By Karl Jaspers, H.A.T. Reiche, etc.
Jaspers' precis of the perversions of tragic wisdom into different types of would-be tragic philosophy turns into an indictment no longer basically of the Nazi regime, yet of all
varieties of totalitarian pessimism.
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Tive. Whether Socrates or Julius Caesar, the first victorious protagonist of the new principle becomes, at the same time, the victim at the border of two eras. The old is justified in asserting itself, for it still functions; it is still alive and proves itself through its rich and elaborate traditional patterns of life, even though the seed of decay has already begun its fatal germination. The new is justified also, but it is not yet protected by an established social order and culture. For the time being it is still functioning in a vacuum.
I will never tell you what I know. "2 Oedipus urges him, insults him, forces him to talk, and at last learns that he himself is the offender who has desecrated the land. "3 But the seer, now provoked to the utmost, hints at the terrible truth by questions: "You . . mock my blindness. Have you eyes, and do not see your own damnation? . " 4 Now Oedipus starts searching. By questioning his mother he learns the truth of the situation: a man may strive to know, may excel at inquiry and in knowledgeand yet may unknowingly commit the worst of crimes.
They have not yet reached the rational method of philosophy. These are the questions directed to the gods: Why are things the way they are? ' What leads him on? What is guilt? What is fate? What are the ordinations valid among men, and where do they come from? What are the gods? These questions search for a road to gods who are just and good, to the one God,But as man travels along this road, tradition slowly disintegrates. It cannot measure up to the new standards of right, goodness, and omnipotence as they become increasingly rational.
Tragedy Is Not Enough by Karl Jaspers, H.A.T. Reiche, etc.