Again, only one who stands at the bleeding edge of the furthest, most refined, and nuanced potentialities of his age – potentialities which can only be derived from the sublimated integrations of the various potentialities elucidated by the greatest minds and thinkers of the preceding dispensations – can one sincerely and with the utmost good faith and clarity of conscience perceive (and as far as his conscious facilities might allow), the existential “truth” that holds primordial sway over the conditions that govern the complexity of his own times, precisely as such truths “happen” in “real-time”; “real-time” which blesses all those brave and intrepid souls of the present with the fertility of thought to continually create with as little dialectical hindrance as possible.
For hindsight of such things is, as they say, always “20/20,” and by it, condemned with and by the inescapable inauthenticity that has plagued the virility and endurance of nearly every product of conscious awareness from “the beginning”; such reflection which can do nothing but sterilize the progenerate powers of actual poetical creation, that which can only emanate from one who, sacrificing as best and as often as his powers of psyche and emotions allow, his ever-present “need to know,” “understand,” control and otherwise dominate his “unconscious awareness” as it were, so that through his “subconscionality” he might express the foolish truths of unconsciousness, if the expressions of such “truths” are even possible.
“The Gods,” which is to say, those “entities” that may have dwelled not only in the walls of various temples and in literal stone, or tree, mountain, cloud, or star but in every mind and thought of the men of the distant past, the Gods who seemed to our forebearers as “real” as themselves – and in some cases even “more real” – can likewise “authentically”, which is to say, “invested with the full authority that the spirit of his age”, invest and approve the procession of time; time that, since the pioneering minds of the Archaic Greeks, has continually undermined, thwarted, negated, and largely precluded the possibility of the Gods “existence,” first as a plurality and lastly as a unified monotheistic whole, the so-called “death of God” that was uttered by the great thinkers of the last century which has granted the intrepid explorers of this time to once more not only entertain the serious notion that He might actually exist (and with Him, all Truth, universality, absolutism, and objectivity), never mind how varied, contrary, diverse, and opposed our contemporary prejudices would doubtless seem to those expressed by, in, and to the literal past.
To the Common Man, all things are determined because he himself is determined from birth to be what he can in no way alter or in any way prevent: that being the dominion of the Great Man’s free and indeterminant responsibility.
This is even witnessed in the lives of individuals. What is common in and to them will happen because it must; what is great, because it might or will.
Devil walks into bar. Orders drink. Asks Philosopher sitting next to him: “And what do you do?”