The essay below is the fourth chapter in a series by Takuan Seiyo. The author was unable to publish it in the same venue that hosted the first three chapters, so Gates of Vienna is privileged to offer him a slot for it, and possibly also for the final installment.
The text that follows is the fourth chapter of a long five-part essay that’s my answer to Oswald Spengler’s Der Untergang des Abendlandes. What I lack in comparison to the brilliant German, I tried to compensate for by offering not only an analysis of our decline, but also a suggestion of a peaceful ascent road out of what appears (except to progressing Progressives) as a bottomless pit.
The genesis of this essay lies in my continuous puzzlement why the particular post-modern, post-Christian virus decimates only the Western West, but not the Eastern West of Iron Curtain scars, or the Far East. I was born behind the Iron Curtain but have lived in the West since I was ten, and in the East for the past six years. This is therefore insider’s praxis rather than outsider’s musings.
The subject is so wide that its treatment must be equally eclectic. One who ventures here must be ready to travel with me to Washington and Mount Vernon, Estonia, Saxony, Judea, Rome, Greece, Babylon and China, with a commensurate range of subjects and periods. For that reason, it’s not fair either to the reader or to the writer to start with the text below, but rather one must go to the previous three, as well as have patience for the publication of the fifth one in the near future.
The reader is going to wonder why the fourth chapter is at Gates of Vienna and the previous three are at New English Review.
Different publications have different risk tolerances. NER was brave enough to publish the first three parts, but found the fourth one too hot. No one should condemn it who hasn’t published the kind of “Islamophobic” and other taboo-busting content as NER has. Especially after what happened to Giordano Bruno and Fjordman.
— Takuan Seiyo
The Bee and the Lamb
By Takuan Seiyo
On the edge
The only way to restore vitality to Western Civilization is to recalibrate its yin-yang balance. Just as in Oriental medicine a patient suffering from acidosis (yin) is treated with alkali (yang) foods, so American and European societies must regress to nullify much of the Progressive “progress” that the Long March of the last 100 years has wrought. Not to erase it altogether, for the “progress” itself has been a correcting mechanism to the yang eruptions of two world wars and centuries of harsh religious fanaticism, but to rewind the reel 50 years back, just before excess yin started overflowing.
Jim Crow was wrong, and the WASP ruling elite committed various errors of direction and also of degeneration into a caste of Bertie Wooster sybarites, light on the brain content, or brooding Nick Carraways (of The Great Gatsby). But the antithesis, Black Run America, is much worse: a dystopian disaster, a banana republic without the bananas, a Detroit writ large, a Philadelphia turned Killadelphia.
The WASPs at least had a code of honor and a spirit of noblesse oblige inherited from Roman patricians. The people who rule us now are a multiracial collection of plebeian Looters, Loons and Fools, with the WASPs and Jews there either doing penance for past “unearned privilege” or further repairing the world by carrying water for the loudest looters in the black and brown communities.
Strict meritocracy and race-blind equal rights are just and great, and America did not have them even 60 years ago. But it did, at last, 45 years ago. Very briefly, for it continued hurtling toward the opposite pole. Now it is mired in the suicidal insanity of quotas for minorities and women, engineered equal outcomes, and the disparate impact doctrine proclaiming, essentially, that proper societal measures to promote lawful conduct, civic culture, work ethic, competent workforce etc. are “racism” requiring the federal government’s intervention, if racial minorities fall short of such standards. Showing that a yin-poisoned culture will use any available tool with which to self-eviscerate, in Scandinavia, where there are no indigenous People of Color, the ruling elite has been importing them to fill that vital need. Meanwhile, they mandate 40%-50% quotas for women in politics and corporate governance.
The bipolar amplitude currently in the far zone of yin may be observed in every area of postmodern, post-Reality Western society, with only superficial differences between countries.
