Today, November 2nd, is All Soul’s Day. A Christian holiday on which the Christians are expected to commemorate their loved ones that passed away. A day on which time stands still as it were and one is asked to remember relatives, family & friends who haved died. An sich a beautiful Christian practice which Christianity of course inheritated and stole from our pagan ancestors. But that is not my main focus.
Togehter with my family I visited the cemeteries to greet the graves of those dear ones that passed away, and as such I obliged myself to reflect Life & Death, this Being-in-the-World, the interconnectedness with fellow humans, Nature and the Cosmos. Sadly enough this practice has almost become unknown. I am only 42 and I noticed that at the cemetery I was one of the youngest, because besides me there were mainly elderly people. Of course, most of them devout Christians, nevertheless they paid their respect to their loved one. They at least showed some honour, while those absent took advantage of this holiday, and went to the sea, took a plane to some horrid tourist hotspot in order to carry on their meaningless, mundane life. The kind of life Heidegger would have called ‘inauthentic’ as being out of touch with Destiny, out of touch with Culture, out of touch with the Greatness that surrounds us and should make us humble. Commercialism such as Halloween, plebeian life styles have taken over here in the West, and Tradition and Honour have been dethroned.
I have read the passages on Death and Being-towards-Death in Heidegger’s Being & Time (Zein und Zeit) and albeit being quite complicated, they are refreshing and the slowliness with which I read them, offered me time to reflect and meditate upon them. Heidegger saw the Decline of the West happening and reacted against that by offering a most spiritual vision which sadly has been covered and dissected by academics. Perhaps my reading makes it a bit more ‘simple’, but I am not interested in an academic debate on Heidegger. His vision on Fate was not just an academic theory, he wanted it to become reality.He wanted to discover the source of the West’s Decline and re-animate it and guide it to a new World to come. He aimed for an Event that would re-establish Dasein in honour and in empathy (Myatt) with Being itself.
Heidegger asked the question: “In what sense must Death be conceived as the ending of Dasein?”. When do we see a human’s life as ‘finished’? In Dasein there is a constant ‘lack of totality’ and this finds an end with someone’s physical Death. After Death that person is no longer considered as Being-in-the-World. Does this mean however that this person has reached a form of completion, a form of wholeness? And with this kind of wholeness, Heidegger refers to a fulfilment of life? Is Death a fulfilment of Life or should it be seen as a loss?
Now, Death should be seen as an integral part of Life, of Being-in-the-World, for our whole life is itself a Being-towards-the-End of life, A Being-towards-Death. Dasein, states Heidegger, is a way, a mode of Living and should not be ignored. By no longer taking up ancient tradidtions, by no longer paying honour to those traditions, one trivializes important moments of Life, of Being itself. That is exactly what is happening with ‘Das Man’: those meaningless humans living their everyday life and having their idle talks. These mundanes are no longer interested in these capital moment of life because trivial things such as sensation and fun is what drives them. ‘They’ believe that death has nothing to do with them. When someone dies, they seem to cry but in reality they are not touched at all. There is no empathy with the Way of Being, the Way of the Cosmos. Heidegger describes this as tranquillized everydayness. They are tranquillized: they feel nothing substantial because they have become numb and stupid.
I do fear Death, I do feel anxiety when I am confronted with Death but Death is a stimulus to reach that fulfilment, to find that fulfilment. Through love, walks in the woods, enjoying the cold wind, meditation, reflection and philosphy, inspiration through the likes of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Splenger, Evola, Bataille, Myatt, … I do not claim to have the answer to the question: what is Life’s most authentic fulfilment? But I do know that I have to find and search it outside of myself, it is something that stands out (Heidegger), it is something that strenghtens me as a human Being. It is also the spiritual mission and vision of the Order of Nine Angles and the representatives I have met online, in real life, sharing my vision with theirs knowing that we all believe in, namely the realisation of a Destiny of the West, a Galactic Destiny.
This is what drives each one towards one’s ownmost potentiality-for-Being (Heidegger). And may we all remember those who have done that before us, those who inspired us to become the unique being we are or want to become. I raise my glass! Cheers! Hail this Being-towards-Death! I salute Destiny!
Being and Time (Heidegger)
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