UNIVERSAL HUMAN “RIGHTS”

“Human rights and wrongs are not determined by Justice, but by Might.”

  • Ragnar Redbeard

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There has been debate for a long time as to what rights people do or do not have. Some debate whether people actually have rights at all.

Do people have the right to bear arms?

What, if any, is the extent of the right of free speech? Is it a right to get an abortion?

Is it a right to be able to obtain goods and services from a private business if said business does not want to associate with you based on your race, religion or lifestyle?

The whole concept of “rights” originated as an essentially western European concept, and really took form during the Enlightenment period of the 18th century (although the Magna Carta, did serve as somewhat of a pretext back in the 13th century). Rights were, for all intents and purposes, a construct to counteract what were becoming viewed as the “non-rights” of monarchy and government.

The most famous institution of this idea is of course, the Bill of Rights, which are the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution. More recently we have had the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which serves in essence to affirm that all human beings have a right to the same standard of living and dignity.

In this post-Enlightenment age, we see the idea of “rights” as a matter of fact- but is it?  Do we really have “rights”, or is this indeed a “social construct”? After contemplating upon the Laws of Nature and Creation, I personally came to the conclusion that in truth, we do not have “rights”, as this idea does not seem to exist elsewhere in Nature.

Much of what we have come to see as “rights” are instead a combination of personal responsibilities and “non-rights”. For example, it is our responsibility to speak up for what we see as right and wrong and no one has the right to prevent us from doing so. Another example is that it is our responsibility to protect our privacy and no one has the right to violate that.

Let’s look at the much-maligned “right to bear arms”, which is basic right of self-defense. I don’t have a right to own a gun any more than I have a right to own a car or a computer. However, I do have a responsibility to defend my family and myself. Likewise, no government or individual has any right to keep me from doing so through force, coercion, theft, etc.

The only RIGHT that exists in nature (if you want to call it that) is for a being to make use of what it has to ensure the survival of its lineage.  If you’re in the woods with a bear, you either have the RIGHT to do what you need to do to live, or the bear has the RIGHT to eat you.  Might is THE Right, here.

Let’s think about the natural world for a moment: no animal claims it has the right to defend itself or its offspring, but if it wants to survive and continue the propagation of its species, it better learn do so effectively. Again it is that animal’s responsibility to defend itself by any means it can.

A lion does not see an antelope’s “right to live”, it sees it as food. The antelope doesn’t think, “Hey, this lion is trying to impinge on my rights.” The antelope simply knows he has the responsibility to outrun that lion if he wishes to live.

Similarly the lioness has the responsibility to defend her cubs against a hyena. She doesn’t take the hyena to court. She does whatever she needs to do at that moment to ward off the attack, and then she goes about her business. Likewise, the pride does not go seeking out and eradicating (or even more laughably, attempting to imprison) the hyenas to ensure they don’t attack again.

This applies to humans as well. If a person is causing or attempting to cause harm right then and there, we have the responsibility to defend our family, loved ones, others who may ask for our help in the moment, and ourselves. When the threat is neutralized with the appropriate amount of force in the moment, then we go about our business.

This idea of rights may have been a way to verbalize this concept in a simplified form so that it could be coded into law to “protect” the citizen against overreach of government and “mob” power, however it appears to have transformed into something else.

I have continually stressed that nobody a “right” to force anybody to do anything against his or her will, regardless of whether or not we feel it is the “morally right thing” for them to do, which now brings us into the touchy waters of “civil rights”. This is the idea that “everyone” has the right to be treated “fairly” regardless of ANY qualities that any other individual or group would view as negative or undesirable, and not wish to associate with. This is the idea that everyone is entitled to exactly the same social and economic opportunities as everyone else.

While this utopian idea may tug at the emotional heartstrings and sound like a wonderful thing, it should be understood that this idea of “equality” is completely foreign in Nature. In Nature, it is the strongest, fittest, and most intelligent, that has greatest chances to survive and thrive.

