6. Transition and Modernity

And The Caveman Buddhas 


Section 6.6.4

World History 
And The Eonic Effect

Civilization, Darwinism, And Theories of Evolution
4th Edition
The Book
By  John Landon





6. Transition and Modernity 
     6.1 A New Age Begins  
        6.1.1 From Reformation to Revolution  
     6.2 An Age of Enlightenment  
        6.2.1 The Crisis of The Enlightenment  
        6.2.2 Theory and Ideology: Das Adam Smith Problem
        6.2.3 Toward a New Enlightenment 
     6.3 The Great Divide 
        6.3.1 Revolutions Per Second: The Rebirth of Democracy 
        6.3.2 Econostream != Eonic Sequence          
    6.4 System Shutdown: Between System Action and Free Action  
       6.4.1 The Curse of Mideonic Empire?      
     6.5 1848: End of Eonic Sequence?  
          6.5.1 Last and First Men
          6.5.2 Theory and Ideology: Out of Revolution
     6.6 New Ages
          6.6.1 The (Eonic) Evolution of Religion  
          6.6.2 The 'Axial' New Age
          6.6.3 The Great Freedom Sutra 
          6.6.4 Schopenhauer and The Caveman Buddhas
          6.6.5 Coda: Amlothi's Mill

 7. Conclusion


    World History And The Eonic Effect: Fourth Edition

6.6.4 Schopenhauer and The Caveman Buddhas


In the evolution of humans the emergence of the Buddha phenomenon remains one of its most enigmatic aspects, as it appears fully blown in the Indic stream (and elsewhere, often in disguise). We see the sheer inadequacy of Darwinian scientism to even describe this phenomenon, let alone confront its evolutionary emergence. Our model should not presume to simplistic explanations, but a close look shows us a number of clues. Although clearly specialized as an exploration of the limits of philosophy the classical German phase of philosophy in the Enlightenment shows us in the works of Schopenhauer how the connection between the discourse of Reason and the sutras of self-consciousness, as these arise in the phases of Indian Upanishadism, can easily be made.

The resemblance of Kantian critical thinking to the classic vein of discourse on ‘appearances’ (Maya) is brought out clearly by that remarkable successor to Kant, this in parallel to the work of Hegel, despite its later publicity several generations downfield. What is remarkable is that Schopenhauer appears just at the point that reverse diffusion globally injects the stream of Indic religious thought into the dramatics of modernism. And yet, as he insists, his intuitions appear just before the onset of the flood of this diffusion. He even tells us the secret behind this, as he refers to the One Thought behind his opus. Although we cannot easily divine the mysteries of mind in such a Romantic genius, the type par excellence, we can roughly intuit what he is driving at, and we can also see that his realization appears almost at one stroke, virtually reinventing ‘buddhism’ on the spot, and in isolation, and this in the most obvious connection to a general mainline of eonic emergence given powerful expression by a figures such as Rousseau and Kant.

This is a specialized philosophic endeavor, and may not reach quite the same result as the practical efforts of ancient yogis and their meditations and ascetic practices, but in the end it is all of a piece. It is this field of eonic emergence that gives us the clue then. And as we look backward toward the vistas of deep time and the period of man’s earliest appearances, we can easily suspect, without the details, just how the Buddha phenomenon could arise suddenly in the deep Paleolithic and almost fully formed from the latent potential of human self-consciousness.



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