The past ostracism of homosexuals and criminalization of homosexuality were wrong. But the current courting of “gays,” “gay” marriage, “gay” Marines, pedophile politicians, deviant promiscuity flaunted before a disgusted but cowed population — they are a cesspool of dissolution. Prudery and sexual repression were a terrible drag too, but seeing 13-year-old girls dressed like whores and Tweeting tales of their latest hookups from a perch at Jamba Juice is a civilizational tragedy.
Back-alley abortions were horrible, but the sanctioned and taxpayer-financed annual murder of 1.2 million fetuses in each of the United States and Europe must inevitably unleash God’s wrath — even if God is just a homeostatic cosmic loop of information sub-particles, not at all like the Bible’s booming Jhvh or Michelangelo’s hirsute old man. If the sheeple just looked away from their brain-macerating LED screens, they could see that God’s wrath is already manifesting as the mathematically verifiable demographic atrophy of Euro-origin peoples.
The restrictive-oppressive educational systems in Europe’s and America’s schools a hundred years ago were stultifying. But the current educational regime of self-esteem, dumbed-down curriculum, non-competitiveness, “inclusiveness,” constant guilt inculcation for the sins of whitey, and the horrors of (White only) testosterone — they all form a path to the trash can of history. We have gone much too far, expanding sixfold what was before contracted twofold.
The same heedless yin expansion is evident in America’s geopolitics. Amazon.com’s editorial review of Robert Kaplan’s Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power states: “The Indian Ocean area will be the true nexus of world power [snip]. It is here that the fight for democracy, energy independence, and religious freedom will be lost or won, and it is here that American foreign policy must concentrate.”
This leaves me puzzled. Is there a shortage of democracy or religious freedom in the United States? There is an egregious surfeit of both, and both ought to be trimmed for the American people’s own good. Voting rights should be constricted and tied to a positive net worth, proof of English literacy, clean criminal record, and maturity defined as the age of 21. Religious freedom too ought to be curtailed to exclude Islam and voodoo — the one, a blueprint for subjugation of the host population by fanatical practitioners of a hostile ideology; the other, a barbarian cult unfit for a modern country firmly planted in the Christian civilization.
But it’s likely that the reviewer of Kaplan’s book expressed the Neocon — Christian Lamb creed that it’s America’s divine mission to fight for democracy and religious freedom the world over. After all, that’s the standard opiate of America’s ruling Republicrat Party. One might ask with whose taxpayers’ gold ducats and soldiers’ lives such a global fight will be waged, America’s dollar and sovereign debt now forged into manacles of penury due to this kind of madness, and her flyover people tired of the bleeding.
These observations seem outrageous to people relentlessly indoctrinated in the age of gushing yin that has “progressed” to the point of drowning every area of life in the West. However, the age of blowback yang contraction will come, either eased gently by enlightened leaders or slammed painfully on the countries of progressive lemmings by the intractable force of cosmic homeostasis.
The current travails of the West already spell the end of yin madness. Democracy as a governing system is self-terminating, having devolved into kakistocracy: a scorpion catching a river ride on the back of Aesop’s gullible frog.
“Quantitatively eased” fiat paper money and the welfare state are self-terminating, having run out of our peoples’ trust and other people’s money. Financial capitalism is self terminating, having degenerated into the larceny of global leveraged three-card Monte. Ten thousand bright and eloquent Naomi Kleins are waiting in the wings, flogging their competing brand of malignant idiocy, ruinous but tight and coercive for a change, at a dazed populace.
America’s overreaching Empire is ending, the dollar too hollow to support it and the American-built Beijing Frankenstein eager and able to step into the breach. The global troops of jihad are surging, thanking Allah for the fool giant’s last gigantic works on behalf of “democracy” that paved the way for Muhammad pbuh.
Christianity, having taken a radical but wrong turn from its past errors, is wading in pools of irrelevance or deep weirdness, its mainstream just a holding pen for Eloi lambs. The Jews, having forgotten their cosmic destiny as canaries in the coalmine, are self-terminating by supporting and even leading “progressive” ideologies that will blow back at them first, devastatingly.
