Omar Khayyam and Max Stirner












When Gilgamesch experienced the death of his friend Enikdu, he discovered nothingness for the first time. He looked into its face and fell into the abyss of being, an abyss, in which the human was sentenced to freedom. He suddenly realised that he was throne into the worlds contingency. So for the first time the human understood that he would have to live without gods. He lost his fear before the gods. This revealed a freedom, which meant lifeís tragedy. It also meant: Indulgence in the moment, enjoyment of existence and the action of body and mind.

This is maybe the oldest story of human civilisation, which describes the self-confidence gaining human in the factuality of existence. Itís main story is based on the philosophy of becoming, which is closely linked to the European existentialist philosophy of the 19th and 20th century. The epic of Gilgamesch has not created a religion, which clings to the thought of eternity or any other dogma. Instead it looked the factuality of a finite nature in the eye. Itís relevance is indisputable, it has a timeless meaning. All human doing draws from this well: The thought of becoming human respectively the conscientiousness of becoming was the beginning of thought and is the process of all development. This philosophy embraces everything and nothing, it is result of yesterday and today. Nietzsches thought of the eternal return of same, can easily be explained from this perspective.

In the realisation of the two basic elements of human existence, tragedy and indulgence, the human fails. The gods are bored and so created human Kierkegaard realises in a very bored way. One can suppose, that the humans were also bored and created the gods.

The  Max Stirner Project is a drop on the history of being. But it also is a starting point from where one is able to become. A centre from where one can grow and decline. 

Wandering around in the world of thought combines the tragedy and indulgence of life with each other, without falling into the world of dead thought. Meaning that Philosophy is no mans land, thinks Bertrand Russel. Life is no mans land. Seen in this way philosophy really is neither a dogma nor an exact science. It is an adventure in which the thoughts begin to dance. From this perspective the Max Stirner Project examines the philosophy of Stirner with an attitude, which appreciates critical thought within this no mans land.

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  H. Ibrahim Türkdogan 

Translated by Adam Mouchtar



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