RAPE CULTURE

“White masculinity is a part of the problem, not a solution to it. This masculinity is complicit in the disgusting violence women (and others, such as LGBTI individuals) are subjected to in this country. Systematic denial of sexism and misogyny in white communities is an insult to all women – especially the white women who are forced to love and live with it.”

There is a real problem worldwide with sex trafficking and the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, women, as well as men. A lot of the people that take part in this are very high profile (many of which are “progressives). There is also a real problem with migrants raping women in the streets of Europe. And there is unquestionably a real problem with the perversion and degeneration of the nature of sexuality in general in modern culture (much of which is lauded as “good”).

But the dialogue surrounding what is referred to as “rape culture” isn’t really about any of that. Besides being statistically questionable, it presents an obfuscated and misdirected view of a problem, focusing on select cases (many of which are somewhat dubious), and brushing over or ignoring serious cases (like Kathy Shelton- the girl who was brutally raped into a coma by a man Hillary Clinton defended in court– knowing he was guilty).

Now just because I am taking a stance opposed to this rape culture narrative, my intent is not to deny any fault on the part of white men or men in general over the millennia for any sort of abusive or exploitative behavior toward women, or the suffering women have endured as a result.  What I am saying is that the nature and focus of this “rape culture” argument is inherently divisive and socially nonconstructive.

This western rape culture narrative is viewed by many as hen-peckish and hysterical, and turns off many who would be allies (such as myself) in larger-scale issues such as sex-trafficking or the pushing of porn culture on the youth via the media. Unfortunately, this paranoid “rapists under the bed” mentality does little to legitimize the cause of New Wave Feminism in the eyes of “cis-hetero-normal” white men with any sort of dignity, and instead causes many to feel turned-off to the cause of women in general.

This ideology is particularly vehement towards white males as being the root of all evil. This is behavior training and is all over school curriculum K-college, and is about creating men, particularly who are neurotically henpecked into being weak, subservient and obedient to anyone who tells him what to do.

This is about making men non-threatening to the established order.  This is especially true of white men, who have been particularly troublesome servants with their high-minded ideals and extreme knack for invention and creative problem-solving.  These men need to be rendered obsolete- and what better way to do so than to get them to believe it themselves.

But to flat out blame western masculinity and white men as the oppressors of women is to ignore the history of the western world.  Egalitarian relations between sexes date back to pre-Christian Europe, institutions like Chivalry, and the scientific and social progress of the Enlightenment– all of these things are a unique product of White Europeans and were institutions built and protected by White European men and were the things that made feminism possible.

This is the culture of the west.  Furthermore, rape IS NOT culturally or legally acceptable in the west among the general population and it has been this way for a long, long time.  Much of what is referred to as the “misogynist” culture of the west is actually the product of the Mediterranean/Semitic world and was gradually imposed upon Europeans through the influence of Abrahamism– it was never an organic part of white European culture.  This theme of mistaken blame continues.

The dialogue around rape culture becomes about blaming and demonizing men who possess any sort of remotely “aggressive” or “alpha” male characteristics.  The result of this are boys who learn to be weak mentally and emotionally to the point of basically being emasculated. This is done in the same spirit as young boys essentially being force-medicated for not sitting still.

Evolutionary psychology shows why women would be drawn to this ideal of the non-threatening domesticated man who helps around the house, raises the kids, and does exactly what she needs/wants him to do to further her own interests.  This is the contrast to the man when he was working, hunting, and fighting with and among other men to ensure the success and survival of his tribe.

What this all  simply comes down to is how women’s interests and men’s interests can differ at times, which has been discussed, debated, fought over and dumbfounded millions of men and women for millennia, and probably isn’t going anywhere until men and women have had all behavioral and perhaps even biological differences between them erased.  Differing interests are not a “bad” thing, they’re just a thing.

However, natural drives and impulses are always targets for manipulation, and differing interests of different groups of people are traditionally exploited by dominators in divide-and-rule strategy.  The natural differences of self-interest that cyclically arise between men and women is manipulated by pro-globalist institutions through ideologies like New Wave Feminism and its rape culture, and largely becomes about the “need” to train men to behave as women would have them behave, because men behaving as men is dangerous.

The rape culture narrative further presents the lie that western culture, which was to a large extent designed, built and DEFENDED by white males- the culture that provided the safety and security feminism could not exist without- is inherently evil and oppressive, and needs to be dismantled. This is the general theme of all Critical Theory, which is the modern equivalent of church doctrine.  The architects of Critical Theory HATE traditional western culture and want to see it dismantled and its men neutralized, as they see things things as a threat to their system of corporate globalism.  This belief system saturates academia, the media, and most aspects of modern mainstream culture.

We live in a culture where boundaries and borders are seen as things to be torn down.  This is the world of corporate globalism.  Globalism ultimately wishes to erase any forms of troublesome, non-sanctioned forms of culture and identity that threatens the global corporate monoculture.  In this monoculture, the men have been kept in a state of perpetual boyhood and replaced by the corporate state who in turn seek to empower the women to keep the men from misbehaving and being a danger to the corporate state.  This destruction of the traditional western family has been a primary driver of pro-feminist stances in the media since the early 20th century and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Critical Theory is the secular religion of globalism and its civic saints of persecuted minority victim groups serve to neutralize white European men from being able to take back the reigns of power through promoting belief systems based off weakness and slave morality, thus allowing a corrupt cabal of elitists and corporate internationalists to remain relatively unchallenged.  New wave feminist ideology and its “rape culture” mythos is a part of this secular religion, and is championed in nearly every media and academic establishment.

Elite groups of rich and powerful globalist Jews, Arabs, Africans, Asians, Latinos, and yes, Whites, take part in human trafficking and ritual sex abuse, with little or no recourse until they upset the wrong person and everything “just happens” to come out in the news.  Simultaneously, these elitists and moguls push degenerate sexuality onto the immature psyches of children and modern adults through the various media outlets they own and control.  These “children” then act in a sort of mirror of the sexually degenerate ways as their “adult” rulers.  The result of all this is a sex-addiction culture where people prey objectify one another and prey upon another mentally, emotionally and sometimes physically, while simultaneously playing the victim in all of it.

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America’s real problem is not this “white male rape culture” that is spoon-fed to us, it is an across-the-board deviant sex culture coupled with a population who are encouraged to remain as children, being coddled and cared for, and by and large unaccountable for their emotions and actions.  This effects everyone regardless of gender or race.  What is known as “rape culture” is an obfuscated version of a component of this larger sex-addiction culture.

In the West, we have boys being sexually mutilated at birth (and for decades this was done without anesthetic) by an institutionalized Abrahamic ritual, while hyper-sexualized and even pornographic themes bleed into all aspects of pop culture.  Boys are taught to be dense, vapid womanizing douchebags, or castrated and cucked manginas, who are completely apologetic for what little masculinity they have left.  Meanwhile, girls are taught how it’s “liberating” to dress and act like a stripper or prostitute- twerking at the school dance to their favorite mainstream hip-hop stripper song- and then posting videos of it online.  This “grows up” into the meat-market club/bar scene, webcam modelling, swingers clubs, and every other sort of fetishism that’s out there.

A favorite of the rape culture argument is the prominence of the aggressive alpha, (aka “rapist”) male in film and TV, and blames this on the “white” male Hollywood establishment.   I’m sure many of my readers are aware of the error in labelling the Hollywood establishment (that also own the news corporations) as “white“.  The Hollywood establishment consists largely of members of the same (((tribe))) that birthed and promote Critical Theory in academia control much of Hollywood and the porn industry, and have since its inception.

Now I have written at length on the role of the media in shaping the behaviors and beliefs of a population, however, the spin the rape culture crowd gives it is that its all “white men” running the media and putting these messages out there to other young (white) men, creating a sort of “White He-man Woman Hater’s Club”.  But what’s funny is that this idea contradicts how the vast majority of white men are increasingly represented on TV- as impotent and incapable buffoons.

In truth, the world presented by Hollywood cannot be truly referred to as the creation of White European culture.  Hollywood created a different version of “America”, authored by a people who saw themselves as perpetual outsiders in the Western world who admittedly wanted to craft their own version of America.  This was by its very nature going to be a different vision as that of traditional European and Christian/Light Masonic culture, as they were a culturally and ethnically (some more than others) different people.  Prize-winning Jewish-American writer, Joel Stein stated himself:

As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you’d be flipping between ‘The 700 Club’ and ‘Davey and Goliath’ on TV all day.

In any case, there is no denying the post-World War II generations became ever-more influenced by the media with the advent of TV in people’s homes, this in turn, shaped the behaviors of the people who idolized the larger-than-life personalities they saw on TV and associated “good feelings” with.  This in turn, helped to shape and steer the culture in thinking and acting a certain way. Even Vice President Joe Biden stated how Hollywood was more important than anything else in shaping public attitudes on things like gay marriage.  And needless to say, the messages portrayed by this media are ALWAYS favorable to the interests of their  corporate sponsors and their dogma of globalism.

As the years went on, and one generation passed to another, more and more topics and situations and manners of dress that had been “taboo” in previous generations of were put on TV.  Traditional White American culture was slowly replaced on TV with a sort of secular Judaism and a general amorality.  At 36, I can certainly remember a time when it would be unthinkable to have the sort of overt sexuality on TV that is now found on network TV.  Meanwhile, anything that is the least bit of a remnant of more traditional White American Christian/Light Masonic ideals is now seen as “uncool” and “intolerant” and portrayed in a host of unfavorable ways, including domestic terrorists.

It is probably not really necessary to point out the numerous sex scandals that have come out over the years about various Hollywood stars and execs.   From drugs and wild parties, to prostitutes, to the sexual abuse and pedophilia that is rife throughout the entertainment industry.

 

Ironically, the modern sexually liberated feminist ideology sold to women through such media productions as “Sex in the City” and “Orange is the New Black“, is as degrading towards men and masculinity as the hyper-sexualized propaganda aimed at males could be said to degrading towards women.

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In the forward to his 1932 dystopian novel, “Brave New World”, author Aldous Huxley- brother of UNESCO founder Julian Huxley and contemporary of Anglo-American establishment elites, pointed as to why such a culture would be desirable in an age of greater centralized corporate and government control:

“As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase. And the dictator… will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.”

 

With the help of the press, academia, and Madison Avenue, Hollywood moved the “Overton Window” of White America moved toward more a secular and sexually “loose” society.  At 36, I can certainly remember a time when it would be unthinkable to have the sort of overt sexuality on TV that is now found on network TV.

Now sex and sexuality are being pushed at earlier and earlier ages as the way to create and define your identity- that thing that establishes who you are as an individual  When this happens, one’s sexual orientation, preferences, and fetishes become the primary definers of who that person is and what they represent.  In many cases, a sort of tribal identity is formed, complete with a common victim/martyr mythos (i.e. Matthew Shepard).  The LGBTQ community of course is the best example of this.

However, there are consequences to using one’s sexuality as the foundation of their identity (even if for some it is a secret), and it starts on the individual level which in turn effects society and culture.  If you want to see the results of using sexuality your identity, go to a twelve step meeting with a group of sex addicts (a great many of which, tend to be gay or bi), and listen to them talk about how this very perspective and belief system absolutely wreaked havoc on their lives.  The suffocating desperation of the sex addict is one that mirrors the muffled screams of a populace that has been by-and-large sexually poisoned.

The world of the sex addict is very much a microcosm of what is happening on a larger scale across western society.  It was seen in Weimar Germany.  It spawned the Sexual Revolution.  It is the Carnival of Ishtar; the festival of the Whore of Babylon– brought in by those that seek to use her destructive power to tear down what’s left of western society until nothing is sacred and nothing is left.  Where a range of sexual “freedoms” are used as candy to entice the population into seeking a life of never-ending self-gratification.  Meanwhile, institutions that held Western society together, like the nuclear family, are demonized and torn down.  The sex addict goes in search of selfish pleasure to numb the paint of his life- and so has the Western world.

To flat out blame western masculinity and white men as the oppressors of women is to ignore the history of the western world.  Egalitarian relations between sexes date back to pre-Christian Europe, institutions like Chivalry, and the scientific and social progress of the Enlightenment– all of these things are a unique product of White Europeans and were institutions built and protected by White European men and were the things that made feminism possible.  This is the culture of the west.  Furthermore, rape IS NOT culturally or legally acceptable in the west among the general population and it has been this way for a long, long time.  Much of what is referred to as the “misogynist” culture of the west is actually the product of the Mediterranean/Semitic world and was gradually imposed upon Europeans through the influence of Abrahamism– it was never an organic part of white European culture.  This theme of mistaken blame continues.

