Ever since I was Child, I was reared on a strict diet Christian ethics by my zealous Grandparents. I had to attend Sunday School, forgo my game of Cricket and also attend a boring Syrian Christian ritual of a Church Service. I gave my heart to Jesus while attending a summer Camp. I grew up with the fodder of guilt and sin and living a life of purity. Now I have entered my 40’s and I have become disillusioned with Christianity. The Christian life of eternity and being in heaven with a glorified body offers no comfort to my existential being. I live with intense stoic dissatisfaction and futuristic hedonism. I also wonder why Christianity in its Binary construction has marginalized Greek Religion. I have come to know of Greek Religion through the Philosopher Nietzsche through his Dionysian elements of Ecstasy and Rhythm and the Apollonian elements of Melody and Harmony. Though these concepts are related primarily to Music and the Body they form a catharsis for the being to experience in the teleology of processual Ontology. Life has to be equated with a music. I don’t consider Greek religion to be demonic or hell reigned. I think it was a mistake of Theologian and Apostle Paul to consider Greek religion as being demonic and hell belled. Right now I am in a religious process of transforming Nietzsche into my life, writing and living and I regard my zeal of living to be an art, to be a music. I have to orient my status of being to appropriation, affirmation, negation, gratification, orgasm and creative self expression.
Everybody knows Nietzsche as a Philosopher. Julia Kristeva is a postmodern feminist philosopher. Here I would like to combine the thoughts of Nietzsche and Kristeva. Nietzsche in his theory of Art proclaimed tragedy is a combination of Dionysian and Apollonian elements. Dionysian elements are rhythm and ecstasy where as Apollonian elements are harmony and melody. Rhythm, Ecstasy, Harmony and Melody though exhibiting features of music and sexuality can be combined in the aesthetics of writing of texts, especially fiction and poetry. Both these elements, Dionysian and Apollonian combine to make art. Julia Kristeva in her study of language divided the language into the symbolic and semiotic realms. A semiotic realm of a text combines ecstasy and rhythm. A semiotic text overrules grammar and punctuation in the art of creation. For example, dance and music use semiotic modality. Semiotic traces of language are also present in Streams of Consciousness narratives. Ulysses by James Joyce is classic example of streams of consciousness narrative. The symbolic text is marked by order, precision, grammar and obeys the rules of the language with strict diligence. For example, a legal or a medical text can have Semiotic features. Literary writing encompasses both semiotic and symbolic realms. In this article I would like to say that Nietzsche’s Apollonian and Dionysian and Kristeva’s Semiotic and Symbolic realms portray similar features of thought. I hope this article would be a source of inspiration for the writer wanting to be creative.