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  1. Nostalgia for the Absolute (CBC Massey Lecture)
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  2. Nostalgia for the Absolute (CBC Massey Lecture)

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The decline of formal religious systems has left a moral and emotional emptiness in Western culture. George Steiner, internationally renowned thinker and scholar, pursues this and examines the alternative "mythologies" of Marxism, Freudian psychology, Lévi-Straussian anthropology, and fads of irrationality.

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George Steiner
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You sometimes need to read Steiner twice - or go to the dictionary - but he is worth it. I have read a number of his books. This is the easiest to get started with.

Steiner's point is that we find ourselves at the end of our tether - no God, lots of false gods, lots of silly ways out, demise of the Western paradigm, etc. All too much nostalgia about. Fundamental existentialist position. I like his conclusion that Nietzschian enthusiasm is his choice over Freudian stoicism.

I connect this book to current reading and thought on the long descent of the next 100 to 200 years following the end of the petroleum age.
I've read this three times. It is a brilliant essay showing how the most popular secular worldviews and totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century are best seen as quests for meaning, as religions like Christianity and Judaism grow increasingly unbelievable.
Interesting and thorough. I'll read this again in the near future.
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