How To Restore The West

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Bruce Charlton writes a plan for ending the decline in the West:

The implication is clear – which is that no constructive change is possible until after there is an ‘us’, as well as a ‘them’. We first need to undo the corruption of spirit which pervades almost everybody in The West. We need to make an ‘us’.

We don’t need to undo Leftism in everyone all at once (which is anyway impossible) – but there does need to be a start made; there needs to be a substantial number and proportion of people, a cohesive group, who actually have repented and reformed themselves sufficiently; who have identified their own key errors and sins, and repented them; there needs to be a group of (more or less) spiritually enlightened people.

…This is why I keep banging-on about the absolute necessity for Spiritual Awakening – and that this must come first. It must come first because if it does not come, then we will just be having Left-versus-Left office politics, and Establishment infighting – jostling for power to impose various rival brands of Leftism.

Looking at this from a more abstract level, what we need is a sense of Us and a will to do what is excellent, instead of what merely accommodates human feelings.

Spiritual outlook is undeniably part of this, but before on can undertake a quest to understand metaphysics, there must be a will toward survival and with it, a desire to understand life as a pleasure, not an obligation.

In the view of life as pleasure, one sees obligations — food, shelter, water — as “means to an end,” with that end being the experience of life. Similarly, one wants to have the best experience of life possible, which requires a drive beyond utilitarianism, such as an impulse to excellence.

From this moment, one finds oneself asking the question: What would ideal life look like for me?

Our immediate answer involves peace, security, plenty and other items of material comfort. Let that one float in the air for a few moments, and doubt starts to appear. We already have those things, and they are not difficult to achieve.

Out of the silence comes a more nuanced and disturbing answer: we also want greatness, and with it, some prospect of adventure. The cozy suburbs are only meaningful once you have seen the chaos of the world and fought with it. We need mountains to climb, enemies to vanquish, and things to fix and improve.

Think of the people you know. How many of them go nuts for old military movies, Westerns and re-runs of This Old House? People need challenges. They need something to rise to. They crave difficult tasks, even if — at first mention — they claim otherwise.

The spiritual revolution of the West begins with the realization that we need an Us based not on the backward-looking notion of “doing good” as the Left describes it, but on aspiration and soaring to new heights.

That in turn begins with identity. Nationalism serves a cultural and spiritual role through identity: creating existential framing and self-esteem. From that we can say, “We, all of us, like to do these sorts of things.”

A nation or civilization is at heart nothing more than a collaboration. People come together on shared values and mutual ability to contribute toward making them happen. When the West lost its purpose, this declined.

The reason the West lost its purpose is simple: we succeeded at our first purpose, which was to form a functional civilization. After that, we fell into boredom and depression. Then the decay came, and it has been gaining on us for a thousand years.

Now, as the Kali-Yuga ends, people are again discovering purpose. With that, they rediscover life is a pleasure, the need for nationalism, and the utility of spirituality. Only together as a bundle do these things have meaning.

The long years of horror are ending. Modernity is a horror not because of technology but because in the absence of purpose, we filled the void with our own egos. “Me first” became more important than excellence, beauty and goodness. To hide that fact, we created ersatz versions of those things through Leftism.

But for this renewal to continue, it requires our effort. As Charlton points out, it starts with a conception of Us that includes positive, forward logic. In this thought scheme, we think of what we desire as ideal and make it happen, instead of reacting to what exists now and using it as an argument for what we should do.

This is a fundamental revolution in thought the likes of which has not been seen for many centuries. It will unnerve most people. Now is the time for all of us to unite on this simple concept, and push it further toward existence.

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29 Responses to “How To Restore The West”

  1. crow says:

    You two guys are hugely confused, and chasing after a mental phantom. Why do you not get this?

    Spirituality is not going to happen, unless it is accepted that intellect and logic are at the opposite end of the spectrum.
    No brain is going to break the spiritual-barrier. It’s not a brain thing. Nor is it an understanding thing. Actually, it isn’t a thing, at all.

    You don’t get it, you won’t get it. Because your brains are all you know. Leave the spirituality to the spiritual ones.
    You know: the irritating ones that keep on reminding you that your own minds keep you from knowing any kind of genuine spirituality.

    Instead of hearing something that doesn’t make sense to you, then disagreeing with it, as if it is merely an idea, like your own ideas, which it isn’t, try instead listening and considering, as it moves past your mental minefields and beach defenses, by osmosis, thereby turning on the lights.

    Yes, we need spirituality. But a spirituality unlike anything modern people have ever known. The kind that the ancients revered and sought, accounts of which live on to this day. Genuine. Authentic. Powerful. Simple.

    Intellect is what got us into this mess. It’s not going to get us out, at least not by itself.

    And by the way…
    There is a wicked typo in the Charlton quote, where what I assume is meant to be an “It” is rendered as an “I”.
    Then again, ironically, it is absolutely perfect the way it is.

    • Intellect is what got us into this mess.

      Here I disagree entirely: refusal to engage in intellect, and instead the use of social reasoning, is what got us into this mess, and refusal to accept intelligence instead is what deepened it.

