This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The meaning of traditional anonymity

We have discussed elsewhere the traditional preference for anonymity, not only when it comes to authorship of great works, but with respect to art as well. This is intimately connected with the question at hand, and it was sensed in the traditional world that one must not attach one’s ego to a work, lest it become inflated, because the more ‘true’ a work of art is, the less I can say of it that it is ‘mine,’ and to say that it is ‘mine’ is to condemn it. Given this and what has already been said, we can make sense of the great teachers who refused to take on a personal name, thereby identifying themselves with a passing ‘personality,’ the most notable of these being the Buddha. Likewise, Abu Sa’id, saying that “evil is ‘thou,’ and the worst evil ‘thou’ if thou knowest it not,” called himself ‘Nobody.’ Finally, Rumi observed that “The soul and Shaitan are both one being, but take two forms; essentially one from the first, he became the enemy and envier of Adam.” He concluded frankly that “This soul is hell,” therefore “slay the soul”; “decapitation means, to slay the soul and quench its fire in the Holy War.”[1]

[1] See: Rumi, Mathnawi I.2617; II.2525; III.374, 2738, 3193, 4053.

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