The authentic Role of Art

38180729_635530050151313_7347144573216358400_nWe find Heidegger’s view on the role of the work of art, on the role of poetry most refreshing. The work of art, and poetry in particular, “could help to make possible the non-representational, non-calculative, meditative thinking which would usher in the post-metaphysical age”[1]. Heidegger referred to classic poets such as Homer but also to Hölderlin.

The work of art, and poetry in the first place would usher a new way of thinking, of reflecting, of Being all together because its meditative approach is contrary to the productionist, utilitarian way of handling which was celebrated and initiated by the Industrial revolution. This productionist attitude is still very much present as the neoliberal society has even re-enforced this enslavement. There are almost no craftsmen anymore and most of them have been turned into simple workers who have nothing to say and who only carry out orders as part of the production process. Heidegger’s inspirational poetic vision consists of a struggle, an ancient Heraclitean struggle against that kind of utilitarianism, that everydayness which however is fundamental and necessary for the further advent of modern technology. Our Acéphalic philosopher was also very critical towards the modern age filled with ‘projects’ and usefulness.

It is most interesting to note that Heidegger at one point referred to the tripartite Traditionalist structure of a community (as opposed to the Geselschaft of modernity): the worker (as soldier), the thinker-poet and the leader (by which he meant the Führer[2]). These three classes could re-introduce a new historical, post-metaphysical world based on poesis, a ‘bringing-forth’, an act of disclosure instead of producing, making, … Hölderlin, as the German Homer, turned to the ancient Greeks in order to fundamentally grasp Being, because with the Greeks a world-founding act had taken place. Unlike modern man the Greeks were blessed by the Dionysian gift; an utmost respect for the might of Being itself. One could even say “a most primordial act”. This poetic and mythic Weltanschauung of the pre-Socratic Greeks was one in which man was aware of his ‘fallen’ position, his being-in-the-world and his being-with-others. The Pagan, Greek gods were not the same as the monotheist desert God[3] that only aims to dominate and conquer the world from an alien space. The Greek and pagan Gods as a whole were playful, jealous, stupid, smart, sexy, ugly, and so on. They were powerful but their divine powers were part of this World as well.

Although Heidegger will not automatically be seen as belong to the Conservative revolution they all aimed for a re-installment of this ancient ‘pagan’ vigour, enthusiasm and divine joy that was part of the people’s life. This instead of the gloomy, dark and boring existence as a worker, as a slave of the industrial age. The Conservative Revolution did not aim for a mindless return to the past, but for a true revolution that would re-connected man with the Sacred core of Being itself, instead of the false idea of progress that had infiltrated and infected the current hegemonic discourse. The soul of the people was ‘deadened’, was blackened because of the so-called progression, and a new Beginning, another Beginning was being called for by thinkers such as Heidegger. Today we can still hear this call and it is our solemn Duty to listen to it and act upon it!

Sal und Sieg!

Von Sanngetall

[1] Heidegger’s Confrontation with Modernity, M.E. Zimmerman

[2] Heidegger as professor and rector at first defended the Führer and saw the National Socialism as initiated by Hilter as the necessary movement, but he soon realized that Hitler’s vision was based on industrialism, war, utilitarian politics in order to dominate and to conquer. Critics of Heidegger still hold this miscalculation against him. The black notebooks however offer more insight, and show that Heidegger was critical of the kind of National Socialism that was being propagated by the leaders such as Hitler. Like the members of the Conservative Revolution Heidegger soon saw that the regime of Hitler did not bring the necessary changes. He realized that the real revolution had yet to come and he wrote about “a spiritual National Socialism”, instead of the materialist National Socialism that was unfolding itself.

[3] We are referring here to the way the Magian religions developed from gnostic revelatory mystery schools to antignostic, power craving ‘services’ to the God’head’.  At first the gods were acéphalic (Bataille):meaning devoid of utilitarianism and human reasoning. They were indifferent to man because they and mankind are part of the Cosmic game. Islam, Christianity (although the latter is still part of our culture, our homecoming) soon turned man into a servant and a ‘believer’.

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