“the reality of absolute being”

“The ability of the self, a negative image of absolute being, to rebound from reflection in repetition and reshape the actuality of nature in that image is inextricably related to the negative in existence. The projection of this self-image negates the immediate and innocent relationship with the singularity of absolute being and establishes a reflective relationship with the duality of existence and its relative categories, the edifice of pagan civilization in the temporal and finite universe. Self-expression is thus the expression of the individual self’s guilty relationship with the world. Pagan humanism, a belief that deifies the self, cannot accept existence and civilization as negative since such an acceptance must presuppose the positive reality of absolute being and thereby the necessity of a transforming spiritual consciousness of faith in the being of the absolute. This, in turn, demands the discipline of a morality founded upon absolute principles and the rejection of all mere ethics founded upon relative values. The refusal to acknowledge objective, intellectual existence as negative may therefore be considered as the defining mark of the pagan life, a life divorced from the reality of absolute being.”

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