torsdag 28 januari 2016

Responsible Man (poem)


Hallelujah.




Hereby a poem called "Responsible Man". It's about a new-style hero, conceptualizing the world in a different way. Enjoy.


He wrote the rules for
the Game of Life: how to
always win, always be successful,
Winning As Propensity taught to
the people, to all and sundry, to you
and to me, my sister and my brother,
my uncle and my cousin and the village oaf.

He conceptualized military history
into ten basic tenets, condensing
History of Man into a powder, just add
water, drink it and be reanimated.

He taught man I AM, willpower and
affirming of the Inner Light, thus enabling a
liberation movement freeing earth from
alien influence. He was the first Responsible
Man, he was the rebirth of God in Man, the
founder of the First Human Civilization,
taking man to interstellar realms and establishing
contacts with positive aliens, the race of gods, raising
man to their level, creating the ultimate apotheosis.




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onsdag 20 januari 2016

Grey Area


I live in a grey area.



Grey, grey-blue, grey-white and whiteout. How sober, how discreet, how low-key and yet jubilant, to live in this glorified grey area.

Top pic is Södra Sundet = the Southern Sound and the Vårdkasberget, January 2016. Water, mountain, coniferous vegetation, houses and hallelujah.

Bottom pic is a lorry crane putting a drawbridge in place, same time of year. Thery're rebuilding it, a canal bridge here in Härnösand, the Western Canal Bridge to be precise. It began in September 2015. It'll be finished soon, they say. Nice work, nice progress. Seen in retrospect, the noise from the building site has been bearable.



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torsdag 14 januari 2016

Book News: Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man (Svensson 2015)


Do you want the answers to The Big Questions? Are you pondering "the nature of reality"? Are you asking yourself, "what is truth," "are there eternal values," "does science hold all the answers"? -- Then Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man is the book for you.




Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man is an attempt at unifying Man with God, Action with Being and the East with the West. In its pages are eradicated the dualism of the thinker and the thought, the dreamer and the dreamed, the doer and the deed. At the beginning of the 21st century Man stands in a transit zone between reductionism and holism, between materialism and idealism, a glorified grey area in which only an old-new esotericism, a revived tradition of spirituality, will show the way ahead. Borderline is the main document in this respect, a clarion call for a resurgent Philosophy of Being in a time of decay.

This is a popular rendering of serious philosophy. Read about the ontology of Plotinus, the poverty of reductionism and the need for a metaphysical outlook in modern science. Read about the "integral esotericism" of Jung and Goethe, delve into the esoteric strains of Nietzsche and get acquainted with Finnish poet Edith Södergran, "more Nietzschean than Nietzsche himself". Read about the esoteric Christianity of Rudolf Steiner, of Ernst Jünger's metaphysical strains and T. S. Eliot's holistic worldview.

Some quotes from Borderline:

Scientists dream about ”a theory of everything”. But we’ll never find the answer strictly theoretically. We must realize that we ourselves are co-creators of the Cosmos. The future is open because will is free. And once we realize that, then we might be ”given access to the quiet chamber where God ponders the objects” (Södergran). [chapter 7, Anthropic Principle]

Ideas of the eternal quality of the essence of man, of his True Self, will come to the fore in the new era we’re heading for, the Sat Yuga of truth. In all courtesy I say, acknowledge this aspect of reality, give room for it and join me in the Light. [chapter 11, Veda Philosophy]

Today the Zeitgeist is in the throes of (...) chaos and confusion. A new sense of order is needed, a responsibility for the things in life that promote structure and harmony. In short, we need a more spiritual, holistic outlook. [chapter 17, The Chaotic Mindset]

Borderline is written by Lennart Svensson (1965-). He's otherwise known for titles such as Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait and Richard Wagner -- A Portrait. In Swedish he has written the novel Antropolis, a fictional rendering of the same topics treated in Borderline: science versus esotericism, art versus titanism, the need for a holistic outlook in life.

Borderline is published by Australian imprint Numen Books, known for titles such as Twelve Resolutions For a Happy Life (2015) by Abir Taha and Primordial Traditions 1 (2014), edited by Gwendolyn Taunton. Borderline comprises 234 pages, it's a trade paperback and the cover shows the Caspar David Friedrich painting "The Abbey in the Oakwood". Buy the book on Amazon now.




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tisdag 12 januari 2016

Bertel Gripenberg: The Voice in the Dark


In the 1920s Finnish poet Bertel Gripenberg wrote the poem "Rösten i mörkret". Here I've translated it as "The Voice in the Dark". The poem showcased Gripenberg's dissatisfaction with the then liberal Finnish regime. This could remind you of feelings against the current nihilist liberal regimes in Sweden and the West at large. To this, the poem has a timeless quality of an accuser bringing The Powers That Be to justice.




I whisper constantly, again and again the same,
blowing at a half-smothered glow that once high will flame.

As Finland’s bad conscience, I want to watch in the night,
and conjure up visions of evil, forgotten vistas of fright.

For those who now enjoy their success, wrongly received,
I am the ghost living in the cellar, not easily deceived;

and when the day is done, they lie down and can’t hide,
I'll rise threateningly and dark to their side.

I am the little worm finding the sick spot firm,
the secret abyss of the soul where you squirm.

I am the witness peppered with lead
but in the dark each night standing up from the dead.

I’m an ignominious crime that in your house is hidden –
the heavy threat of vengeance, never minding your I didn’,

sounding discreetly like the ticking clock,
yet unrelenting, prepared to give you a shock.

Above the high lords' houses I loom,
as the owl, whose cries are speaking of doom.

I sing the same, the enemy of fawning,
I cry out for justice ’til judgment’s dawning...!




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