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By Ole M. Høystad
“My center is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.” “The middle has cause that cause can't know.” “The extra i am getting to grasp President Putin, the extra i am getting to work out his center and soul.” the guts not just drives our actual existence, yet all through human background it has additionally been considered on the seat of our inner most feelings. It has figured hugely—if metaphorically—in approximately each point of human civilization and because the endless topic of literature, track, and artwork. but formerly there has no longer been a examine of this paramount icon of affection. Ole H?ystad ably fills this huge, immense hole with a desirable research into this locus of grief, pleasure, and power. Firmly positioning the center on the metaphorical and literal middle of human tradition and historical past, H?ystad weaves historical past, fable, and technological know-how jointly right into a compelling narrative. He combs via religions and philosophies from the start of civilization to discover such disparate old issues because the Aztec ritual of elimination the still-beating center from a residing sacrificial sufferer and providing it to the gods; homosexuality and the center in Greek antiquity; eu makes an attempt to hire alchemy in provider of the mysteries of affection; and the connections among the guts and knowledge in Sufism. H?ystad charts how the center has signified our crucial wishes, even if for romance and keenness within the medieval excesses of troubadour poetry and chivalric idealism, the body-soul dualism propounded by way of the Enlightenment, or maybe the trendy notions of individualism expressed within the works of such thinkers as Nietzsche, Foucault, and Joseph Campbell. A provocative exam of the private vaults of our souls and the efforts of the numerous lonely hunters who've attempted to unencumber its secrets and techniques, A background of center upends the clich?s to bare a logo of our basic humanity whose beats might be felt in each element of our lives. (20070928)
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The heart is so important that it alone can replace all other characteristics an individual has and be the personal nature of the individual and the spokesman of the personality. Faced with the changing nature of the individual and the outside world, it is therefore a special challenge and task for the Egyptian to give the heart its firm, concrete anchorage at the very centre of the individual. If the heart is not in its right place, the individual is literally beside himself. And when the heart is not in its right place, the individual also becomes tired.
Greek tragedies deal not least with what misfortunes arise when erotic passion takes over human beings. But the presentation of eroticism differs from one period of Antiquity to the next. In this process of mental t h e comp l ex m a n of a n t i qu i t y | 41 change, it is eroticism that forces man to adopt a conscious relation to himself, as it gradually becomes a problem and therefore also a question of ethics. One of the great gifts the Greeks bestowed on mankind is eroticism. They turn it into an art that stages the most important and finest, the most frightful and destructive in man without judging morally the sexual desire it all starts with.
And Eros undergoes a series of transformations. t h e comp l ex m a n of a n t i qu i t y | 47 The goal of Eros changes from the youth (the sexual object) to the wise man, represented by Socrates (philos), who by virtue of his beautiful and rational soul is capable of contemplating the beautiful in itself beyond the firmament. Youth therefore seeks Socrates in order to participate in his insights. The goal of Eros is not primarily the beautiful body but a beautiful soul, a perceptive and wise soul.
A History of the Heart by Ole M. Høystad