Inevitable struggle

An intense contest is inevitably implicated in the very idea of multiple first principles, of plurality at origin. In fact, no more intense struggle is conceivable than that between the rival first principles of being itself. On the one hand, such principles make an identical claim to ontological supremacy. On the other, each is endowed with the power of being itself and cannot be defeated. The inevitable result (if a result may be situated in the beginning at origin) is an agon (as in 'antagonist' and 'agony') in the Greek sense, a contest raised to the highest power, in comparison to which all human action is passive. The passion of the cross, in this respect like the doom of tragic heroes or the hopeless struggle of Laocoon, occurs as a passive foreground icon through which may be discerned the active background of the war of the gods at origin.

September 3, 2003 in Gigantomachia/Titanomachia, Original difference | Permalink

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