I am not saying that we as humans should behave strictly according to our animal nature. What I am digging at here is how “right” has become code for “entitlement”. In essence it is saying, “I deserve a good life just because I was born, and if I do not have the same social and economic status and opportunity as that person or that group, it is because my ‘rights’ have been violated. It is not due to any fault or error or lack of initiative on my part.”

It is ultimately the responsibility of the individual to learn and grow from his or her own life experiences. If one takes the mantle of perpetual victim-hood, rather than recognizing their contribution to their lot in life and their potential to change it, then they will remain as “victims” to their perception of life.

Human beings are subject to the consequences of their actions in this life and the mindset that precedes it- and ALL the circumstances of our adult lives are first and foremost the direct result of our mindset and to whatever degree we choose to be accountable for it.

Human beings are capable of incredible acts of creativity and resilience, despite the most overwhelming of obstacles. This is a truth that is beyond any setback that can be imagined due to race, sex, religion, orientation, class, physical or even mental capabilities.

There have been great men and women that have risen out of the most abject poverty and oppression. These are ultimately men and women who, at some level, understood and used the Laws of Nature and Creation to their advantage. The Law cares not of your race or your wage. It is not overly complicated or difficult to understand. It just requires your time, patience and willingness to work with it.

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We don’t have to agree with what someone says or does, but it is not our right to silence them (as is being done through “political correctness”) or force them to act against their will just because what they say or do hurts our feelings or offends us. Unless the individual is promoting or perpetrating real physical violence (not just saying “I don’t like them”) on an individual or group, there is no justification for interference in their lives.

Be it “Jim Crow” or “Civil Rights”, the State loves making laws saying what people can and cannot do to the point of absurdity.  This ultimately fosters a sense of dependence on government by whatever class it is “protecting” at the moment.

The State thrives on convincing people they need it to survive.

No matter what your race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or economic status, if you are a fully capable, fully functioning adult, you are capable of manifesting your own freedom in every sense of the word, regardless of where you are.  It is the Law.  You don’t need an impersonal bureaucratic entity to provide for you.

The question is, do you have the courage and perseverance?

And do you have a strong community; a tribe; a fellowship; a band of brothers or sisters to support you on your quest?

Every moment we choose whether or not we are going to approach life from a position of strength or a position of weakness.  When we are connected to Spirit, we are coming from a position of strength.  This strength through Spirit gives us the “might” that allows us to utilize “The Law”, i.e. our “right(s)”.

Our “rights” come from our ability to effectively utilize The Law of Manifestation and work with the Laws of Nature and Creation- to become “masters on the grand chessboard”.  If we can’t manifest what we feel we are “entitled to”, then it isn’t actually our “right” to have it.  In the end, our ability to manifest a good life or a not-so-good life is depends on us, and our understanding of the Laws of Nature and Creation.

We are entitled to nothing in this world except the Light, Life and Love of the Creator.  All other things come to us as the result of the strength of our focus and desire; the strength of our moral character and industriousness; and the strength of our knowledge of and connection to the Laws of Nature and Creation.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.

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ODIN & LUCY: Christmas in the North

“The dark shall soon flee from the dells of the earth

So she a wonderful word to us speaks

The day shall again, new made rise from a rosy sky

Saint Lucy, Saint Lucy”

  • The Lucia Song: verse 3 (English Translation)

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Recently, many left-leaning individuals in social media and news media had a field day mocking Melania Trump’s “creepy” White House Christmas decorations (well, really just one room).  “Melania” then responded somewhat cryptically:

Do not question my hallway of great darkness.  Christmas began as a pagan festival.  I am simply returning to its roots.  Some of us have not forgotten how to venerate the Old Gods.”

Now, regardless of the fact that it was not actually her that tweeted that, the false FLOTUS speaks truth in these words.  Indeed, what we have come to know in the West as “Christmas”, with all the characters and symbols associated with it, was a largely European pagan festival that was not all about food, comfort, cheer, and gifts; but was also about the real tenuousness of life and the closeness of death for those in northern Eurasia during the winter months.

This festival was centered around the Solstice and the “Old Gods”.  While the primary figure in the Solstice drama was the Sun, represented among the Proto-Indo-Eurpoeans as the goddess, Sól (and among the later Europeans as Christ Jesus).

