ON THE NEED TO BREAK THE MOULD
Nothing hurts more than a broken paradigm.
Nothing threatens more than a challenged belief system.
Nothing angers more than a disobeyed taboo.
There's a millenium coming - and the world is starting to change.
Anyone notice reports of the frenzy surrounding the Hindu deity
that started to drink milk? That's the shape of things to come.
There will be other miracles, other portents, other happenings.
Many will be believed. Superstition, irrationality, fundamentalism,
fanaticism; the quickening of things spiritual and the return
of religion as a power. Count on it.
Prophets will appear, and charlatans. Witchcraft will be taken
seriously again. Sages will be listened to, and lunatics. It'll
be a time of emotion; of chanting crowds harangued by demagogues;
of angels, demons, saints, spirits and martyrs. Craziness will
alternate with fervour in the glazed eyes of the mob. Count on it.
There's a comet coming - traditional harbinger of doom and
disaster. A comet at the end of the millenium. How will that
affect the mood?
I fear the rational world is unprepared and vulnerable. It
has lost its self-confidence, its sense of righteousness, its
moral sense of self. Just look at Bosnia.
The rational world has gone soft - like Rome before the fall, it is
weak and decadent; rotten at the core and ripe for attack. And this
at a time when barbarians will be arising with renewed strength and
vigour all over the world - and Yea Mrs. Robinson in xyz Connecticut,
there's a mob of them just down the street.
There is yet hope for Western Culture.
Where are we now as we move toward the bright but frightening
prospect of a new millenium? In what do we still believe - what are
the moral guide-lines that are to guide us through the turbulent times
For the all-too-many, religion has become something of a charade -
to be paid lip-service to, if not scorned as superstition. Those who
still *believe* are feeling their helpnessness in imposing a sense of
moral righteousness on a rudderless, chaotic society grown decadent.
Verily "the best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled
with passionate intensity".
I wrote this letter in response to a Mr. Flynn, a committed catholic
railing despairingly against the Kaos.
"Bernard Flynn makes a good point concerning the decadence of
Western culture, with licence masqerading as freedom, and painted
creatures shrilly asserting their "rights" to graphic pornography,
casual sex and effortless abortion.
In days gone by, religious morality served as a brake on the
perversion of freedom, and enabled such civilizations as Victorian
Britain to reach the very heights of man's potential. With due
respect to Mr. Flynns' religious convictions, a state-enforced
theocracy (or any other system of state-enforced morality) is not
the answer. Twentieth century experience has proved beyond any doubt
that the state does nothing well, except systematic killing and
There is yet hope for Western culture, with its now all-but-
forgotten roots in individual liberty and economic freedom.
The Japanese call it Bushido. The Chinese call it Face. The new
renaissance men of Western culture will call it Honour.
If a 21st century renaissance of Western culture occurs, it will
be characterized by the highest degree of individual liberty, and the
(one hopes) final demise of statism. This freedom will be
circumscribed in the physical sense by a cast-iron interpretation of
the rule of law; and in the moral sense, by a code of honour based on
the recognition that every individual is unique, capable of rational
thought, and endowed with practically limitless potential.
Time to break the mould! Away with political correctness, I say,
AWAY!!! AWAY with soft apologies for economic success. Economic
success is a function of FREEDOM, pure and simple, within the
constraints of a just and righteous system of LAW. The poor countries
are poor BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT FREE, and for no other reason. Let the
free countries not apologize for their wealth and their freedom. They
are wealthy BECAUSE they are free. And is freedom not good? - let's
hear the arguments AGAINST freedom!
AWAY with affirmative action AWAY!! Freedom is possible only if all
men are equal under the law. Affirmative action is SYSTEMATIC RACISM,
nothing less - and is racism not evil? - let's hear the arguments FOR
AWAY with soft, effeminate treatment of those who break the LAW.
The law is simple in its fundamentals: Thou shalt NOT kill! Thou
shalt NOT steal! Thou shalt NOT rape, assault, or bear false witness.
Respect your neighbour's person and his property, and the law leaves
you alone. Break the law, and you get trouble. What could be
AWAY with interference in the marketplace; with welfare; with
subsidies; with counter-productive handouts. The truly needy are a
cause for YOUR direct personal attention, and for MINE. AWAY with
tarriffs and import duties and export subsidies and licences and
permission from some-or-other useless government bureaucrat who should
be out there earning an honest living.
Let me assert my profound belief that the turbulence of the
millenium is indeed about to usher in a neo-renaissance of Western -
perhaps global culture. The internet will be - indeed already is -
the catalyst. We will see the death of that squalid little creature,
Nietszche's "last man". We will see, as you put it "bullet-proof
egos" stalking cyberspace like Tyrannosaurs. We will see, as (I think
- maybe I'm wrong) Stychnine put it "new cities arising", with
sherriffs, villains, heroes and wanabes strutting their brawn. We
will see artists vying with poets vying with neo-philosophers vying
with strong spirits of no particular persuasion. We will see a new
non-linear science of complexity revolutionizing the hitherto "soft"
disciplines of sociology, psychology and economics. We will see the
triumphant return of the Western Canon. We will see Ayn Rand
vindicated and Human spirit triumphant. We will see new belief
systems, new moral codes, new religions.
On the outside, once again, will be the eternal zork, new-won
literacy no longer a ticket of admission. We will see a class-split
compounded by the devastating impact of the Bell.
We will see the final demise of statism. We will see democracy as
an end in itself (rather than a means to good government) losing its
appeal. We will see moral relativism conquered; fascist-feminism
discredited; statism and control in its every manifestation utterly
sunk to the bottom of the sea.
We will see wondrous things, o reader. We must act to make them come
AWAY with Socialism in all its manifestations. It DOES NOT WORK! It
harms those it is meant to help. It interferes with freedom. It
hobbles growth. It cramps the HUMAN SPIRIT. AWAY with it I say
LIBERTY under LAW is just and righteous, and the organic, natural path
of humankind; and freedom is worth fighting for.
Otherwise I fear the turbulence of the millenium will usher in a new
age of darkness.
Thank you for putting up with this. It IS the truth.