“It is no coincidence that precisely when things started going downhill with the gods, politics gained its bliss-making character.There would be no reason for objecting to this, since the gods, too were not exactly fair.But at least people saw temples instead of termite architecture.Bliss is drawing closer; it is no longer in the afterlife, it will come, though not momentarily, sooner or later in the here and now – in time.
The anarch thinks more primitively; he refuses to give up any of his happiness.“Make thyself happy” is his basic law.It is his response to the“Know thyself” at the temple of Apollo in Delphi.These two maxims complement each other; we must know our happiness and our measure.” Eumeswil, page 192.
But on this point, we should not conclude that the anarch is necessarily on the side of the gods, for as Jünger says, they, or at least their cultic representatives in religions, also promised man happiness in the hereafter, while treating him unfairly in the present. The anarch is not automatically on anyone’s side, but decides for himself when and to whom he gives his allegiance. “No god above me”, as Manuel states elsewhere in Eumeswil. (Touching on the anarch’s relationship to art, Jünger comments that at least the gods brought more attractive forms along with them, art instead of machines, temples instead of termite mounds.)
The anarch, in contrast, keeps thing simple – he looks to no external providers or guarantors of happiness but makes himself responsible for it. He is thus untouched by the promises and failures of religions and regimes; he neither hopes in nor is disappointed by what worldly powers or gods offer him. “Make thyself happy” – and to the degree that he also knows himself, understands his own measure, he knows how to make that happen.
Again, the self-reliance of the anarch is emphasised. He does not look outside himself – to religions, regimes, or insurance companies – for his happiness and security, but finds them within and creates them for himself without.