Shoving Or Being Shoved

It is time now to realize in explicit terms that the unqualified belief in the majority principle — or, in other words, in the rule of the average — can only serve to transfer the motor function of sociocultural dynamics from the creative individual to an impersonal system. “Thou’rt shoved thyself, imagining to shove,” Mephistopheles exclaims mockingly. Perhaps the most profound political paradox of our time lies in the need for “elitist” fluctuations to turn self-determination into evolutionary, creative self-transcendence. The only alternative is equilibrium — the equilibrium of spiritual, social, and cultural death.


– Erik Jantsch







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