      • Badmar says:

        The World of Appearances™ conflated. When we went out our door, it wasn’t to conquer, it was to fit in to the cool unreality. Our jobs required following social ques so we wouldn’t get fired. Entertainment culture was a crude replacement for the structure of traditional civilization. We sacrificed our convictions for materialism. What was that deep emptiness? Let’s find out.

    • Doug says:

      Hey numbnuts, it all begins with each of us. Not only is it possible, it is reality.
      It is men like yourself without faith and belief in something better who enable, assist, those who wish to destroy in entirety the indomitable spirit of primal rights of self sufficiency and self determination.
      You pal, in no uncertain terms are what is called the totalitarians among us.
      There is no use for you, because you are useless. You call yourself a man?
      Your a mental coward.

    • Asian Reactionary says:

      I think, to some extent, it might just be a hereditary trait.

      I’m more religious than my wife, for example, and tend to see some degree of correlation in things. She can’t unless it absolutely and must be related. For example, I referred to a past problem that we had solved, with the understanding that if such a solution worked in the past, then it might have bearing on a present problem. She couldn’t see how unless it was directly and overtly connected, that the past could provide any answers.

      I believe the sense of spirituality is often connected with the ability to believe in a degree of interconnectedness in the world.

      • crow says:

        Chicken or egg? If and when one ever does gain a genuine spirituality, certainly the innate interconnectedness of things leaps right out at you.

  2. Avraham Rosenblum says:

    It was Allen Bloom that thought there was a direct contradiction between two opposite flows of thought enlightenment and anti enlightenment that were coming int direct collision in the USA universities in the 1990’s. His solution was to learn the Republic of Plato along with what was called the great books.

    • Plato accurately described the underlying issues that cause the manifestation of counter/pro-enlightenment thought. He worked with incentives instead of categories, and was able to track the motivations of people as they crossed the barrier from individual into groups. However, per what Plato suggests, I do not think there is an ideological, single-source solution; there must be a bootstrapping that utilizes multiple different methods.

      • Avraham Rosenblum says:

        I did not understand your comment. Could you please elaborate so that I can get a clearer idea of what you are saying about the Republic of Plato?

        • I tried to summarize a 200+ page book in a paragraph, and not surprisingly, it failed. Let me try again.

          Philosophers deal in cause/effect. Humans, on the other hand, deal merely in effects and how these can be associated with one another in logical groupings. This is the essence of Plato’s cave metaphor: if one pays attention to the social/individualistic impulse to impose mind on world, one ends up with a reflection of the mind. If one looks toward cause/effect, one finds the underlying reasons why, which are more important than the details of the effect itself.

          • Avraham Rosenblum says:

            Thank you. That explanation reminds me of Allen Bloom in his discussion about human motivations working like a Gothic Cathedral. That was in his critique of Modernity

          • crow says:

            Of far more importance than the why: the simply is. Men have always tended to slay whatever they decide they have understood.

    • JPW says:

      It’s amazing how unenlightened our universities have become since enlightened thought won out.

  3. james wilson says:

    Reason and logic are the most highly valued aspects of the intellect because the intellect loves itself, and that which loves itself cannot evaluate itself. Reason and logic are tools, and badly used tools they are.

    Proust–Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate instrument for revealing truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning but through other agencies. Then it is that intellect, observing their supremacy, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator.

    • crow says:

      Nice to see somebody who doesn’t worship his own brain to the exclusion of life itself.
      Maybe you can take over the dispensation of Reality around here, since so few seem able to recognize what it is.
      I’m getting old and tired from kicking infinite dead horses.

      Nobody gets anywhere worth going until they step out from behind their mental agree/disagree barriers.

      • ChangeOfSeas says:

        You can’t perceive anything objectively if all you’re willing to do is feed one more piece of data into your logical system; perceiving things objectively means perceiving irrationalities as well.

        Analytic thinking is a wonderful tool. But when analytic thinking is all you have, everything looks like a logical problem. And when everything looks like a logical problem, it’s hard to come up with a reason to stop using analytic thinking. Chicken, meet egg.

        • crow says:

          It’s the breadth of a hair, the distance from sane to insane.
          Balance is the only way to maintain what you prefer.
          A recently-coined expression intrigues me: ‘Super-cruise’…
          Rise above, and Go, Man, Go. Effortlessly, efficiently, and too fast for debris to stick.

          The mind constructs for itself a box. I saw this at it’s most graphic, as a short-lived member of The Pentecostal Church. ‘Understanding’ The Bible, as they thought they did, and viewing it as the ‘Literal Word Of God’, they became visibly stunted and hobbled. Completely missing the point.

          And the point is: live life. Perceive its wonder. Avoid reaction to the insanities of men. Choose nature over the hell of human neuroses. This is really the basis of a conservative life, although most would-be conservatives fall into the same trap as everybody else, by turning what is natural, into an acted-out ideology.

          It’s really not so difficult to step back and relax.

