“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.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Why I Respect Elders - You Never Know Where They've Been or Who They've Killed

I know an old man who is a USMC Combat Veteran of three wars. He was on the last 10 days at Okinawa, then in Korea, then later he re-enlisted and went to Vietnam. He prides himself on having lost count of how many people he's killed.

Over the years he has told me many valuable things, one of the best is when he told me, "The first thing I learned in combat is that you can still fight if you shit your pants."

Other quotes:

"I've killed Japanese, I've killed Chinese, I've killed Vietnamese, I've killed North Koreans. Hell, I even killed South Koreans when they were running in the wrong direction."

"Those fucking quiverlips still cry about dropping the bomb on Japan. I was on Okinawa in the last 10 days of battle. Japanese were attacking our machine gun nest with nothing but sharpened bamboo sticks. Thats the enemy we were dealing with. Dropping the bomb was the only way to stop the little yellow cocksuckers."

JDS

2 comments:

Blue Blood said...

I used to work near the VA complex down there in Pinellas County. I can vouch you're right on the money about that!...

A couple of those guys were definitely scary...much respect.

And gratitude, for being bad ass enough to get the job done.

Hadding said...

Men fighting in the trenches are often more misinformed than anybody about the reasons behind what they are doing, because they are a captive audience for the military's own propaganda, where no contradiction is allowed. I saw this during the invasion of Iraq. The troops on the ground had a totally exaggerated idea of the case for war.

That old marine was saying that the Japanese were totally fanatical and would have fought even with no resources left, so that the only option was to kill them. In the specific situation that he described, in which he was stuck like one pitbull facing another, that is perfectly true. Regarding the war as a whole, it is totally false.

In the first place, FDR had pushed the Japanese into hostilities with several years of economic warfare, and with a secret ultimatum issued 10 days before the Pearl Harbor attack. The Japanese were made to believe that they would be at war with the USA sooner or later, and being a weaker power they decided to strike first rather than wait.

Here's where the old marine's analogy really breaks down. The Japanese Government had tried to make peace in June 1945, before the atom bombs were dropped. The only sticking point was the US insistence on "unconditional surrender." The Japanese insisted only that they be allowed to keep their emperor. That's all! This turned out to be a totally moot point, since they were allowed to keep their emperor anyway, but the US Government was willing to sacrifice thousands of American lives for that technicality.

So, between the Japanese Government and the Communist-infiltrated US Government, who were really the bloodthirsty fanatics? And really, whom should those brave men really have been fighting?

Clausewitz distinguishes between moral and physical courage. If the old guy could digest what I've said here after what he's been through, then I would say that he is morally as well as physically courageous. What could be more courageous than to admit that you went through hell for nothing?