I bought a set of two very large cups from Calamity Ware.
It was completely unnecessary and frivolous spending and I shouldn’t have done it (in my defense, Christmas presents this year were odd and also I went to their site looking for two wedding gifts I’m almost a year late on. Because it’s what my life has been like.
Those will be sent, but I couldn’t resist the idea of mugs that are sold with “It could be worse.” And what those mugs show are multiple catastrophes happening at once from UFOs destroying cities with death rays, to Godzilla coming from the sea, to dinosaurs rampaging– And it’s all done in beautiful, stylized, formal and traditional willow ware.
It’s such a perfect representation for our times, and such a reminder that we can and will survive and make something beautiful out of this that I couldn’t resist. (And some of you know the very weird relationship I have with my coffee mugs.)
I’ve been hitting my head to try to clear it, in the metaphorical if not the actual sense. Because what we’re seeing makes no sense at all and has the feel of a double exposure. (I need to write on that at length, and also why I think this time Obama actually is the puppet master behind the insanity because we p*ssed him off enough to overcome his laziness. Of course he forgot — or perhaps never new. He was very maleducated — that he’s industrial grade stupid and he never realized he’s pig-ignorant. But that’s another post.) But at the same time, I get a feeling like everything we’ve been living in is a lie. Like everything I believed is a lie. And I don’t mean what I believe about the US (which — hoists middle fingers to the FICUS — was and is great, even if it exists mostly in our hearts and minds.) I mean what I believe about humans and life itself.
A conversation last night with Bill Reader kind of brought it into sharp relief. (Not the full picture. that’s still a double or triple exposure. More on that in another post.) He pointed out how people are still congratulating themselves on all the judges Trump appointed, even when it’s been proven those judges don’t give a hang about the constitution and let the incredible fraud go by. But he used lists from the Federalist society. Well, yes. Which tells you exactly what has happened to that institution. It also tells you what has happened to our legislative bodies. Yurtle the turtle fought for those judges because they were his kind, not ours.
The entire system reacted badly to Trump because for all his faults he is American and he loves America. Our system is, and it no longer in any sense respects the constitution other than lip service.
Between the Marxist poison, deliberately trickled into the culture for 100 years by the USSR (yes, it fell but the poison went on) and the after WWII creation of a faux elite we’ve destroyed our culture and started aping the sick ways of dying Europe, convinced those were “sophisticated.”
Sending people to college and teaching them to do something — back when colleges did that — doesn’t make them smarter than the rest, or more capable. What it did was convince them they were much better than their peers, and make them behave in “cosmopolitan” ways. And that got silly ideas in their heads, like that people couldn’t really govern themselves and that “social scientist” or “social engineer” are meaningful terms.
In other words, by swallowing a lot of crap from increasingly inefficient and out of contact with reality academia, people became convinced they should destroy the American system which is indeed an abomination to the rest of the world, and instead build a clockwork technocracy.
This, because it was unexamined and came with the remnants of the USSR despondency-propaganda manifests itself in shows and movies (and books) where no one and nothing is clean, individuals have no agency and it needs a government or an ubermench to straighten things out.
If you wonder why we’re behaving a lot like Germany when it fell to the Nazis? It’s because our kids have been fed the same claptrap in post-modernistic clothes, with the racial hierarchies upended, because the one thing our overeducated morons are absolutely sure of is that their own country, their own civilization, their own (largely. I mean, sorry, even Obama ain’t black. Not where it counts, and how he was raised) race are wrong, wrong, wrong and must be completely upended.
Because if it weren’t, well, there would be no glory in tearing it down and building their clockwork kumquat. Look, they wanted to shove Commie LaWhorish into power (and they tried to get people to vote for her in the primary. She was the chosen one, with all the fanfarre) not because she is wonderful, or capable, but because she’s a broken down whore, ugly, with dead eyes and — from people who have worked with and for her — the mind of a sadistic child. They want this because their glory in getting her to ‘rule’ (with the “great minds” behind her, of course) is greater. And we, the common people they think are all corrupt, evil and hypocrites will have our own evil — they think — rubbed in our faces by having to submit to her.
So, we have a detached, broken, insane would be elite in power, who are desperately trying to run a movie that obliterates reality, because we keep scaring the crap out of them by acting in unscripted ways. Do you know why the capitol rally scared the heck out of them? Remember in their heads everyone is like them: empty nihilists animated by the will to power. Well, they knew there would be hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters coming to DC and they seeded the crowd with rioters and in fact started the break into the capitol before Trump was done speaking. If this were their crowd, coming to the capitol and seeing the broken windows, etc, not one stone would have stood on another. The capitol would be on fire. There would indeed be dead cops. And they would have their bloody shirt. Instead what they have is thin gruel, which they are trying to bolster into “the FBI can find you anywhere” but…. nothing happened and people increasingly know it, and their screams of “riot” are farcical. Their screams of “insurrection” and “attempted coup” are even crazier.