So, while there is certainly victimization of women going on, to treat the world as one where women are completely blameless for the negative circumstances that occur in their lives is folly. I know this seems counter-intuitive for the real men that still have that drive to protect the women that nature instilled,  but the hard truth of nature is that ALL physically and mentally able ADULTS are ultimately responsible for the conditions of their lives, how they react to them and their PREPAREDNESS for them-regardless of how unlikely they may believe or want to believe they are.  The gazelle does not argue with the lion or some council of animals about the ethics of the lion’s actions; she either gets away or she is dinner.

Rape is NEVER acceptable, and maintaining boundaries is always important.  Nor is it tasteful or productive in any sense to trivialize the actual suffering that anyone experienced during such and as a result of such a trauma.  But disagreeing with and pointing out fallacies and inconsistencies in the belief system one develops as a result of said trauma is not the same as mocking the actual trauma.  This association is the creation of the mind consumed with emotion.

And while to say it is “someone’s fault” they got raped is to imply one side was at fault and one wasn’t- is wrong pretty much all the time- to deny one’s own responsibility as an adult for being able to defend themselves and keep themselves situationally safe and aware is to deny being an adult.  You cannot be a strong, independent victim of oppression.  So rather than lament about a “White Male Patriarchy” that’s “out to get me”, learn how to take control of the situations you put yourself in (including what and how much mind-altering substances you take, what sort of people you are around, etc.) and learn how to adequately defend yourself, because no one’s coming to save you- especially not Hillary Clinton.

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UNIVERSAL 12 STEPS SITE LAUNCH

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Folks who have been following my blog for a while may remember the Universal 12 Step series I was writing, while visitors may have come across it after I made it a permanent fixture at the top of the page.  After kinda shelving it for a while, and with the urging of a Sister in the Priesthood, I have decided to work to put  the Universal 12 Steps out into the world as a stand-alone work with their own site.  But not only will they be available written, but they will also be accompanied by a video/audio recording of me reading the article for those who would rather not read.  This is going to be a new venture I am going to be trying out with my new work.  Yes,. we’re doing talkies now!  The videos have their own YouTube channel as well.  I have the Intro and the Preparation for Step 1 complete, and be on the look in the upcoming days and weeks for revised and audio versions of the other steps, including steps 11 and 12, which I never published here.  Tell a friend🙂

CRITICAL THEORY

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“Like the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, postmodernism seeks to institutionalize dishonesty as a legitimate school of thought. The idea of truth as the ultimate goal of the intellectual is discarded. In its place, scholars are asked to pursue political objectives–so long as those political objectives are the ‘correct’ ones.”

– Daniel J. Flynn

MARCH OF “DIVERSITY”

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“Make no mistake about it: we intend to keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females too, until the social construct known as ‘the white race’ is destroyed—not ‘deconstructed’ but destroyed.”

  • Jewish American Professor Noel Ignatiev

“THE MASK YOU LIVE IN”- A Feminist’s Guide to Being a Man

“Everyone deserves to feel whole. And each of us can do our part in expanding what it means to be a man for ourselves and the boys in our lives.”

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I recently sat down and watched the documentary “The Mask You Live In”- a film that was written and directed by filmmaker and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom (who also happens to be the wife of the Lieutenant Governor of California). Newsom is also the creator of the film “Miss Representation”, which examines how the media have supposedly contributed to the under-representation of women in positions of power. Her latest film “The Mask You Live In”, is billed as being about “the struggle men and boys have while negotiating American society’s narrow definition of masculinity”.

I had heard about the film for a little while and knew it had mixed reviews, with the guys over at The ManKind Project giving it a “thumbs up”, while the guys over at The Pressure Project gave it a “thumbs down”. As these are both groups that I have a great deal of respect for, I decided to check out the movie for myself.

THE GOOD:

“The way boys are brought up makes them hide all of their natural, vulnerable, and empathic feelings behind a mask of masculinity.”

The film opens with former NFL player and football coach, Joe Ehrmann reflecting on a memory of him being five years old and his father bringing him into the basement to teach him how to fight, telling him he could not cry and he had to “be a man”. He then tells how he spent the rest of his life attempting to prove to his father that he was just that.

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One of the primary focuses of the film has to do with how boys are taught from very early on that they need to disconnect from our emotions and that any emotion other than anger is not “manly”. We are given the stories and narratives of a handful of young men who speak about how they were taught as children what they needed to do to “fit in” with various male peer groups throughout their years in elementary school, and then high school. One of the characters, a former athlete-turned-thespian named Ian, describes this process:

School was a training ground for me to learn how to perform masculinity; to perform to be one of the guys.”

The idea of feeling the need to “perform”; to put on some kind of act, in order to be accepted by one male peer group or another is something that strongly resonated with my schooling experience. Whether it was joining a sports team when I was not at all athletic or into sports; bullying certain kids who were “lower” on the school social hierarchy; smoking weed and hanging out with guys I didn’t really trust; or distancing myself from friends who were not part of the “cool crowd”- I did all kinds of things and compromised my integrity in many ways for the sole purpose of being “accepted” by one group of guys or another.

Likewise, as was reflected in the film narrative, I learned that men never cry or show emotion or empathy. At first it was described as something that girls and “sissies” did, and later, it was something that was “gay”- all of which were things that as a boy, you did not want to be labelled as.

This is also echoed in the film as it speaks on bullying of children who are “different”. This too resonated with me, as being someone who was more on the “creative” and “sensitive” side (as well as the chubby side due to being allowed to eat poorly and be lazy), I often found myself the target of moderate bullying. However, my remedy for this was often to try to “get in” with the bullies by being one myself.

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The film speaks to how there is a dominance hierarchy in these male social circles, which as stated, can lead to bullying, which in turn can cause the one being targeted to feel helpless, and with the stigma towards males expressing emotion and reaching out, causes the boy to internalize everything, leading to depression and in extreme cases, suicide. In American boys, suicide is the third leading cause of death, with boys between 10-14 having three times the suicide rate as girls, which jumps to five times the rate in boys ages 15-19, and then skyrockets to 7 times the suicide rate in young men between 20-24.

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Several of the boys and young men interviewed speak of a life of feeling alone and isolated. Some of these young men reached to drinking and drugs as a gateway to bonding and letting down barriers they felt they were forced to keep up at all other times for their own emotional (and sometimes physical) protection. Some even reached out into gang culture as a way to somehow find that “bond” with other men that they so desperately craved.

This desperate craving for male companionship was often due to the physical and/or emotional abandonment by their fathers (something referred to as the “father wound). This is another “wound” I resonate with, as my father was not overly involved with me for most of my life. My story is not as cut-and-dry as a “deadbeat dad” story, but the effects of not having a present and involved father-figure during my adolescent years certainly effected me negatively nonetheless.

There is indeed a crisis among our boys, and the film points to the portrayal of men and masculinity in culture and the media and the expectations set up around them as the primary culprit. A group of San Quentin prisoners who form a men’s support group of “lifers” are featured in the film, and in one scene the group makes a list of some of characteristics that they grew up believing made a man a man. These traits included showing no emotion, using violence to solve problems, being able to dominate others, being a womanizer, and “never backing down”.

The film then again directs us to Joe Ehrmann who refers to the “lies of masculinity”, which is the notion that masculinity is defined by the following three things:

  1. Athletic and Physical Prowess and Physique
  2. Economic Success and Money
  3. Sexual Conquest

This was another point that I highly resonated with. I remember points during my twenties especially, when I was obsessed with developing my physique, and even more so with sexual conquest, as that more than anything else, defined what was “a man” to me (which was/is total bullshit). Meanwhile, the specter of economic success consistently eluded me, creating feelings of deep insecurity and a sense of personal failure.

The film goes on to talk about the specific “masculine (shadow) archetypes” portrayed in the modern media that glorify dominance and aggression: the strong silent antihero type (who uses violence to get what he wants); the superhero; the thug (typically a “person of color”); and the man-child/frat-boy type (who obsesses over sexual conquest). We are then rightly told about how media influences culture, as media images and themes have been proven to affect people’s behavior.

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We are also told how not only film and television, but video games and pornography are shaping the modern male mind. Again, both of these things are true. A statistic given is that 31% of males feel “addicted” to video games. Likewise, the increasing brutality and violence of video games and perpetual exposure to them has been shown to create a desensitization effect. There is a reason why first-person shooters originated as, and continue to be used as training exercises for soldiers.

Similarly, internet pornography is increasingly pandemic among young men, with the seemingly unending supply of novelty and stimulation. Internet pornography has destroyed many young men’s capacity for intimacy, and both porn and video games has helped foster a state of ever-increasing isolation among many. Like video games, use of internet pornography can be extremely habit-forming and virulently addictive in a similar way that gambling or food can be (although the film does not mention this), and has become an epidemic among a generation of increasingly lonely and isolated men.

One of the highlights of the film is the emphasis on the need for male support groups and mentorship. The film shows several examples of young men being involved in various mentoring programs and male support groups, while stressing the need to create a space where bonds can be formed, support can be given, and trust can be established. Forming this sort of container allows men to be authentic and vulnerable and work through challenging emotions in a healthy and empowering way, and as a result, fosters strength, which serves their “tribe”. The “circle of men” is a key component for the creation and maintenance of true tribe and brotherhood, and is something that many, many men, young and old, do not have.

One of the interviewees states, “Our boys are yearning for help; yearning for guidance and mentorship and leadership.

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Without true mentors and brothers, many young men are going out and defining these concepts of masculinity and tribe/brotherhood for themselves- and often with disastrous consequences. There is a deep need for brotherhood and a place for authentic interaction among men that is missing in modern society, and to its credit, “Mask” recognizes this.

The ability to become emotionally literate is something that has been taken from modern men and at a great price. The authentic bonding of the family and the tribe has slowly been eroded by modernity. The great archetypes and symbols that men once worked with and used to define and describe the internal life from a place of power, have all but disappeared from modern consciousness. The great initiations where boys learned to become men have been reduced to mere shells of what they once were, if they even exist at all.

Thankfully, there are groups out there that are working to once again provide a place for men to move into a place of authenticity and openness within a tribe of trusted brothers, and a manner for men to once again discover the true depth of masculinity and the male experience. The ManKind Project is one such group that is near and dear to me, but there are many others, and I encourage any man reading to look into them if they have not already.

THE NOT-SO-GOOD:

“Masculinity is not organic, it’s reactive. It’s not something that just develops. It’s a rejection of everything that is feminine.”

Dr. Caroline Heldman; Associate Professor of Political Science at Occidental College

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One of the first “red flags” for me occurred during the opening credits of the documentary when I saw the list of who it was that created this film about the world of young men and “masculinity” in America:

Writer, Director, and Producer: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Writer, Producer, and Film Editor: Jessica Congdon

Producer: Jessica Anthony

Associate Producer: Dani Fishman

Executive Producers: Maria Shriver, Abigail Disney, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Sarah E. Johnson, Regina Kulik Scully, Wendy Schmidt

Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture? We have a documentary about men and masculinity produced entirely by women. Putting things in perspective here, can we honestly say that in this day and age a film about young women and “femininity” is a venture that could be taken up by an all-male production team and have any sort of real credibility? Furthermore, is it a subject that a group of men should attempt to tackle? Is a man or a group of men really capable of exploring the true depth of the experience of being a woman? Probably not. That being said, how could the reverse situation, which is this film, hope to escape the same fate? It can’t and it doesn’t. Even if these women have sons of their own, they will never experience being their sons (or any of the other men in their lives), and that makes a BIG difference with a project like this.

The perspective of the filmmakers is unavoidable, and for that effect the film itself becomes in large part a critique of men and masculinity in the context of how they relate to women and the feminine- not a real in-depth look at masculinity in and of itself. While there are points where some real light shines through, and the filmmakers may have had the best of intentions, unfortunately this “light” is somewhat dimmed by the persistent and obvious focus of the filmmakers in the belief of the perpetual victim status of women in America.

The film’s focus on women being faultless victims of American men leaves one with the impression that much of the “concern” for men this film professes to have, is in large part based in the filmmakers’ own group self-interest as women, and not out of a genuine concern for the suffering of men in and of itself. The filmmakers seek to see men’s behavior change for the primary purpose of benefiting women (particularly those of a neo-feminist persuasion), not men.

To sum it up, any “concern” the film claims to have for boys and men comes off as largely disingenuous, and in truth just seems to simply be looking for a new solution for the age-old problem of how to make men “behave properly” and “feel correctly” in order to tame and train them to not be “a threat” to whomever is looking to gain power at their expense.

One of the first “experts” interviewed in the film is Dr. Michael Kimmel, who speaks of how the idea of proving strength and masculinity to other males is something that starts in early boyhood. Kimmel laments about how boys having to prove to other boys that they’re “not girls” does not give young boys a way to feel secure in their own masculinity.

