The generation of the '30s was created by Nae Ionescu, there is no doubt. He was the teacher, master and guide of all. Nae Ionescu formed a generation by inculcating the idea of the need to fulfill a mission. Even those who did not love him, at least hated him and in this way referred to him constantly. In addition, the generation was based on an enviable cohesion, fueled by the common belief or rather by the desire to take Romania out of anonymity and to create a historical destiny for it. We recognize here again the obsession of Nae Ionescu, for whom historical destiny meant following the traditionalist path, of autochthonism, therefore the purification of liberal western fantasies, and for a Cioran this historical destiny was translated by assuming a messianic nationalism that annuls any docile past and to change the passive mentality of the Romanian people. None of them was right and none of them succeeded in their endeavor, especially since the moment of the establishment of communism by force annulled any hypothesis and any ideational debate.
The generation educated by Nae Ionescu, however, fulfilled its mission, through Cioran, Eliade and Ionescu, the three Romanians who went to the West and thanks to whom the Romanian culture came out somewhat from the barriers of Eastern Europe. It was a united generation, a generation that in the Romanian period is produced in journalism with a fecundity never seen before or even after that. Everything was happening in the press. Even before 1945, but especially after, the unit was preserved thanks to the correspondence between the former representatives. Nothing is more authentic, however, than a generation that was built at the department, apparently in an artificial way, but thanks to a professor who introduced the idea of frantic living of any everyday phenomenon, which was polished through journalism, seminars and imposed by erudition, keeping alive the memory of the period of formation of the group through the exchange of letters. It is about a generation that has assumed its feelings to the end, some representatives paying with imprisonment and death for this "guts", but which in the end knew how to preserve the ideal of youth from friendship.
What was Cioran before meeting Nae Ionescu and before he awakened in him the revolutionary feeling, the feeling that he has a mission Cioran travels the route from a bored student, who takes himself as the center of the universe and exacerbates his own feelings and the imagined sufferings, in Pe culmile disperarii (On the heights of despair) until the Schimbarea la fata a Romaniei (Change in the face of Romania) that is, until the assumption of a national mission and the move of the center of gravity from a personal suffering, "played", to a real, national, serious one. It is the distance between how to suffer for an imagination and how to pay for a conviction. Twelve letters from Cioran's youth, a student at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy in Bucharest, letters sent to his childhood friend, Bucur Tincu, attest that that Cioran before the moment Nae Ionescu and before his political engagement, was terribly bored in the environment academic. Cioran longed for an authentic experience of reality in the parameters of pain, despair and suffering. "Individual destiny, he wrote to Bucur Tincu on September 23, 1931, as an inner, irrational and immanent reality, is revealed to us only in pain, that it is the only positive way of inner understanding of personal problems." He still assumes from these letters the status of cynic, towards his own person, his own destiny, and later towards the national cause, which remained forever unfulfilled. "If I live," concludes the young expert on the issue of death, "I will stand out with an extreme attitude; I will fearlessly draw the last consequences. I'm not afraid of any ideas or attitudes. Here I am called a "cynic." If cynicism means sincerity taken to paroxysm, then I am definitely cynical. " Cioran shows us in this commitment of his, once again, that he is the faithful student of Nae Ionescu, by assuming an identity of conscience. He will fulfill his prophecy forever and will remain a cynic, a skeptic about his own fate, but especially that of his homeland. The eternal tenant of the attics was a lover of extremes in life and in writing.