Two excellent videos you should see

I saw these a few weeks ago, but I forgot to share them. They are about 30 minutes total in length, but are very worthwhile. The author has not published parts 3 and 4 yet, but these two are probably the most important to consider in the case of polytheism. Although the videos were produced by a rational humanist following a philosophical group called “Hyperianism”, there is plenty of useful information, accurate explanations, and deep ideas that polytheists can and should reflect upon, in regards to the theory and practice of their traditions. In this site, I think the theories and conceptual framework has been more or less between Participation Mystique and the Axial Age, which happens also to be the position of the Homeric tradition I seek to follow. A question to think about: is your polytheistic theory & tradition more to the side of Participation Mystique or the Axial Age or even beyond in the Modern Age, and why?

2 thoughts on “Two excellent videos you should see

  1. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

    Dear Melas,

    Thank you for sharing the videos.

    In “Hyperianism”, SoundEagle shall assume the identity of HyperEagle!

    I would like to briefly add that the issues of disenchantment and re-enchantment as well as mysticism and exoticism are quite central to our deep ennui and psychic trauma, in light of the failings of the Enlightenment project.

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    1. Melas the Hellene Post author

      You’re welcome. You are indeed right and Carl Jung expresses it best in the excellent book on the subject entitled “Modern Man in Search of a Soul”. It’s unfortunate that people like Steven Pinker make judgments from absolute numbers, and don’t do as comprehensively and congruently as is needed. He will say that “less people have been dying from violent wars than ever per capita” but without emphasizing that the World Wars had a severely destructive effect beyond bodies per capita. I don’t remember him in his lectures speaking much (if anything) about psychological problems, which (since they are increasing rapidly) is a serious oversight that can’t be outweighed by even a dozen other instances of “progress”. The truth is, sometimes I think modern progress, when unmasked and reduced to its basic structure, becomes quite synonymous with the term “growth”. People are choosing to believe that “more is better” in the sense of materialism, while dismissing the importance of restraints and stability, qualities that old systems and philosophies contained and promoted. One day resources will be depleted, that is to say, the fat candle of the “enlightenment” will burn away its luxurious wax, and what then? Nobody is prepared and everyone still wants more of everything! The threatening effects of climate change are enough to keep one awake overnight.

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