“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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Post-Nihilism?

The following excerpts are from a lengthy unfinished and unpublished commentary I was writing on Might is Right, that will never be finished or published, written well before I fully encountered the works of Evola and Guénon, which were game-changing. Evola and "Ragnar Redbeard" are fundamentally irreconcilable. From the Evolian perspective, "Redbeard" is more or less a modernist and liberal humanist. "Humanist" as in "man being the measure of all things," and "liberal" as in retaining some vestigial idea of "progress" in the 19th century rationalist evolutionary sense. Most of the general outward descriptive contours remain standing. This is the Kali Yuga. But "humanism" is repulsive and erroneous. I am with Evola.

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Pessimism is warranted – life is short, death is certain, misfortune is likely. Strife and friction are the conditions of life – problems are ubiquitous and constant. The history of life on earth, including human life, history, literature, art, every aspect of culture, is a pageant of turmoil and conflict, physical or psychological. The story of mankind is the story of man vs. nature, man vs. animal, man vs. man; individual vs. individual, individual vs. group, group vs. group, and group vs. individuals. The roots of the will-to-power are entrenched in the soil of conflict, its trunk and limbs grown strong through resistance against the hurricane winds of existential uncertainty and misfortune.... From the cataclysmic and slow-grinding processes that brought the cosmos into existence, to the warring bacteria within the primordial slime that birthed life on earth, from cell to gelatinous mass, from swimming to crawling thing, to the scaled slithering reptiles and fanged and clawed beasts that were our ancestor’s ancestors, from the sordid cannibalistic cavern-dwelling man-apes to the gross misshapen beast that first walked on two legs, to those who look like us, all lived by killing, gnawing, and eating every other living thing, man, animal, and plant, and warring to carve out its brief miserable existence in a hostile landscape, in drenching rain, against flooding waters, parched earth, freezing cold and searing sun. Life itself is Total War. Only the strong survive.

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Man is just another predatory animal with no special standing in the greater universe. He is not an extraordinary creation of a supernatural god with a privileged seat at the table reserved for him in some supernatural heaven. The blind material forces of nature ride roughshod over his sentimental delusions and feeble existence with a cold, inanimate, and routine indifference. His prospects are severely constricted, bleak, and grim. His condition is terminal. His prognosis is poor. Few among this tribe of petty, vicious apes possess the fortitude to look into this black abyss without falling face-first into a bottomless pit of self-destructive despair. Those who possess the strength to confront the abyss find no comfort in cheap ideals, insipid “spiritual” consolation, counterfeit excuses, or consciousness-annihilating soporifics – those with the spine for it become addicted to the unvarnished brutal facts of life and take strength therefrom.

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Force or threat of force rules the world of man. “Rights” are inventions of man, only defined by man, and only enforced by man. Every contract and constitution of the world is nothing without a legion of armed thugs to enforce its statutes and stipulations, without the bludgeon or bullet, the paper is useless. Brute force is the gold standard of written constitutions, without it they are snot-rags, wallpaper, or fish wrappers.

JDS

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