Beyond the Cusp

June 4, 2014

Tribalism to Subdue Cultural Society Yet Again

The number of times that clan or tribal based societies have overpowered the more technically advanced civilization is beyond our ability to count as we can only reference the times such has occurred since written records have survived. The Greco-Roman civilization eventually fell to tribal societies which brought Rome down for a multitude of reasons among them the fact that Rome hired out the very tribal clans to guard the borders once the Roman citizens no longer felt they needed to submit to such a low level of employment. Once the empire of Rome could afford to hire those from the outside to perform the most menial and lowest of tasks, which eventually included guarding the gates, the dye was cast and the end of Roman society had been purchased. The Chinese society was threatened by tribal clans from outside their borders and found the answer in the Great Wall of China. This defensive structure took decade upon decades to complete and eventually it was sufficient to protect the civilized from the barbarians at the gates. Eventually the Chinese decided that they no longer needed to demean themselves when they could hire “responsible” members from the tribes beyond the Wall and figured that they would serve that position well as they received all the benefits of civilized life as long as they continued to protect China. Well, the day came when the guards decided to allow in their tribal brothers and sisters likely figuring they could take over the whole of China and then all of them would enjoy the pleasures of a more advanced way of life. Oddly they were unable to continue the levels of civilized life and the rules of law and polite society once they had defeated the Chinese and slaughtered their leadership, and along with them the keepers of knowledge and customs and China fell back into a tribal society.

 

The basic rule appears to be that once a society reaches a certain level they also reach a point where securing their society and performing all the necessary tasks becomes either so utterly undesirable or regarded as menial and demeaning that they hire outsiders, the unwashed, the less advanced societies’ members to perform these tasks. This is not meant to demean those whose origins and roots grew from a less advanced society. What is meant is that those who are raised in a less advanced society will necessarily lack the education and knowledge base to maintain all of the mechanisms and societal delicacies which are the appeal of a more advanced society but also the Achilles Heel of advanced societies. Once a society reaches a level where the average person refuses to perform some of the most basic and undesirable tasks, especially protecting the borders, and outsource these tasks thus inviting in peoples who are not steeped and raised with the laws and societal expectations of the more advanced society, they have planted the seeds which will inevitably bring down their society. But it takes more than simply hiring out the defense of the borders and the enlisting of people from less advanced societies and cultures to perform the least desirable functions as these do not alone lead to the ruination of the advances society, it takes a series of compromises in the ideals and ideas which were required to build the more advanced society.

 

So, how does this happen, what does it entail and how does this bring on ruination? When an advanced society is in its infancy and is establishing itself there is a basic attitude that the members of said society are privileged to be a part to such a meritorious effort. The differences between the cultural mandates of the advancing society from the less advanced societies are protected and seen by the society as a precious and special set of societal and individual rules and expectations. These rules and guidelines are respected and deviation from them results in ostracization from the whole of society thereby protecting the whole of society from runaway misbehavior within the society. The societal norms are well defined and taught to the youth as part of their education and the history of the culture and nations is taught along with the praise of belonging and fitting within the societal norms being defined as normative. Eventually the society reaches a point where they decide that individualism is more important than complying and fitting into the societal norms and expectations. This eventually leads to a universalism which tends to blur the differences and relegates judgmentalism based societal distinction to be defined acts of segregation and elitism which are discouraged. Continuing down this path eventually erases all distinction and leads to a society based on complete and unbiased acceptance where all beliefs and all actions are considered to be within the personal rights of every individual. When a society reaches such a point, those who hold that the historic base ideals of the society which differentiated it from those less advanced are necessary and must be preserved and serve as the continued basis for behavior if the society is to remain advanced and hold on to those differentiating qualities are scorned and berated as narrow minded and hateful. Such a society has lost its way and will meander and eventually be destroyed from within.

 

This is the current situation in Europe and much of the industrialized world and to say so will bring scorn and castigation down on oneself. Claiming that the basics, especially those based in religious beliefs, were the reason that the modern industrialized world became preeminent is now considered foolish and is demeaned by claiming that holding such thoughts is what led to such distasteful actions as imperialism and colonialism. Now, being a member of enlightened society one must accept and live by a creed that claims that all cultures, all societies, all nations and all people no matter their background must be considered, treated, accepted, and lauded as full equals with no preference given, especially to those who were raised in a similar background and societal norms as were the basis of the industrialized west just fifty or so years ago. Another symptom of this obsessive equality is the rejection of any religious beliefs which originate and were the principle mainstream religions prevalent in the culture during its rise to preeminence. The majority in a declining society will hold being religion free by the definitions from the earlier periods of the society when it was on the rise is another symptom. The name this is currently given is secularism which, whether or not its congregants wish to admit it or not, is a religion where the state is the divine source of all goodness and the claimed rejection of structured religion is a mantra used to denigrate the former mainstay religions and to proclaim that their rejection of normative religions makes them the enlightened when all it does is make them members of the choir of secularism. The rejection of every societal norm and rejection of societal judgments leads directly to accepting everything and anything and is put forth as the only acceptable manner where universal rights and universalist agendas can be implemented. This leads to unrestricted immigration which eventually places what previously would have been referred to as undesirable barbarians within the gates from where they eventually will collapse the society. These are the symptoms of a society which no longer values standing for the defense of its core beliefs necessary for its continuance. When the principles have been forsaken the society will soon follow and once forsaken will destroy itself with only the merest whimper of a complaint. Finally we know the truth posed by T. S. Eliot in his poetry. Elliot’s described the shallowness of contemporary society in the poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock where he wrote, “In the room the women come and go, Talking of Michelangelo.”  He predicted the end when he wrote in his poem The Hollow Men, “This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper.” Live long enough and eventually things fall into place and make sense at last, and understanding Elliot is placed high on that list.