However, in addition to the Sun, there were other “actors” in the period of Yule; other forces of Nature and Creation that were central to the lives of the people who embodied this rich tradition.  One of the most famous of these Old Gods happens to be one of the most famous (and in this consumerist culture, probably THE most famous) Christmas character of all- Santa Claus.

When it comes to the origins of the figure known as “Santa Claus”, a lot of people immediately gravitate toward the story of St. Nicholas of Myra.  A somewhat legendary figure, St. Nicholas was reputed to have a “legendary habit” of secret gift-giving.  Nicholas was a said to be a Greek Christian in the Byzantine Empire and during lived in the 4th Century A.D.- three to four centuries before the Muslim conquest of the region.  However, some have argued that St. Nicholas was in fact born of wealthy ethnic Black Anatolian “Muurs.

But the origins of what became Santa Claus are in truth much older than that, and originated in a much colder place.  In many parts of pre-Christian Northern and Central Europe, the Winter Solstice was known as the time when Odin or Wotan- the white-bearded ruler of Asgard, led his hunting party across the sky.  This event was known as “The Wild Hunt”, Odin rode his eight-legged (eight reindeer) steed named Sleipnir, which would leap great distances across the heavens.  During this time, children would leave their boots by the chimney filled with carrots and hay to feed Sleipnir.  In return for their charity, “Odin” would leave the children gifts by their boots.
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This night of Odin’s “Wild Hunt” has a counterpart in what is known as Lussinatta, or “The Lussi Night” in Sweden.  This is now celebrated as St. Lucy’s Day and occurs on the 13th of December every year.  However, before the Gregorian Calendar shift, it would have fallen on December 21st– the night of the Winter Solstice.

Some legends suggest that a supernatural female entity was said to ride through the air with her fearsome followers called “Lussiferda” and that it was particularly dangerous to be out on this night.  Misbehaved children had to take special care as Lussi could come down the chimney and take them away, and if certain tasks needed to prepare for Yule were not completed, Lussi would punish the household.

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The contrast between Odin who left gifts and Lussi who brought punishment has echoes of the later pair of St. Nicholas/Santa Claus and the Krampus.  Interestingly, some scholars link Krampus, as a member of the fearsome entourage of the ancient Germanic goddess Frau Perchta, who some connect with the ancient Norse goddess, Freya– one of the primary Vanir or old nature gods who some say ruled before the Aesir.

The inclusion of both the fearsome and the festive shows a deep understanding of the dualism inherent in nature that these ancient European peoples possessed- especially during this most perilous time of year.  On the one hand, we have the often harsh and brutal forces of nature during the cold winter months.  And on the other, we have the festive joy that comes from the promise of the return of the Sun.

But if we go even deeper and look at etymology and linguistics, we add another layer of sophistication.  Swedish stems from the Indo-European family of languages, if we sound out the name of Lussi and in particular, her Lussiferda, the name “Lucifer” might perhaps come to mind.  Lucifer, of course, stems from “lux ferre”, which in another Indo-European language, and that is Latin, literally means “light bringing”.

We perhaps see that these ancient Northern Europeans were pointing at how it was the oft-times terrifying darkness that carried the Light that brought life to the world.  This is true not only within Nature, but within the trials and tribulations of our own lives and our own being- the night is darkest before the dawn.  It is the darkness that brings the Light.

We see this deep understanding mirrored in in the Scandinavian Festival of St. Lucy where traditionally a procession is led by a beautiful young lady adorned with a crown or wreath of candles upon her head (although now this is being changed to be morepolitically correct”), bringing the promise of life-giving Light into the darkest night.

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The cold and brutal Northern European winter was a time that had the potential to bring starvation and death (and often did).  But with after the passing of the Solstice, the people knew that the days were slowly beginning to grow longer, and the life-giving Sun was growing stronger.

The Norse-Germanic festival of Yule was celebrated from right around the time of the Winter Solstice all the way through the second week in January.  This festival of feasting, drinking and sacrifice was a hallowed tradition among pre-Christian Northern European peoples to whom winter had a special significance that was not held among most others.  Yule was the tradition of a people who were close to the land and intimately tied into the cycles and processes of Nature.

