"Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage." "Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind." Henry David Thoreau.
"More than kings or emperors..." If we would read the right books instead of paying attention to the "general tontine" we, ...the world, would be happier and wiser. Just as every man is different, every book is different. We, the world, are the books we read.
Happy World Book Day to the wise readers of the world.
This is a curious find. The property agents Charles Marlow & Bros specialized in Mallorca properties have written in their elegant website a refreshing article about the meeting of two great men and literary Outsiders: Colin Wilson and Robert Graves in Deia, Mallorca.
We keep finding a resurgent interest in Wilson's work in the most unusual places. This is because his powerful philosophy and courageous idea of man is just what we need now. His books are a reminder of what Man can and should be.
In this beautiful and affectionate article, the Canadian writer Anne Stephenson tells us about her visit to Colin Wilson's home in Cornwall. There is a remark she does that defines Wilson's spirit and attitude towards life: "One hundred books later, Wilson still annoys and confounds the critics with his “obsessive quest for something grander than normality”". This is one of the things we like most about Wilson: His life was a solitary and unbeatable search for greatness. His books will appeal especially to those who don't conform to normal, those who aspire to greatness.
We like very much this article by John Morgan about Colin Wilson. For those of you who are wondering who is Wilson and why there is such a passionate and renewed interest in his work, here you have a comprehensive, well documented and warm review of both his life and work. In a time when a heroic vision is needed to recover our sense of purpose and to heal and renew the idea of man, Wilson's books are a powerful reminder of who we are and what we should aspire to become. Our next title The Age of Defeat deals with the figure of the hero in the Western culture. The book examines the reasons why we have lost such important ideal and the consequences of this loss. Thank you John Morgan.
It is a great joy to see articles that talk about what really matters and to find people that read, even if their conclusions are not the same as ours. It will be very boring and quite flat if everybody would see things the same way. We are proud to have recovered Religion and the Rebel in Aristeia Press and we don't want to miss the chance to encourage those who like Colin Wilson and/or are interested in expanding their consciousness to read this wonderful book. No one remains the same after reading it. Even if we don't share all your opinions, thank you Counter-Currents Publishing for thinking and reading and encouraging dialogue.
Thanks, Philip Coulthard for your absorbing, comprehensive and scholarly review of Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson. www.colinwilsononline is an essential reference for those interested in Colin Wilson's work.
For those of you who love to spend time wandering through bookstores Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross is a luminous, beautiful and lofty space where you can find books on all subjects. They are selling now Aristeia Press inspiring title Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson. A wonderful and enjoyable plan for the weekend in London.
Gary Lachman's historical introduction for our new edition of Religion and the Rebel is another compelling reason to buy this outstanding book.
Here’s an excerpt:
“If Wilson could not accept an outright religious answer, he still accepted the essence of religion. This he saw as fundamentally the decision to take life seriously, to strive with all our resources to grasp its meaning and direction and not, as the existentialists in his day did and the postmodernists in ours do,... to regard it as meaningless. The mystics he had read, as well as the poets and philosophers—like Rimbaud and Whitehead—had grasped this meaning in flashes. This was the reason we needed to extend the range of our consciousness, from reaching only a few notes on the piano to covering the entire keyboard. The aim was not “union with God” or ecstasy, but to achieve states of consciousness in which we can perceive this meaning long enough to be able to come back to earth with it still in our grasp.”
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We like to breathe the air that emanates from meaningful places. Yesterday we walked through the garden where Nietzsche proposed to Lou Salome in Lucerne. A strange and mysterious place where one of the most solitary, radical and brilliant minds of Western though tried to approach “life and love" and failed. We wonder what would have become of Nietzsche if Lou had accepted his marriage proposal. Nietzsche with a home, a wife and children…? Sounds weird, right? Colin Wilson w...rites extensively about Nietzsche and his philosophy in his outstanding book Religion and the Rebel:
"But it was not ‘God’ and ‘Christianity’ that Nietzsche was attacking; it was the unreal shadows of these things that passed for reality in the Church of his day, and still pass today. What Nietzsche was interested in — and Boehme, too — was ultimate reality.// In the moment of vision, the Christian God, whom Nietzsche calls ‘God of the sick, God the spider,’ is eclipsed by a vision of reality, and the whole world is seen as physical reality, an immense manifestation of life, where ‘everything that lives is Holy.’ In his normal state of mind, man lives in a mere corner of his being. It is self-knowledge that is obliterated. His brain narrows until his consciousness is like a dying candle. Having a ‘vision’ is like being connected with a powerhouse; floods of energy and vitality sluice into the brain, and the brain lights up, like a mansion in which every light in every room has been turned on. This is the ecstasy of self-knowledge.”
