"Apollonian Vs. Dionysian"
Online Discussion Outline

Purpose of Our Discussion

By analyzing Dionysian & Apollonian aspects, we gain insight into who we are and how we behave in this world:

“The ultimate goal in the study of the humanities is that you become as fully aware of yourself as possible: your needs, your fulfillments, your tastes, how you are living your life, and what changes you’d like to make in that life. This is the way to practice the art of being human. The humanities will always be there for you. All you need is to be open to the experience.”

This discussion of what the humanities is all about leads us into how we discover how the humanities can work for us. We forge into the discovery of ourselves, by better understanding ourselves with the help of the Apollonian and Dionysian chapter.

What helps bring peace and understanding helps form the ideal person – what the text refers to as the infinite person:

“Refusing to have tunnel vision, to see life from one point of view, one becomes, in a sense, infinite, able to intertwine with the lives of others. If I am tuned in to you, if I know your thoughts as well as my own, then we begin to share a common consciousness… Opening ourselves to the minds and hearts of others helps to prevent the buildup of ego-centered hostilities. The infinite person is free of rigid prejudices and never works consciously to restrict others from exercising their right to assemble, speak their minds openly, practice their own religion, and follow their own preferences – so long as, in being free, they do not themselves limit the freedom of another.”

Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900)

German philosopher who defined the terms Apollonian and Dionysian:
In terms of drama, Nietzche says the conflict between emotion and reason, between Dionysus and Apollo, led to the great age of Greek Tragedy. Nietzche considered the ideal person as one who maintained a balance between the opposites, drawing the strong points from each, and he believed both qualities were necessary.

Tendencies in Human Personality

Faith & Ritual