The industrious elves/dwarves, the holly, the mistletoe, and the evergreens that have all become symbols of “Christmas” are all hallmarks of the culture and lore of Northern Europe.  The white of the pure, cleansing snow; the green of the evergreen tree- symbol of the magic of regenerative life; the red of the blood of the sacrifice and the folk; and the gold of the eternal undying Sun; these are the colors that are synonymous with “The Holidays”.

These wonderful things are the heritage of my people, our legacy and our contribution to the spiritual evolution of humanity.  I am not one to cry “cultural appropriation” and do not take offense to others who find truth and power in the folk archetypes of my people.

However, it should also always be understood that the myths and folk archetypes of a people, are inseparable from the history and experience of that people.  These archetypes of the Christmas season are inseparable from the unique folk consciousness and soul of the Indo-Aryan peoples- they are from us, and they are us.

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Merry Christmas, Good Yule and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.

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#YOUTOO: There Are No Victims Only Volunteers

“There are no victims, only volunteers.”

  • Robert Anthony

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Tuhon” Tom Kier, Sayoc Kali (Filipino blade martial art) instructor and Director of Operations for Sayoc Tactical Group– a group that regularly trains police and military; starts off his women’s ‘self-defense’ training by posing the following question to women who have been assaulted in some way (paraphrased):

Was there anything that you could’ve done to prevent the situation; any choice that you could’ve made that would’ve altered the outcome?

If someone says ‘no‘, he asks them to leave…

Someone might read this and think this man is being “a bully” or “misogynistic”, but this would be an assessment based in emotional reaction- something that is the antithesis of the philosophy behind Sayoc.  The reason Tuhon Tom asks these women to leave, is because martial arts is really first and foremost about mindset.  If your mind is not receptive to the concepts and philosophies behind the strategies being taught, then investing in training becomes a waste of everyone’s time.

This same principle applies to every aspect of our lives.

If someone truly believes they could have done NOTHING to alter in any way, a negative situation they encountered as a fully-functioning adult, they already have the mindset of a victim, and that mindset will perpetuate itself until they themselves change it. Learning things like situational awareness and various tactics of violence will be largely ineffectual if someone already has it in their mind that they are a victim- they will simply perpetuate that belief, and they will more than likely lose whatever battle they are in.

But people have a great affinity for being “the victim”, because victims aren’t responsible.  This is a reflection of a greater cultural trend that has developed particularly in the last few decades.

One of the fundamental difference between being an adult and being a child in the is the freedom to make choices and decisions about the direction of our lives.  We are 100% responsible for the decisions we make; what we choose to do and not to do.  Of course, the exception would be young children, as well as a large percentage of who would be classed as mentally handicapped, don’t typically make too many decisions about what is happening in their lives, so the one who would potentially volunteer them for any danger are those who are charged with making their decisions and exercising guardianship over them.

A volunteer is someone who makes choices.  It is ultimately where we choose to set our priorities, that determines how capable and self-reliant we can be.  It is our choice that determines the direction of our lives.

It is my choice to decide that I’m going to learn how to balance my checkbook, do laundry and cook, but then decide not to take the time to bother to learn anything about my car. This means when something happens to my car, and I get stranded, and then perhaps, taken to the cleaners by the mechanics- I volunteered for that to happen. I chose not to learn how my car works, knowing that there was always the potential for the car to break down, because cars break down. I knew that, but I gave that situation away and chose not to be prepared for it.

The same principle can be applied to things like to those fully-functioning, fully-capable adults who society would label “victims” after having been on the receiving end of violence and sexual abuse. If someone takes the time to acquire knowledge of the other things that he/she may face in life (managing a career, paying bills, navigating relationships, etc.), but does not choose to partake in some sort of legitimate violence training or carry a weapon or have some other means of effective counter-violence in the event that someone at some point may try and use violence on them- that person is “giving” that situation away in the event it happens.

