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Summary

Julius Evola’s final major work, which examines the prototype of the human being who can give absolute meaning to his or her life in a world of dissolution

  • Presents a powerful criticism of the idols, structures, theories, and illusions of our modern age
  • Reveals how to transform destructive processes into inner liberation

The organizations and institutions that, in a traditional civilization and society, would have allowed an individual to realize himself completely, to defend the principal values he recognizes as his own, and to structure his life in a clear and unambiguous way, no longer exist in the contemporary world. Everything that has come to predominate in the modern world is the direct antithesis of the world of Tradition, in which a society is ruled by principles that transcend the merely human and transitory.

Ride the Tiger presents an implacable criticism of the idols, structures, theories, and illusions of our dissolute age examined in the light of the inner teachings of indestructible Tradition. Evola identifies the type of human capable of “riding the tiger,” who may transform destructive processes into inner liberation. He offers hope for those who wish to reembrace Traditionalism.

©1961; 2003 Edizioni Mediterranee, Rome. English Translation. by Inner Traditions International. All Rights Reserved. (P)2020 Inner Traditions Audio. All Rights Reserved.

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“Evola is one of the most interesting minds of the [world] war generation.” (Mircea Eliade, author of The Sacred and the Profane

"One of the most difficult and ambiguous figures in modern esotericism." (Richard Smoley, in Parabola

"Evola looks beyond man-made systems to the eternal principles in creation and human society. The truth, as he sees it, is so totally at odds with the present way of thinking that is shocks the modern mind." (John Mitchell, author of The New View over Atlantis

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Essential reading.

This isn't a book you can just dive into without significant understanding of several branches of Eastern and Western philosophy and some education in music/art etc. However, if you're willing to put in the time, it's a very rewarding read.

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Superb analysis and critique of our culture

Superb analysis and critique of the culture of our time from a view afforded by being deeply familiar with the universal cultural values, thus allowing for the distancing required to have a clear view based on some standart and foundation.

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Interesting

I've attempted to read the hardcopy of this before, but was unfortunately sidetracked and lost interested. But I decided to start this up again and I wish I'd read it sooner!