The sexual revolution and the GLBT foolishness are ending, for the West’s young are ending and their Afghan and Somali replacements have different plans in this matter.
Culture is ending, the polite, old white crowd that savors Bach at the Frauenkirche or Velasquez at the Prado having neither the courage nor the vigor to stop the barbarization of its former domains. The future is writ as the torture of the children of Grieg with the barbarians’ Dika Down Booboo! or their mega-decibel Adhan; the Booboo-Muslim-Morlock crowd multiplying and living off white Eloi’s taxes under Leviathan’s special care.
Education in the West has already ended. It had evolved into a progressive indoctrination Kumbaya Socialist Youth Camp for unemployable Occupiers of Wall Street: their noses full of cow jewelry, egos full of self-esteem, and brains stuffed with Rosa Luxemburg and Rosa Parks, Howard Zinn and Malcolm X, Mumia and Che, Obama and OutKast — but not the multiplication tables.
Nature is slowly being devoured, turning into concrete and particle board beehives built with zero-interest loans from Ponzi socialist rulers to no-risk banksters; its displaced animal kingdom now in zoos, or eating from suburban garbage bins, or being eaten in China’s better restaurants.
All this should give rise to leaders who would ask Lenin’s question, What is to be done? — though answer differently. But there are no such leaders. The leaders the West does have only know how to pour more yin onto flooding yin. More credit expansion to cure the ills of credit expansion. More loans to nations and banksters who can’t repay existing loans. More technological capacity transferred to China. More subsidized college for imbeciles who can’t calculate 24% of 87 or pinpoint Moscow on the map. More retreat before advancing Islam. More appeasement of the barbarians within. More “minorities” in privileged positions in the ruling apparatus of Leviathan. More police facing Mecca. More women in combat, and toy soldiers confiscated from little boys. More gayness in gay Paree. More persecution of the flyover serfs who notice all that.
The question therefore is not what is to be done, but what will be rebuilt on the ruins, some day. For future archeologists will sift through the rubble, and some will rise strong enough to rebuild with the found pieces.
Restoring the Balance
The future edifice should be rebuilt on the Estonian model we identified earlier as “Between Jhvh, Jesus, Janus and Jutta,” with a fifth face reserved for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, strength, strategy, creativity: civilization itself. Only the five-faced Judeo-Christian-Greek-Roman-North European pyramid can give Western civilization the structural strength and richness it is heir to.
The “Judeo-Christian” weltanschauung has warped what ought to be a solid five-faced pyramid into two surfaces propped against each other with a bit of Greco-Roman mortar. It’s this instability in the cultural substructure that has allowed the wild swing from the earlier pole of yang explosions to the current pole of staggered yin disaster.
A pentahedron is much more stable than a duohedron. The ancient Egyptian pyramids are still with us today, and still carrying their message. But the recent Bolshevik and Nazi duohedrons, communist internationalist or socialist nationalist, are history. Even the massive buildings that enshrined them are gone or decayed.
This should be considered by the future builders with respect to the Yin Epoch we are witness to:
In our jurisprudence and race relations we are Judeo-Christian, but should be more Roman. In our pop culture we are Roman but should be Judeo-Christian. In our civil rights and soft welfare we are Jewish but should be more Greek. In our religion and sexuality we are Greek but should be more Jewish.
In our economics we are Roman but should be North-European pagan. In our relationship to Nature we are Judeo-Christian but should be North-European pagan. In our education we are feel-good African, when we should be elitist Greek. But in our governance we are Greek, abusing a system perfected for 10,000 to misrule 310 million.
