The Forest is Everywhere: A review of Ernst Junger's The Forest Passage

 

The Forest is Everywhere

“It is essential to know that every man is immortal and that there is eternal life in him, an unexplored yet inhabited land, which, though he himself may deny its existence, no timely power can ever take from him.” Ernst Jünger

The German conservative writer Ernst Jünger is often mistakenly tarred with the same brush as the Nazis, so let me start this review with some reconstruction work. Jünger was never a member of the NSDAP and he twice turned down a seat in the Reichstag. He was courted by Himmler and Goebbels but snubbed both and declined an invitation to join the Deutsche Akademie der Dichtung – the German Writer’s Academy – which was led briefly by Jünger’s equally nationalistic but less fastidious colleague Gottfried Benn. (Early on Benn, another conservative, broke bread with the Nazis but was soon disgusted.) He was a WWI hero – Jünger was wounded fourteen times in the trenches and was the youngest recipient of the pour le Mérite - and unfortunately it is his Dionysian appreciation of the perils of battle – vividly described in his first book Storm of Steel - that informs most English speaking opinions of him today. I say 'informs' but this is a misnomer, as most English readers and critics avoid him because of his unwarranted bad reputation, and so are hardly informed. Yet Jünger was something more than a celebrant of Heraclitus’ dictum that ‘war is the father of all things.’ His allegorical poetic novel On The Marble Cliffs was a thinly veiled and beautifully written critique of totalitarianism in general and the Nazis in particular, but Jünger was so prestigious a national hero that they couldn't ban it. Eventually, he did fall foul of the Reich; he was a conservative thinker who considered Hitler and Co. political thugs and his very visible refusal to collaborate with them was as pointed a criticism as he could make and still survive. He was suspected of involvement in the July 20 1944 attempt on Hitler's life – he was actually on the fringes of it - and one of his sons was imprisoned for 'subversive conversations' regarding the Fuehrer and died soon after. Jünger was a nationalist writer who loved Germany but hated the Nazis and would have nothing to do with them, just as one could, say, love America during the Bush years but have nothing to do with the Neocons.  But because in his early career he extolled the virtues of traditional battle - questionable virtues indeed, but he was not alone in this (Homer, anyone?) - his stock among English readers remains low. This is unfortunate. Jünger is one of the most stimulating (and long lived: he died in 1998 at 102) poetic thinkers of the last century, anticipating a number of themes common to our times: altered states, surveillance societies, the unchecked rise of technology and diminishment of nature, and the need to preserve individual freedom in an increasingly mechanized and managed global world.

The quotation above is from The Forest Passage, Jünger's post-WWII essay on how to maintain inner freedom in a society increasingly bent on instituting conformity. First published in 1951, it was aimed at Germany’s recent Nazi past, its possible Soviet future, and the cultural leveling and consumer consciousness sadly associated with western democracies. Its first English translation (by Thomas Friese) is published by the Telos Press, who should be applauded for making more of Jünger available to English readers; their previous efforts include Jünger’s Nietzschean essay On Pain and the unclassifiable The Adventurous Heart, a collection of short prose pieces on a wide variety of subjects, displaying Jünger’s enviable ability to ‘read’ the surfaces of things in order to extract their inner meaning. (My review of it can be found here: http://realitysandwich.com/165435/rs_review_2/)

Like many in the post-war years, Jünger was concerned with the rising anonymity and pervasiveness of the State and it is against its seemingly unstoppable encroachment into our personal lives that The Forest Passage is aimed. The ‘unexplored yet inhabited land’ that lies within us is Jünger’s ‘forest’, an inner (yet sometimes outer) ‘temporary autonomous zone’ ( in Peter Lamborn Wilson’s phrase) that one can enter, provided one has the courage, determination, and will to take on the challenges of being an ‘internal exile’. Readers of Jünger will know that the figure of the ‘forest rebel’ is a kind of prototype of Jünger’s more realized character of the ‘anarch’, the central theme of his late novel Eumeswil. Jünger’s ‘anarch’, however, is not the same as an anarchist. The anarchist needs society, if only as something to tear down, while the anarch seeks a way to maintain his or her freedom within it, while avoiding its dehumanizing effects. The anarch’s resistance can be invisible, unlike the anarchist’s, and his ‘state’ is the one that lies within him, not the one in which he is forced to live. In a way, The Forest Passage aims at providing the reader with a guide to preserving his or her ‘self’ while subjected to the unavoidable pressures of modern government, much as Jünger’s more belligerent and cantankerous English contemporary Wyndham Lewis did in his early work The Art of Being Ruled. (Lewis too served in WWI and his account of his experience – very different from Jünger’s - can be found in his memoir Blasting and Bombardiering.)

