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59481Re: The Sunset Limited

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  • existlist
    Mar 6, 2013
      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@...> wrote:
      > Yes, I felt optimistic during both the coffee and meal.

      Here's an Apollonian-Dionysian reading of The Sunset Limited :

      When contextualized with Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy, however, The Sunset Limited, becomes a stranger, richer text, such that we can profitably call it a "minimalist tragedy," since the play contains many elements that, on a reduced scale, correspond to Nietzsche's theory of tragedy. A brief recapitulation of the Apollonian and Dionysian will be helpful here. According to the young German philologist, Greek tragedy develops out of the tension between two artistic drives, the Apollonian and the Dionysian, whose primary artistic manifestations are, respectively, sculpture with its orientation around beautiful appearances, and music with its call to song, dance and the fullest enjoyment of the senses. In the phenomenon of Greek tragedy, produced by the interplay of these artistic drives, the tragic hero is the representative of the Apollonian state of individuation. When in the course of the drama it becomes clear that individuation is a source of suffering, the tragic hero is destroyed. This destruction is joyous, however, because it means the "Apollonian" individual returns to the original unity of all being ("das Ur-Eine"), which is the Dionysian state and its intoxicated, musical jubilation. The chorus in Greek tragedy represents the Dionysian unity, and in his or her downfall the tragic hero rejoins that unity masked as the chorus.

      Now I'm wondering about this "das Ur-Eine" and how it compares to simply 'waking up'.

      It sounds suspiciously like enlightenment in the nondual traditions.

      the perspective of "primal being" — "das Ur-Eine" — which uses the human consciousness as a mirror in which it may view its own reflection, and this perspective is free from the constraints of historical time

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