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Dr. Kimmel is featured fairly frequently throughout the film, and is a self-described “male feminist” who sees the ideology of feminism as a part of his moral compass, operating in place of spirituality or religion (Kimmel and his family are secular Jews). Dr. Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University and author of books like “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men” and “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era”.

Dr. Kimmel is also a founder of the “Men’s Studies” division of Gender Studies, and is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University. Men’s Studies focuses on the idea of “male privilege” and challenging traditional male roles. Kimmel formed this in response to the Men’s Rights Movement that was itself a reaction to Second and Third Wave Feminism and the imposition of its ideals on men.

Kimmel analyzes feelings of disenfranchisement and anger in men (particularly white men), as feelings of lost entitlement which are resulting in mass murder, mass misogynist violence and the overall setback of the advancement of culture. Kimmel feels action is needed to move men into a more “equalitarian” future.

Other “experts” like Jewish-American educator, advocate, “anti-violence” expert, and producer of the film “Tough Guise”, Dr. Jackson Katz, echo Kimmel’s sentiments on a need for a cultural redefining of masculinity. Dr. Katz is the creator of a gender violence prevention and education program entitled “Mentors in Violence Prevention”.

Katz advocates the bystander approach to gender violence and bullying prevention. Instead of focusing on women as victims and men as perpetrators of harassment, abuse or violence, the bystander approach concentrates on the role of peers in schools, groups, teams, workplaces and other social units.

However, like Dr. Kimmel, Dr. Katz’s male “advocacy” operates under the assumption that the interests and goals of second and third wave feminism are completely congruent with the best interests of western men, which is an incredibly tenuous assumption to say the least. Similarly, Dr. Katz’s overarching stance in much of his work is firmly entrenched in Critical Theory, with its obsessive focus on not “reinforce(ing) the dominant position of white masculinity in the race/gender system.”

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One of the fundamental underlying premises of the film is the theory that gender (or at least masculinity) is a purely social construct. This is alliterated by Jewish-American professor Dr. Caroline Heldman, (who was quoted in the beginning of this section) and appears to be “backed up” by science with the opinion of neuroscientist Dr. Lise Eliot, who states that “Throughout most of history there’s been this belief that men and women are fundamentally different creatures… that probably begins with the Bible… Sex is a biological term that refers to what chromosomes you have… Gender is a social construct.”

The notion of gender, and masculinity in particular, as not being “a real thing” is based on the changing specifics of the roles men play and have played from culture to culture, due to differences in economics, religion, resources, technological advancement, climate, historical factors and numerous cultural idiosyncrasies and influences. However, this notion of male social roles becomes a misrepresentation when it is applied as a universal for everything except chromosomes and genitalia. In truth, there are indeed certain “universals” that have always been present in human male populations across cultures and across time such as but not limited to:

  • Males engaging in more coalitional violence.
  • Males tending to be more aggressive.
  • Males being more prone to lethal violence.
  • Males being more prone to theft.
  • Males, on average, travelling greater distances over their lifetime

This also parallels with the characteristics of other mammal males where the need to compete for sexual selection is high. These characteristics include:

  • Males will tend to be larger than females.
  • Males will tend to die younger for physiological reasons than will females.
  • Males will tend to engage in more risky activities in the context of acquiring mates than females.
  • Males will tend to have higher mortality than females as a result of external factors, such as combat, disease, and accidents.
  • Males will tend to exhibit more general aggression than females.
  • Males will tend to engage in escalating violent aggression that leads to injury and/or death.
  • Pre-adult males will tend to engage in more competitive and aggressive play than pre-adult females.
  • Males will be less discriminating about and more eager to procreate with females than vice-versa.

Many of these are the very characteristics that the film and Critical Theory argue are purely “social constructs” that can somehow be “unlearned”. If this were indeed true, then why do these masculine/male traits appear not only repeat themselves across different cultures and different periods in history, but across different species? Not only that, if these things are so universally distributed, making them truly a property of nature rather than society, would it not be supreme arrogance to believe that somehow it was nature that “got it wrong”, and we’re going to “fix it”?

The idea of gender as a “social construct” is actually fairly recent, and has its origins in the early twentieth century with Neo-Marxist Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School. Critical Theory now saturates the Humanities Departments in most western colleges and universities, and has made its way into the majority of high school and even elementary school curricula in some form or fashion.

The concept of Critical Theory is comprised of two basic components: First, is that society is organized into oppressors and the oppressed, with the “oppressors” typically being straight “cisgender” men, with white men sitting tenuously at the very top of as rulers; while a victim hierarchy structure exists beneath them composed of women, “people of color”, LGBTQ, Jews, Muslims, etc. Second, is the belief that this system must somehow be upended through a “revolutionary” transformation of western culture via academia, media, religion, politics, which will result in the fundamental transformation of western society as a whole.

It should also be understood that this whole notion of victimhood and victim hierarchy as professed by Critical Theory is completely incongruent with self-reliance and accountability, which form the backbone of true self-empowerment, which is what movements that espouse to Critical Theory, like feminism, profess to be about. You cannot claim power over your situation without claiming some responsibility for it. Victims can’t have power, or else they wouldn’t be victims.

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We also find sprinkled throughout the film, various references to popular Critical Theory topics like “White Privilege”, “Male Privilege”, as well as the “oppression” of people of color. This is subtly hinted at through the hot-button issue of illegal immigration, with some focus on the story of a young man who laments over his absentee father being deported back to Mexico, causing him to be even less involved in his life than he already was.

As stated earlier, the film also addresses the issues with media stereotypes and the problem of pornography saturating the internet. However, instead of taking a deep look at how pornography can be addictive and truly destructive to men in multiple aspects of their lives, the film instead chooses to focus on the narrative of “rape culture”. In regards to porn, the main problem “Mask” sees is not so much the severe internal damage it causes to men in relationship to themselves, but rather how it supposedly causes them to act towards women in a predatory and even violent fashion. Again, it was the way men interacted with women that was seen as the most important issue.

It was at this point where we see Dr. Jackson Katz declare that “We (as in the United States) have a rape culture. What that means is that individual rapists are crawling out of the swamps… being produced by our culture.

The fallacies of claiming that there is a “rape culture” originating in the U.S. or any other western country, that is being led by “misogynist white males” are manifold. This narrative is a creation of Critical Theory, Third Wave Feminism, and the media, and is a subject dense enough for an article in and of itself. That being said, I will leave the topic at this point with two words: taharrush and bullshit.

After addressing “rape culture”, we move to violence culture, where we are told that “gender is the single most important factor” as to why men are the primary perpetrators of “mass shootings” (remember, we were also told that gender is a social construct). Now, moving beyond the sensationalist government and media creations that were the stories of Adam Lanza and James Holmes, there is again more to the story than the perpetuated existence of “violent, dominant hyper-masculinity” that the film would have you believe is the root of all evil.

Regardless of its faults, “The Mask You Live In”, has had enough financial backing and support to be packaged as an “educational film”, with some schools even beginning to include it as part of their curriculum (complete with accompanying text and teaching materials). This material is put out through Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s “Representation Project”- a nonprofit that was launched after the success of “Miss Representation”; whose board members include U.S. Democratic strategist and spokesman for the Golden State Warriors and for the Super Bowl 50 host committee, Nathan Ballard. Interestingly, Ballard is also a former spokesperson for Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Jennifer’s husband), and a former spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Secretary of State John Kerry, and former NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark.

The Representation Project “inspires individuals and communities to create a world free of limiting stereotypes and social injustices” and “(Use) film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, or circumstance, can fulfill their human potential.”

CONCLUSION:

“I think we need to get away from calling weak men ‘women’… I think we need to stop making the woman the opposite end of the spectrum of masculinity… We’re not really saying, ‘He’s not a man, he’s a woman’; we’re saying, ‘He’s not strong, he’s weak’.”

  • Justin “Master Chim” Garcia

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The Mask You Live In”, while making some valid points particularly when it comes to the need for men to be able to express emotion in a healthy manner and have support around doing so, falls victim to its belief in a simplistic caricature of masculinity. This caricature of masculinity has in and of itself been largely created by a modernized society that has progressively alienated and displaced what men are in their fullness. Each subsequent generation has moved further and further away from what this is.

The version of masculinity that is portrayed in the film is what should be referred to as “shadow masculinity”. This is an incomplete and imbalanced form of masculinity. Moreover, this is very much an immature form of masculinity- the masculinity of boys who never became men.

Contrary to the beliefs of folks like Dr. Caroline Heldman and other “critical theorists”, masculinity is the very real thing that has created society, not the other way round. The masculine impulse is the progenitor impulse; the drive to create and to build; to extend oneself outwards into the world.

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The masculine man is also the traditional protector of the tribe; the one with the tough physical exterior that complements the woman’s tough physical interior. It was always the men the formed the perimeter to protect the interior- the women and the children; from predators and invaders. It was the men that understood they would need to be fit to defend and in many cases, die, in order to protect the ability of the tribe to carry on through the women and children.

In this respect, it is hard-wired into men to seek out and foster strength in other members of “the tribe”, as it is for men to seek to gain the respect and approval of other men in the tribe. Again, these are things that are hard-wired into us, and in a natural environment, they are healthy and play a vital role in the development and maintenance of healthy masculinity. The drive to “toughen” other men up comes from this. However, without proper guidance and initiation from “tribal elders”, this toughening-up process in its immature form can turn into bullying, and becomes destructive rather than productive.

This need for strength and control/discipline also flows over into the area of emotion and the need for men to have emotional strength and control so we aren’t emotionally “leaking” all over the place, putting ourselves and others at risk during times of crisis and real threat when we need to keep our wits about us. Again, due to lack of proper guidance and initiation, we have mistakenly come to equate emotional control with emotional suppression.

The real problem here is that we are far, far away from anything close to a “natural environment”, and this artifice of modernity seems to have severely affected men to a degree that really is not being talked about in this film, or in general. There is a perverse domestication process that is happening in modern society that is breeding a form of psychosis in men (as well as women), as we become increasingly separated from the natural rhythms of life. In some cases, this psychosis is repressed and regressive, and in others, it’s violent and virulent.

To add to this problem, there is a real belief that these natural hard-wired traits in men are something that can just be culturally “reprogrammed” or “overridden”. This theory is a severe fallacy, and has led to much of the sorts of violent outbursts and general hopeless despair that the makers of the film wish to remedy. We can’t just “reprogram” men and think everything will work out. We need to get to the root of the wound, which with the nature of this modern society, can be multiple.

Here in the United States, we still begin many of our young men’s lives with the very unnatural and unnecessary process of institutionalized male genital mutilation or “circumcision”. There has been a great deal of study done on infant circumcision and infant trauma, and it has been found that the procedure can and will have a deep traumatic impact on the child that will effect a wide range of development issues including, but not limited to his ability to express emotion, empathy and intimacy. There is a saying in the anti-circumcision community that those men who have been cut will “cut” in return. It has been widely concluded that due to the stage of development of the child when the trauma occurs, infant trauma is the hardest to thoroughly move past.

We then move on to the schooling or “education” of boys. The system of government education that we subscribe to is probably one of the most un-natural and perverse systems we can put a child into. A great deal of the film goes into statistics about boys in school such as the fact that boys are more likely to be in special education, be diagnosed with ADHD, flunk or drop out, be suspended, or be expelled. The film puts a great deal of stress put on what can be done to somehow make these boys perform better in school. However, the film lacks either the insight or perhaps the courage to state that just maybe the problem isn’t the boys, but the institution they are being forced to attend. Likewise, the brutal hierarchies that develop in the schooling system are not typically present in home-schoolers or tribal societies.

In addition, the psychotropic medication of boys in particular, which is occurring at increasingly young age, is not even addressed in this film. The natural rambunctiousness and risk-taking nature of boys and young men is seen as a “disease” by modern psychiatric “medicine” and the modern education system. As a result American boys are being medicated with a cocktail of psychoactive chemicals, producing a host of incredibly harmful and dangerous results for themselves and others around them. Once again, not a peep about this from the producers of this film.

As far as the media is concerned, there is no doubt that the Hollywood/Madison Avenue culture has imposed a toxic artifice on us and poisoned our view of the world. However, we would do well to understand that this world of fantasy and its distorted, childish views of masculinity was created in large part to distract and pacify men. It was developed as a way of seducing men to buy into a life where they sell out their true masculine birthrights as sovereign and virile builders of culture and civilization for the pleasures and comforts of modernity and a mediocre existence.

The problem isn’t with any sort of “hyper-masculinity”, or men being aggressive and dominant and competitive- these are fundamental components of masculinity in its wholeness. The problem is that these qualities aren’t the complete picture of masculinity in its wholeness. We need to be able to take on and embody ALL of the masculine archetypes: Warrior, Magician, Lover, and King– and in their wholeness. The problem is that we don’t have a society that understands or facilitates this kind of holistic development in men.