“To have a destiny, or to be classified as a number – this decision is forced upon all of us today,” Jünger tells us, “and each of us must face it alone.” This may smack of idealistic elitism yet Jünger is not selling us reserved seats in an ivory tower. As a captain during the occupation of Paris, Jünger knew too well the results of political violence – he risked his own safety more than once by helping some escape it – and he informs his readers that “we cannot limit ourselves to knowing what is good and true on the top floors while fellow human beings are being flayed alive in the cellar.” (Readers of On the Marble Cliffs will recall that ‘flaying’ is the Head Ranger’s chief means of torture.) Nor does Jünger shy from offering images of very visceral resistance, remarking that in olden times the ‘inviolability of the home’ was ensured by the ‘family father who, sons at his sides, fills the doorway with an axe in his hand.” Yet such muscular defense may be less appropriate to our own time, and can too easily be used to support undesirable aims, such as the ‘right’ to bear arms, even if, as Jünger surmises, one such ‘father’ per street in Berlin circa 1933 would have led to a very different result.

More relevant for us, I believe, is Jünger’s emphasis on the encounter with the self, that is at the heart of the ‘forest passage’. Against the forest, that symbol of ‘supra-temporal being’, whose teaching is ‘as ancient as human history’, Jünger posits ‘the Titanic’, a symbol of technological might heading for disaster. Although many today take the idea of a ‘forest passage’ literally, and in different ways, try to be ‘off the grid’ and ‘self-sufficient’, that option is not open to all. Can we, Jünger asks, remain on board our careering ocean liner, and retain our autonomy, by strengthening our roots in the ‘primal ground’ of Being which we find by discovering our self? The means Jünger suggests for achieving this are myth, religion, the imagination, intuition, and even esotericism; Jünger has a surprisingly early mention of Gurdjieff. All of these are ways of contacting and drawing on the deep, primal forces that lie within us and which our increasingly standardized existence seeks to obscure. It is only through our ‘victory over fear’ – engendered by daily doses of ‘the news’ - that the threat of catastrophe diminishes, and we best achieve this by entering the forest’s path and following it to its end. It is then that we can determine whether freedom is more important to us than mere existence, can decide whether how we are is more important than that  we are. As Jünger writes ‘the edge of the abyss is a good place to seek your own counsel’ – he is nothing if not quotable – and these days its seems the abyss is everywhere. But, as Jünger tells us, so is the forest, that ‘harbour’ and ‘homeland’ we all carry within us. Read this book. By entering the forest we may yet find our way out of the woods.

The Forest Passage

Ernst Jünger

Telos Press

ISBN 9780914386490

December 2013

UFO and Chemtrails in Wales

http://www.openminds.tv/witness-photogra...

High quality UFO sighting in Wales with chemtrail op in the background sky.

Ukraine: What "they" are not telling you

See video

On the fringe, you hear a lot about "they", but no one tells you exactly who their own "they" are.

This video clears up some of that confusion.

Be sure to check out Darth Vader's campaign for presidency of the Ukraine. Could someone here arrange for him to receive one of those
Darth Vader voice changers?

By the way, I am not anonymous, and never have been.

Randi lied to weasel out of my challenge for his publicity stunt million dollars.

