At georgetown university, i took the class: the world’s religions. a comparative study. One study struck me: The Axis Age ( max weber, karl jaspers , eric voegelin). axis here meaning ” pivotal point” allowing for change of direction.
The Axis Age ( achsenzeit in german): the period of time around 500 BC when many of the great thinkers of the world were alive and INDEPENDENTLY and SIMULTANEOUSLY shaped many of the world’s great religions and philosophies: confucianism, buddhism, taoism,hinduism, jainism, zoroaster, sophism and judaism etc… Also note worthy: The Axis Age occured during a time of global anarchy. conclusion: in time of utter darkness, the survival of the species’s mechanism kicks in, the human spirit makes the ultimate effort for a way out: The Great Leap of Being. Gore vidal’s novel “Creation” describes the travels and encounters of the hero, a persian man named Cyrus, with the central figures of the axis age. Are we now at the bottom of the pit? will we see a new occurance of the Axis Age? the answer, my friend. is in the wind. the wind tells me, maybe ye cannot make the “great leap” still ye try everyday to somehow contribute and pave the way toward the new axis age.