If there is one thing that the last few millennia of human history has taught us, it is that violence happens.  But maybe if you just think positive thoughts and just avoid any kind of conflict at all whatsoever- including any situation where your loved ones may need protection; maybe you’ll be able to squeeze under the radar…

If the individual does not make learning situational awareness and tactics of violence a priority, they are volunteering for whatever may happen as a result of that violence because they chose not to be prepared for it.

Of course, the person enacting the violence or rape or any other sort of violation of sovereignty is also 100% responsible for their actions- and the resulting consequences, whatever they may be…

It does not matter if we are talking about the immediate threats like back-alley thugs or the less-tangible kind in the manner of “systemic oppression“, the seeming hopelessness of situations that we find ourselves in can always be alleviated in some way with proper preparation, proper training, and most importantly, the proper mindset.

Oprah Winfrey was a sexually abused black girl of average looks who grew up in the south during the 50s and 60s, and was impregnated at 14.  But because she first and foremost cultivated the right mindset to achieve her goals, she grew to head a media empire and is one of the wealthiest and most influential people in the world.  Whatever your opinion of her, you have to admit that’s pretty impressive.

So what is your excuse for not living up to your highest potential?  What your excuse for being unable to master your reality and shape a life of prosperity and fulfillment?

Not enough time for that I suppose..

Or maybe it’s someone else’s fault  life seems like it’s kickin’ your ass.  Is it the Whites?  Is it the Jews?  Is it the Muslims?  Is it the Leftists?  Is it the Fascists?  Is it men?  Is it women?  Is it your boss?  Is it your ex?  Is it your parents? Is it your partner?

Or maybe it’s you.

Perhaps it is you who are holding yourself back from becoming the highest potential version of you that can exist.  No, it definitely is you.  So for the good of the entire world… STOP DOING THAT!

Now, even having a strong mindset free of victim mentality, understanding how to use the Law, and possessing virtues like self-reliance and perseverance does not always ensure that we are going to “win” every single time.  But as creators in the image of the Creator, we ALWAYS have the power to shape our own personal reality and put it on a path toward strength and growth, if we take the time to listen and learn how.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings

SUGGESTED READING:

How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne

Here’s Why There Are No Victims- Only Volunteers!

Smashing Barrels

SUGGESTED LISTENING:

Tom Kier- Mindset and the Man

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JUST SOMETHING THAT NEEDED TO BE SAID

“To conclude that others were wrong was usually as far as most of us got.  The usual outcome was that people continued to wrong us and we stayed sore… We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us.  In that state, the wrong-doing of others, fancied or real, had the power to actually kill.  How could we escape?”

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

I don’t need to agree with your story to have a conversation.

I don’t need to react and get emotional because I don’t like what you say about mine.

I don’t need to agree that every part of your story is true to recognize and understand that you believe it is.

I don’t need to agree with your story to realize that it makes you think what you think, feel what you feel and do what you do.

I don’t need to agree with your story to show you respect.

I don’t need to agree with your story to to listen to it and pull truth of some kind from it.

I don’t need to agree with your story to know it.

I don’t need to agree with your story to use it as a tool for gaining wisdom and understanding.

I don’t need to agree with your story to have compassion for you as someone who suffers in this world as I do.

I don’t need to agree with your story to see you as a unique reflection of the Divine just as I am.

I don’t need to agree with your story for us to work towards a better world for my people, your people and humanity as a whole.

I don’t need to agree with your story to recognize the power and potential that we each have locked within us.

I don’t need to agree with your story to have a conversation.

So let’s have one.

No more media pundits, talking heads, politicians, academics, or celebrities telling us how to think and feel about our lives, our people and our situation.

No more B.S.

Just you and me; your story and mine.

Let’s have a conversation about my people, your people, and our future.

Let’s have a conversation because the fork in the road is coming.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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THE MYTH OF “UNEARNED PRIVILEGE”

“I recognize the manifestation of undeviating Justice in all the circumstances of my life.”

  • Qabbalistic Tarot affirmation

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Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women (at least she was when she stated the following) referred to privilege, specifically “White male privilege” as “an invisible package of unearned assets..”