And that’s why we scared them. Because they behaved off script. They fail to get that we will at some point again behave off script, but what we’ll do will not be the Burn Loot and Murder show riots, but something that will be unstoppable and will only terrify them …. briefly.
No I don’t know when, because I can’t tell you that. It’s a matter of crowd psychology, and that’s tricky. What I can tell you is that it’s coming, because what these crazy people are doing and trying to start has absolutely no contact with reality. And I don’t mean no contact with reality in America. I mean, no contact with reality. None of it makes sense. And honestly, with Obama behind their grand fraud ascent what is going on is both evil AND stupid. As in, he hates us more than he ever did (and he always hated us, because we disappointed daddy. If we hadn’t daddy would have stayed and raised little Barry Pooh in his inscrutable authentic African ways. Or something.) but he’s also now convinced he’s some sort of mastermind. So everything they’re doing is transparently designed to punish us and hurt us, and it’s a toddler’s revenge fantasy, in which he throws his evil toys around and they stay thrown or do exactly what he plays them doing in his head. This won’t end well.
So, here, now, America, the short term — it’s going to get very very bad. Partly because it’s important that people see through the lies of the media and the indoctrination they were fed in school to how evil all of this nonsense is, and how “rule by the elite” is a nasty and anti-human thing. It’s important for our indoctrinated youth to realize that it’s not evil because it wears hugo boss uniforms and swastikas or even because it thinks whites are the ideal humans. Rule by the elite is evil because it treats humans as things and superimposes crazy theories on reality. Meanwhile our founding documents harness the imperfections of humanity in a way that makes us all rise.
And I was thinking that what I felt last year must be akin to what happened to the English under Henry VIII. I mean overnight, one of the pillars of their lives — the church — was gone, and what had been good was now bad and– And the common people couldn’t help but see that this was all insane nonsense and people were getting executed for doing what was lauded the year before, and hell, everyone knew it was all so he could lay that Boleyn whore. (She was not at all popular.)
But they submitted. And I’m sure sane people in England were going “what’s wrong with you?” which is what I’ve been screaming all of the last year.
What was wrong is that all their institutions and everything they believed in were not what they’d thought they were. Had they been, none of this would have been possible.
But it didn’t mean everything was lost. Eventually the executionpalooza and ‘you’ll be this religion because I told you to’ receded, and troubled Tudor England gave birth to America. Which built anew ideals of freedom for the common man, partly through having seen how bad it could get.
And yes, I know we don’t have colonies to go to. That must be fixed. Though i will point out if we manage to rebuild to some extent, shortly (and the difference is Americans still love America. Dying Europe threw over their heritage for socialism) in a hundred years our grandkids can colonize Europe. It will be mostly empty ruins and howling wasteland. They forgot how to have babies.
However, part of what had to change before civilization could be built anew, on firmer ground, was the story in people’s heads.
Now, look, history goes fast now, and also — technically and unless it takes another fricking two hundred years of convulsions and executions — America isn’t what Tudor England was. But their narrative was also broken, having come apart with the black plague, and then gotten worse as people got cynical.
I have a book somewhere about how Shakespeare invented humans as we think of them. It’s right and wrong. What Shakespeare invented to an extent was the common man. Sure, his kings wear crowns, etc. But they’re costumes. Shakespeare wrote good self-actuated English Yeomen.
Before him a lot of the stories told — unless in penny pamphlets on execution day — were about the “inevitable movements of history” and the elites and maybe the Deus ex machina no one could understand.
Shakespeare wrote people. Individuals. And some were very very bad, true, but some were very good. One thing the man didn’t have was the flat greyness of “everyone is horrible” or “everyone is a pawn to kings and queens and great people, and only created to pour out buckets of blood on the stage.”
And sure, he was a product of his era and of a middle class upbringing.
But what he did was get in people’s heads, as people went out to form colonies, and tell them stories in which they saw each of them and in which they mattered.
So, ladies, gentlemen, dragons, minotaurs and the occasional echnidia: we have our work cut out for us.
If civilization is to survive beyond the very bad no good containslivebobcatwouldn’torderagain two or three years ahead, we need to rebuild.
Not just rebuild our systems of government, our systems of culture and civics: though we need to rebuild that, but rebuild civilization. (Yeah, I know. And I was hoping to have an evening out to wash my hair in the next decade or so.)