Another problem is also that we are told that we either have the option of embodying this shadow masculinity or embodying the persona of the castrated “masculine feminist”. Personally, I reject both of these. I also find Joe Ehrmann’s statement in the film, “‘Be a man’ is one of the most destructive phrases in this culture” to be destructive in and of itself, and reminds me of my jaded single mother telling me to “Never grow up to be a man” (a phrase other friends who had single mothers heard). We have an epidemic of men who have been raised by women and have been made to feel guilty about being men, causing them to act in a manner that is weak and emotionally castrated. This needs to stop.

Lastly, the big problem here is that the society that has been created here in the western world in the last century, and is continuing to be constructed in the age of globalism and “political correctness”, is not one that is conducive to any sort of healthy masculinity at all whatsoever. It is one that leaves us as neurotic and destructive children seeking out the initiation into true manhood that we never were allowed. And to paraphrase an old African tribal saying, “If we do not initiate the young men, they will burn the village down.

What we need is a return to tribe. We need to get back to the natural rhythms of ourselves and of nature. We need to return to real brotherhood and purpose. We need strength- not just physical strength, but mental, emotional and spiritual strength. We need real initiation and ritual. We need to understand and work with the archetypes that define us.

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Photo courtesy of Wolves of Vinland/Wolves of Cascadia

True masculinity has always been the greatest threat to any established order or any outside group seeking dominance over a tribe. This is why such focus is placed on controlling men- making sure that men “behave” and “fall-in-line” in a subservient fashion. It is this sort of docile, domesticated, and castrated masculinity that we in the SSH wish to wash our hands of. However, these things cannot happen if we are fully invested in the artifice that does little more that suck our life energy and leave us as neurotic shells of what we could be. It’s time we find the strength to discard these illusions and distractions, so we can build something new.

Praise The ALL-Father, Praise the Great Mother, Praise the Sun/Son.

Additional Reading:

“Masculinity Is More Than a Mask” by Christina Hoff Summers

The Four Jungian Masculine Archetypes

THE LAW OF “RIGHT” AND “WRONG”

“So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”

― Ernest Hemingway, “Death in the Afternoon”

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The concept of morality and the idea of what is “right” and what is “wrong” have been the subject of hours of rigorous debate and volumes of religious, philosophical and legal text.  Generally, these ideas of morality tend to vary from culture to culture, and oftentimes the variance is quite pronounced.

From The Code of Hammurabi, to The Ten Commandments, to The Nine Noble Virtues, to the Koran, to the writings of Confucius, to the writings of Plato, to the Magna Carta, to the U.S. Constitution, this notion of the “law” of right and wrong has been a part of human society for millennia.

For a long time here in the West, there were generally codes of morality that were culturally ingrained in those of European descent over many generations.  Even in the “colonies”, while some variance existed, particularly here in the United States with our unique culture of freedom that made us somewhat different from the “Old World”, we still shared much of the same basic values that were inherent to the rest of Europe.  These were values that were not just the product of European Christendom, but were rooted in Europe’s ancient pagan past as well.

The spread of Western culture (or at least a shadow version of it) across the world through colonialism, imperialism, global corporate consumerism, Hollywood, and the spread of “democracy” led to a misleading feedback loop.  Over time and generations, this feedback loop caused the inhabitants of the West, particularly those of European descent, to believe that most people, regardless of culture or ethnicity, held the same basic fundamental values of “right” and “wrong” that they did.

However, as mass migration begins to change the demographics of the West, people of European descent are quickly beginning to realize that this is definitely NOT the case.  The peoples of the non-Western nations in many cases have radically codes of morality than those subscribed to by men and women of European descent.  This has in many cases created a power-struggle between competing and by a large degree of measure, incompatible cultural ideologies.

Meanwhile, the traditional values and morals of the West have slowly begun to shift and break down with the rise of Modernist and Postmodernist philosophy and Cultural Marxism.  This has led to an internal struggle, as solipsism and  moral relativism along with an air of resentful hostility towards what had been the traditional values until the various “cultural revolutions” slowly gained steam through academia and the media.

These revolutions were/are concerned with creating a sort of utopia of equality for the disenfranchised, while at the same time demoting the “oppressor class” (middle-to-upper income white males) by taking over and tearing down “his” institutions.  In summation, the political Left has sought to tear down “racist and intolerant” traditionalism, and completely invert the old social norms, with the hopes of creating a sort of politically correct hedonist commune.

On the opposite side of all of this, there is a hardline movement on what would be considered the political Right that is arguably just as morally relativistic.  Following the writings and philosophies of men like Frederich Nietzsche, Ragnar Redbeard, and Adolf Hitler, there is what could be described as the “Might is Right” movement taking place on the Right in reaction to what is seen as a culture of weakness and victimhood being promoted by the Left.  This movement promotes a sort of “hyper-masculinity” and applies a “survival of the fittest” philosophy to human affairs, stating that attempts to artificially create across-the-board “equality” in human (specifically Western) society is an aberration of nature and fundamentally impossible.

The Might is Right movement scowls at Cultural Marxism’s attempt to create a rule of the disenfranchised.  They see the disenfranchised as life’s losers, who “lost” because they are weak- mentally, physically and/or emotionally.  They do not believe that the weak “shall inherit the Earth”, but rather that the weak should either serve the strong or get out of their way- lest they be crushed.

So all that being said, is there any sort of “universal” code of morality that supersedes the inconsistencies and incongruities between the philosophies and ideologies of different races, ethnicities and cultures?

Many might point to the law of government as being that universal code.  After all, we are taught from the time we are very young that the “law-abiding citizen” is the paragon of moral virtue.  However, the problem with government law is that it is not universal or consistent, and oftentimes will even contradict itself.  A terrorist in one nation is a hero in another.  Similarly, many of those seen as “patriots” and “revolutionaries” were at one time seen as criminals.

Law is not a constant standard either.  What was once illegal and therefore “wrong”, can be made legal and thereby “morally acceptable” with a few strokes of a pen, as was the case with alcohol prohibition in the U.S.  Even the legal documents that are meant to provide the rule of law for a nation (i.e. the U.S. Constitution) will have loopholes and inconsistencies that allow the laws contained within to be interpreted so broadly and loosely that the become essentially meaningless.

So if the “law of the land” is completely subjective and the cultural definitions of morality vary from people to people to such an order of magnitude, can we thereby assume that there is no such thing as a universal definition of right and wrong?  Absolutely not.

A while back I said that spiritual growth and development is THE point of human existence here on Earth.  Period.  Now the specifics of what that looks like or what that entails will inevitably vary, but that simple fact remains- we are here to evolve as spiritual beings while in a physical form.

This brings us to our question of what is right and wrong, and the answer is really simple:

What is right is whatever accelerates spiritual growth and development.  What is wrong is whatever retards spiritual growth and development.

Now that may seem pretty vague and nebulous to some folks, so let me explain.

Spiritual growth and development is achieved by strengthening and expanding the capacity of the Mind, Heart and Will (action) centers of our being while developing a relationship with the God-Self within- our internal Sun; with the goal of eventually transcending the limitations of physical matter.  This can be done in a variety of ways and the paths to spiritual attainment are as numerous as there are people on this Earth.

On this Earth there are certain Laws that exist and function on all levels of existence.  These are things like the Law of Manifestation and the Law of Cause and Effect, i.e. “Karma”.  They are also the various Principles of the Natural World that govern how our bodies (physical body, mental body, emotional body, psychic body, spiritual body, etc.) function.  It is through properly understanding and properly utilizing these Laws and Principles that allows us to function optimally, enabling us to grow and evolve as beings.

And just as there are numerous methods for achieving and accelerating spiritual growth and development, there are even more ways to slow it down.  This is where moral relativism and cultural differences on morality become neutralized.

It does not matter if you live in a culture where rape and torture is seen as acceptable in some capacity or another.  When you violate the free will of another being, negative Karmic ramifications will come back on you individually and the tribe collectively.  These consequences will serve to ultimately slow down spiritual growth and development.  It doesn’t matter if you believe you were right or not.  It does not matter if it was in some “holy book” or whether you were ordered to do it by whatever authority you serve.  You will reap what you sow.

Now are there ways around feeling the direct effects of Karma?  Sure.  One of the most tried-and-true ways has always been getting others to do your dirty work for you.  The unquestioning soldier (soul-die-r) who perpetrates atrocities for the aims of a greedy politician or oil baron will bear the brunt of the Karmic repercussions for his deeds, allowing his “owners” to remain somewhat (although never completely) unscathed by the Law.  Ignorance and erroneous beliefs of “righteousness” are not excuses for grown men and women to violate the free will of others and impede on their spiritual growth and development.

Likewise, when we do not take proper care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, psychically and spiritually, we will inevitably experience setbacks in spiritual growth and development.  In order for full attainment to be achieved, all systems need to be running at 100%.  This cannot happen if we are doing damage to ourselves on some level or other.  Again, ignorance and erroneous beliefs do not pardon us from the consequences of our actions.  Neither do fear, laziness, or any other number of excuses our mind can orchestrate.

But the good news is that Karma and the Law are so just that we cannot do anything that truly aids in our spiritual growth and development while impeding on the spiritual growth and development of another.  So if we are truly doing what we know in our heart and our gut (as opposed to believe with our mind) to be what is necessary for this process within ourselves, we do not need to worry about harming another and reaping the repercussions of Karma.  And if we are truly doing what we know in our heart to be necessary for spiritual growth and development, we will most certainly not harm ourselves.

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Another thing to take into account is the fact that the arena where the opportunity spiritual growth and development takes place is primarily in the physical world.  This being the case, the physical body typically needs to be alive in order for this to happen.  Thus, it is necessary we defend ourselves as well as whatever sort of spiritual lineage we may have in the form of family and tribe whom we have passed a bit of our-Self onto, or whom may have passed a bit of them-Self to us.  That being said, we need to have the discipline and control to defend without letting the impulse for sadism take over.

And while we typically want to defend our lives, sacrificing ourselves to save the lives of family and tribe can certainly reap rewards of further attainment if done for the right reasons.  The heroic honor of laying down one’s life for one’s brother in a noble fashion will be rewarded in the Halls of Valhalla.

We can also begin the practice of making “little sacrifices” in one form or another, to help ease someone’s suffering and lessen their burden.  Likewise we can make sacrifices of things in our lives that do not serve us.  Sacrifice “frees up space” and allows room for greater spiritual growth and development.

What it all comes down to is connection.  What is it that makes us feel more connected to Spirit and what makes us feel disconnected?  What makes us feel alive and full of Light and Love, and what makes us feel hollow and dead inside?  What makes us feel free and open, and what makes us feel constricted and closed off?  Hint: fear and resentment will create a sensation of being constricted.

At the end of the day, your heart and your gut know what it is you need to do, what is a waste of your time, and what is doing damage to yourself.  On the deepest level, you know what is causing you harm and what is just distracting you from where you need to focus your attention in order to strengthen your multiple bodies and accelerate your spiritual growth and development.

Doing what needs to be done to aid and accelerate our spiritual growth and development is a choice; and it is a choice we make moment by moment.  There is not a decision you make that is inconsequential, although it may seem like it at the time.  The price of true freedom is eternal vigilance.

But if you don’t want to do what you need to do to align yourself and would rather watch TV; or if you want to believe that you don’t have the time or the energy; or that the odds are just too stacked against you; or if you just don’t care, that’s fine too.

But if you do strive for the highest form of strength and excellence, and want to bring others up with you, I wish you well on the path of the true Übermensch; the new god-man; the man “who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative.  Aware of life’s terrors, he affirms life without resentment”

Those who have ears to hear should hear.  Namaste and God Bless.

THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF THE FEMININE?

“To destroy, to build up, to tear up and to settle are yours, Inanna….
To turn a man into a woman and a woman into a man are yours, Inanna….
Business, great winning, financial loss, deficit are yours, Inanna….
Neglect, careful preparation, to raise the head and to subdue are yours, Inanna….
Slander, untruthful words, to speak inimical (words) (and) to add hostile words are yours, Inanna….
To initiate a quarrel, to joke, to cause smiling, to be base and to be important are yours, Inanna.” 

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A major theme that has essentially become “pop” in modern “New Age” circles is this notion that with the “Great Shift” of December 21st, 2012, we are now living in an age that is ruled by the Divine Feminine after centuries of Masculine rule through domination and conquest.  This concept was most recently talked about by self-described psychic, (as well as activist, musician, actress and media personality) Danielle Egnew in her recent YouTube video entitled, “2016 Psychic Presidential Prediction – You may be shocked!

