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VOLUME 1 , ISSUE 1 ( January-March, 2022 ) > List of Articles

Original Scientific Article

The Bosnian Chalk Circle

Sead Alić

Keywords : Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosniaks, Croats, Crusades, Jesus, Love and hate, Nations, Serbs

Citation Information : Alić S. The Bosnian Chalk Circle. 2022; 1 (1):112-117.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11005-0006

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 06-05-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


This text aims to provide a philosophical review of the current situation in the part of Europe that has already once been fertile ground sprouting a world war. Poetry, philosophy, and theology provide pieces of a mosaic showing the image of a return to a united sky. The text builds on the views of sophia perennis, as the one school of thought in philosophy, theology, and even religion that strives to rise above all types of divisions and to point out how problematic the approach by the contemporary Western civilization really is. Wars, including the one in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are a logical consequence of the contemporary mass media materialism.

  1. “By being or having I do not refer to certain separate qualities of a subject as illustrated in such statements a “(I have a car “or” (I am white “or” (I am happy.” I refer to two fundamental modes of existence, to two different kinds of orientation toward self and the world, to two different kinds of character structure the respective predominance of which determines the totality of a person's thinking, feeling, and acting.” From, Erich, To Have or To Be. London/New York: Continuum; 2008. pp. 20/21.
  2. “But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence, this change, inasmuch as it does away with illusion, is an absolute annihilation, or at least a reckless profanation; for in these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane.” Feuerbach, Ludwig, The Essence of Christianity, translated from The Second German edition by Marian Evans. Ludgate Hill, London: Trübnee & Co.; 1881.
  3. A little something has been said about it in the book by Alić, Sead, Masovna proizvodnja narcizma [The Massproduction of Narcisism]. Sveučilište Sjever; 2019.
  4. Citation in English from:
  5. “The god is near and Hard to grasp but Where there is danger some Salvation grows there too.” Hölderlin, Friedrich, Selected Poems, translated by David Constantines. Bloodaxe Books Ltd. p. 54.
  6. See the paper by Alić, Sead, Sjene križarskih ratova u Palestini [The Shadows of the Crusades in Palestine], in which the author sketches one of the possible trains of thought on the “collective unconscious” of the western attitude toward Islam, Bošnjački glas, No. 61, pp. 16–20.
  7. In his book, The Eleventh Hour, Martin Lings writes that religions in their most outward forms are often depicted as different points of a circle, at the center of which is the divine truth. Each point is connected with the center by a radius that represents the esotericism of a particular religion. The more the radius nears the center, the closer it is to other radii, illustrating the fact that esoteric paths are getting closer and closer to each other, regardless of how far apart the relevant esotericisms might seem. Lings, Martin, Jedanaesta ura [The Eleventh Hour], Zagreb: Vuković i Runjić; 2018. p. 78 (Original: Martin Lings, The Eleventh Hour, 1987).
  8. “Another member of the Creel Commission was Walter Lippmann, the most respected figure in American journalism for about half a century (I mean serious American journalism, serious think pieces). He also wrote what are called progressive essays on democracy, regarded as progressive back in the 1920s. He was, again, applying the lessons of the work on propaganda very explicitly. He says there is a new art in democracy called manufacture of consent. That is his phrase. Edward Herman and I borrowed it for our book, but it comes from Lippmann. So, he says, there is this new art in the method of democracy, “manufacture of consent.” By manufacturing consent, you can overcome the fact that formally a lot of people have the right to vote. We can make it irrelevant because we can manufacture consent and make sure that their choices and attitudes will be structured in such a way that they will always do what we tell them, even if they have a formal way to participate. So we will have a real democracy. It will work properly. That's applying the lessons of the propaganda agency.” Chomsky, Noam, What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream, From a talk at Z Media Institute June 1997.
  9. For more detail see Alić, Sead, U dolini svetog licemjerja [In the Valley of Holy Hypocrisy], Logos magazine No. 61, Tuzla,
  10. For more detail see Alić, Sead, The Road to a New Totalitarianism. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing; 2021.
  12. Introducing the seventh chapter of the book To have or to be to the reader, Erich Fromm wrote: “This chapter deals with the thesis that social change interacts with a change in the social character; that “religious” impulses contribute the energy necessary to move men and women to accomplish drastic social change, and hence, that a new society can be brought about only if a profound change occurs in the human heart—if a new object of devotion takes the place of the present one.” Fromm, Erich, To Have or To Be. London/New York: Continuum; 2008. p. 109.
  13. See Schoun, Frithjof, Ezoterizam kao počelo i kao put [Esoterism as Principle and as Way]. Sarajevo: Connectum; 2011. p. 73.
  14. Schoun, Frithjof, Preobraženje čoveka [The Transfiguration of Man]. Beograd: Ukronija/Centar za izučavanje tradicije; 2020. p. 40.
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