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Essays and Aphorisms on the Higher Manby Emile BenoitEudaimon Press
reviewed by J Alpha
"For the most part, anytime the masses are given a voice, you can expect that it will be shrill, vulgar, unintelligent, and uninformed. If you deny them a voice, you can expect their leaders to be the same."
Emile Benoit's, Essays and Aphorisms on the Higher Man delivers the perfect combination of creative voice, enlightened spirit, fresh observations, and keen insights succinctly woven into universally true expressions of philosophy. And his ability to expand on his emotions and thoughts, while staying on topic, are indicative of the sentiment of 19th-century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche... one ought to hold on to one's heart: for if one let's it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
As prefaced, Benoit's intention for his collection is to inspire, rather than impose, to incite rather than allow man to settle into a comfortable repose, delighted with himself. And he delivers...
A man must be willing to tell himself the most hurtful of truths, the most devastating of conclusions, in order to ensure that he does not become a victim of his own delusions.
Moreover, Benoit's observations and words, whether conveyed in essay form or philosophical nuggets, consistently retain their experiential qualities and moral flavor. And whether crafted as brief statements of principal, or an expressive essay, each of the pieces in this book collectively reflect Benoit's stated intent to create a book that is as much a work of art as it is philosophy.
In Benoit's own inspiring words...
To read the works of the great artists and philosophers is to participate in a kind of festival of man, such that it provides the reader with a feeling of deeper belonging to his species which is often otherwise missing from his daily interactions with the beast.
And to read the works of Emile Benoit, is to have one's thoughts and emotions stirred by a writer adept at wielding the powerful use of brevity and astute observations to slay the beast of reader indifference.
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PrefaceThe State of ManThe State of NatureThe State of TruthThe State of Happiness and FameThe State of DeathThe State of Religion and MaturityThe State of Morality and EthicsThe State of ArtThe State of Reflection and the IndividualThe State of SocietyThe State of the SpiritThe State of the Human BeingThe State of the Higher Man
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Essays and Aphorisms on the Higher Man is primarily a work of moral, cultural, and religious criticism which attempts to find meaning in a world that seems completely devoid of it, and in a manner which relies on revelatory aphorisms rather than narrative deduction to make its argument. An “aphorism” is merely a brief or tersely worded statement of truth or wisdom (Ben Franklin, Emerson, and Montaigne employed them often) and Benoit uses the device as a means to break through the far too rational and overly scientific perspectives that have come to dominate our understanding of the world. He urges, instead, that we develop an “artistic perspective” of the universe wherein we might achieve the consciousness of the “higher man.”
We all have been searching for meaning in our lives for as long as we have been alive. Yet, philosophy, religion, art, and politics have failed to provide us with answers to our many questions about our own personal existence. They’ve become, instead, institutions for profit, dogmatism, entertainment, or petty equivocation. Benoit addresses the issues that used to be of utmost importance to scholars and laymen