It’s possible that a better future will be built on an explicitly oligarchic model, mindful of previous failures of such models. In a three part series published in 2007 in the Wall Street Journal, Charles Murray argued for restoring intelligence as a criterion of educability and social utility, per these considerations:
|1.||It takes an IQ of 100 to successfully complete an unfaked high school curriculum. Only half of all [white] children have that IQ level. Spending more torrents of money and lying verbiage on education cannot change the fact that half the [white] population is generically unsuitable to graduate from high school.|
|2.||It takes a minimum IQ of 115 to successfully master the unfaked college curriculum. Slightly over 15% of the [white] population is so equipped. Yet 50% of high school graduates go on to college, and politicians push for ever higher college “opportunities.” They are wasting astronomical quantities of time and money.|
|3.||The ruling elite — in politics, government, law, media, literature and punditry, corporate governance, academia, science, etc. — comprises people from the top 10% of the [white] IQ distribution field (IQ of 120+): about 15 million people in America. This 10% of the population steers the ship of state, country, economy, culture. As Murray puts it, our future depends on how we educate this 10%. Or, as I put it, our future has already been determined by how we have educated this 10%, who now occupy the offices of Obama’s czars and the dressing rooms of MSM stars, or fill the coffers at Goldman and Morgan or rewrite the Constitution in judicial robes.|
Murray relays that despite the crucial importance of the top tier of human capital, the federal government spent only 1% of its education budget on this gifted segment, until G.W. Bush terminated that, too. He suggests that the gifted 10% require a special education. It should encourage precise thinking via mastery of analytical tools like grammar, syntax and logic. It should impart wisdom and a sense of responsibility and humility through the study of history and ethics. It should be based on qualitative distinctions that Murray defines as a light dose of Aztecs and a heavy dose of Greeks.
Now we are talking. But Murray does not nearly go deep enough. He can’t, for otherwise the pages, prestige and fees of The Wall Street Journal would have closed to him then and forever. The current “10-percenters” do run a tight ship when it comes to protecting the special form of cognitive encephalitis that has ravaged their brains in the post-Christian, yet even more irrational West.
Were Murray free to state the whole truth, he would have reprised data from his own The Bell Curve and from thousands of other psychometric books and studies going back 100 years relative to racial groups’ mean IQ differences and how that affects the percentages he defines as fit for high school, college, and the cognitive elite. From which he might infer that a nation willfully self-blinded to such Reality will be set on persecuting its people for “racism,” torching trillions of bank notes to fight or “improve” nonexisting chimeras, and stuffing the incompetent into positions of power and responsibility by virtue of their melanin ratio.
Similar fateful consequences apply relative to the self-inundation of the First World by the Third. Thilo Sarrazin defined it for Germany as “doing away with itself,” and an American cognitive scientist who goes by “La Griffe du Lion,” to evade the Star Chamber, condensed in a paper entitled “Cognitive Decline: The Irreducible Legacy of Open Borders.”
It’s not by accident that PR China is a step ahead of the United States in practically every area of their mutual relationship and international rivalry. The Chinese trade negotiator or general who meets with his American counterpart has been chosen for his mental powers and character by a ruthless weeding process from a subgroup of 32 million Chinese with at least a +2σ (mean plus two standard deviations) intelligence of 135 IQ points. He will have been armed with the best education money and hard work can buy — often from an American university — and with a store of ancient wisdom that will have trained him from kindergarten to think and act strategically. Facing him across the table will be a paraplegic Eskimo transgender lesbian with an affirmative action law degree from Yale and the guaranteed high-level government sinecure that her “affirmative” attributes and the fake parchment guarantee. She will have spent a lifetime of stewing and “community organizing” on behalf of the Rainbow-GLBT-Differently Abled Coalition and The Oppressed Peoples of the World. Not a good preparation for strategic jujitsu with a Chinese mandarin or a Russian, Persian or NorKor nuclear commander.
