Spengler: about Science, Evolution, Modern Religions, Truth and the Press

“The unconscious nostalgia of every true science, which, let’s repeat it, exists only in the spirit of the men of a culture, is to understand, fathom and encompass the cosmic image of nature, it is not the measurement for itself. The numbers should always and exclusively be the keys of the mystery”.

“Nothing, better than the results of paleontology, serves to confute Darwin. On the basis of a simple probability calculation the fossils found should be valid as a series of evidences. Each of them should attest us a distinct evolutionary stage. There would be only <<transitional forms>>, there wouldn’t be limits and therefore not even true species. Well, we instead find completely fixed and unchanged forms in very long periods, forms that have not developed by adaptation but that have appeared suddenly in their definitive structure, that do not turn into others more suited to the environment but instead become increasingly rare and finally disappear, while other species, completely different, manifest themselves”.

“In all the special sciences, academic medicine and philosophy included, has existed a complete hierarchy with its popes, its ranks and dignities, with the university degree as an equivalent of the priestly ordination, with its sacraments and councils. The concept of <<secular>> is rigidly maintained and the priesthood extended to all believers is affirmed with zeal in the form of popular science, like in darwinism. The language of the learned was originally latin; in recent times special languages have been formed everywhere, which in some cases – for example in the domain of radioactivity or of the law of obligations – are intelligible only for those who received the superior orders of such new religions. There are creators of sects, like certain disciples of Kant and Hegel, there is an apostolate among the infidels like that of the monists, there are heretics like Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, there is the solemn excommunication and the Index librorum prohibitorum in the form of conspiracy of silence. There are some eternal truths, like the division of the subject of law in law of people and law of things; there are dogmas, like that of energy, of hereditariness; there is a rite of the quotation of the orthodox texts and there is a kind of scientific beatification”.

“We live in an age of unlimited trust in the omnipotence of reason. The great universal ideas of freedom, right, humanity, progress are sacred. The great theories are Gospels. Their persuasiveness is not based on principles, but on the sacramental chrism of the corresponding passwords. However their fascination is exerted among the population of the great cities and in the era of rationalism, of this <<religion of the educated people>>. On the peasant element those ideas don’t exert the slightest influence. On the city masses they exert it only for some time, but during this time almost in terms of a new revelation”.

“What is the truth? For the masses it is what one reads and hears continuously. Some poor naive can even sit at the table and gather principles in order to establish <<<the truth>>> – but this will remain his truth. The other truth, the public one of the moment, the one that only matters in the real world of action and success, today is a product of the press. What the press wants is true, who controls the press creates, transforms, changes the truth”.

“To the political press is also connected the diffusion of the general school education, that, completely absent in antiquity, hides the purpose of transforming the masses in objects of the party politics dominated by the power of the press”.

“Once we didn’t had the right to think freely; now we have it, but we can’t use it anymore. We think only what others want us to think and precisely this is felt as freedom”.

-Oswald Spengler

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Words of Wisdom #47 & #48

“The lazy term “evolution” makes us blind to the real complexities of the past”.

-Giorgio De Santillana

“To have confused the history of civilization with a process of gradual evolution has deprived us of any reasonable possibility to shed light on the nature of civilizations”.

-Giorgio De Santillana

What I want to stress here is that the concepts of “evolution” and “progress” are strongly interconnected and used in a religious and dogmatic way to influence the vision of the world of the masses (especially the youth). The educational system hammers this sort of dogmas in our heads to make us think that we started from the bottom of the barrel, to then experience an evolution/progress that will only get better with the passage of time, taking into consideration exclusively the material and technical aspects of a civilization, and totally excluding the spiritual and qualitative elements that give shape to the human being. Their purpose is to let us take for granted that the past was worse in every aspect, as much as we go back in time: they don’t want absolutely that we look behind us, to then find what we have lost, what we were, and finally see the modern world with open eyes! You must do it instead! If you understand the past – your past – you’ll be the master of yourselves, until death!

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