Monday, December 14, 2015
Thoughts on transformed virtue
Transformed virtue: strength and courage in ever seeking to evolve toward higher consciousness, intelligence, and beauty, with the zenith of these things residing at the zenith of material/supermaterial evolution, or Godhood. (Theological materialism).
The old virtue: strength and courage as good. (pre-Christian, post-Christian Nietzschean).
Post-pagan virtue: the suppression or sublimation of strength and courage in seeking the inward experience of God or the Father-Within, or high non-material reason as good. (Vedic, Socratic, Christian).
This historical transforming of virtues has resembled Hegel's dynamic of thesis, antithesis, but the synthesis is material/supermaterial and not “spiritual” (which is supermaterial). Upward material/supermaterial evolution replaces the “dialectic” toward the non-material spirit, and also replaces power for power's sake in the value system.
Virtues seem to reveal the degree of biological, psychological, philosophical, religious and political health of a people or culture.