The World and Eorthe


The World

For Heidegger’s Weltanschauung the World and Eorthe are two important elements. The World is the sphere of human activities and relationships, which Georges Bataille calls the homogeneous world or the world of work. On the one hand the modern world is characterised by (state) laws, contracts, business, profit and commercialism – something Alain de Benoist regards as part of the liberal ideology. That is a sphere dominated by basic, everyday human actions and choices ‘(Everydayness -Heidegger). This is our ‘human, and all too human condition’. As human beings we are all thrown into the world, and our thrown-ness (Geworfenheit) constitutes our finite Dasein.

But there is another side to the World as well, namely our history of the Sacred, our Culture, our heritage, the customs of our Heimat, our pagan religion, and this is something through which a regional people as a community (= Gemeinschaft), is connected in a most numinous way. So, on the one hand, we must remain critical of the ‘modern’ / ‘enlightened’ direction World (or the West) has taken. There is on the other hand a connection which transcends ou trown-ness.

The Earth; Eorthe

The other Heideggerian sphere of Being is the Earth or Eorthe: the sphere of soil, rocks, plants , animals and so on. The Sphere of Eorthe goes beyond the limited sphere of the World, and goes beyond ‘human’ history. Can we therefore regard the Earth as the simple opposite of the World? No, once again, this element is not that straightforward . Just like the World the Earth has a deeper and gnostic meaning.

From a gnostic point of view the Earth, this base material (Bataille), hides within itself an active principe , a sort of numinous energy: “In practice, it is possible to see as a leitmotiv of Gnosticism the conception of matter as an active darkess […] and as evil (which should not be  the absence of good, but a creative action.” Matter is therefore not a degration of a superior principle, the way the Christian belief has always interpreted this. Bataille’s Weltanschauung differs from Heidegger’s, but they both attribute a sacred, a numinous quality to the sphere of the Earth. Heidegger for example referred to a blossoming flower, a flower that conceals itself first as flower bud to us as a mere spectator, and all of the sudden there is a “spontaneous surging forth”. So, one could say what is happening is in fact an un-concealment (Heidegger), a dis-covery of what is already waiting inside the plant, inside the organism of an animal or human beings. Eorthe hides within her forms and actions, shapes that are created through a force that transcends us as human beings, and actually encompasses us for we are within the World; we are part of this world (a Being-within-the-World). Our viewpoint can never be a ‘divine’ and all knowing one.

Through the work of a craftsman, or an artist the interaction between the hidden sides of the World and Earth takes place. The artist (as Poet) and the craftsman ‘schöphen’ (create): it is “the role of the artist to draw out or to disclose what is already there.” The work of art manifests itself through the intaction, through the creative actions of the artists. The Sacred tradition of the World manifests itself therefore in the material (Eorthe). We can see that happening in the hands of local and traditional craftsmen who were taught and guided by their father. In the current ‘liberal’ world, which thrives on profit and surplus (Alain De Benoist) their actions are truly sacred. Or the work done by Männerbunds and sisterhoods, such as traditional abbeys where local products are being produced. Another manifestation – against the modern / liberal world – is the work of noise / power electronics and Black Metal artists whose sheer devotion to the transgression and the acceleration of the hegemonic liberal ideology presents an act of radical un-concealment; a transcendence of the petty Ego which is celebrated by the liberal ideology.

Polemos, or Struggle

 On a metalevel the two spheres of World and Eorthe interact violently. There is an essential and ongoing cosmic struggle between those two spheres and this acts as a vortex that reinforces both. The World, as mundane sphere, has but one wish: to expose itself, to dis-close and ‘en-light’ everything and to exterminate all mystery. As the World becomes more and more digital, its machinations only have one objective: to expose everything. This World of Work simply dislikes its own Shadow as it abhors darkness, secrets and uncertainty. It is porno-graphic in the most ultimate degree. Bataille stressed the importance of Darkness, of taboo in the Sacred World, but as the World has become disenchanted there are no taboos left. Absolute dis-closure!

For Heidegger the Heraclitean concept of polemos, or Struggle, was most essential: not only did he use this in reference to WWII, but he meant first and foremost a historical and spiritual warfare:

For the essential man, the struggle is indeed the great trial of every being, in which it is decided whether we are ourselves slaves or masters… Our race – we in our camaraderie full of mystery with the dead comrades – is the bridge toward the historical/spiritual conquest of the Great War.

Heidegger place the legacy of Heraclite not just in the context of the war, but most importantly, in the context of a Spiritual Life in the West, in das Abendland. Our way of interpreting life is determined by this Struggle between Eorthe and the World, the heterogeneous and the homogeneous for that is our Faustian nature, our Greek inheritance in the West, and thus our spiritual backbone upon which our meta-politics should be based.

The Struggle still continues and it is manifested through us because we are its agents. If we are serious about a Second Beginning, about a possible Palingenesis we have to take our roles as Poets, Workers and Soldiers seriously. Through the hidden forces, the arche, of  Eorthe, we must combat the World of today, the World of liberalism. There is no other option! It is our Spiritual Mission. It is up to you to decide which form it must take but that will be our Community, our Spiritual Gemeinschaft. 

Von Sanngetall

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