Murray went soft in other directions, too. Wisdom is not imparted through the study of ethics only but through the study of how to lead a worthy life and stay out of trouble. Just like no greater mass of brain power assembled in the White House since Jefferson breakfasted alone, no hundred books taught in American schools are worth a random page of Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac. If one adds to it the Bible’s Ecclesiastes and Aesop’s Fables, one has assembled a far better tool for imparting wisdom and raising good leaders than all the Law and MBA schools in the land. Moreover, not a word is needed that was written after 1758.
Former Peace Corps volunteer that he is, Murray writes, “It is not enough that gifted children learn to be nice. They must know what it means to be good.” Goodness is good, but by far insufficient as the sole compass of a civilization already terminally diabetic from its feast of goodness, yet still blind to godness, to Reality as created by Nature’s God.
We are rich in the Judeo Christian values of Compassion, Faith, Hope and Love. We are extremely poor in the Greek values of courage, prudence, temperance and justice — and that’s not the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals justice. We are broke and empty of the Roman values of Constantia (endurance), Fides (good faith), Firmitas (firmness of mind), Frugalitas (love of simplicity), Nobilitas (nobility), Pietas (civic dutifulness), Prudentia (foresight, wisdom), Pudicita (chaste modesty), Severitas (sternness, self-control), Veritas ( truthfulness), and Virtus (manly courage).
We have plenty of pagan values, but because that side of the spectrum has been co-opted by the Left, instead of the fierce territorialism of the proto-Europeans we have eunuch globalism; instead of the fertile wisdom of early semi-matriarchy we have screeching Goddess feminism; instead of the love of one’s own land we have Luddite Gaianism.
Naturally, where such ethereal space exists populated by unshaved, Birkenstocked goddesses and their meek male mates, troglodytes implant their stakes. And so we have the völkisch crypto-Nazis currently parading as the “New Right” savior of White man’s civilization and dreaming of spaceships humming with Nordic vril, taking off from Lemuria for the final showdown with ZOG, Julius Evola navigating.
Midgets above and dummkopf hulks below. We have repulsive midgets for leaders, foolish, craven, and traitorous, because in our egalitarian delusion we failed to properly identify human material fit for the “10%” by IQ and character, and to raise them as a dedicated equestrian order (Roman ordo equester). The education of such an elite would have to be not only in the professions and sciences but also in the values of Greek paideia and the spirit of Greek arete: virtue, nobility and excellence in the moral, intellectual, artistic, aesthetic, spiritual and physical realms.
Since Edmund Burke until we were dumbed down quite recently we had a good understanding why democracy does not work except in small scale. In the current polities of multi-centimillions of rainbow strangers, democracy yields a ruling layer of mediocre clowns whose perception by the public has been manipulated via virtual reality electron streams issued by expert cognitive burglars like BHO’s Svengali, David Axelrod, and other acolytes of Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays.
In the absence of a noble elite, our values, morals, fashions, culture flow from the bottom to the top, with a caveat for PC-MC values that the ruling midgets rain on the hoi polloi from above. Except for that, being much cleverer than the rest the midgets encourage the monstrosities so that they may saddle, steer and milk the giant beast with ease.
In the Undemocratic Republic, the fools, cowards, traitors, practiced liars and consummate looters who make up America’s and EU’s parliamentary and ministerial elites would not have a chance to even be considered. While some now serving have the brains, few have the character. Or look good on horseback.
The takeover of all levers of control in politics, governance and culture by peddlers selling something or themselves by any and all means is a relatively new development in Western history. A natural aristocrat may covet money for what it can buy, but has an internal code that will not permit him to sell his honor and values [see “chivalry code” in the West, bushido in the East].
The capitalist system would be enshrined in the Undemocratic Republic, but capitalist crime would be treated as the capital crime it is. Money would not rule, but class would. Money is fungible, but nobility is etched into one’s life history, and face.
Race in a country that was multiracial at its founding cannot be an obstacle. I believe that Thomas Sowell and AyaanHirsi Ali would be in the top of the discriminative ruling elite: the nobility and the brains are chiseled in their faces and CVs. But Al Sharpton and Maxine Waters would not be even at its bottom for the inverse reasons, also etched in faces and CVs. Nor could a typical Racial Looter theme of disparate impact count with respect to dicing and “adjusting” the Upper 10% by any identity shibboleths or spoils formulas.
