The Inauthenticity of Hate

As I said just over a year ago, my intention for Phalanx is to focus on the positive, on what we as individuals can do to improve our own lives, and to stay away from the political and the divisive. (And if you’re not in accord with that idea, then this site probably isn’t for you.) Recently, though, I’ve been thinking a little more about the difference between the higher man (or higher woman) and what we might call the true believer, the hater, or the ideologue. Below are some thoughts on the characteristics that separate the two:

Placing Limits on Knowlege Versus Seeking Wisdom:

I was tempted to describe the higher man as seeking truth, but that would not be exactly correct. (We might be able to talk about the higher type of person seeking Truth, i.e., a transcendental experience in harmony with the Divine, dharma, the cosmos, etc.) Continue reading “The Inauthenticity of Hate”

Journeys In The Kali Yuga: An Interview With Aki Cederberg

Aki Cederberg is the author of the recently-released Journeys In The Kali Yuga. Cederberg is an author, musician, and filmmaker from Finnland who traveled to in India. Living there and studying the spiritual traditions of that country over many years, he came to contemplate the emptiness of modernity and the problems of the Kali Yuga (Iron Age) that face both India and the West.

In the book, and in this interview, he discusses India, Hindu spiritual traditions and discipleship, the West, and paganism.

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The Death and Rebirth of Culture

I recently made the mistake of purchasing a used book online, not realizing that it had a previous owner’s comments scrawled inside. Although I, like probably everyone who still has a quaint attachment to paper, have seen this before, I was struck by these comments in particular.

Though short — mostly only four or five words at most — the scribbler’s nauseating snobbish personality and sense of self-importance shined through. He had dated many of his worthless comments, addressed the publisher (Oxford University Press) in several of them — as if to psychically alert them to his overblown sense of self-importance — and had concluded the 300-plus page book with, “Interesting, but reference material.” He had, of course, signed and dated this as well, as if it were equivalent to Picasso signing Guernica. Continue reading “The Death and Rebirth of Culture”