A return of the Modern ANGST began occurring with the Symbolist’s, after the 1870’s and from the 1860’s on. It had been manifesting ever since “Robert of the Ruins” and then the German “Sturm und Drang” had highlighted a reasoning which manifested a concept of there being a “hole in the sky” which seems to be some minor Modern metaphor, for something. “The Dark Age of the Will” and the bloodbaths of Napoleon’s campaigns gave a stark realization to all of Europe’s fears. They followed right after “the Terror” in France and the ‘vogue’ of le Guillotine.
Romanticism consumed these atrocities and dark occurrences often seeking to transform them all into Drama and the theater of the New Age. A burning bush throughout the Romantic Era of brooding energies excited by the constant arrival of the “new” helped to jump start the passions of excitement. For as atrocious as the Napoleonic wars were..afterwards men and women began to fall into a boredom which longed for the energizing air of excitement that the cataclysmic events of such change and manipulations awoken in the breasts of mankind.
Stirring drama of the most unsettling kind awoke, in the sons of actors, the determination to become writers: Edgar Allen Poe! The Dumas family and the Romanticism of Victor Hugo, both children of Napoleon’s generals. Also after Napoleon is awoken the use of drugs as stimulants which ever since, the proliferation of drug use has always become another by-product of wars. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and others became opium addicts as this drug became marketable after Napoleon. And then, a last development of the ravages of a war can be seen after the English Civil War. During the restoration and return of the Stuarts, Charles II became the”Dandy” King with his sexual promiscuity and famous mistresses. The social rise of men of leisure seeking carnel bliss within the new urban landscape’s charms was set by the “Dandy” King. All of these, and numerous other factors, helped to enflame the social fabric which became utterly ignited after Napoleon. Along with a growing economic dependence on materialism and needed raw materials, also came the inevitable return of the first Modern inklings of ANGST and the Dark Will to Power after Napoleon. Peace would win the day for over three decades until a new “hole in the sky” was ruptured once more with the Crimean War.
The accumulating Drama of the Modern will become this unimaginable contrast between a world of fantastic advancements and growths; then the occasional outbreaks of truly never before seen catastrophes utterly of man’s design, of man’s hand, and of man’s greed. The Dark Will to Power; and yet the excitements and advancements caused the exuberance of the Modern Age to consume all catastrophe as a natural cost of advancement ( and not the doings of greed and certain men). In fact, mankind has become this juggernaut of consumption ( of conspicuous consumption) that rapes and pillages with absolutely no real conscience for it’s “mass” actions; because it’s the masses that do these horrendous and more and more irreversible things…not the individuals enjoying the benefits of great wealth.
One day Lost Eden, the next day Lost Horizon, and the world seems to recover from the colossal oil spills in the oceans. The Entertainment industries’ of the 19th century couldn’t even fathom that civilization could bring us to the tail end of consumption of raw materials and resources. Or could they; they just didn’t want to admit it being possible. At least it won’t occur in their life time. But it is occurring in our age. I wonder how is it we have been Blindsided ?