This Memorial Day we remember those who died in the name of our civilization. Their sacrifice was not worthless, even if it has been highjacked by all sorts of grifters, because it signified that we as a people — the original Americans — believe in the good life.
Although it sounds simple, the good life means prosperity allied with pursuit of the transcendentals — the good, the beautiful, and the true at infinite qualitative levels (arete) — much as our faith finds a parallel between the gods and nature and does not create a symbolic opposite.
To us, like to our Cro-Magnon ancestors thousands of years ago, this philosophy is obvious. We adapt to reality, then find ways to increase quality, geared not toward individuals, the group, or symbols, but toward the organic process of individual life and civilization in parallel.
Others take advantage of this. To them, what we say is gibberish, and what is most important is the human ego and its search for power. To them, gods are good-luck charms, and the best life is one where they have lots of money and attention.
These people, if introduced to a democracy, will weasel their way in and tell you pleasant lies that confirm your biases. They will flatter the citizenry and inflame its rage and sense of victimhood. They do this so that they can seize power and through it, seize wealth.
Assuming that they have any larger, deeper, or broader plan is a fatal mistake.
Our war dead fought for what they knew, and then it was taken away in the time-honored tradition of democracies, namely by claiming the need for money and power in order to first “protect the citizens” and next “protect the government.” From income taxes for welfare to Ruby Ridge and Waco is but a step.
We now see that the legacy of our war dead was destroyed because they fought for freedom and democracy and not the Cro-Magnon race and its unbroken descendants from Western Europe. They fought for something tangible, their home, but that was transferred into a symbol and then the symbol redefined.
We should finally learn the ugly truth about democracy, pluralism, anarchism, communism, and other ideas that look good on paper but leave ruins and horror in reality. Just because some idea says that it creates a certain result does not mean that it can create that result.
This means that when we are told that democracy and equality bring Utopia, we should think hard and fast about that. If these things fail in reality, results will be bad, and this does not mean that we are doing democracy and equality wrong, but that they are wrong.
If someone tells you that his new irrigation system will make crops twice as big and then the crops die, he will always double down and come back with, “You’re just doing it wrong.” After a couple centuries of this, maybe you will finally wake up and realize that his system just sucks.
Our democracy and equality regime is not functioning badly; its only function is bad. This is consistent with it being an illusion. Equality is not found in nature, nor does it have a logical application to creatures as diverse as human individuals and groups. We are not clones.
Of the dead we celebrate today, the most blesséd are those who lost their lives in wars against Communism. Communism, a golden calf idol of human greed for power and resentment of hierarchy, is so stupid that it stands as one of the great evils that bedevils our species repeatedly.
Those who perished in the wars against terrorism also fought a noble fight, at least initially. When the wars changed from beating Islam into submission so it would not 9/11 us again for awhile and became a quest for world democracy and globalized market socialism, it lost its luster.
The saddest may be those who fought in the “war to end all wars” and the followup, trolled into fighting wars for democracy, equality, and diversity despite those being the things that have ruined the West since the days of the peasant revolts. They gave all for an ideal that was benevolent but not real.
As we conclude this holiday, we should consider the best way to honor our ancestors. It is not to fight for the symbols and systems they fought for, but to fight for the vision they fought for: a Cro-Magnon society, rising above the rest, independent from all others and proudly autonomous.