“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch 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 shvecchacarī, 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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Letter on "Evolution"

This was written to a good friend of mine of many years, he’s German, in his 80s, and his family left Germany for Chile when the tide shifted against Hitler. I’m on his email list comprised mostly of Germans over 80 years old from various places in Europe, S. America, and the USA. Most of them are from various political stripes, many “liberal”, mostly mainstream. My friend is very well-educated and very thoughtful, but you won’t hear him overtly praising anything like National Socialism. Mostly he comes across as a mainstream European conservative-socialist vs. American-style capitalism/consumerism.He baits his fellow senior citizen friends into debates over various subjects, especially since many of them are religious (which he detests) or have a Pollyanna view of the world, which he also detests. This was an email I sent to his list in the course of their discussion of evolution vs. mainstream Christian objections to Darwin:

The most amusing part of all this is that the Catholic Church has officially acknowledged evolutionary theory for some time and expanded their doctrine of creation to allow for Darwinian evolutionary theory as working within their theological worldview - that "evolution" is God's handiwork. It is only fundamentalist Islam and Protestant sects (such as dominate the religious element in US politics) that view Darwinian evolutionary theory as a threat.

So the next time you encounter a fundamentalist Christian railing against evolutionary theory, ask them, "How does it feel to be lagging behind the Catholic Church when it comes to science?"

The only thing I find objectionable about a man/ape evolutionary link is the embarrassment I feel on behalf of apes for being linked to the vile human race at any point in evolutionary history.

I'm essentially anti-modernist, highly skeptical of most of what the so-called "enlightenment" contributed to the current of Western intellectual history - such as the idea of "progress", human "equality", "the blank slate", the "noble savage", "democracy", etc., but in reality, as understood and practiced by actual scientists, that "evolution" does not imply "progress" (in the Enlightenment and Victorian sense). Adaptive changes are random. An adaptation that contributed to survival at one stage of "evolution" may contribute to a species extinction at another stage, so there is no real conflict with a doctrine of "the fall", or with the idea of devolving "ages" and cycles of time expressed in mythological terms in most Indo-European traditions - the Vedic "Kali Yuga", Hesiod's "Iron Age" and the "Age of the Wolf" mentioned in the Norse Eddas.

It is entirely likely that quantitive cumulative scientific "progress" is operating alongside an escalating qualitive devolution in human character and general intelligence. What "adaptively" becomes of a species that invents machines to do their "thinking" for them? In the early-modern era there were arguments against the printed book, that it would contribute to the decline of intelligence because men would no longer make the systematic disciplined mental effort to read and remember the contents of manuscripts that they could not keep for themselves, and sometimes had to make long perilous journeys to read. Famous scholars of the ancient and medieval world were known to have memorized long complex historical and philosophical works, being able to quote them exactly and in detail from memory. With the advent of the printed book men became content to know the knowledge was resting on their shelves, they no longer have to "know" it in a committed way, they have it stored at home and can dig it out when needed. Now people have pocket sized computers they carry with them and can look up anything they need to know on the internet, thus they no longer need to "know" anything. What becomes of "memory" for these people, or for the children coming up in a world where this is the norm and nothing is expected of them, intellectually? How does someone "reason" from no knowledge.

One of the weakest ideas that entered the mainstream of western thought in the so-called "enlightenment" of the 18th century is that of "the blank slate" - that humans are born with a mind that is "tabula rasa" - to be filled with knowledge and education like a blank notebook. I think they had it perfectly backwards - people aren't born with a blank slate, but now they are committed to erase what little they are born with, including basic instincts for individual and collective self-preservation, so most of them are walking around with "slates" (minds) that by any other historical and cultural standards are indeed BLANK.

At most times in history it seems the thinking minority observed the degenerate state of the general run of humanity and felt warranted to think they were in the "end times" of a long cycle of devolution. I think this time we may be right.


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