posted on Jun, 16 2009 @ 10:04 PM
Hegel "hated" Indians for not having a concept of linear time. For them, time was circular, history was repeating.
When you translate circular movement into linear movement, what you get is a sinusoid, which is a "wave".
For Hegel, time was important, because the "Spirit" advanced in time and realized itself as "history". The end of history, the ultimate
realization of Spirit.
Hegel's works have a reputation for their difficulty and for the breadth of the topics they attempt to cover. Hegel introduced a system for
understanding the history of philosophy and the world itself, often described as a progression in which each successive movement emerges as a solution
to the contradictions inherent in the preceding movement. For example, the French Revolution for Hegel constitutes the introduction of real individual
political freedom into European societies for the first time in recorded history.
But precisely because of its absolute novelty, it is also absolutely radical: on the one hand the upsurge of violence required to carry out the
revolution cannot cease to be itself, while on the other, it has already consumed its opponent. The revolution therefore has nowhere to turn but onto
its own result: the hard-won freedom is consumed by a brutal Reign of Terror. History, however, progresses by learning from its mistakes: only after
and precisely because of this experience can one posit the existence of a constitutional state of free citizens, embodying both the benevolent
organizing power of rational government and the revolutionary ideals of freedom and equality. Hegel's remarks on the French revolution led German
poet Heinrich Heine to label him "The Orléans of German Philosophy".
Hegel's dialectics is truly going "in circles". So, actually, his idea of linear time is the idea of spiral evolving towards the "Zero Point".
That's how I see it.
The Zero Point is realization of the spiritual. Time and space cease to exist because perception is reduced to pure knowledge.
In this respect, death can be understood as "knowledge", because knowledge is death to ignorance.
[edit on 16-6-2009 by DangerDeath]