Microvita and the Genius Loci of Goldman Sachs
by Dr. Hans-Joachim Rudolph (MD), Microvita Research e.V.In classical Roman religion the
was adored as the protective spiritof a distinct place. Its origin can be traced back to the Anatolian cult ofHekate, the witch Goddess of crossroads, facing the three ways with herthree faces. She was associated with wandering spirits of the dead thatgathered at such places. In contrast, nowadays a
refers to nothingbut a location’s distinctive atmosphere.Its antonym, however, remains en vogue: I mean the spirit of times (
),which continues to be recognized as a valid concept, both in philosophy andcommon talk. Being conceptually near to the spirit of places, it still escapedfrom getting associated with witchcraft. This is probably owed to the germanphilosopherG.W.F. Hegel, who used the term as an hyponym of “
“,the spirit of all possible places. So, the spirit of places implicitely survived inHegel‘s notion of “
“, whereas the spirit of times explicitely continuesin his notion of the “
“.Notwithstanding, both concepts were strongly opposed by the materialists,who managed to dominate public discourses for the last one hundred years.They assert the primacy of the material world, claiming that the world existsindependently of our perception of it, and that thought is nothing but areflection of the material world in the human brain. Consequently, non-material spirits can only be gross illusions.In such semantic networks, it becomes interesting to consider ShriP.R. Sarkar‘s notion of Preta- and Devayoniis. Being classified as disembodiedsouls, they exist at certain times and places; their area of influence can be bigor small, their impact strong or weak, but they are always mediated bypositive or negative microvita, which actually bring them into appropriateaction.