 

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December 23, 2013

The Western World Demands Religious Purity

Try and tell the modern metropolitan citizen of Europe or the Americas that they are slavishly devoted to a religious creed and they will probably give you a strange look before simply dismissing your criticism. Yes, to imply that the modern citizen of the world follows a structured and rigid set of rules that border on religion is considered insanity. Most will tell you that they are irreligious and believe in a Darwinian secular humanist philosophy and have discarded religion as belonging to the old ages and no longer applicable in their modern views and lifestyle. But that is where they are mistaken as that Darwinian secular humanism is their religion replete with codes and laws which are held sacrosanct and transgressors are duly punished and even ostracized, cut-off from the body of society. The furor of the new religion was on full display this past week simply because one of those Christian dinosaurs had the temerity to actually give voice to the idea that practicing sodomy is considered a sin. The family head of the Duck Dynasty crew, Phil Robertson, in an interview with GQ magazine gave an answer that sent apoplectic shocks through the management of A&E cable channel as they were faced with somebody who stood contrary to their religious dogma that nobody has the right to claim that another is unacceptable for any sexual action they may prefer or partake in and saying such is wrong or a sin in any way is tantamount to an assault on the entire gay community and society as a whole. One has to keep one thing in mind, Mr. Robertson did not call any person a sinner nor did he claim to hold any animosity or dislike for any person be they gay or otherwise, he simply stated that Biblically the act of sodomy is a sin. Phil Robertson did not condemn homosexuals nor did he castigate the members of that society as persons to be excluded in any way, but he noted that an act is considered sinful, not any person no matter their sexual proclivities, only if they commit specific actions are they sinning.

 

Phil Robertson would likely agree that we are all sinners just at varying degrees. Even the most saintly among us have fallen to temptations either by act or thought. Mr. Robertson would probably agree that it is part of a religious Christian’s life to better oneself and to pursue a righteous life and that when one falls short they are to be helped to overcome their weakness and return to the path of a righteous life. But that kind of religious view is no longer acceptable in our modern secular society. The moral rules of our modern secular humanist religion, and it is just that, a religion, dictates that all rules are personal and as long as they do not conflict with others, except those who insist on holding on to those superstitious old religions and their restrictive rules, and that universal acceptance is among the holiest of actions that one can observe. Well, even that universal acceptance has limitation as Mr. Robertson found out as A&E ordered him off his own reality show for transgressing that universal acceptance rule. Of course A&E did not go against that universal acceptance rule as Mr. Robertson belongs to one of the groups not included in the list of those to be universally accepted. As a matter of fact, he belongs to one of those groups which the secular humanist credo demands be denounced and humiliated as being a religious Christian, Jew or other form of Judeo-Christian belief with belief in sin and G0d and all the rest of the trappings and rules that go along with such must be ridiculed and demeaned lest it claw and crawl its way back into society and upset the perfect secular humanist world.

 

The secular humanists cannot accept that old time religion as it believes in one ideal which secular humanism demands was something introduced to enslave the masses and deny them from true happiness, restraint and responsibility for one’s actions. Modern secular humanism believes that nobody is ever at fault, they may be misunderstood or misinterpreted, but they can never by wrong. Secular humanism claims that everybody has the right to enjoy whatever pleasures they are able to find at any time in any place with any person without need for guilt or other negative emotions. As a matter of fact, secular humanist truly is never having to say you’re sorry ever again. There are rules and forbidden acts under secular humanism, but most of these are political positions which are unacceptable. Belief in the Bible, the United States Constitution as an actual, stamped in stone set of restrictions and rules designed to curtail government powers are among the forbidden beliefs. One may not hold that any custom or society is in any way superior or inferior from any other and that all are of equal value in a secular humanist society. Of course that excepts traditional religious societies unless they sequester themselves away out of sight in rural Pennsylvania and make quality wood furniture that looks great and functions well in any secular humanist’s loft or study.

 

Boiled to its essence, secular humanism is the feel good do what you want religion where everybody can be a hedonist. Secular humanism rejects anything which our grandparents thought was worthwhile and definitely cast off those prudish limitations on sexuality and those equally restrictive ideas such as marriage and commitment. One of the interesting side-effects of this modern secular humanist society is that it appears to also discard any need for children as they can get in the way of all those fun times to be had. This has also led to the declining populations throughout Europe and beginning in some sectors of American society. Should this lack of reproduction continue, I guess secular humanism fortunately will prove to be a passing fad as there will be few in the next generation raised by secular humanist parents. Oh well.

 

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