purely psychological set of problems. We explain how Ego can be a metaphysical principle, why it is in fact the most precise expression of what is meant by elementary material particle, how it relates to time and why it is by its very nature destructive towards the past. Finally, we give some everyday examples of Ego-principle working in our day and age, especially as a conditio sine qua non of popular culture and entertainment.
As for Guenon's verdict on psychoanalysis, we explain his method and approach, as well as why he did consider it to be a crypto-diabolic practice.