In her video, the psychic actress essentially predicted that Hillary Clinton was going to win the Presidential election (did we really need a psychic to predict that?).  However, she did not actually state that, but rather it was implied by stating Trump and Bernie WOULD NOT win.

She stated that Donald Trump represented the male dominator impulse that was “on its way out”, and said that “in no reality” that she had psychic access to was he the winner.

On the opposite end, she said Bernie represented “the people” and that he was doing more good on the ground than he would if he got stifled in the White House.

Hillary Clinton was described as a sort of “bridge” between the Age of male domination and empire building and the Age of compassionate egalitarianism that is supposedly just around the corner with the incoming of this new “Feminine Age”.

In her video prediction, Egnew repeated what has become pop-New Age thought, stating that after December 21st, 2012 we entered the Age of the Feminine, which is apparently all about nurturing, compassion, peace on Earth, and other “Golden Age” ideals.

To her credit, Egnew encouraged viewers to step back and take a look at the bigger picture where these political figures represented various aspects of the collective consciousness, and cease the vehement emotional in-fighting that has grown to a fever pitch among voting factions this election cycle.

However, there are issues with Ms. Egenew’s prediction, particularly when it comes to her characterizations of both the Feminine and Masculine aspects of consciousness and what that has meant in Ages past, present and future.

One unfortunate tendency among a large portion of “New Agers” is the gross over-simplification of the characteristics of the Masculine and Feminine Principles, reducing them to two-dimensional caricatures of themselves.  This undoubtedly due to the enormous impact that Neo-Marxist Critical Theory has had on the perceptions of the New Age community.

On one side we have the Masculine, symbolized by the hated “Patriarchy”- boorish, bullying, pig-headed, violent, destructive, oppressive and intolerant.  On the other side, we have the Feminine- compassionate, nurturing, loving, accepting, peaceful, level-headed, sugar, and spice, and everything nice.  These caricatures are perpetuated by Ms. Egenew in her video.

However, these depictions of the Masculine and Feminine completely disregard the millennia of wisdom handed down from the ancient world, as well as any truly objective observations of the workings of the modern world.  The ancient Celts, for example, saw the primary masculine and feminine deities as having three or four primary aspects, which can be linked to the various cycles occurring in nature.  The aspect of the “multi-faceted” deity was also found in ancient India as well as the Near-East, and is essentially a universal concept.

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The initiated knew that at the most primal level, these gods and goddesses represented aspects of individual and collective human consciousness, which exist beyond labels and any concepts of “morality”.  These were forces of nature on a cosmic scale, and the ancient initiates deeply understood the awesome complexity of these forces.

A great example of this understanding can be seen in the activities of the Inanna-Ishtar cults of Babylon and the ancient Semitic world.  Inanna-Ishtar was the goddess of love, war and sex.  Her cult practiced what was known as “sacred prostitution”, where women waited at a temple and had sex with a stranger in exchange for a divine blessing as well as money to feed hungry children, pay a debt, etc.  Undoubtedly the Biblical characterization of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute, as well as the figure of the “Whore of Babylon” from Revelation, was derived from perhaps less-than favorable views of this ancient goddess cult.

In ancient Babylon they would hold festivals in honor of the Goddess, in which the traditional roles of men and women were reversed, and men would dress as women and women would dress as men.  The participants would play games and act as children, while at the same time partaking in abject hedonism.  The purpose behind this celebration was to appease the Goddess, whom they understood had the power and potential to turn the basic ordering principle that arises from the Divine Masculine upside down, returning the world to a state of chaos.

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Researcher Colin McKay describes this cult of Inanna-Ishtar in his essay about the Hermetic and alchemical principles behind money creation and finance entitled “The Money $hot: Even Banking is All about Sex”:

Inanna-Ishtar combines male aggressiveness with the force of superabundance of female sexuality. She encompasses the two forms of potential disorder and violence—sex and war.

Inanna-Ishtar’s cultic celebrations and cultic personnel above all reflect her anomalousness and liminality. She is, one might say, externalized into unordered, carnivalesque celebration that demonstrates a reaching beyond the normal order of things and the breakdown of norms. The goddess’s festivals are institutionalized license. They celebrate and tolerate disorder. They are occasions when social rules are in abeyance and deviance from norms is articulated. Through symbolic inversion they attack the basic categorical differences between male and female, human and animal, young and old.

The chief participants and actors in the goddess’s cult are well known by name … Their transvestism simulated the androgyny of Inanna-Ishtar. It was perhaps the inversion of the male/female binary opposition that thereby neutralized this opposition. By emulating their goddess who was both female and male, they shattered the boundary between the sexes. … The cultic personnel of the goddess in their costumes, words, and acts had but one goal: ‘to delight Ishtar’s heart, give themselves up to (otherwise) for[bidden] actions.’”

The shattering of boundaries between sexes and the deviations of social norms with the point of creating “disorder” has been the stated goal of the various “Marxist-style” cultural revolutions that came out of the Frankfurt School and made the slow march through the institutions, culminating with movements like the Sexual Revolution, Second Wave Feminism, and LGBT Pride.  These revolutionary movements were not only about the disenfranchised looking for equal footing in society, but were at their roots about toppling the “Patriarchy” and dismantling the existing social order.  This was and is the cult of Inanna-Ishtar playing itself out in the world, as this sort of hypersexualized “upside-down” disorder slowly normalized the replacement traditional roles and the traditional orders of society.

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In Vedic mythology, the goddess Kāli (not to be confused with the masculine demon of the same name) was the embodiment of death, destruction and the consuming aspects of reality.  Her name means “black one and force of time”, and she is therefore called the Goddess of Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation, and Destruction.  She is the transition from one cycle to the next, where the old must be destroyed and dismantled in order for the creation of the new.  She is the mouth of the abyss that wishes to swallow all that we think we are.

In the ancient Babylonian creation myth, the male god Marduk slays the cosmic serpent of chaos, characterized by the feminine entity known as Tiamat, and creates the world from her body.  Tiamat is the cosmic abyss- the substance from which matter is formed, and is also representative of the Feminine Principle of raw potentiality.  Marduk was the ordering principle of the Kosmos- that which gives form, structure, and order, and is representative of the Masculine Principle.

The ancients understood that creation is comprised of two primary polarities- Masculine and Feminine.  This is the Yin and the Yang out of Taoist philosophy.  Yin, is represented as the black fish with the white eye, (as both sides contain a piece of its opposite) and represents the Feminine polarity of consciousness.  Yang then, the white fish with the black eye, represents the Male polarity of consciousness.

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In Hermetic philosophy, we see this articulated in the Principle of Gender, which states that “gender is in everything” and that all things have a male and a female polarity.  On a functional level, this exists as something that goes beyond what we understand as “sex” and can be likened to the “positive” and “negative” charges on a battery in how they operate.  The Kybalion illustrates how these Principles operate in consciousness:

The tendency of the Feminine Principle is always in the direction of receiving impressions, while the tendency of the Masculine Principle is always in. the direction of giving out, or expressing. The Feminine Principle has a much more varied field of operation than has the Masculine Principle. The Feminine Principle conducts the work of generating new thoughts, concepts, ideas, including the work of the imagination. The Masculine Principle contents itself with the work of the “Will,” in its varied phases. And yet without the active aid of the Will of the Masculine Principle, the Feminine Principle is apt to rest content with generating mental images which are the result of impressions received from outside, instead of producing original mental creations.”

In other words, there can be no act of creation without the Masculine Principle.  Without the Masculine Principle, the New Age will bring nothing “new” at all.  It is the Masculine that creates what the Feminine births and nurtures.  One cannot exist without the other.

Quite some time ago I came to the realization that what appears to be happening in the world is the “dance” of the Divine Feminine and Masculine forces playing out in the consciousness of humanity. Sometimes the dance is graceful, but quite often it appears violent.

It also helps to understand that the Masculine and Feminine Principles extend far beyond human gender, which is really irrelevant when we understand how all things contain both Principles within them.  Men and women as leaders are more or less “symbolic” to these Principles at various times, but by no means do they define them.  Men can serve as agents of the Feminine and vice versa.

We have been living our lives in the carnival of Inanna-Ishtar as the existing orders have been stripped and torn down through philosophical and ideological movements like Modernism, Postmodernism and Cultural Marxism as well as the numerous wars, revolutions and conflicts of the past century that occurred on a scale and scope never before seen.

Now it could be argued that there was some of the “nurturing” aspect of the Feminine present at the end of this Age with the advent of socialism and the social safety-net, i.e. “the welfare state”, as well as the emotional coddling that arises out of the culture of political correctness.  Ultimately these “nurturing” institutions in and of themselves can only take.  They cannot produce.  Thus there comes a point where the Masculine Principle is needed to rein things in or things begin to break down, which is what is beginning to happen economically in the West as the burden on the artificial system reaches its limit.

With both the cultural movements and the wars, the focus has been almost entirely bent towards destabilizing and “tearing down” to the point where nothing remains of the old societies.  This is what then allows for a “New Order” to be shaped out of the Masculine Principle.  But the question is, do we really understand the Masculine Principle well enough to work with it consciously to shape a world that is more aligned with the Laws of Nature and Creation, or will we be forced to remain as spectators and cheerleaders for those who do understand it?  The Kybalion illustrates this:

The majority of persons rarely employ the Masculine Principle but little and are content to live according to the thoughts and ideas instilled into the “Me” from the “I” of other minds…  The strong men and women of the world invariably manifest the Masculine Principle of Will, and their strength depends materially upon this fact. Instead of living upon the impressions made upon their minds by others, they dominate their own minds by their Will, obtaining the kind of mental images desired, and moreover dominate the minds of others likewise, in the same manner. Look at the strong people, how they manage to implant their seed-thoughts in the minds of the masses of the people, thus causing the latter to think thoughts in accordance with the desires and wills of the strong individuals. This is why the masses of people are such sheep-like creatures, never originating an idea of their own, nor using their own powers of mental activity.

This is why knowing and understanding the Principles and being able to utilize them in a conscious and functional manner is more important than ever.  We have an opportunity now as things begin to break down to create something entirely new.  But we need to be vigilant, because the Old Age always tries to stay beyond its time and will attempt to plant its seeds in the New.

Inanna-Ishtar has brought her disorder and Kali has brought her destruction as we ascend into the chaos of Tiamat, where once again, the Masculine Principle of order will once again bring form, as we move out of the Age of the FEMININE water (emotions) sign of Pisces and into the MASCULINE air (mind) sign of Aquarius.ma-34359165

Yes we have been in a Feminine Age the whole time and you didn’t even know it. Perhaps some might be up in arms over this statement, furrowing their brows and flailing their limbs while lamenting, “B-b-but the oppression, a-a-and the Patriarchy…”

To that I simply offer this bit of life insight: I have never seen anyone more oppressive and cruel towards women than other women. 

Likewise, I have never seen guys act dumber than when they are trying to impress a girl.

But in all seriousness, the Zodiacal Ages are contained within the larger Yuga Ages.  The Kali Yuga was a male-dominator Age, but it was intersected halfway by the feminine Piscean Age, which ushered the transition out of the Kali Yuga in the 1700s.  This was the Enlightenment Era of scientific discovery and political egalitarianism.  This was also the beginning of the transition an age in Western society where it was stable and safe enough for the philosophy of Feminism to emerge, which up until that point it had not been.

There was a long-held believe that the Kali Yuga would be immediately followed by the Satya Yuga or “Golden Age”, which is seen by many as the Age of the Primordial Mother, but also as the Age where the Primordial Duo were One.  However this was found to be untrue by the great mystic, Sri Yukteswar, teacher of Yogananada, who found that we are now in fact in a Dwapara Yuga or “Energy Age”, as opposed to a new Golden Age.  At this point in time, this is idea of us being in an “energy age” is easily observed as almost a no-brainer in this age of scientific and technological breakthroughs.

It is said that in the Dwapara Yuga, people will be “kingly and pleasure-seeking. In this era, the divine intellect ceases to exist, and it is therefore seldom that anyone is wholly truthful. As a result of this life of deceit, people are plagued by ailments, diseases and various types of desires. After suffering from these ailments, people realize their misdeeds and perform penance.

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So we are headed into a Masculine mental Age in during the greater Energy Age.  What does this mean?  It means that we are in an Age where both Feminine AND Masculine forces will be shifting and re-aligning as we move back towards that Golden Age so many want to be here RIGHT NOW.  Don’t worry though, good things come to those who wait… several thousand years.

Those who have ears to hear should hear.  Namaste and God Bless.

A NEW RENAISSANCE

“Behind us, we have all of our ancestors.  In front of us, we have our descendants yet to come.  Off our left and right sides we have our living kin, who are with us now.  Above us, we have the Holy Powers.  Below us, we have the Earth and the World of Nature.  In each direction we have connections and responsibilities and receive blessings.”

