This is the second volume of the Tao and Empire series. The series aims to recount the rise and fall of Western morals using as a basis an ancient Eastern philosophical text. In so doing, it strives to use this text as a constant, allowing the distortion of so-called conservative values for progressive means to be measured and viewed objectively.
Whilst this is not a course in empirical history, and does not pretend to focus on any particular Western historical power, it does try to identify the misunderstandings that were made. From one volume to the next we see not only the chronology of the hemisphere, but also in a certain way the chronology of the individual as he/she begins to perceive the world differently moving from childhood, through adolescence and on into the wild world of adulthood.
Still laden with naiveté, the Arcadian Angel uncovers the origins of the West’s self-centred drive for power. Yet still in its infancy, we see how the road to hell is truly paved with the best of intentions. Follow the collective mind on its next step in this journey towards purgatory, decadence and derision. The Arcadian Angel may be your last chance to taste the sweet nectar of our long-lost but original innocence.
About the Author
Max Crisp is a translator and interpreter based in Geneva, Switzerland. Having studied both there and in the UK, he now works principally for organisations specialising in international public law (UN agencies, NGOs, etc). He has lectured at the Universities of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Rennes (School of Public Health) but currently dedicates his time to private study and writing. He holds masters degrees in both of his specialist fields, both awarded by the Faculty of Translating and Interpreting (the ETI) of the University of Geneva.