In matters of culture, a survivable Western polity may not be equally catholic. An honorable elite cannot but acknowledge that since 1965 the demographic and cultural balance of the United States, and even more so Europe, has been upset on purpose by the ruling midgets, to serve their own practical and ideological ends. The results of this catastrophic sabotage would have to be reversed by just and humane means.
I don’t know how a Greek Arete Oligarchy may be restored: perhaps not before the human genome can be read like an open book and serve as a guide. The Western generation that witnesses the main phase of the collapse of its civilization, if desperate enough, may find a way, perhaps by the two guiding lights that still avail. America’s Founding Fathers, now a shamefully reviled ghost, are the first one. The other is the Church: perhaps the sole institution with the endurance and legitimacy, however shriveled, that can awaken the decadent wastrel. But to revive the latter, one would do well to consider the faith of the former.
Embracing the elephant
The Catholic priest and philosopher Józef Tischner, who made a brief appearance in the previous chapter, once said, “Faith is essentially a sad necessity. If we could have more knowledge, we’d not need faith. The crux of the matter is that we cannot have more knowledge. There are things that exceed the capability of the human mind. There is a blinding light. That’s how it is with God.”
Beautiful, but, ah, if we could only define what makes a credible basis for faith. Credible faith: a non sequitur that should be resolved, like a Zen koan asking what was your face like before you were born. Particularly in a religion based on the premise that faith alone (with additional caveats in some denominations) is necessary for salvation.
Christianity has lost Charles Murray’s 10% because of its obstinate clinging to manipulative hocus-pocus from the marketing plan of St. Paul, with later even more ethereal accretions. All brilliant, for in tune with the insights of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell nineteen centuries later relative to universal archetypes such as the Hero’s virgin birth (e.g. Krishna) and resurrection (e.g. Osiris), or proffering the ultimate sales pitch: the promise of eternal life. But in the 21st century this kind of stuff does not work well for graduate degree holders and atom splitters, or just people who can think for themselves.
For the last 100 years Christianity has been paying the wages of its early proscription and persecution, since Constantine, of anti-Platonian Epicureanism. The wisdom of Epicurus evolved around savoring life in this world and valuing pleasure and happiness attained by modest and intellectually refined means. Christianity is paying as well for its early suppression, since Justinian I, of Stoicism. The wisdom of Zeno and Epictetus taught that moral and intellectual perfection through reasoning, not faith, leads to a life of virtue and contentment regardless of the vicissitudes of fate and society. It was the ethos of the Greek and Roman patrician classes, but was deemed too pagan under know-it-all Christianity.
Greek sages 2600 years ago knew more about the great questions of life and death than we do now. They, and Confucius too, were preoccupied with the issue of the life well lived. Church fathers, instead, fashioned of bona fide or fake second and third hand accounts of Jesus’ life, death and teachings a damper on earthly happiness, promising instead rewards in the afterlife in a pattern social psychologists know as the cognitive fallacy of insufficient justification. A more salutary focus for a religious institution might be the question of what constitutes a life well lived in a Reality as hard as the next paycheck or chemotherapy session, and as transcendent as the taste of fresh honey at sunrise, or a man giving up his life on the cross to redeem fellow men unworthy of it.
It’s important to answer honestly what “well lived” stands for. The current answer for “progressives” and Christians alike is “a life of loving service to others” — which is hypocritical bunk. The answer of secular hedonists is “He who dies with the most toys (or sexual conquests, fun etc.) wins” — which is a low doggy aspiration bereft of the dog’s nobility. But the answer of the only stoics still extant in Western society: commandos, smokejumpers, and others who risk their lives in a line of duty with mediocre odds of survival, is the pursuit of valor and virtue and avoidance of decadence — all based on the acceptance of the certainty of death.
