Growing out of Suicide

Melanie Phillips had an excellent post yesterday, dealing with the apparent suicide of the west. Most of it is an excerpt of her book, The World Turned Upside Down: the Global Battle over God, Truth and Power. She says, and I agree that it is even more pertinent now. Here are a few excerpts…

Historical statues are being toppled in America; snarling, violent anti-fascists mirror the behaviour they are supposedly against; Britain’s Conservative Government is to enforce hate-speech guidelines which are as contestable as they are subjective. As we watch western societies buckling under the bizarre combination of an apparently extreme concern to protect other people’s feelings with an extreme attempt to suppress other people’s opinions, many of us feel utter bewilderment. How can so many people who are ostensibly devoted to reason and freedom be behaving so irrationally and oppressively? […]

THE DISENCHANTMENT OF REASON

The Enlightenment is consuming its own progeny. In the west, the culture of reason is dying, brought down by a loss of faith in progress and in the rationality that underpinned it. The replacement of objective truth by subjective experience has caused science itself to turn into a branch of unreason, underpinning the loss of rational discourse as evidence is hijacked by ideology.

The age of reason was supposed to end all the ills in the world. Since these were held to derive from the suppression by religion of the defining characteristic of the human race, the intellect, it was assumed that once exposed to the full power of the mind these ills would fade away. But just like every other millenarian fantasy, thisbrave new world failed to materialise. War, bigotry and tyranny did not come to an end. Materialism and science were heavily implicated in the two greatest tyrannies of the 20th century. Modernity lost its shine. Technology created anomie. Progress was a threat to the planet. Mankind was viewed as a pollutant. The Enlightenment project was yet another utopia that had failed.

Yet at the same time, any perspective that was not scientific was regarded as illegitimate. Religion and reason were held to be intrinsically incompatible. But this was a fundamental and fatal error. It was religion which gave the world the concepts of progress and reason in the first place. When Nietzsche declared that God was dead, reason was killed off alongside him as Nietzsche knew only too well. Those who wanted science to destroy religion didn’t realise that destroying religion would in turn destroy science. Thus modernity is in danger of disappearing up its own fundament. […]

She and I acknowledge that Britain tends considerably more moderate than Europe, but

If the Jacobins’ Committee of Public Safety had been organised by Max Weber it would have looked just like the European Commission. The EU project claims higher legitimacy than individual member democracies because it embodies ‘universal’ values which cannot be gainsaid. Christian codes of moral order are illegitimate; the ‘universal’ and unchallengeable moral, social and ideological foundations of the EU include gay rights, feminism and multiculturalism. […]

Gottfried cites the Italian historian Augusto del Noce, who in 1977 detected totalitarianism in the ‘scientific’ management of society, the discrediting of traditional authority and the progress of a secular managerialism which attempted to re-code human nature itself. Behind this lay a ‘war against all forms of knowing that are not deemed as scientific’. That, however negated science and reason by turning them into the instruments of ideology. Science was thereby reduced to superstition or a ‘certification wrapped in a mystery’ and attached to a group of privileged power-bearers. The natural course in mass democracy, he wrote, was ‘a process that begins with the loss of the Greek discovery of morality and ends with the negation of philosophic reason and the persecution of dissidents’. […]

Not only is the west loosening its own grip on reason and modernity, but it is also failing to hold the line against those who are waging an explicit war against them from without. Instead of fighting off the encroachment of Islamic obscurantism — part of the Islamist onslaught aimed at conquering the free world for Islam — the west is embracing it as if it has a cultural death wish.

In part, this is the misguided realpolitik of appeasement; but more deeply, it is once again the complete loss of moral and cultural bearings through multiculturalism and ‘victim culture’, along with the acting out of collective western guilt as an act of expiation to bring about peace on earth – as a result of which truth and justice are turned on their heads.

I agree with all that, and yet a few weeks ago I wrote about that Londoner who charged barehanded at three knife wielding terrorists, shouting, “F*ck you, I’m Millwall“. None of that fits him. Nor does much of it fit me, or many others in our generation. My friend, Mister Mac, wrote about how he grew into it, and it flooded me with memories, not of the Navy, but of a boy trying to do a man’s job. A bit:

When you are seventeen and the whole world is just outside of you front door, you can be a little anxious to get started. Some kids will go off to college, some will go to work in a factory or mill, and some kids find themselves drawn to something more adventurous. In my case, that was the military and more specifically, the Navy.

