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

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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 (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been the Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. Spiros has a diploma in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Advanced Materials' Technology, an MBA in Decisions' Science, a phD in the use of conductive polymers in PCB industry and is still learning. He also worked as a technical advisor and a researcher in the Advanced Materials sector for many years in the past. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs ever that is perfect for educational purposes. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy, as well as the philosophy of the irrational. 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. Since our thought is dictated by our assumptions, the only way to free it and know cosmos as it is, is to think irrationally and destroy everything we have built. 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. We should stop thinking in order to think. Credo quia absurdum!

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