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There is a world behind the one we talk about and imagine. It is the world, and we are part of it. Our nature , what we really are, lies there. Most of the things we "know" are bits of virtual reality whose purpose is to gratify us, assertions about what we want. This virtual reality, these assertions, are the garbage that mostly fills the heads of most of us, but underneath that is something that is not an assertion and is not virtual, and everything that is good and decent in us and everything that matters to us lies there. An infinite number of virtual worlds can be asserted, and they are asserted, but there is only one real one. It can never be defined and nailed down but it can be expressed, and when it is expressed that expression is called literature. To become fully aware of this, our nature, requires a decision, and the mentality required for such a decision is what the ancient Germanic peoples called Odin and the ancient Greeks called Apollo. The people of! this older, pre-civilized tradition were much more aware of this decision and the mentality required to make it than we are, and I have tried to make what they knew as simple and obvious as I possibly can. Two chapters from The Gods Remain and other related materials are available at the Kolonos Press website, "kolonospress.com"

Dal risvolto interno: "Unlike the Buddha, Oidipous did not provide answers to the questions of old age, decay, suffering and death. Oidipous was tragic, he was the tragic figure par excellence. He looked his Fate in the teeth and found that it could not be conquered and that it had no answer. Answers are the opposite of consciousness. He chose to be conscious above everything, even if it meant knowing that the gods are not good. Before he would be good or honorable, before he would be king, before he would be a 'hero,' before all else he would be conscious. He did not face the Monster as a king or a hero, he faced it naked, as you and I must, without wisdom, without power, and without an answer. But if he faced the Monster without an answer, he faced it with open eyes. And if we find ourselves thinking of him as a tragic hero, that is because he did not require one."

"(Brynhild) tells (Sigurd) that what will happen has already been determined, as he already knows full well. She tells him that within his own mind he must choose whether to 'take' or 'have' (hafa) what has been determined. This is exactly the same decision that Oidipous makes. Once again: this is exactly the same decision that Oidipous makes.... In the East one obtains knowledge by following a long regimen of exercises, in the West one obtained knowledge by making a moral choice. We have seen this choice four times now, and we are beginning to learn what it is. It is not to be saved from our lives, not to escape, not to 'get off the wheel,' and certainly not to pretend that the evil and pain in our lives is unreal, the result of our own ignorance. It is exactly the opposite decision, it is exactly the opposite of all that, and each one of us makes it in the same way each time we choose to know anything whatever."

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