I convinced my parents to sign the permission slip and without much real thought on my part (other than the foreign ports I would hopefully see) I raised my right hand and said a bunch of words. At seventeen, I honestly had very little idea what the words meant or what I was obligating myself for. As we were lining up to say them at the Navy office, I seem to remember a serious feeling coming over the whole proceeding. Up until that moment, the kids that were in the room with me had been typical kids just kind of joking and being “brave”. Then we all said the words together…

“I… (state your name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the Officers appointed over me according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Yep. Seventeen years old and I just took an oath to support and defend a document I had barely read in school and understood even less. I was supposed to defend it against all enemies both foreign and domestic (whatever that meant) and I was going to obey the orders of a guy I have never met in person and a bunch of men and women who I had not yet met.

What was I thinking? I was only seventeen. I had only shot a gun a few times before and certainly had never shot at another human being. And orders? Holy cow, my Dad and I used to fight like two prize fighters over the stupidest stuff. Now I had to willingly follow the orders of some guy I hardly knew?

But I grew into it. […]

I just pray as I look around the country now that enough young people will still be willing to raise their right hands and give themselves and the country a chance to grow into an even better place than when my generation were in charge. This modern Antifa movement is kind of frightening to me. Many of these kids are seventeen too and maybe aren’t sure what it means to attack your own country. There is a word for that: Treason

I do the same, and as I look around from Mt Greybeard, I wonder if Mac isn’t on to something. He, and I, and most of those of our generation got our butts shoved out (actually, we couldn’t wait) to succeed or fail (often) on our own. We were raised to take responsibility, and many of our teachers had taken responsibility for putting Hitler and Tojo in the ground. Hard to have more responsibility than that when you’re 20 odd years old. But I wonder if because we wanted our kids to have it easier than we did, we didn’t shirk that duty, and let them continue on as spoiled fourth graders, instead of forcing them to grow, and take responsibility for themselves. I wonder how the world would be different if the parents of those (probably somewhat apocryphal) 30-year-old kids, living in their mother’s basement got tossed out to sink or swim.

I don’t know, maybe it’s too late, but I bet it would make quite a difference. Maybe there is still time for them to “Grow into it”.

 

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7 Responses to Growing out of Suicide

  1. Amen! Profound article, are we are watching the spiritual and moral suicide of the West? The outgrowth of the Enlightenment, with its Modernity & Postmodernity has brought cultural ruin, i.e. the dumb-ing down of almost the whole of a people through culture and the political process. Again, is history repeating itself to the End? Note the moral and spiritual laments of the Book of Lamentations, Lam. 1:1, etc… “The roads to Zion mourn.” (verse 4) ‘See the Hebrew title of the book ‘ekak (How…!”, the first word not only in 1: 1 but also in 2:1; 4: 1.’

    “However, when the Son of Man, comes , will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 8)

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  2. the unit says:

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  3. the unit says:

    Ah, hurt feelings. How do you suppose Africans feel when the National Weather Service profiles every tropical wave off the coast of Africa as a potential hurricane? Oh well,…” “I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are the dead Indians, but I believe nine out of every 10 are.” – Theodore Roosevelt 🙂

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  4. The crucial issue at the heart of much of this is family. The decline of Western fecundity and the recasting of the family unit as being at most the, as it were, nuclear option is a central factor in the broader loss of confidence and pride within Western societies. The foundation of everything else is that place where we begin our life’s journey, the love we receive (or don’t receive) the values we learn, the network of relationships we are embedded within. The more atomised families become the more hyper-individualistic and egocentric the people they produce will be. Even if they aggressively pursue supposedly altruistic philosophies like socialism these only exist for them at an abstract level of the mind not in a lived experience of community. The regular urging that people ‘be the change you want to see’ is routinely ignored because people haven’t learnt within a family setting how to do the selfless sharing in all the thousands of tiny actions that make up daily life within a real community setting.

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