  • Stephen A. McNallen: prominent leader of the native European spiritual path “Asatru”

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RECONSIDERING

Some may have noticed my lack of activity here on this blog the past month.  There have been several reasons why this has happened, but one of the primary reasons is that I am slowly beginning to shift where my focus and attention is going, and reassess what it is that I am trying to do with all this.  Over the past year and a half since I started this blog, I have covered a wide range of topics from spirituality, to philosophy, to politics and current events, to history and beyond.  I cast a wide net on purpose to encompass and analyze as much of reality as I could, which if anything has allowed me to explore and discover what it is that I am truly passionate about.

However, I began to see a great deal of my writings as being “reactionary”- that I was often writing strictly out of my reaction to something that happened in the world around me (as well as within me).  While reaction has its place, I do not want it to rule what I do, because that means that the actions of others are driving me, which is the antithesis of the principles of Sovereignty (Self-Rule) and Self-Mastery that hold to the highest esteem.   Not to mention, I hate feeling like I am being manipulated in any way.

I do not wish to be yet another reactionary blogger.  Nor do I wish to be just another alternative news analysis or “conspiracy” site.  There are plenty of people doing that already, and while I certainly see a lot of that work as necessary and commendable, I feel I have something else I should be bringing to the table: something more creative, generative and timeless.  While tearing things down is fun, in truth I want to create and preserve.

While these feelings of increasing dissatisfaction have been going on for a while, and the desire to begin shifting in a new direction with my work already started in articles like “Return of the King” (particularly part 2), it was a fairly recent event that gave me the real push to create something totally new.

WHITENESS HISTORY MONTH

There was an event at Portland Community College or P.C.C., or as I like to call it “P.C.C.C.P.”, (that’s a Soviet Union reference for all you millennials) this last month.  The event was called “Whiteness History Month“, and it consisted of a series of workshops, lectures and presentations on the subject of “Whiteness”.  I took the time to go to a few of these, and while I had a hard time not cringing at some of the philosophy and ideology being presented, it certainly gave me food for thought.

I am not going to get too deep into the subject of “Whiteness” as far as what it is and where I see this academic trend of “Whiteness Studies” going in this article, although I have written quite a bit of material that I have yet to post, and may do so at a later date.  However, the important takeaway for me was that this culture of “Whiteness” that these folks wished to abolish was by and large a culture that was first and foremost imposed on indigenous Europeans by the machinations of the British Empire (although you could argue it truly began with the Roman Empire/Church) and its later incarnations in the Anglo-American Establishment and modern-day Corporate Globalism.

Upon looking at the concept laid out as objectively as possible, and providing a deeper context with my own understanding and knowledge of history, it occurred to me that perhaps they were right.  Perhaps “Whiteness” did need to be done away with.  Now before some of you start spinning your heads around in circles, let me explain.

When I was growing up in Maine, my family was “White”.  That’s what we were.  We were “White People” living in rural America.  My family, particularly my father’s side, seemed to have little-to-no connection to or pride in our European heritage- Scottish, English or otherwise.  However, I was different, and as I grew older I began becoming seriously interested in my heritage beyond my great-grandparents.  This was spurred on when I was 10 and found out I would be going to stay with my mother in Scotland for a period of about six months.  This was an amazing opportunity where I got the chance to live in the very area of Scotland where, as I found out two decades later, my ancestors would have walked and made their home.

It was also around this time I became fascinated with mythology.  I devoured the myths of the Greeks and the Norse, and upon moving to Scotland, I had a desperate yearning to learn about the Celts and their mythology.  Unfortunately at the time I found age-appropriate reading material on anything other than King Arthur incredibly sparse.

As I grew older I continued to have an interest in mythology and when I was in my early 20s, I began my spiritual journey into Shamanic practice, where I developed an understanding of myth on a much deeper level.  It was here I began to work with spirit guides and archetypal forces that seemed to be rooted in a deep European ancestry spanning across millennia.

So what does all this have to do “Whiteness”?   As Europeans dispersed throughout the world during the colonial era and into the 20th century, they found themselves being “assimilated” into the mercantile and consumerist culture that was at the heart of the colonial endeavor and continues with Globalism.  This was often done as a means for providing a better life for themselves and their families, but it came at a price- a loss of cultural identity.  A similar phenomenon would later occur back in Europe with the imposition of socio-economic influence by Anglo-American/Judeo-Zionist Corporate Globalism, particularly after World War II and the creation of the European Union.

Likewise, Europeans became so eager and driven by their uniquely insatiable desire to explore uncharted places and venture out into the world that they began to lose their root to the land that shaped their Folk Soul.  Of course this cultural uprooting began in Europe with the imposing of Roman Catholicism and the like, but the journey across oceans to distant shores, further separated Europeans from their homeland and the things that made them uniquely European.

In any case, Europeans, particularly those in the occidental diaspora have by and large become rootless in their heritage to the point that they have labelled themselves by the only thing they have left that differentiates them from the rest of the world- their skin color.

“Whiteness” as it is defined by the Neo-Marxist Critical Studies genre of modern academia is not a culture- at least not a genuine or viable one.  It is something that was imposed on us by the elitist rulers of the Empire.  Now are there a lot of other add-ons, innuendos and double speak that goes on among those who talk about “Abolishing Whiteness” to the point where it really is about doing away with the “Cisgender” White Man?  Absolutely.  But regardless, I do truly detest being labelled “White”.  But it is not because I have some sort of guilt or shame around some supposed history of being uniquely oppressive, but rather because it is akin to sucking out all of the life and vitality of who and what “White-skinned” people are, and reducing them to the shell of outer appearances.  Simply identifying as “White” is denying ourselves the rich fullness and substance that is our European heritage and ancestry.

DEMONIZING EUROPEAN SYMBOLS AND EUROPEAN MEN

Those who have followed my work for a while have certainly noticed an increasing lean towards what many would consider controversial perspectives, with my views and analysis on subjects like nationalism, multiculturalism, race, rights, equality, the events surrounding World War II and of course, the role of Jewish power elitists on the world stage.  But in truth, my exploration of these things has a deeper purpose than just pure anti-establishment antagonism and reacting to my own version of a persecution complex.

Let’s take pre-WWII Europe, for example, specifically Germany.  While I abhor totalitarianism, the Folk imagery and the mythos that was revived during that time in Germany and throughout Europe (as well as America), I find to be absolutely beautiful and marvelous.  The symbolism that was brought, or rather, re-introduced into the European psyche at that time was undeniably powerful and effective.  Sadly, the most powerful of these symbols, the ancient Solar Creation symbol of the Swastika has been so demonized on such a consistent basis by the media and academia, that it has been rendered almost completely unusable for anyone in the West.

However, if anything this period in history can teach us, with Germany’s stunning rise from social and economic ruin, is the strength that myth and symbols can have on a group of people.  Rallying the German people behind myth and symbol, the NSDAP (Nazis) took a dejected and demoralized people and lifted them up to be the envy of a world that was still in economic depression.  Of course, envy and resentment can be very powerful in its own right- powerful enough to win a war.

The power of the myths and symbols of Europe and the European Folk Soul pulls to me at a very deep level.  I see them to be positive, beautiful and creative things that need to be preserved.  Not only do they need to be preserved, but they need to be reinvigorated and re-injected into the psyche of Europeans, particularly European men throughout the occidental diaspora as well as the homeland.

There is an increasing program of demonization happening in the world towards people of European- specifically men of European descent.  When you conquer a tribe, you take out the men and capture the women and children and make them your own.  There is nothing new under the Sun.  It just has become more sophisticated, but tactics remain the same.  The difference is the program is now one of manipulated suicide.  But in any case, the men must be marginalized.  The Greater European tribe is being conquered by longtime Opponents who have a deep knowledge of the Laws of Nature and Creation and the Forces that drive them.

But these Opponents are driven by fear- fear of the empowered European man.  During multiple events at P.C.C.’s “Whiteness History Month”, I heard people talking uneasily about the rise of “masculine power” in cult of personality figures like Donald Trump, as well as how “White Masculinity” was inherently “oppressive”.  There was an unmistakable fear of the dominant, powerful and at times, aggressive masculine force that permeated these rooms.  This fear is far from unique to this event, and has been a driving force behind most of the Marxist ideological movements of the last century.  This is due in part to the Opponents creating an imbalance in the rising Feminine polarity, which has now beckoned its Masculine counterpart.

In the modern Western world this has equated to a borderline neurotic demonization of men and all things masculine.  In order to meet the demands of Third Wave Feminism, men have become culturally castrated and must be immediately apologetic for demonstrating any sort of behavior that even remotely resembles traditional masculinity and male roles.

Of course, it should be noted that anything that could be seen as justifiable resentments of “masculinity” are due to the fact that we have had a system run by boys pretending to be men.  True mature masculine energy does not exist in the ruling structures of this planet and hasn’t for a long, long time.

Quite some time ago I came to the realization that what appears to be happening in the world is the “dance” of the Divine Feminine and Masculine forces playing out in the consciousness of humanity. Sometimes the dance is graceful, but quite often it appears violent. The conflict between “Left” and “Right” in the political spectrum is a reflection of these two polarities with Left being predominantly Feminine and Right predominantly Masculine (go figure). The dance is becoming more “aggressive” now, as each political polarity is moving further and further towards its “extreme” end, making conflict inevitable and arguably necessary. This dance of energies cannot be stopped, but can be manipulated in various ways through focused consciousness and intent- the path of the Occultist.

My goal is to ultimately reconcile these two forces as they currently manifest in myself- the dejected and demoralized Masculine, and the raging and uncontrollable Feminine. I seek to strengthen what has become weakened and tame what has become unruly. And of course, we know it is the Inner Sun of Self- the Christos, that calms the storm.  Simultaneously, I seek to aid in the performance of this balancing ritual in the consciousness of my fellow brothers in the occident.

THE NEW AGE ERROR

There seems to be a drive among both those in the Cultural Marxist camp to move beyond the race/ethnicity and even gender that we are born into, and all the “baggage” that comes with it.  Unfortunately, this ideology has infected much of the “New Age Movement” as many of its proponents came up during the Cultural Marxist Revolutions of the 1960s.

Now, the atheistic Marxist component of this impulse would be laughable in its hypocrisy if it didn’t have such a potent and destructive mastery over behavioral psychology.  For me, the idea that an atheistic materialist ideology would hold the contradictory belief that biology was something that could be transcended seems a bit absurd.  This ideal really only makes sense if one admits to the existence of deeper principles beyond physical and material reality.  But even then, this sort of evolution has always happened in stages and Ages, and goes hand-in-hand with the evolution of consciousness.

Of course, Marxism, as I have said repeatedly ad nauseum, is nothing more than a machination of Globalism, which itself seeks to completely destroy unique cultures, sovereign nations, and self-determined ethnic groups.  It seeks to bring about a condition of equality or “sameness” in all peoples so that they see themselves as expendable and replaceable like cogs in a machine and are completely okay with that being the way that it is.  Unfortunately, many New Agers have bought into this very ideology hook, line and sinker, but with a shiny “spiritual” wrapper placed around it.

I have felt for a while now that there is such a desire for many “New Agers” to see a new Golden Age, where humans exist on Earth as spirit beings that are beyond race, gender, ethnicity, etc. that they have tried to force a reality that is not ready to be manifest.  The New Age is not the same as the Golden Age or the Age of “the New Heaven and the New Earth”.  The fact of the matter is that the consciousness of humanity is not at that point yet, no matter how much we may wish the case was different, and to try and force this through psychological manipulation and government force is antithetical to what New Age spirituality supposedly stands for.

Whether we like it or not, we are still tied to the vestiges of the Kali Yuga and are still very much susceptible to and at the whims of the greater forces of nature and death.  Yes, this Golden Age is eventually coming, but probably not for another several millennia.

Similarly, while I have the utmost respect and admiration for men like Rudolf Steiner, I think that the belief that we have moved beyond the age where Folk Souls and separate races/ethnicities are necessary and serve a purpose is erroneous.  I was born a man of European heritage for reasons beyond needing just one or two more things to not identify as.  Gender and genetic lineage serves a purpose as a base of spiritual power and direction.  When the time comes for us to be rid of these things, we will not be born as we are (and not because of chemicals in the water).

The attempt to impose upon us this premature transition into race-less, sex-less, culture-less automatons is an abomination against the Laws of Nature and Creation and defending ourselves against this process, while simultaneously redirecting the energy towards positive creation is one of the most important battles that humanity should be partaking in on the physical plane.  Yes, sometimes it is necessary for spiritual people to do battle in defense of self, family and tribe- that’s the essence of Martial Arts.

THE LAST DAYS OF EUROPA?

