Part 1: Orientations
tradition: ruled by principles which transcend what is merely human. Ordered from above.
Evola’s approach is a negation of the bourgeois world (Evola 4). The modern world itself is a negation of a negation. What will be the result? Chaos? Nothingness? Or perhaps a new space for flourishing?
The end of a cycle: Ride the Tiger
Doctrine of the four ages:
Golden Age –> Iron Age –> Kali Yuga.
Kali Yuga is a dark age where the forces lead to dissolution. Kali herself symbolizes “cthonic” forces. This is why Evola says we must “Ride the tiger.”
When a cycle οί civilization is reaching its end, it is difficult to achieve anything by resisting it and by directly opposing the forces ίη motion. The current is too strong; one would be overwhelmed. The essential thing is not to let oneself be impressed by the omnipotence and apparent triumph οί the forces οί the epoch…. Thus the principle to follow could be that οί letting the forces and processes οί this epoch take their own course, while keeping oneself firm and ready to intervene when “the tiger, which cannot leap οη the person riding it, is tired οί running” (10)