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from Child of Encounter

Zarathustrian struggle

...The struggle seeking expression beneath Ilyenkov’s cosmology was as old as religion and the cosmogonic dualism of spirit and matter lies deep in the oldest of beliefs. In Ahuru Mazda, Zarathustra recognised the Supreme Being, and prayers were raised to this creative deity in the presence of light, be it fire or the sun. The light and flame were symbolic of the truth sought in a reaching out to the Supreme Being. To participate in the Divine would be to free our spirit and escape the limitations imposed upon us by our earthly circumstances. The contesting force to Ahura Mazda was Angra Mainyu, or angry spirit, later personified as Ahriman, the Devil. Here was the destructive force, the force of darkness, which would tie us to this world, to matter.

This was the Zarathustrian struggle, the eternal cosmic struggle. The oppositional forces of light and darkness symbolise man’s struggle to free himself from the shaping forces of external reality and find from within his own internal resources the power to create something new where nothing existed before, the divine power to create something from nothing.

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From the archive: Anti-globalist Fichte

Shunning idolatry Shunning idolatry
Nietzsche declared God to be dead, i.e. that God the idol is dead.

Perhaps the corollary of this is that God, the metaphorical concept associated in some way with the active creation of the cosmos, is very much alive as aesthetic life.
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Just a thought: Nietzsche confronted demons that are ages old, ‘the struggle between good and evil’ that is ‘the essential wheel in the working of things’. And he proclaimed the superman as the end goal of man’s internal struggle. In an act of ‘self-overcoming’, we must turn our animal instincts for cruelty against the creature in us, the animal soul. (Child of Encounter) John Dunn

The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 2 The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 2
Further additions to the project, starting with the Gosford Bridge to Buckingham leg of Ogilby's 1675 Oxford to Cambridge route.
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