Truthful moral and pragmatic philosophy would define the good life somewhere within this triangle, but it takes wisdom and discrimination to peel and sift layers of concept and meaning to get more precise coordinates. Why should that not be an ecclesiastical endeavor?
Consider the opening of the New Testament (Matthew 1:1): “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Then lots of begats — all unprovable and unlikely assertions, a proselytizing pitch to fellow Jews to convince them of the legitimacy of Jesus’ claim to Messiah status. Compare that to the opening of Confucius’ Analects: “The Master said, ‘Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application? Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?’”
You can live by those insights in this world, this Reality, whereas lines about Jesus’ lineage from Zorobabel and Abiud are just a plucking of ancient Judaic strings that even then contributed nothing to their beholders’ understanding of life and man.
Or take this opening of Laotse’s Book of Tao, the founding book of Taoism: “The Tao that can be told is not the Absolute Tao; The names that can be given are not the absolute names.” Substitute “God” for “Tao” — or don’t — and you have a deep insight into the mystery of the Supreme Being.
There are pearls of prudential wisdom in Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and in Jesus’ metaphors and parables. But the philosophical orientation of the Bible and therefore the West is dialectic-linear, instead of organic-circular. It is from that that the notion of progressively debilitating Progress has sprung. But the organic-circular orientation comes from Nature-based creedal systems such as the proto-Europeans had long ago, and Northeast Asians still have now. Deep wisdom and sacredness, even forces that appear supranatural to Westerners (e.g. ki, yin, yang), are embedded in them.
The manicured hand of a Cardinal; what good is it with its gold ring and lace trimmings if it cannot stun or vivify a man with a light touch? What’s so special about a preacher who quotes from the Bible by heart but cannot predict the future? Predicting the future is easy for one who has conquered his own stupidity; no theological hocus pocus or PhD are necessary. Father Tischner, again: “I have not seen anyone yet who lost his faith reading Marx; I have seen many who lost it through contact with priests.”
The spiritual autobiography of one of Zen’s great contemporary masters, Soko Morinaga (1925 — 1995) is subtitled “An Ongoing Lesson in the Extent of My Own Stupidity”. How many Church greats were or are ready to so subtitle their own memoirs? Yet what does man need spiritual leaders for if they have not conquered their own stupidity so that they can impart wisdom to others?
“Stupidity is the only universal capital crime,” wrote the great writer and intellect, officer, gentleman and patriot, Robert Heinlein in an age when America still produced such quintifectas, “the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity”. A religion concerned with saving its believers from this death sentence ought to promote wisdom rather than encourage stupidity, particularly the stupidity of religious fundamentalism. And that has to start from recognizing that Reality is what God hath wrought.
Suppressing inconvenient social facts, persecuting politically incorrect truths, misrepresenting group inequalities as consequences of “discrimination” to be redressed by Leviathan, backstopping the negative outcomes of risk for banksters who got rich on risk, meddling with the market’s interest rates as Helicopter Ben does — these are but few of the ways in which a ruling elite that’s echelons above reality (that’s soldier-speak for generals) destroys the future of the little people in its custodial care. Faking or subverting Reality are the ultimate blasphemy. “Good” intentions are no excuse for their horrific unintended consequences
All of which ought to make Christianity incompatible with and hostile to mushy Progressives, sacrificial Lambs, equalizing Socialists, and Third World liberationist fans of Che. That it isn’t, presently, counts against it. One may feel compassion for Somali refugees, but resettling them in Minnesota as several Protestant organizations do is a willful offense against Reality, devoid of compassion for Minnesota.