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Aristeia Press wants to be a weapon, a tool for our readers, for those who want to fight against ignorance, meaninglessness and the prevailing nihilism shadowing over us. We will accomplish our aim by choosing books intended to help us achieve excellence.
The name Aristeia defines our mission. In Greek epic literature, Aristeia is the moment when the hero gives his best in battle. Aristeia comes from the Greek word areté meaning excellence. Translated into modern terms, it entails giving our best at all times, turning our lives into our moment of Aristeia.
To achieve excellence we need to train ourselves to attain discipline and knowledge. Paideia was the comprehensive education that boys underwent to become men. This training included physical, mental, moral and spiritual training. The ideal was to achieve perfection, what we know as virtue. Virtue comes from Vir and means Man in Latin. Virility also comes from that root, and once was intimately linked to virtue. It did not have a moral connotation but rather meant perfection and excellence. Virility is strength, potential, power and bravery, all of them qualities that define Man.
In Ancient Greece, the Aristos were the best, strongest, most courageous, most skilled men, those who stood out for their integrity and for being better trained both physically and intellectually. At Aristeia Press we want to provide the necessary weapons for you to become Aristos. Our mission is to awaken your enthusiasm (Enthusiasm comes from En-theou-asthma, i.e. to have god within), strengthen your desire to improve yourself and expand the awareness of your possibilities.
There was a time when the government class was formed by the aristocracy, by those who had conquered excellence: Aristos + kratos, (power or government). That form of government has ceased to exist. Today, the mission of every man is to rule himself.
Only after conquering areté or excellence can we rule our lives and become aristocrats: We are aristocrats because we master our destiny, and we do so by leaving behind everything that does not make us greater, wiser, stronger, more beautiful, honest, more manly.
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'The Outsider’s way of thinking is called existentialism. But it might as easily be called religion. It is a way of thought which, like the religious way, regards man as involved in the universe, not just a spectator and observer, a sort of naturalist looking at the universe through a magnifying-glass and murmuring: “Mmm. Most interesting.”'
Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson is now available in Aristeia Press. amzn.eu/brTd9xa
"A man’s temperament gives him the power to become more alive or less alive. He can drift, give way to every sensual urge, and become little better than a cow; or he can discipline himself, exercise his intelligence, and raise himself to a higher form of life, automatically recognised by other men as a leader. "
Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson. The perfect book for those who want to start the New Year with lucid concepts and meaningful thoughts. amzn.eu/brTd9xa
It is a special time of the year. We all have dreams and wishes, and everything seems possible. It is. We can choose who we want to be and who we want to become. We have in our hands the power to create ourselves.
Colin Wilson said something about Bernard Shaw that we love, that he was a beacon "of cool common sense in a world of emotional confusion”. Fascinating!
Let’s choose consciously who we want to be next year and what are we going to do to achieve it.
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year from Aristeia Press!
Socrates argued that each human soul already contains the knowledge of all things and that is only a matter of "getting it out”. But to “get it out” we need to ask ourselves the right questions. Only then can we give birth to our true self. It is not just a matter of having a clear image of who we are but also of who we want to become. That’s why the ideal is so important. The ideal moves us forward and helps us access our hidden treasures. Books have been since the beginning of time the best tool to help us unlock our powers and our wisdom. So it is "quite" simple: Ask the right questions and read the right books. Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson is available in Amazon. http://amzn.eu/brTd9xa
You can now buy Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson in one of our favourite bookstores, Watkins Books. Established in 1893 it is one of the world's oldest and leading independent bookshops specialising in new and antiquarian titles in the Mind, Body, Spirit field. Located in the picturesque Cecil Court, just a few steps from the National Portrait Gallery, Watkins is a place where you can find peace, wisdom and knowledge. We are proud to have our books in such a distinguished space.