The general belief around the “privilege” of critical theory is that a dominant culture existing anywhere is wrong or “unjust” (although this value judgement tends to be selectively applied only to certain groups..). It is the idea that the undeniable fact of reality that the people whose ancestors played the largest role in founding the society they live in will shape that society in their image… is somehow wrong or “unfair”.  But again, it tends to only be seen as unfair when it pertains to the “privilege” of certain groups.

In truth, the whole idea of “unearned privilege” is antithetical to the Principle of Cause and Effect; the Natural Law that states we reap what we sow; the Law that is always in effect.  The only equality that truly exists is through the indiscriminate nature of the Laws of Nature and Creation, and that we all equally exist as part of it.

The people who use other Laws for selfish or tribal reasons at the expense of others, got whatever they got because they “earned” it in one way or another. You may not agree with the way they got it or kept it, but the Law of Manifestation is not a respecter of persons- and it always works.  One can argue if it’s “fair”, but fairness itself is a pretty relative concept;- fair to whom and in what way and what expense?

The billionaires of this world would argue that they deserve what they have because they did what needed to be done to grow their wealth and perhaps more importantly, keep it– and it’s really hard to logically argue with that.

The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.”

Men we would see as “evil” are ultimately used for the evolution of humanity just as much as the “good ones”.

As an aside, the assumption that the rich (which is yet another relative term) and the “privileged” ALL obtained their wealth through unfair and unscrupulous tactics, and as such do not suffer is error in and of itself.  How can we full-on demonize people who live in a world most of us know next-to-nothing about?  The single mother in the projects on welfare or the working-class family in the depressed former industrial town know nothing of the stressors of the billionaire, and so often tend to project their view of wealth and “justice” onto them.

Even with the kid who seems to grow up with a “silver spoon in their mouth” who never seems to have the worries of us “common folk”, the point can be argued from the esoteric concepts of the direction of Karma and the drive for the Being to spiritually evolve through various “challenges” being present through the birth/death/reincarnation cycles at birth.

There is no punishment.  There are only pressures that are there to serve as potential catalysts and opportunities for spiritual growth and development.

I don’t deny that privilege exists- but I think “unearned” privilege does not. It is by definition incompatible with not only the esoteric understanding that the Laws of the Universe are inherently for the positive evolution of ALL because the Laws are the Active Force of the ALL which IS ALL, but the observable Laws of Nature.

This myth of unearned privilege is ultimately something that is used to remove any and all responsibility from the “underprivileged” or “victims” for their situation, and completely shift the blame 100% upon external factors.

It’s about envy.  It’s about resentment.  It’s about power.

Those who lament the mythical unearned privilege, have fallen victim to slave morality of Nietzsche- the individual who sees their identity as a direct comparison to someone else.  This is not the view one wants to take when working towards spiritual growth and evolution, which requires the master morality- the individual who compares himself to himself; the man who strives to be better than he was the day before.

There are no victims, only volunteers.

But perhaps most importantly, when we are focused on pointing out the “unearned privileges” of others, we are not focused on expressing gratitude for the blessings of our own lives.  The fact that people are devoting their careers to discussing this myth is yet another example of how we as a society are ungrateful for the blessings we have.

So let us be grateful for our blessings, regardless of whatever our current lot in life.  Let us be sure that we are grateful for what we do have and do the work to maintain and build from it, because Nature doesn’t believe in entitlement either…

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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INDO-ARYAN HUMANITARIANISM

“A man’s enjoyment of all good things is in exact proportion to the pains he has undergone to gain them.”

  • Cyrus the Great

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In Zoroastrianism, the ancient Aryan religion of Persia founded by a sage from the Caucasus Mountains named Zarathustra; there exists a philosophy of “Vairya”, which translates to “Desirable Dominion”.  This comes from taking the principle of Asha, which is thinking and understanding that is in alignment with Cosmic Order and applying it to a justly governed society.  This principle was promoted by figures like the legendary Persian emperor, Cyrus the Great.

Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, was renowned for his extraordinary humanitarianism.  Unlike most other imperial conquerors, Cyrus never plundered or had mass-executions, and would actually improve the living conditions of the subjugated populations.  His reputation proceeded him to such an extent that in some cases when Cyrus would come through, the soldiers of targeted area would lay down their arms as they knew Cyrus was going to improve their living conditions and treat them better than the despot that currently ruled.

While Cyrus the Great is often referred to as the founder of human rights, this idea becomes conflated when comparing it to our modern definition of the term.  Cyrus’ policy was very much rooted in the Zoroastrian ethos and worldview, which was essentially a demand for improvement and pressure for the human being to strive for greatness and even godliness.  This idea contrasts the modern notion that you are entitled certain things regardless of the effort one puts into self-improvement and service- i.e. you “get” without having to “give”.  When Cyrus worked to better the lives of the peoples he conquered, it was with the understanding that he was giving these people the tools to help embody the principle of “Spenta Mainyu” in themselves.

Spenta Mainyu” in Zoroastrianism is said to be the main essence of their primary deity, Ahura Mazda (whose name translates to ‘Titan of Wisdom’) and is represented by the eternal flame.  This flame is understood to be Promethean in nature and is the fire of innovation and the creative principle.  Zoroastrian practitioners seek to embody this Spenta Mainyu through the conscientious free choice to champion the progressive advancement of cosmically-aligned wisdom and knowledge on the Earth.  This philosophy is ultimately about taking personal responsibility for the ascension of humanity and giving humans the tools they need to do that.

The idea here is that we look to “raise up” others by giving them the tools they need to raise up themselves, as there is an obligation to cultivate this consciousness of Spenta Mainyu and create the utopia of the Desirable Dominion where we have a society of sages dedicated to living according to Natural Law Principles.  Again, this idea is completely removed from the modern conversation around rights and welfare, where people are “owed” without the obligation to contribute anything more than finance through taxation.

There was also the understanding that the justly governed empire was akin to a walled garden, and required “weeding”, i.e. the removable of incompatible or subversive elements that were incongruent to the values espoused by Spenta Mainyu and Its Six Rays which were Cosmic Order, Best Thinking, Desirable Dominion, Wholeness, Ever-Deepening Serenity, and Vitality.  In other words, there was only a “right” to live within the Desirable Dominion if you lived in accordance with its Principles- you do not have “rights” to the fruits of the Dominion simply because you exist.

It is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, but we do not just get it bestowed upon us without some amount of effort and striving on our part.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings

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CARNIVAL OF ISHTAR

“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.’

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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 .  These belief systems then made the slow march through the institutions, culminating with movements like the Sexual Revolution, Second and Third 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 hypersexualized “upside-down” disorder which has slowly normalized the replacement traditional roles and the traditional orders of society, was and is the cult of the Semitic goddess InannaIshtar playing itself out in the world.

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.  But ultimately these “nurturing” institutions in and of themselves can only take.  They cannot produce or create on their own.  When the Feminine Polarities attempt this, monstrosities are created as seen in the myth of Sophia and the Archons.  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 here in the West economically, as well as societally as the burden on the artificial system reaches its limit.

With both the cultural movements and the cultural 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.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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DIGITAL “IMMORTALITY”

“…Integrating your nervous system into a computer matrix like the internet, everybody’s linked up, and eventually you’ll be able to transfer your consciousness through understanding and being in.. the matrix itself most of the time… You’ll be able to holographically project your life.. in the matrix and that’s the slipping slope; that’s where we lose ourselves…  It’s a hellish environment and they’re begging to die…  It’s better to step into the infinite and become extinct than to eternally exist in this computer matrix.”

– Aaron Donahue

Digital Immortality” is a concept that not too many people know of or think about, yet it is a philosophical undercurrent of our modern technological age that swells larger and larger with each new “smart” gadget and technological innovation that renders completely obsolete that which preceded it.

Transhumanists, singularitarians and scientific elites like Ray KurzweilDmitry Itskov, Elon Musk and even Stephen Hawking have all pointed to a seemingly inevitable future in which human beings will be immortalized “as living beings inhabiting a digital domain of disembodied minds.”

