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…

Exit mobile version