Ideas- A Variable Background in Cioran’s Writings (Nae Ionescu and Emil Cioran)

article  by Isabela Vasiliu-Scraba

“Nae Ionescu had an extraordinary charisma. He was a fascinating man… It’s not everyday that you have the chance to meet a professor such as him… He was a person seldom met in universities, a non-university figure. I simply can’t imagine a university without him. Hadn’t it been for him, that place would have made a stupid impression on me. Anyway, he was a unique apparition.” (Emil Cioran). The whole oeuvre of Nae Ionescu’s most tormented disciple, Emil Cioran (1911-1995), according to his own sayings, would somehow have a “religious dimension.” It draws its sap from “passionate” springs rather than from a metaphysical sensitiveness, spelling the “contempt for the temporal.” Because to Cioran “the voluptuousness of the suffering alone turns existence into destiny” (The Fall into Time).Petre Þuþea had perfectly grasped the way in which his friend, Emil Cioran, was inclined to flirt with the idea that his gloomy spells would have metaphysical roots. In this respect, Þuþea says: “Cioran is not sad in a metaphyiscial way proper-although he thought so-, he is not sad because human condition in general dispirits him, but because man is a mortal animal” (Between God and My People). (continue lendo)