Sorry this is so late. I’m alive, I just woke up early to get “fasting”blood tests and they took a while (there’s always a wait at these places) so I’ve just now had my first coffee of the morning. Maybe I’m groggy and confused.
But what I want to talk about is gods.
Yes, plural, because it’s an historic thing.
I’ve been reading Campbell’s books on mythology, primitive, oriental, occidental and imaginative, mostly because one of my trilogies that needs to be rewritten (partly because it was only a novel. 660 words long. Look, I was young and had no clue of the realities of the market.) deals with a primitive religion which within the confines of the world is not actually a religion at all (though it’s been attached to it) but the feeding of an alien parasite which allows the host to do magic. (Okay, some of us are really uncomfortable with straightforward magic.)
Anyway, take it for what my foggy brain can dredge up. As most of you know I’m a religious believer even if weirdly twisted and unorthodox (partly through having feet in two faiths by upbringing, and a heck of a lot of overthinking to confuse things.)
I am also by nature a non-conformist, meaning if something is rigidly enforced I instinctively fight free of it. I might come back again, but it has to be because I’ve decided to come back.
Taking all that into account the sheer secularization of society and my own psyche sometimes catches me unawares and renders me breathless, as I realize I’ve made a decision or done something as though I were sure there was nothing after death. I see it even more so in our society. Even our welfare system and even religious charities that offer relief without the need to “listen to the sermon” i.e. without any moral guidance or effort at straightening out your life assume there’s nothing hereafter. Why do I say that? Because charity is supposed to be offered, sure, but you’re supposed to make sure this person’s eternal life will be saved. That the suffering and the relief, both work to the greater good of making this person a candidate for heaven (or at least purgatory.) The fact that the “charity” proffered by most churches enables and encourages the continuance of what is often a life of vice works contrary to that. By their actions, the churches are proclaiming they don’t believe in what should be their greater purpose.
So, with that in mind, excuse me as I fling out a brace of disjointed thoughts. Not because I don’t want to take time to join them/work them through but because the greater sense of the thing is right now a feeling, more than a thought, and I’m looking forward to YOUR thoughts to enlighten me.
- I’ve often said that Western civilization died in WWI. It’s when we lost our animating purpose (to my mind.) Since then we’ve been self-hating, a disability which the virus of Marxism in all its forms enables and worsens.
- Campbell dates the loss of belief in Christianity as an orthodox and universal faith to the 12th century, which ties in with my readings on the great death/black plague and the feeling that something broke in the western psyche then.
- Is it possible that in the intervening centuries, what animated western civilization was not a belief in G-d (even though that belief was still paid lip service) but a belief in the state. It is from around that time that the conflation of church and state starts, becoming more intense in the religious breakdown of Germany (Such the prince, such the religion.) It is also from then that we get loony genealogies linking European kings to putative children of Jesus by Mary Magdalene, thereby allowing the king to claim to be descended from Himself. So the belief in the ethereal and eternal was replaced with allegiance to a people/ruler.
- Which started breaking down … well, with our revolution, even if the ones that followed us were less kindly and more totalitarian. So the belief in an Earthly power became more abstract: a belief in a people/state/the might of the blah blah people. (We’re a little different as we believe in principles, which in turn call back to Himself. But that’s in theory. A lot of people still regard presidents as kings — even some presidents — and WANT them to be so.)
- And then WWI, that vast abattoir for nothing in particular removed patriotism and the faith in the nation-state which was at that point the TRUE faith of the Western nations.
- Leaving us with? — it is perhaps no coincidence that the US, where religious faith is still WAY stronger than in Europe, and patriotism, oddly, also way stronger than in Europe, the virus of socialism/communism/marxism has less penetration. Nor that the virus penetrates harder and deeper into those classes either hereditarily or educationally vacated of all other belief.
- Which brings us to why Marxists hate and attack religion, even as most mainline religions have been infiltrated and struggle madly to adapt to the demands of the left. Because while religious belief in something/someone else, however attenuated exists, it prevents the full penetration of the Marxist mind-virus
- This also explains their insane attacks on people like Jordan Peterson, who offer — if not faith — a discipline for living which by itself precludes Marxism.
- The crazy blood-and-soil call themselves right also hate Peterson, and frankly any other form of discipline or belief that might impair what they hope and want to be a return to faith in nation-and-people.
- This blood and soil faith might even work for rejuvenating most of western civilization. I expect it to be the animating force of a second European renaissance — if Europe is not too far gone. It might be. When there aren’t that many young people and those that are are drug/alcohol addicted, it might be gone beyond ressurgence — and frankly it’s better than the alternative. Though if it works at all, the convulsions leading to “workable” will be long and bloody.
- It will not work for the US, not only because we weren’t formed in the same way (not people, coalescing by blood real or imagined. Even at the time of the revolution there were as many Germans as Englishmen on the land) and frankly now we’re a hodgepodge of races, something that can’t easily be disguised in a time of genetic/genealogical testing.
That said, we’re not in as bad a shape as the rest of the west, and a mere coalescing around the civic virtues derived from the constitution, a pride in our heritage, a learning of our ancestral thinkers might be enough.
Of course, the contagion from blood-and-soil will come from Europe, but will it be more or less trouble than the Marxist mind-virus now leaking into the minds of those for whom Europe will always be a lodestar? I’d guess less, as it’s not as… convincing and self-sealed a system, nor can it be made so in a nation where blood and soil aren’t covalent.
- The one thing absolutely sure is that our schools work against ANY belief except in Marxism and internationalism, which are presented as “sensible” and “rational.” (They’re not.)
- This creates in all of the West a situation similar to that of a conquered tribe in pre-history (to which to a great extent our minds still belong.) When tribe conquered tribe, the gods of the defeated were broken and humiliated. This usually led to a state where the defeated tribe stopped reproducing/their women attached to the victors/and eventually they stopped existing utterly (unless they retained belief, despite all. We know at least a tribe who did that, but there are others, not as prominent.)
- This is possibly because, as a Galilean Rabi said, “Man doesn’t live of bread alone.” Whatever else we are, we’re creatures of belief and of aspiration. Man devoid of those is not worth the name, but a poor creature, worse than the apes since the apes don’t need to see themselves in a story or to believe in something bigger than themselves to live.
- And this is what’s consuming western civilization. Marxism is a virus, sure. But it’s more like the creatures that infect a tree whose core has been sundered by lighting. Where there’s any other sort of belief, it can’t survive. It only occupies where nothing else lives.
- For us, and civilization to survive, belief, religious or secular — Rome survived for centuries on the belief in the God-Emperor long after they’d become fuzzy on their other deities — must be found and forged.
- It’s easy for Europe to return to an earlier form of belief, but it fits atrociously badly in the US.
- So, we need to teach and communicate our civic virtues and our special destiny in the annals of man, and leave it to each individual to believe or not believe in anything above that in respect for our freedom of religion.
- And that’s the best we can do, so let’s put shoulder to the wheel.