I have had a standing offer of ten thousand dollars for Randi or any one else who can show any proof that I wanted no photos taken. That is the blatant lie reason Randi posted at his site to weasel out of my challenge for his million dollars after he had already accepted me as a challenger. Provable truth is I insisted we video tape the testing in case I would need the video if I had to take him to court to collect after I passed his test. Since video takes 30 pics per second I wanted hundreds of photos taken. I have posted my complaints on skeptic sites and all I get in return are insults, name calling, vilification. My public offer of ten grand still stands to anyone who is stupid enough to take me up on the offer, it is really simple we each give ten thousand dollars to an unbiased third party, perhaps an off duty police officer, I present my evidence they present theirs, it shouldn't take more than a minute or two, winner goes home with all the money. So far no takers. When I made the offer to Michael Shermer he yelled at me that he was not interested in what I had about Randi. He calls himself a skeptic but he really is nothing more than a bootlicking toady for Randi, I told him as much. Same for Grothe, and all the other Randibots.

skeptical community vs paranormal community

In this blog I would like to outline some of the traits of both groups. not just how they differ but also how they can behave in an indistinguishable way. in other words how they are the same.

the skeptical community is something that we are all aware of. you have to be if you are to make any sense of any of this. I myself seem to have constructed a filter i my head where anything "skeptical" is treated as suspect.

because these people seem to have motives for attacking and denning the paranormal. these people are not really interested in finding out the truth but more in advancing their own world-view.

but they are not that much different than the otherside. the motives are different and the result is also different but the application is somewhat the same on many levels.

I think one of the reasons that I am writing this is because mainly I am very bored and have nothing better to do. but also becuase its something that no one else seems to have written about in much detail. (most people try to highlight how to two are different)

it also pisses me off quite a bit too. by this I mean both sides claim to be different but both say the same thing and you don't know whos side to take. (skeptics of course remind us of how intellecually gifted they are).....its really funny to see randi do this in some of his videos.

anyway moving on...

some traits they share are...

. both have have claims of victimisation

yes yes we know how horribly persecuted the paranormal researches are. but the skeptics have (perhaps wrongfully) made similer claims in different forms.

. both have made claims of being a minority group

again I know how the main researches are out-numbered by a thousand to one by materialists. but the skeptical group has also made similer claims. perhaps pointing to the fact that most people do believe in some form of paranormal activity.

. both have superiority claims

the skeptical commnity seems to do this more. they use words like "critical thinking" "skeptical" and "objective" to cement their superiorty in a much more soft and subtle way. when they want to do it in a more loud way the usually call the opposition "woomesters" "cranks" "charlatans" and many other abusive names. some main skeptics even encourage such childish ways. but the paranormal group also has a weaker form of the the same behaver. sometimes the word "open-minded" is used in an offecive stance. but also they seem to attack the skeptics world-view calling it bleak (which it kind of is) and horrible.

. both practise wishful-thinking

skeptards (came up with a funny name for them needed to get it out of my system. when will I get another chance?) are offen fond of stating that everyone who thinks differently to them is a practitioner in wishful-thinking. this is true because everyone does including the skeptics themselves. they seem to have an attachment to their world-view (it comforts them). which is one of the reasons they defend there world-view so vigoriusly. skeptics themselves also use ancdotes and then the next minute ancdotes are invaild.

. both make claims on the evidence

this is the one that really pisses me off. is when both groups claim that the evidence supports their view when both views are contredictry. this is very confusing and requires that the person has a basic understanding of how science and evidence works inorder to get anywhere. but it makes the search for the truth that much more harder and nebulous.

so there are some of the main ways the two groups share the same traits. based largly on personal experience. so what do you think? please leave a comment below to start another mindless ( but productive) discussion.

R.I.P. Hobie Alter

I didn't know Hobie personally, but I do appreciate that he changed the
world for the better, at least on the "retail" level.

Many people got to enjoy surfing and sailing because of him. Not all of
those people (the surfers) are particularly nice, but still - Hobie made a
fun lifestyle available for many more people. I think that is a very
positive thing.

Bye Hobie.

Farewell Steve Moore

It is proving to be a sad week for magicians since Steve Moore has passed.

http://strangeattractor.co.uk/further/st...

