Odysseus and the fear of “Nobody”… [OR: The primitive against the new, OR: The fear of the abyss]

Do you fear being nobody?

Odysseus (the “new”, the “logical”) once fooled Cyclops (the “primitive”, the “irrational”) by being “nobody”. But upon escaping he felt the need to say to cyclops his name. He was too afraid of nothingness, too afraid that he would actually be engulfed by the primitive he so easily fooled. [Carl Jaspers, Περί του τραγικού]

Modern man needs to name everything.

Modern man needs to define everything.

Modern man is too afraid to accept the abyss…

Too bad.

If only he saw in a mirror.

If only he looked into his eyes.

He would then see the abyss already inside him…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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