Extremophilic Qualities of The Race

Beresheet בראשית crash site :: Earth’s Moon 2019

By Miroslav Griško

Among the forty-six “lessons and observations” 1 written after his sixteen-year sentence (1937-1951) in the Kolyma, Siberia punitive lager (GULag), Varlam Shalamov identifies two states which must be attained in order to survive under conditions of absolute emaciation. Lesson number sixteen, “I learned that one can live on hate alone”, 2 is followed by the lesson, “I learned that one can live on indifference alone.” 3 Indifference is a classical technique of asceticism and describes an anabatic upstream journey to God through an unweighting of the soul from the gravity of the world. Hate alongside indifference takes place in the endlessness of a purely katabatic dimension and the death camp reality of near-total metabolic collapse. The mystery of God is replaced by the mystery of survival, which now becomes intelligible through the dissolution of life into a minimal number of functional strategies. Hell on earth has a logic and a structure.

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