There is something unique and special about the traditions and cultures that have come out of Europe.  I feel this is especially true in regards to the Western Esoteric and Philosophical traditions that have historically been carried and preserved by Europeans.  There is a natural state of stewardship that seems to have been handed down and preserved through the European people from eons past- back to the pre-Flood world.

But now, all of these things are in danger of being eradicated.  Europe is being flooded from the outside by masses of people who do not care about any of these traditions and will certainly not care to preserve them.  And why would they?  Most groups will act in their own self-interest, and if history tells us anything, the non-Europeans entering into the Western world will seek to destroy the relics of the conquered and replace them with those of their own cultures, as Europeans slowly allow themselves to become minorities in their own countries.  That is the Will to Power that is still a fundamental part of most human groups.  Again, there is nothing new under the Sun- at least not yet.

At the same time, the political establishment within Europe and the European diaspora have become increasingly hostile toward any sort of traditionalism and (‘gasp’) nationalism, and seem to welcome the destruction of European culture in all its forms.  This elitist class has successfully used skewed versions of history along with potent propaganda in order to convince populations of European descent that advocating for their own self-interests is hateful, racist, xenophobic and of course, anti-Semitic, and will cause them to be ostracized.  For a group of humans that are still hardwired with the need for a group in order to survive in the long winter cold, being ostracized is psychologically akin to a death sentence.

Likewise, for various reasons, people of European descent are slowly depopulating and dwindling in numbers and with them will disappear the unique Folk Soul that inhabits their collective bodies and the ancestral blood memory that is carried through their genetics.  Spiritually minded New Agers often buy into the view of materialist science that DNA and genetics are simply the building blocks of the physical body, but it in truth has an electrical and even a consciousness component which is just beginning to be explored.  DNA would therefore go all the way into the vital electro-magnetic Spirit Body of a person, and thus contain a host of unique spiritual information.

The campaign against all-things European has only grown stronger and more virulent since World War II, and will only progress.  As a man of European descent, I do not want to see the beauty and magnificence of the Greater European Folk and all that is embodied within them destroyed.  However, I also know that we may be too late to avoid great tragedy.  The age of cataclysm for the European Folk Soul may be at hand.  Which is why I have decided to take action.

THE NEW RENAISSANCE

When the world was “going to hell in a hand-basket” back in the days of Noah, God told Noah to build an ark to preserve what was good in God’s creation before he destroyed the rest of it.  As the European Folk Soul (particularly that of Western Europeans) stands on the brink of annihilation, it is necessary that its essence be preserved- its values, philosophies, myths, legends, art, culture, achievements, esoteric traditions, and of course, its people.

But not only should these things be preserved, they should be reinvigorated and brought into the daily lives of the people who have so long been stewards for these great traditions, but have allowed themselves to become dejected and demoralized and racked with guilt for all the ills of the world.  This is a very important group of people with a very important role to play in the spiritual evolution of humanity.  I cannot sit idly by and watch the descendants of my Celtic and Viking ancestors be sapped of their virility and potential so they can whimper out of existence.

This is why I have started a new site, a new group, and hopefully in time, a new movement- The Sovereign Sons of Hyperborea.  The goal here is nothing less than to re-infuse the European psyche, particularly the European male psyche, with the raw power and inspiration of the mythic archetypes that are unique to the European Folk Soul, and do my part in igniting a New Renaissance in time for a New Age.  I want to empower European men to embrace the fullness of their masculinity and “European-ness” and see them as something worth not only preserving and defending, but redefining as something even greater than they have been in the past.

This does not mean I am planning on abandoning this blog altogether, as I still see it as serving a purpose for exploring a wide range of ideas and subjects that may not necessarily be appropriate or focused enough for this new venture.  However, I will be looking to devote a great deal of time and energy into the S.S.H., as this is where my heart is pulling me.  I can only hope that readers of this blog will appreciate what I am doing over there and I certainly encourage folks to reach out to me if they have ideas and wish to contribute.  I am not looking for this to be a solo effort.  Hence the plural “Sons” in the title.

And while this new venture is geared specifically toward men of European descent, I invite feedback and guest participation from anyone who is empathetic to this cause- the cause of reinvigorating the European Folk Soul through empowering its men for the benefit of not only the European Folk, but for the spiritual evolution of the Earth and all of humanity.  We need all hands on deck, because we have work to do, both in this realm, and beyond!

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The Era of the Awakened Divine Masculine and the Awakened European Man is upon us!  Praise the ALL Father!  Praise the Great Mother!  Praise the Sun/Son!

THE PANAMA PAPERS: Nationalists in the Crosshairs

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Image Courtesy of Süddeutsche Zeitung

Yesterday, I was skimming through the headlines of an alternative news sight when I saw the headline: “Largest Leak Ever: Whistleblower Reveals Global Elite Crime Network”.   Upon reading this headline, my first reaction was to think to myself:  “Did they really finally blow the lid off on the whole Globalist operation?”

Intrigued by such a provocative headline, I read through the article which detailed the recently leaked (April 3rd 2016) “Panama Papers”- 2.6 terabytes of leaked data from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama that sells anonymous offshore companies around the world.  An anonymous insider leaked the data to the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung.  The article (which was just a reposting of the original Süddeutsche Zeitung article) stated that “The (Panama Papers) provide(s) rare insights into a world that can only exist in the shadows. It proves how a global industry led by major banks, legal firms, and asset management companies secretly manages the estates of the world’s rich and famous: from politicians, Fifa officials, fraudsters and drug smugglers, to celebrities and professional athletes.”

At the end of the article there was a link to the main “Panama Papers” website, which was a well-polished, expensive-looking setup with professionally done graphics and illustrations.  Obviously some money went into this thing- which was my first red flag.  The Panama Papers site is posted on the Süddeutsche Zeitung news website.   Süddeutsche Zeitung itself was the first newspaper to receive a license from the U.S. military administration of Bavaria on October 6th, 1945. The first issue was published the same evening, and its first article began with the following statement:

For the first time since the collapse of the brown rule of terror, a newspaper run by Germans is published in Munich. It is limited by the political necessities of our days, but it is not bound by censorship, nor gagged by constraints of conscience.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung is owned by Südwestdeutsche Medien Holding (Southwest German Media Holding), one of the largest media companies in Germany.  Recently the validity of news media in Germany has come under fire with the publication of the book “Gekaufte Journalisten” or “Bought Journalists”.  Written by former German news editor, Udo Ulfkotte, the book details how during his time working as the editor one of Germany’s largest newspapers, Ulfkotte explains how he was secretly paid by the CIA and the German Secret Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst ) to spin particular news stories in a way that was favorable for the agendas of the U.S. and NATO, while painting its enemies in a negative light.  It was also made clear that this wasn’t an isolated incident, but rather a common practice in the mainstream German media and Europe as a whole.

The practice of painting the enemies of the U.S., NATO, Corporate Globalism, and International Usury as “evil doers” by the media is nothing new, and Süddeutsche Zeitung and its Panama Papers are most certainly carrying this out in spades.  At the top of the list in nearly every article talking about the Panama Papers and the “shady deals” highlighted within is the West’s favorite boogeyman, Vladimir Putin.  While Putin himself is not named in the papers, several of his associates are, with the media running with a “guilt-by-association” meme.

By now, most are aware of the consistent demonization of Putin in the media.  A staunch nationalist, Putin is labeled by multiple media pundits as “The New Hitler”.  Former Deputy Secretary of State and the current CEO of Brookings Incorporated (one of the most influential think tanks in the U.S. and is staunchly pro-Globalism), Strobe Talbott, wrote in a Politico article that “what’s new about Putinism” is “the ultra-nationalist proposition that Russian statehood should be based on ethnicity.” Talbott stated that Russia under Putin “is a potential threat to world peace.”

Putin has opposed the globalist aims of the U.S., NATO, and their financial and corporate shareholders on nearly every turn.  From exposing the U.S./NATO support of radical Muslim extremists in Syria to its position of leadership within the BRICS coalition, attempting to break up the financial hegemony of the U.S., the IMF and the World Bank, Putin has been a constant thorn in the side of Globalism.

Because of all of this, Putin is demonized at every turn by the Western news media as well as in Hollywood (who also are often “supervised” by the CIA).  Putin’s Russia even got a cameo appearance in the new “Superman” movie, with the hero stopping the launch of a nuclear missile with a Russian flag on the side of it.

Of course, Putin was not the only one named.  A recent CNBC article stated that “The (Panama Papers) reveal details of secret offshore companies linked to families and associates of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s president Bashar Assad, among others.

Mubarak and Gaddafi were both casualties of the 2011 “Arab Spring” in which multiple “color revolutions” were provocateured in North Africa and the Middle East by the U.S., NATO, Israel and the Arab oil barons.  Mubarak, an opponent of aggression towards Iran was replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood (who have alleged ties to Obama’s family in Kenya), and eventually died somewhat “mysteriously” while in prison.  Hosni Mubarak was also a nationalist.  Mubarak de-emphasized Arab nationalism and re-emphasized Egyptian nationalism based on Egypt’s distinctiveness within the Arab world.

Muammar Gaddafi was taken out by “Libyan rebels” who turned out to be trained Al Qaeda militants out of Saudi Arabia.  Gaddafi also committed the cardinal sin of opposing Globalism.   According to CounterPunch.org, a long standing alternative news site:

Libya was using its oil wealth to gradually close the doors to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the hegemony of the U.S. dollar in the economic domination of Africa… Gaddafi’s determination to eliminate Africa’s dependence on Western financial institutions was one of the most serious threats faced by global capitalism. Gaddafi was not only in the process of creating the African Investment Bank (providing interest-free loans to African nations) and the African Monetary Fund (to be centred in Cameroon) and eliminating the role of the IMF. It was also in the planning stages of creating a new, gold-backed African currency that would seriously weaken the U.S. by undermining the dollar.”

Gaddafi, like Mubarak, was a nationalist, ultimately putting precedence of the well-being of his nation over the aims of globalism.  Another man who falls into this category is Bashar Assad, who was also another intended casualty of the “Arab Spring”; however things have proven a bit more difficult for the Western powers on that front.

Assad’s Syria had control of its own money supply and its own natural resources.  Under the Globalist system, these are things that must be “outsourced”.  Likewise, Assad’s Syria proudly sought to maintain its cultural uniqueness and national identity, and was not too friendly with the Turkey/Saudi/Israeli power bloc in the region.  Assad was also an ally of Iran, another major thorn in the side of Globalism in the Middle East.  This put a target on Assad’s back and has subject Syria to a vicious destabilization campaign by the U.S., NATO and their allies, who have armed Islamic militants in the region through operations like the Benghazi U.S. Embassy raid and the ongoing Fast and Furious international gun-running operation.

On the other side of the world, Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, is resisting increasing pressure to resign after the Panama Papers revealed that he and his wealthy partner, now wife, had set up a company in 2007 in the British Virgin Islands through Mossack Fonseca, the law firm whose clientele are the subjects of this alleged scandal.  So why would the Prime Minister of Iceland be a target for potential regime change?  Let’s go back to an article out of the London Guardian from October 2013:

A new mood of proud nationalism is emerging in economically resurgent Iceland after an out-of-control banking system sank the country into financial meltdown exactly five years ago. Riding this wave of confidence is 38-year-old prime minister, Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson, elected in April on populist promises of mortgage relief for every homeowner.

Gunnlaugsson earned his spurs in years of outspoken campaigning against the foreign creditors who still haunt Iceland…

It was a spat that, against the odds, Iceland won. While many other politicians in Iceland had urged a policy of appeasing the enraged British and Dutch governments, Gunnlaugsson had insisted they should go hang. ‘Icelanders, as descendants of the Vikings, are highly individualistic and have difficulty putting up with authorities, let alone oppression,’ he said in one of his first speeches as prime minister on Iceland’s Independence Day in June this year.”

A 2012 article entitled “Top Economists: Iceland Did It Right … And Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong” quotes top economist, Paul Krugman:

What [Iceland’s recovery] demonstrated was the … case for letting creditors of private banks gone wild eat the losses… A funny thing happened on the way to economic Armageddon: Iceland’s very desperation made conventional behavior impossible, freeing the nation to break the rules. Where everyone else bailed out the bankers and made the public pay the price, Iceland let the banks go bust and actually expanded its social safety net. Where everyone else was fixated on trying to placate international investors, Iceland imposed temporary controls on the movement of capital to give itself room to maneuver.”

This scenario has its roots in the E.U. debt crisis that brought the economy of Greece to its knees and allowed foreign investors to come in and buy up Greek islands for pennies on the dollar.  This was a crisis caused by the actions of International Usury with banks like Goldman-Sachs at the helm.  But while these nations were capitulating to International Finance calling in debts that the people of the nations were wrongfully signed onto, we have this little nation thumbing its nose to the will of International Usury- the real might behind Globalism.  And in the middle of it all was a staunchly nationalistic populist who then became Prime Minister of that nation.  Now this man is being pressured to resign over alleged “conflict of interest”.