Steve Moore worked well with Alan Moore (no relation) on a number of comic projects as well as some more esoteric projects. It was all to culminate with the Moore's "Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic".

Alan Moore wrote and narrated "Unearthing" as a psychogeographic tribute to Steve several years ago; like all of Alan's work it is well worth checking out.

Steve Moore will be massively missed not least because he was one of the founders of Fortean Times.

Sad days but a glass to you Steve Moore.

Free Public Mediumship Lecture

On Friday, March 21, 2014, I'll be giving the keynote address at the Exploring the Extraordinary (EtE) conference in Gettysburg, PA. My talk, titled "A Scientist Among Mediums: Intriguing Findings from 10 Years of Laboratory Research," also serves as the J.H.W. Stuckenberg Memorial Lecture at Gettysburg College and will be free and open to the public.

I'll be covering the latest studies and findings from the three mediumship research programs at the Windbridge Institute: Information, Operation (which includes Phenomenology, Physiology, and Psychology), and Application especially the Bereavement and Mediumship Study (or BAM).

The presentation is in the Joseph Theatre in Breidenbaugh Hall at 4:30pm local time Friday.

Those interested in attending the full EtE conference will need to register.  You can download the conference schedule, abstracts, and the rest of the details here:
http://etenetwork.weebly.com/american-conference-2014.html

 

JP Fenyo's Grand Theory of Gravity

IF I am not mistaken I have FIGURED OUT...through significant Gestalt-Experimentums....what GRAVITY really is! Here is my Grand Theory of Gravity: Gravity according to The Complex Force Field Theory of Jean-Pierre Ady Fenyo.

1. Physics
Gravity is the Result of a Complex Combination of Force-Fields that at Once Repel Celestial Bodies and attract Celestial Bodies. The Repelling Force Field is comprised of Electro-Magnetic Particles in the Relative Vacuum of Space whose Force-Field Generation property is stronger at a Fixed ( Prime ) Distance and weaker when that distance is reduced by the presence of a Dense Mass, and whereby any Mass with Density that is not set into Kinetic Motion remains relatively fixed in Space-Time by the Cumulative Effect of Electro-Magnetic Particles that are not yet bound together. Denser Celestial Bodies cancel out the Cumulative Effect of Electromagnetic Particles, and allow a weaker Attractor Force Field, comprised of the Combination of Weak Force Boson Particles within Neutrons and Strong Force particles within Protons, to attract any Dense Mass that is repelled into its Sphere of Influence. In effect; The cumulative effect of how Electro-Magnetic Force Fields in Quantum Space repel celestial bodies ( Dense Masses ), such as an Asteroid, Moon or Planet, in combination with the relative absence of such an Electro-Magnetic Force Field of celestial objects that are Dense Concentrations of Mass; which because of their Density cancel out the Repellant Property of Electro-Magnetic Force Fields as they exist in Quantum Space ( the Vacuum of Space between celestial bodies ) upon objects at or near their surfaces, whereby Less Dense Masses are Repelled towards the Center of Denser Masses. b. The natural phenomena of Electro-Magnetic Force Field weakness whereby Less Dense Mass Bodies are Repelled by the Electro-Magnetic Force Fields towards Denser Mass Bodies, directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1...

JREF's funding web - Military Contractors

http://www.bollyn.com/#article_14544
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About halfway down the page begin Chris Bollyn's analysis of just who funds JREF and the Amazing Randi, and why Randi takes pointed stances on things like the 9/11 false flag research.

"The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) is funded by a high-level agent of the U.S. military industrial complex. The Randi "educational" foundation's financial connection to major U.S. military contractors explains why the JREF is so hostile to 9-11 truth. The JREF is actually headquartered in the same building as General Dynamics - at 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 105, Falls Church, Virginia. - See more at: http://www.bollyn.com/#article_14544."

My own take on JREF's organized hostility to things like remote viewing jibes with Ingo Swann's - the military industrial complex is threatened by such advanced and uncontrollable techniques for finding out information that might expose the greatest secrets of the war machine and the intelligence machine.