The Conference of the Birds

Another interesting fact about Oswald Spengler which I forgot to mention in my previous blog post is that virtually all of his predictions were correct and true. Spengler died suddenly before the outbreak of World War II, but before dying, he correctly predicted the outbreak of yet another global war emanating out of Europe, among other things. Thus, Spengler was one of those rare thinkers and writers who had the intuition which differentiates extraordinary individuals like himself from ordinary individuals who remain ordinary by virtue of lacking intuition. Extraordinary individuals develop and gain knowledge until they finally reach the level of intuition, whereas ordinary individuals fail to differentiate between right and wrong, let alone acquire sound intuition.

Thus, the goal of knowledge and information is to develop one’s intuition and intuitive capabilities, and not necessarily to get rich. Having intuition is thus the gateway or the passport to entry into an international community, as opposed to being stuck in a local or national community which has failed to develop intuition and has failed to understand the difference between right and wrong because of a lack of knowledge.

As Hegel argued, there are “Plebes” at every level, regardless of whether it is at a local and national level or at an international level. But it is perhaps easier to manage relations with “Plebes” at an international level rather than at a local and national level because of the book learning and intuition which exists at the international level. The key difference between “Plebes” at an international level and “Plebes” at a local or national level is that “Plebes” at an international level have acquired book learning and intuition to a certain extent, whereas “Plebes” at a local or national level lack book learning and intuition.

Although I am a newcomer at the international level with very few connections and friends, I have already encountered “Plebes” at an international level, in addition to having dealt with “Plebes” at a local and national level for a very long time. Thus, I know a “Plebe” when I see one, regardless of whether it is at an international level or a local and national level, because I have been dealing with “Plebes” all my life. Because of a wealth of personal experiences, I have virtually developed a “Plebe Detector” of sorts which automatically goes off at the sight of a “Plebe” at the international level.

Also, intuition is a sign of transcendence, and transcendence is facilitated through love. However, love “attaches” itself to a person, and this attachment cannot be prompted through book learning or reason. Thus, only a handful of individuals at any given point in time end up transcending, and their transcendence is due to the mysterious workings of love. In turn, love is the highest ideal, value, and virtue which an individual and a community seeks to realize through transcendent individuals. As the Persian mystic and poet Farid ud-Din Attar Nishapuri wrote:

“In this valley, Love is represented by fire, Reason by smoke. When Love bursts into flame, Reason is forthwith dissipated like smoke. Reason cannot coexist with Love’s mania, for Love has nothing whatever to do with human Reason. If ever you attain a clear vision of the unseen world, then only will you be able to realize the source of Love. By the odor of Love every atom in the world is intoxicated. It owes its existence to the existence of Love.”

Thus, love has a special “odor” or smell which some people can detect, while others cannot. Those who can detect the odor and smell of love tend to focus more on the journey rather than the destination, whereas those who fail to detect the odor and smell of love worry about forcing outcomes and controlling everything. But efforts to control everything and force certain outcomes eventually run into a wall because of predestination. As they say in Morocco, relax your mind, and you will learn how to swim.

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