“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Ɯbermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarÄ«, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Rambo (2008): Two Thumbs Up

I liked this film for several reasons:

There was no sappyness or typical hollywood/comic book posturing, snappy one-liners, etc.

It was uncompromising in pointing out the idiocy of the christian moral worldview and the idea of "saving" humanity; the bad guys were bad, but the "good guys" (mercenaries) were not particularly good guys; they were racists and killers fighting for money, even though a few of them had something vaguely akin to a "moral compass" or at least Western sensibilities that you don't randomly go around killing gang-raping women or mutilating and killing children. That it portrayed mercenaries in a favorable light at all is a departure - I can't think of any other film to do so since THE DOGS OF WAR, although this film has much more moral ambiguity.

I think it ups the ante for action films in a manner reminiscent of the original Rambo film FIRST BLOOD, that I saw in the theater when it was first released; some people may not appreciate it now but at the time there was NOTHING like it in terms of non-stop intense action and likewise had a message without being too corny. Rambo 2 and 3 frankly sucked and were as disappointing as the lame sequels to the superb original DEATH WISH.

In this film there is even less sentimentality than the first film. Implicit in the film (and explicit in some of the deleted scenes) there is a resignation that war, violence, and inhumanity is hardwired human behavior; that it has always been with us and always will. John Rambo accepts this in the world and in himself - he enters the fray not for any high horse ideological reasons, but because killing is what he does, and does well, and it is simply his prerogative to kill who he dislikes to protect who he likes.

Seriously I'd give this one 5 out of 5 stars for substance and entertainment value.

JDS

Note: The "Prayer" in the trailer does not appear in the film.

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