by P R Reddall
This reminded me of reading Evola's Ride the Tiger. the Golden Age as a period of harmony, unity, and spiritual enlightenment. He contrasts it with the modern world, which he sees as a time of chaos, dissolution, and nihilism. He's vague about describing this period in some ways but suggests that people during this time were more aware of their spiritual nature and had a more direct connection to the gods. This view, IMO, is consistent with the idea that people of the Golden Age lived among the gods in a more literal sense.
In addition, Evola sometimes uses the term "Golden Age" to refer to a broader period of time that includes the mythical age of heroes and the historical era of classical Greece and Rome. In these periods, humans were often said to have interacted with gods and goddesses, and these interactions were often depicted in myth and literature. This suggests that Evola may have seen a connection between the Golden Age and the time of Jesus, when humans were also said to have lived alongside a divine being.
So let us not forget the demigods of our classical literature. These demigods are also a link between gods and men, especially in the darker ages when the veil between the two worlds starts to fade.
Evola believes that the Golden Age was a time when humanity lived in accordance with the principles of Tradition, which he defines as a set of universal truths and values that transcend the material world. He argues that Traditional societies were characterized by a sense of order, stability, and purpose.
According to Evola, the modern world has abandoned Tradition and embraced modernity, which he sees as a destructive force. He argues that modernity has led to the decline of spirituality, the erosion of moral values, and the disintegration of traditional institutions. Tradition is important. It is the golden chain that connects us back to the Golden Age or whatever you wish to call it. It can be broken in many ways. Think of depictions we see of the early Christians chopping down our sacred trees. They ultimately wanted to cut at the root of our traditions in hopes that we would forget and worship their dessert god instead.
I guess my view is more prosaic.
I imagine our uncivilized ancestors hunting and gathering along with other creatures which were way better adapted to that sort of thing.
Birds can fly while every other thing on Earth can out run us and this isn't even half of it In the presence of major carnivores, because we're short on claws and teeth if not just brute strength.
And then, there wee all the noises animals made. It seemed to mean to something.
So, the Shaman throat singer imitated them to perfection and was regarded as wise or, at least, wiser than most of us.
And we worshipped animal gods.
But there is meaning in those sounds and that is what did the animals in, in the long run.
Because we made up our own meanings for them and thus came the word and power to cause all things to happen over all the Earth and to all its creatures by saying words.
Outside of that however, we still don't have a clue.