Friday, September 27, 2013

Money Wisdom #208

"Archaic time is cyclical, periodic, unhistoric: modern time is progressive (historical), continuous, irreversible. [Mircea] Eliade shows that the periodicity of archaic time is based on a religion of periodic redemption, and modern progressive time is based on a religion of ultimate redemption at the end of time, Hebrew in origin and given classic formulation in Christianity. Once again it appears that 'secular rationalism,' in this case the classical rationalist theory of time, is really the prolongation of the basic premises of Christianity, but minus (the crucial point) of Redemption."

Norman O Brown Life against Death - The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History (1959) p.274

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