If anything, the "Elite" overshot when they tried to normalize the Perennial philosophies from the East and sculpt that into the Western ethos.
"All the religions got somethings right; but they all fell short... WE however think that we got the whole picture and can now syncretize everything to best fit the world today"
^An Oversimplification perhaps; but in essence the Perennial gist is captured like so.
Many a Westerner (perhaps former Christians; outright Atheists/Materialists or never really concerned about religious matters to begin with) was rightfully disgusted by such an ideology.
Especially so when its practitioners do not declare their intentions and seek to covertly spread their silliness. Once they did; the "You will own nothing & be happy" drivel got pushed.
Evil in general is very vocal; so it is impossible to hide once a certain crescendo is reached.
I've spent more time in woods than in schools.
Real "paganism" is never defeated, it merely retreats home, and grows stronger as it waits quietly.
Excellent essay! The undeniable evil running amok in the world (especially in high places) underscores the importance of the spiritual dimension of our existence. The traditional religions have some (potentially) helpful paradigms and concepts for making sense of this strange reality, but their institutions and teachings seem to have been irreperably corrupted, and taking them at face value brings more confusion than clarity. You do a great job articulating these terribly complicated and abstract issues and weaving it all together in a succinct and helpful way Very well done!
This is an excellent piece.
I tried to write something similar not too long ago, and while I think I was on-target conceptually, I refused to post it. This has inspired me to take another crack at it. Your metaphor, "the woodlands" is exactly right; I believe there has to be a connection between the warrior spirit and true religious conviction, and that the exploration of the spirit lies in a direction that is purely the unknown. My own experiences "brushing up against the veil" have deepened my own convictions, but simultaneously given me more questions than answers, and certainly the old churches provide little help in this regard.
Just like in our political dealings, we have to be looking forward, not backward. The historical circumstances that allowed our old churches to flourish are gone completely. The spiritual revival has to lie in a new direction. Additionally, like you indicated, the warrior's heart needed to fight our political, social, and cultural battles, can only be cultivated by firstly pursuing the religious spirit. They two edges of the same sword.
Loved this! Thank you! Shared on Social Galactic.
Incredible post. As Nicolás Goméz Dávila said - I’m a pagan who believes in Christ. “Welcome to the Woodland.” That metaphor rules supreme
Inshallah, we can all move from the woodlands to the desert...
Is Idris Elba going to contemplate BY the tree or will he be nailed ONTO it (special effects of course)?
Searching for the Golden bough, in the Woodland?
fyi, here's a version of a Nordic conversion story that I had heard through the years, re: the felling of a sacred oak
I like the gist of this post, but it felt a bit too... 'Deus Vult' to me. I am definitely on the pagan side of things, though not the Norse variety (in Brazil, we have different spirits and gods, both native and imported). I agree that modern religions (or whatever name they are called by) do not provide enough answers - or rather, they do not bring out the questions we could be asking ourselves. All the bright lights and the infinite scrolling to dull our hearts and minds.
Western Europe and the US have certainly pushed "Western democracy" down our throats here in the South: America and Africa, mostly, but also parts of Asia. Even so, the conversion was never complete and, for example, "wokeness" is a partial phenomenon. That's why some of what I read in US-centered blogs feel a bit, uhm, narrow in a worldwide sense. (I mention Western values because these are my reality; I am certain Japan and China and Russia and Iran and Saudi Arabia and India all influence their respective spheres).
With Jim openly subscribing to the literal understanding of Matthew 27:25 - e.g. https://blog.reaction.la/uncategorized/covid-19-and-the-faith/ , and Vox Day using every opportunity to paint Jews *as a whole* of being guilty of spreading every abomination in which some of them were notable participants (e.g. "feminism is a Jewish ideology" - https://voxday.net/2023/09/21/the-unexpected-end-of-feminism/ ), the slogan "no enemies to the right" starts sounding hollow and being Jewish I am not sure at all of my inclination to join.
Whatever we do next, it will require allies.
I question this. Solitude is the food of spirituality. And from a purely practical standpoint, we are much more deadly if we are decentralized. Collectivism is the source of most problems.
I'd rather think in terms of an ideology that could drive policy decisions that would help win a civil war.
A question that faced Gen. Wrangel of the White Russians was land reform: he had to do some of it, to get the peasants on his side. This relates to a larger question of which forms of inherited privilege should be retained (in his dilemma: property rights).
Here is my proposal: we don't necessarily respect all property rights, but we respect inequalities of breeding. That is: we allow the talented to rise. Crimes that indicate fundamental problems in breeding would lead to the death penalty and possibly even sanctions on close blood relatives. For example: most murders; rape or repeated thefts. In civil wars there is always an element of "scum", and these will tend to go to the Bolshevik or anarchist side. Because we don't want this element in our polity at all, we encourage them by this policy to leave for the enemy side, where they act as a disruptive force. Meanwhile, our approach of respecting inequalities of blood brings the naturally talented to our side.
The policy of extremely harsh treatment of serious crimes also has great advantages in a civil-war situation for acceptance our rule-- since this would quickly bring peace and quiet to areas under our side's control, while the enemy's territory would likely become a free-for-all.