Serbian Orthodox Fundamentals: The Quest for Eternal Identity

Serbian Orthodox Fundamentals: The Quest for Eternal Identity

Serbian Orthodox Fundamentals: The Quest for Eternal Identity

Serbian Orthodox Fundamentals: The Quest for Eternal Identity

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Simone Weil in her depiction of human roots-l'enracinement -had placed an emphasis on the significance of the past, as a measure of psychological security, experience and knowledge, necessary for the elucidation and construction of the future. In an almost reciprocal manner, prospective incidents seem to notionally emanate from the accumulated wisdom of inherent, ancestral convictions—assimilated and remodelled—underlined by the most profound and vital need of the human psyche, the compulsion for a past.

Without an exaltation of ancestoritis, I am similarly intrigued by the cognitive and referential properties of historical genealogies, which in spite of assumptions about the progress of society toward a universal, modern form, remain a prevalent source of authority and allegiance. It is precisely the role of the past as a social constant and a lineage of thought in the life of the Serbian individual and his community—the context of the national imaginary—that this analysis addresses. The subject of spatial, temporal and notional continuity is not confined into a single, cataclysmic event, although the Serbian mind is permeated by the moral persuasions of the Kosovo parable, but rather pertains to a holistic signifier, a manifest and observable referent of a society persisting over time. Religion, as a "primordial" given factor of culture unites the psychic and physical hypostases of the human being and irons out the inconsistencies and incoherences of its transient existence. For this reason, Orthodoxy—the professed . . .

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