So far, we seem to have a pattern established where enemies of International Usury and Corporate Globalism are being targeted by what is being made out by the international press to be a sort of Wikileaks/Snowden on steroids.  But then what about British Prime Minister David Cameron?  Cameron is another “guilt-by-association” name involved in the Panama Papers, who is now having the heat turned up on him due to his father’s alleged involvement with Mossack Fonseca.  At first, seeing his name seemed to throw a wrench in my evolving hypothesis that these “leaks” are specifically aimed at further demonizing and in some cases, even eliminating through public pressure, enemies of Globalism.  Cameron had always seemed like he “went along with the program”.  But alas, there is trouble in paradise.

Apparently Cameron has been flirting with the notion of Britain leaving the E.U. in some form or fashion for quite some time.  An article out of “Foreign Affairs Magazine” sharply criticized Cameron’s “dangerous game”:

Despite his innate caution and usually sound political instincts, British Prime Minister David Cameron is gambling with his country’s future. In January, in a long-anticipated speech, he called for a wide-ranging renegotiation of the terms of the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union and promised to put the result up for a straight in-or-out popular referendum by the end of 2017… A British exit from the EU is now more likely than ever — and it would be disastrous not only for the United Kingdom but also for the rest of Europe and the United States.

If London does ultimately cut the rope, it will not be the result of rational political or economic calculations. British Euroskepticism boils down to a visceral dislike of Brussels — the host of a number of European institutions and the EU’s de facto capital — on the part of an ill-informed conservative minority that clings to an antiquated notion of national sovereignty…”

For those not familiar, “Foreign Affairs” is the magazine of The Council on Foreign Relations.  The Council on Foreign Relations or “CFR” is a think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, whose membership has included senior politicians, more than a dozen secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, professors, and senior media figures.  The CFR promotes globalization, free trade, reducing financial regulations on transnational corporations, and economic consolidation into regional blocs such as NAFTA or the European Union, and develops policy recommendations that reflect these goals.

The fate of whether or not Britain will stay in the E.U. will be given to the people for a vote on the 23rd of June this year.  While Cameron is urging a “yes” vote, many are chastising him for caving to “right-wing nationalists” who have been gaining momentum in the U.K., who say that membership to the E.U. is a costly burden on the tax payers that brings excessive regulations from an un-elected, un-accountable bureaucracy, as well as excessive migration that is rapidly altering the demographics of the island nation.

Now there are a whole slew of other names who allegedly used the services of Mossack Fonseca for the purposes of “tax-avoidance”, and I would be willing to bet nearly all of them have found themselves on the wrong side of International Usury and Corporate Globalism in some way or another.  When one considers the fact that most of the “taxes” are being payed to Central Banks that are owned by international private banking interests, we realize this “scandal” is more akin to the mafia looking to take out smaller, rival gangs.

Now what of the Panamanian law firm that sold these alleged shell corporations?  Apparently the firm was started by Jürgen Mossack, who was born in Germany, but raised and educated in Panama after his father, Erhard, moved the family to Latin America at the end of World War II.  According to an article out of “The Atlantic”, “Erhard Mossack served in the Waffen-SS during the war. According to the ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), U.S. intelligence files show he offered to spy for the U.S. government, possibly simply to shield himself. He later offered to spy for the CIA, from Panama, on Communists in Cuba. Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service declined to hand over documents relating to Erhard Mossack due to possible security risks.

At the bottom of every tried-and-true Hollywood intrigue, you will find a Nazi- the epitome of all that is evil and wicked about Nationalism.  But what about the bottom of this International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that appears to be an integral part of this Panama Papers business?  Who do we find there?  The ICIJ was launched as a project by the Center for Public Integrity.  According to the CPI’s website, they were founded in 1989 by former ABC employee, Charles Lewis and are “one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.”

One can look further on the CPI website to find a long list their major sponsors who include: The Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Foundation for National Progress, the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Foundation (Goldman as inGoldman-Sachs‘), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Open Society Foundations (owned by Jewish-Hungarian billionaire investor George Soros), Fidelity Brokerage Services, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Family Fund.

These are all “philanthropic” organizations tied to some of the most powerful financial and corporate entities in the western world.  These entities and their shareholders have traditionally used philanthropy as a way to bolster public image in light of perhaps less-than-ethical activities of the parent corporations, while still advancing the interests of Global corporatism towards a “more integrated world”: i.e. nothing standing between select banking and corporate interests from doing business wherever and however they want (typically at the expense of local populations and the environment).

It appears at the bottom of this real-life intrigue, we once again find Anglo-American, Judeo-Zionist and European Globalist interests who are just continuing their assault on anyone who stands for national sovereignty, self-determination, and cultural integrity, and disguising it as “grassroots journalism” that is “exposing corruption“.  The Panama Papers “leak”, as it is being presented in the mainstream media, is most certainly not “bombshell”, and is akin to a pickpocket being demonized and put on trial by the mafia.  This narrative is laughable hypocrisy at its best.

 

THE CURE FOR AN ISOLATED WORLD

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’”
– Gospel of Matthew 22:39

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One of the more depressing side effects of living in an urban environment is a sort of desensitization to your environment and the people in it.  In reaction to this overwhelming stimulus, we often identify and relate to other human beings with the same sort of indifference as we do the buildings that surround them, or in the case of certain sects of the population, a sort of annoyed discomfort.  How many of us have walked or driven past a homeless man or woman begging for money and averted our eyes in attempts to not get their attention.  How many times have we walked past homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk and secretly wished they weren’t there.

Amidst all of the talk about “privilege” and “equality” in the socio-political sphere, discussion of the homeless epidemic in America that crosses all ages, races and ethnicities (including white people), seems to be almost non-existent.  If anything, it is reduced to a fundamentally utilitarian issue, as it has been here in the city of Portland.  Here, we see the city looking to put “these people” somewhere out of the way.  That’s really what it boils down to.  The government isn’t looking to address any of the fundamental issues of homelessness because at the end of the day, it can’t.  The homelessness epidemic won’t be solved by putting people away somewhere, just like drug and alcohol addiction won’t be solved by locking people up in prison- and the two are most certainly linked.  This is not to say that ALL homeless people are alcoholics or drug addicts, but absolute despair will seek relief, and for many, there is no other anecdote in sight.

Of course, beggars have always been a part of human urban society for most of recorded history, but things have changed dramatically in the last century, especially in the western urbanized/industrialized nations.  This coincided with the industrial revolution and the development of the urban megacities that we see today.  In the 19th century, farmers living in rural areas were moved en masse into the industrial centers to work in factories.  With that alcohol use among these populations skyrocketed.  Similar occurrences happened after the urban factories began to shut down in the latter part of the 20th century.  I have seen firsthand the effects of a former “mill town” turning into a meth/heroin town.

It was long thought that the addiction epidemics among the increasingly urbanized populations were due to the drugs themselves.  A study where one rat in a cage was given a bottle of regular water and a bottle of water laced with cocaine was used to support this thesis. In the study, the rat in the cage chose the cocaine water to excess until it overdosed itself.  The study was “conclusive” drugs are the cause of addiction and the resulting destruction of life that happens as a result.  However, in the 1970s, Professor Bruce Alexander looked into this study and redid it with a different approach.  He noticed that the rat in the cage was just a solitary rat surrounded by cold steel bars.  So he decided to build a “rat city” for his experiment, with bright colors, obstacles and tunnels for activity, plenty of cheese, and a group of rats that could commune and procreate with one another as opposed to just one rat living in isolation.  The result? The cocaine water was barely touched by any of the rats.

The effect of life in the “concrete jungle” created a sense of isolation and despair among those who were forced to move there for various reasons. Cut off from the natural world and organic community, other things filled the void.  Then when the factories that built these cities in the first place were shipped elsewhere, any sense of fulfillment and purpose that had developed as the people adapted to this sort of living, was gone, and in its place was more despair and seemingly even less hope.

Baltimore is an example of this– a city that seems to have been lost to hopeless despair and the crime-ridden chaos that comes to fill the vacuum.  A little less than a year ago, that city was in flames.  We all remember the riots and fires that occurred last year.  Likewise, many are aware of the assaults, murders, rapes and various other types of crime that continues to occur in that city.  The popular diagnosis is that this “acting out” was/is because of the actions of white police.  But the truth is that what has happened and what has continued to happen in Baltimore isn’t about the police.  It isn’t about drugs.  It isn’t even about the drug war (although it plays a supporting role).  It isn’t even about an unruly subset of the population or the mass-media promotion of “crime culture“(although it also plays a supporting role).  It is about people living in a completely unnatural environment where they are cut off from nature and true community.  It is about the urban landscape creating a place where one feels alone amongst a population of thousands; a place where you feel like little more than a living ghost, who desperately reaches for that immediate gratification, (be it drugs, booze, sex or violence) because it is the only thing that makes you feel alive.

But amidst the bitter resentment and hopeless despair that comes from living in such a cold, and inhospitable environment, we see an image like this:

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A Baltimore police officer named Eric Gaines took this photo, and then shared it on social media.  What is happening here?  Officer Gaines explains what he saw:

I watched as this young kid was walking pass, stopped and walked over to this sleeping homeless man; touched him and began praying over him…”

Gaines believed the young man, probably around 15 or 16 to have been internally prompted to do what he did as he “almost missed his bus while he was praying for the guy, which confirmed that he did it for no other reason than to pray for him.”

The photo has gone viral, which has delighted Gaines who states with great enthusiasm:

This was an amazing sight! I pray this kid becomes a leader amongst his peers, and continues on this path!! Not all Baltimore youth are lost!!”

Officer Gaines went on to say that “people have preconceived notion of young men… Not all are lost. Some are doing wonderful things in the neighborhood and community and it’s not getting the same publicity in the media.”  (And the same could be said of police officers as well)

This is a beautiful moment frozen in time.  What we have here is the equivalent of the beautiful flower that grows in the middle of a landfill.  It shows us how despite being seemingly imprisoned in a desolate world of hopeless isolation and despair, Light, Life and Love still finds a way.  A moment of tenderness in a harsh concrete prison cell of modern “Saṃsāra, where one young man made his fellowship; his community; his “tribe”; a little bigger, when he extended himself in an act of service to another human being.

The most immediate cure for the diseases of isolation and loneliness is not imprisonment or even “sobriety”; it is fellowship and community; it is connection.  Sometimes all it takes a stranger who seems to come out of nowhere to show just one small act of compassion to turn someone’s life around.  All the government legislation, mandates and programs in the world will never be able to fill the role of a single caring individual who acts out of the motivation of his or her own heart and nothing more (or less), regardless of how “small” this action may seem on the surface.

Jesus said “Man cannot live on bread alone”, and I dare say this is, at least in part, what he was referring to.  This idea that even more than physical sustenance, we need the touch and compassion of another human being in order to survive.  The truth of this is so palpable for me and has proven so true for me in my own life I cannot even begin to fully articulate. I know the immense pain of isolation and living in separation from others and the desire to numb yourself from that.  Conversely, I know the joy and fulfillment of connection and fellowship, and how that can change your life.

Perhaps one day, we will opt for a new way of living and being in the world; a way that allows us to not only survive, but thrive.  Perhaps we will one day build a civilization that is aligned with the Laws of Nature and Creation- a civilization that truly nurtures us and the world around us; a civilization at harmony with the essence of our being.  Perhaps one day we will build this civilization, but when we do, it won’t come as a result of government or other cold and impersonal mechanisms; it will come from the warmth of our hearts and through the use of our own free will to take meaningful actions in our own lives towards others.  It all begins by reaching out to a fellow in need and doing something, even if it’s no more than lending a listening ear or a compassionate prayer.

In closing, for those who feel moved to get involved and make a difference here in the Portland area, two great places to give or better yet, volunteer are The Portland Rescue Mission and Operation Nightwatch, whom I have worked with in the past.  If you aren’t local to Portland, I strongly urge you to get involved in your own community.  It is in your own local area where you can actually touch someone in the sort of way that allows for the true connectedness that we are so desperately lacking in our modern world of isolation.

Jesus said to “love thy neighbor“.  A neighbor is someone who lives in close physical proximity to someone else, not an unknown person in a far off land.  There is so much focus on helping people in the most remote parts of the world, when what is really needed is for us extend ourselves locally and help our fellow brothers and sisters who live right here alongside of us; who share living space with us; because it is in the close and intimate where we truly have the greatest ability to be of service to others.

Those who have ears to hear should hear.  Namaste and God Bless.