Kairos and the Metamorphosis of the Gods

“A mood of universal destruction and renewal has set its mark on our age. This mood makes itself felt everywhere, politically, socially, and philosophically. We are living in what the Greeks called the kairos­­- the right moment ­­for a “metamorphosis of the gods,” of the fundamental principles and symbols. This peculiarity of our time, which is certainly not of our conscious choosing, is the expression of the unconscious human within us who is changing. Coming generations will have to take account of this momentous transformation if humanity is not to destroy itself through the might of its own technology and science… So much is at stake and so much depends on the psychological constitution of the modern human.” ~C. G. Jung

Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical or opportune moment for change. But it goes deeper than that. It’s a precarious season, but it’s also a vital time for flourishing.

It’s carpe diem implicate, denoting a moment in history where the outdated energy of old has become too big, too hard and too brittle, and the updated energy of the new must be allowed to flow in, ripe and ready for harvest.

Kairos is ontological. It’s not measurable, although it measures. Kairos breaks through Chronos (chronological time). It shatters linearity. While Chronos is quantitative, Kairos has a qualitative nature.

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Gary Z McGee
Gary Z McGee
Gary 'Z' McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.
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