  4. McGarrett says:

    You try to wrap your mind around it but it’s really like trying to figure out the Da Vinci Code. I’ve spent so many hours perusing blogs like this one the past couple years. Trying to piece it together. I’ve read everything from Toynbee and Spengler to Barzun, John Glubb and the Old Testament books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, etc.

    The best explanation I can muster is this: there were 12 tribes in the beginning. They met in one spot to become their own gods and God divided them. God is a divider. We know that much. From Babylon all the way to Christ who said “I’ve come not to bring peace but a sword”, because to live in Christ is to die to this world. Alienation and division comes from that. We have to look at this through a Biblical lens as well as historical, simply because it is tied so closely to the chosen tribe.

    God chose the Jews and watched them obey His word and rebel against it over and over again. They’ve cycled through the most powerful pagan nations throughout time, ruled by hawk-eyed Gentiles and managed to survive to now. Hitler himself noted their resilience in Mein Kampf. He said something to the effect that maybe there’s nothing anyone can do because they have a shield on them. As it turns out, he was right. We’d be wise to learn from this.

    This is beyond human comprehension. I’m honestly beginning to think that we’re on the precipice of not just the end of the West but the world. Knowledge and travel have increased at a rate unseen in history. In less than 50 years we went from CPUs the size of an office floor to watching movies in the palm of our hand. Charles Lindbergh was the first transatlantic pilot and lived to see Apollo 11 take off in 1969. The Book of Daniel prophesied this quickening of knowledge.

    Now, we have secular interests (“synagogue of Satan” Revelation 3:9) such as George Soros setting a false altar in the Church with a Marxist pope in Francis. Benedict XVI was forced to abdicate the seat. First pope in 800 years to voluntarily step down. Sure. The EU is modern day Babylon. The EU Parliament building looks like a modern tower of Babel. It goes on and on. Hope this is just the rambling of an idiot but all signs are pointing that way.

    • crow says:

      Hardly the ramblings of an idiot. Thank you for taking the time.
      It is the duty of a man to step aside from his little body of mud and guts, his overly-busy little brain, and consider the Mystery of it all.
      It’s a battle, all of it, and that’s the way it is designed.
      For now.

      • james wilson says:

        One of the great Englishmen, I don’t remember which, said that some things must be believed to be seen. I was very slow to come by that experience, which is quite distinct from seeing what you believe. Eric Hoffer, a gentle cynic, wrote that what makes atheism inc. poor is a lack of hesitation and wonder. The Universe is a box inside a box inside a box. I generally find more answers from getting my ideas blown up than by confirming them.

  5. John Doe says:

    Aren’t we optimistic? Kali Yuga’s over? Hate to be a party pooper, but things will get a LOT worse before they get better. The battle for the hearts & minds of Murica is only just beginning. We’re Helm’s Deep into this revolt and Trump is Gandolf. Btw, what does “spirituality” mean to 98% of millennials – other than autistic literalism, i.e., interpreting the Bible as fact, or “Minority Report” inspired ‘future fact’? With realism of this caliber, a dark age is more likely than a renaissance.

    • crow says:

      With comments of this nature, a dark age is more likely than a renaissance.
      People often equate realism with pessimism, for reasons I’ve never understood, nor have any wish to.

      • james wilson says:

        Anybody can see the way down, and anybody does. Nobody sees the way up, or ever has. Disaster does not mock us so much as progress does.

  6. @Brett – As you might gather from today’s blog posts, I think we must be completely *un*-reasonable about this – in this respect much like Crow!

    We need to be upfront and explicit about the spiritual goals, and put them at the centre of the prgram – subordinating everythign else to them. We must acknowledge, and feed, Modern Man’s spiritual hunger (indeed starvation!).

    Of course, I don’t agree with Crow’s specific plan… not that it is a bad plan, only that 1. it is the spirituality of a previous era, a time and places when man lacked agency and autonomy, and 2. a return to the Original Participation of ‘hunter gatherer’ ‘animistic’ spirituality; it has been advocated, tried and failed (most recently in the later 1960s), because 3. our destiny is to move forward to a new kind of spirituality (what Owen Barfield termed Final Participation) in which we fully retain our modern thinking and intellect but in a new participative relationship with each other and ‘the environment’ – recognised (again) as alive and conscious.

    (Also because Original Participation cannot coherently be advocated; because it is unselfconscious. Anyone who fully lived it – and I presume some still do, mostly in remote and cut-off circumstances – would be silent so far as mainstream culture is concerned; would not be self-aware of what it is that they lived – in contrast with modernity, and would not be able to articulate it.)

    • crow says:

      A crow does not have a plan. Nor ideas. Nor is under the spell of ‘participating in mainstream society’.
      Spirituality involves jumping out of the box that intellect erects for itself, and moving in directions unknown to it.

      Can we not see, already, the results of man’s fetish for societal civilization? It’s time to dismantle it as the one and only stance towards life.
      Ideally, humans must remain able to cooperate, when necessary, or to regain the lost ability to do so.
      But to move away from this obsessive house-of-cards-building.

      The World is not here to be controlled and conquered.
      Not here to be stripped and consumed.
      We are not here to undertake those base acts.

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