Apollonian and Dionysian dichotomy

Today I’ve been learning a little about what’s called the Apollonian and Dionysian dichotomy, which I think will aid me going forward in trying to discuss what I usually simply refer to as the yin-yang dynamic representing the masculine and feminine essences and what all they’re thought to entail (for lack of richer terminology and examples of precedents such as this). In my mind’s eye I had envisioned a pendulum swinging across history, carrying humanity to extremes on the spectrum, varying from culture to culture until the rise of imperialist conquest ushered all definitively into this new era. But I also feel the ongoing tension between these opposite spheres of influence and observe how they play out across members of both sexes in their bids for greater control or their desires to tear down what’s been constructed in their quest for freedom.

There’s never a shortage of things to learn. Michael Pollan’s works have definitely impacted my own outlook when thinking about monoculture and humans’ drives toward greater control over Nature, and I’d recommend his books and the documentary “Botany of Desire” to others as food for thought. Hadn’t read far enough into Friedrich Nietzsche’s works to discover his use of the concept above, though now I’m intrigued to do so.

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