In pursuit of its own global village utopia, Christianity has ceased caring for its home village. It would be wise to contract the universalist and absolutist dogma, to squeeze some yin and air out of it. Caring for the survival of Western Civilization — the only authentic home of Christianity — should become the Church’s primary concern.
|||The term Black-Run America (BRA) was coined by Paul Kersey of the Stuff Black People Don’t Like blog. His is one of perhaps five small quality pajama media outlets — not counting crypto-Nazis who mix malevolent lies with truthful items — that alone stay the course of truth in matters of race relations in the entire Western World.|
|||U.S. figure is from the 2012 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Census Bureau. European figure is from a May 8, 2008 Daily Mail article, “One in five pregnancies terminated across Europe each year.” I have pointedly omitted statistics from other parts of the globe. In the dire circumstances that the West has brought on itself, the affairs of the rest of the world ought to be none of its business until it gets its own house in order.|
|||Some Jews, e.g. here are beginning to wake up to this, but still without admitting how much their long infatuation with “progressive” ideas has contributed to this situation.|
|||When I viewed the Dika Down Booboo! video, the promo to the right of the prancing savages proclaimed Get Your Free Money Now!! and linked to B. Hussein Obama’s stimulus grants. Adhan, the amplified Muslim call to prayer is a disgusting outrage to the little people suffering in what were once their own countries, but it’s the rulers’ special protected darling, drawing support from the likes of the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard in the UK, and undoubtedly mobilizing the U.S. Department of Justice for a path-clearing lawfare jihad.|
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|||J. Philippe Rushton, one of the world’s most distinguished and relentlessly persecuted evolutionary psychologists, now gives a lecture entitled, “My Life as a Scientist: The Consequences of Seeking the Truth.” Another taboo-violating scientist of the mind, Linda Gottfredson, published in 2010 “Lessons in academic freedom as lived experience.”|
|||This paragraph pertains to race-related statistical facts that progressively lobotomized “scientists” — e.g. Stephen Jay Gould — treat as “racist” opinions. The U.S. has at most 4,000,000 individuals in the 130+ IQ bracket, given that America’s population is 22% of China’s. Whites and Northeast Asians — both higher on average by 15-20 IQ points than the black and brown minorities — constitute only 70% of the population, and the white majority’s mean IQ, at 100, is lower by 5 points than the Northeast Asian average. All that is even more the reason to go by strict meritocracy.|
|||The clucking class considers the word “Eskimo” offensive. I don’t care. The anti-matter doppelgangers of the clucking class considered the poetry of Heinrich Heine and the music of Felix Mendelssohn offensive. People of brain and conscience must push back in 2012 just as they should have in 1932. Incidentally, Whites are not immune to this pathology. I get emails from enraged defenders of Whiteness objecting to my using the words “gentile” and “WASP,” notwithstanding the former’s King James Bible lineage and the latter’s being a perfectly innocent and useful acronym.|
|||We will not get stuck here on the Progressives’ spear of slavery. The lobotomized class that fills the upper deck of America’s Republicrat ship never lets facts interfere with its favored fictions, and is too cowardly to stand up for the truth even if it were, improbably, able to see it. The truth is threefold. First, if the Founding Fathers stood on the principle of getting rid of slavery, the United States could not have been born. Sometimes a hero is a tragic hero, caught in the framework of his times. Second, if they didn’t set their own slaves free, let the reviler first erase his own net worth, as would have been the case with Jefferson. Third, let him who continues to view the origins of America with the bias of presentism, at least get rid of the bias of relativism. The latter bias is blind to how slaves fared in the hands of their Black African and Arab masters, and how many more of them there were.|
|||This and other Tischner quotes are translated from the Polish. I am not aware of English translations of any of his many works, though some exist in French and German.|
|||Not everything is great and wise in Buddhism, Taoism etc. The examples adduced here are from the spiritual peak those systems have produced. Human stupidity and corruption are as evident in the popular practice of those religions as they are in the practice of Christianity, though manifested differently. There is no space here to develop this theme farther.|
|||Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, Longman, 1978.|
Takuan Seiyo is a European-born American writer living in exile in Japan. The next chapter of this multipart essay will appear next month.
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