So, roughly and whatever else we have to do to survive with dumbass idiots who hate us and are tripping on power in charge we have three long term points of action. And they must be done. Must. If we’re to come out of this with HUMANITY surviving. (And while humanity is a pain in the ass I think well of it. I mean, the ideal of rocks and empty space the left embraces is pretty, but it’s not a good story.)
-Have children. No, I mean that, have children. If you can find someone willing, or lay hands on the amazing tech of the 21st century (yes, I know the moral dangers. But life is better than not-life. Period. For me. You cut your cloth to fit your your garment) have children. At any rate, with crazy lockdowns or whatever going on (and they will again, when the “elite” gets scared what else were you going to do with the next 20 years? Play parchesi solitaire? Don’t be silly.
If you can in any way have children. Because the future belongs to those who show up. Have at least three, because if your grandkids are going to colonize Europe (you only think I’m joking) let alone space you need far more than replacement number.
-Raise your children. Look, heed Peterson: don’t let your children become someone you hate. This means to an extent a lot more work (you don’t even like parchesi, remember?) because you can’t — can’t can’t can’t — offload them on the education factories. Because they don’t educate, they indoctrinate and they create nihilists and people who think individuals count for nothing. And sometimes the poison is so subtle you will not see it until it’s too late.
Homeschool. Create co-ops with like minds. GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR KIDS’s MINDS. Virginia Heinlein once told me that the most important work was forming children’s minds. And she was not wrong.
And if it’s absolutely impossible for you to have kids, remember there are a lot of kids out thee that have no functional parents at all. While adoption is difficult to impossible and all men are suspect in our broken society, find a way to teach, to pass on wisdom and to make sure we’re not raising yet another generation of unparented children. Sometimes even a passing influence makes a big difference. Trust me on this.
-WRITE. WRITE STORIES. Write stories about individuals. The left can’t you know? Increasingly it’s all about how the archetype does this or that.
The stories of the left, winding through the culture, have destroyed it. If you can write write stories about people. Flawed people, sure, but make sure you don’t fall to the “no one is clean.” Sure, nobody is perfect, but individuals (and cultures, I’m looking at you America!) still achieve towering goodness despite their abysmal failures. People tend to have the virtues of their vices, and sometimes they can overcome the vices enough to make the virtues shine. Write some of those people. But write normal people too: silly, ignorant, but self-actuated and worthy of having their say in their own lives. We need to rebuild the idea of who and what they are in people’s lives.
Oh, and write blog posts too. Heck, create memes. The important thing is to replace the old rotten narrative with the truth that individuals are what matters, that they have agency and that even when silly and bizarre they can be — and are — admirable.
-CREATE. I know not all of you are writers, but anything new you create, particularly if you create something magnificent, whether it be a cabinet a dress, a ballet production, a painting, ANYTHING YOU CREATE gives the lie to the left’s bizarre, oft propagandized “inside story” that nothing matters but the masses and the forces of history and that everything must be produced by committee.
YOU CAN BUILD THAT. And you will. Go and do it.
– And in that vein, not because we need frontiers (we do, but they can be frontiers of the mind. Truly. It’s a lie to believe they can’t) but because humans were born to strive, and because having all your eggs in a basket is wrong, if you can and have the mind and the training to, go work on getting us out of this rock and giving us new horizons to colonize. Yes, we’re descending to dark days, but I’ll remind you Von Braun, rightly or wrongly made use of one of the most evil regimes in history to find us a way out of this rock. Do what you have to do, but get us the stars, okay? (Younger son says every engineer wants, ultimately, to do that. Well…. makes shooing motions with hands, what the heck are y’all waiting for? WHY don’t I have a shuttle to the Mars colonies, yet? Why are there no Mars colonies for that matter. GO and do it. Sure, it might take a lot of money, or who knows, maybe you can build a gate like the ones in Tunnel in the Sky. Yes, I know scientists say it’s impossible. And? Go. You have work to do.)
– Live your best life. Be a decent human being. Help the suffering, bind the wounds, sure, but also learn new stuff, do stuff, be good to your family, stick to the oaths you swore. Create, and live and be joyful.
It’s important to look at Commie laWhorish and the corrupt, bought and sold old pedophile and realize the left thinks this is the best of humanity. The best we have. They’re just not “hypocrites” and not “hiding it” like the rest of us. Because they don’t believe it’s possible to be good or joyful or to build.
JUST being something they think is impossible is a kick in their rotten, pumpkin heads.
Yes, I’m very afraid we’re going to have to fight in other ways too, but the thing is those ways won’t rebuild civilization. These will.
Go and be excellent. Make a leftist’s heads explode.
In the end, we win, they lose, and on the way there we’re going to be very very busy.
It’s okay. I don’t like card games and I don’t want to learn parchesi.
Go forth. You have work to do.