People often think of fire as a destructive force, and it can be. But fire also rejuvenates the land. Many grasses have evolved root systems that survive fires so they can be renewed, and some trees and other plants have seeds that only germinate after a fire has come through. Plus fires clean out old dead wood and other debris, making it easier for fresh plant life to grow.
It’s like a picture of the tide coming in, somewhere in the Elemental Chaos.
He Sleeps — Hans Peder Pedersen-Dan’s statue of Holger Danske (Ogier the Dane) at the catacombs of Kronborg Castle, in Helsingør, Denmark. (source)
“Man is born violent but is kept in check by the people around him. If he nevertheless manages to throw off his fetters, he can count on applause, for everyone recognizes himself in him. Deeply ingrained, nay, buried dreams come true.”
– Ernst Jünger (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
“Neither pleasure nor pain should enter as motives when one must do what must be done.”
– Julius Evola, Ride the Tiger: Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
“Today, after having given birth to a monster in which it can no longer recognize itself, after having abandoned itself to increasingly neurotic business of the American style, to wild commercialism in the American style, and to advertising tricks in the American style, it was fated - it was necessary - that Europe should lose the Greek instinct of style, the Roman taste for elegance, the Faustian impudence of haughtiness, and become disintegrated through a process of intellectual mongrelization…”
– Pierre Krebs, ‘Fighting for the Essence’ (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
“Certainly the Art of Writing is the most miraculous of all things man has devised. Odin’s Runes were the first form of the work of a Hero; Books written words, are still miraculous Runes, the latest form! In Books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream. Mighty fleets and armies, harbors and arsenals, vast cities, high-domed, many-engined,—they are precious, great: but what do they become? Agamemnon, the many Agamemnons, Pericleses, and their Greece; all is gone now to some ruined fragments, dumb mournful wrecks and blocks: but the Books of Greece! There Greece, to every thinker, still very literally lives: can be called up again into life. No magic Rune is stranger than a Book. All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men.”
– Thomas Carlyle (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
– W.B. Yeats (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
You know what’s disgusting? Education turning into a capitalistic arena for business.