The vision of the transhumanists is a rather utopian one, where non-biological copies of human minds exist in a sort of virtual paradise, free of all the pain and suffering of the physical world.

But what if this digital paradise somehow transforms into an inescapable hell?

This is the dire warning of Aaron Donahue, a renowned remote viewer and associate of retired U.S. Army Major Ed Dames, who headed up remote viewing projects for the U.S. military- projects made famous (or infamous) by the book/film “Men Who Stare At Goats“.  Donahue insists that he remote viewed a future in which humanity has uploaded its consciousness (or at least the earth-bound element of it) into a sort of digital virtual-reality matrix.  However, something akin to a virus infected this world, making this matrix an inescapable hell in which the inhabitants are “begging to die“.

Whatever your opinion of Donahue or Dames, the idea that such an outcome could be entirely possible given the current level of maturity and general impulse control existing in the mass mind.

The mass mind could be seen as a component of what French philosopher Édouard Le Roy, Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Russian geochemist, Vladimir Vernadsky, termed the “Noosphere“- the “mental sheath” of Earth.  While this idea of a collective mind or consciousness is not new, it is finding an interesting reflection of itself in the digitally constructed world we have made.

The concern among some is what the potential consequences would be of a sort of “merging” of this digital realm with the noosphere, as we become ever more fascinated and immersed in our technology and the worlds we create within it.

This could quite possibly be  what Rudolf Steiner referred to as the “Incarnation of Ahriman”- the coldest depths of materialism.  Christian intellectuals like Dr. Katherine Albrecht have compared this seemingly inevitable merging with AI and the digital world to the prophecy of Revelation.  And the seemingly religious fanaticism of those who envision it as humanity’s “best option” and would work so tirelessly to carry it out, is somewhat concerning for more than a few.

These “data points” lit up in my mind and an uneasy feeling came over me as I watched the trailer for the upcoming film, “Ready Player One” (based on the dystopian science fiction novel of the same name).  The film/novel follows a young protagonist named Wade Watts, who seeks to gain the ownership and control of the virtual world known as the “OASIS” (which stands for Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation).  The OASIS, Watts states, is the only place worth going in what the novel and film portrays as an economically and ecologically depressed society:

They called our generation ‘the missing millions’.  Missing, not missing because we went anywhere- there’s nowhere left to go.  Nowhere; except the OASIS.  It’s the only place that feels like I mean anything.  A world where the limits of reality are your own imagination

The only place that feels like I MEAN ANYTHING.

If nothing else, this is brilliant marketing for the younger generations that experience a world and an existence devoid of any real meaning.  A world where so much of their lives are lived “plugged in” to social media profiles, online gaming avatars, and internet porn- because it’s the only place where they can feel like they “mean anything“.

Imagine the appeal to these “lost generations” of truly being able to be immersed in this world.

These are generations who have been raised to feel insignificant in their ability to truly shape their own reality.  Disempowered and disenfranchised, they are searching for meaning.  Having had their imagination squeezed out of them by the indoctrinated dullness of modernity, these generations are seeking something to give that power back to them.

If such a thing as this willing insertion into a virtual artifice were to happen on a large scale in the way described by its proponents, the complete removal of humanity from the Natural World will have occurred.

Nothing good could come from such a thing.  Humanity needs to find its way out of illusion, not ensnare itself deeper into it.

Please find the meaning in THIS world and THIS life.  Rediscover nature and do whatever you can to immerse yourself in it.  Connect with real people in the real world.  Seek the way to spark the light of your truly human and truly divine imagination before it’s too late.

The fork in the road is coming.

Namaste and God Bless.

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MASCULINITY AND MODERNITY (Part 2): DO YOUR JOB

“I’m just saying that MOST women would be a lot happier if men would simply do their goddam job, which, allegorically speaking, is mostly just making sure the trains run on time.”

  • Michael Maciel

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What is the role of a man?  What is his job?

In his “Loyalty Matrix“, Justin Garcia- entrepreneur, MMA instructor, and advocate for reawakening true masculinity among men- describes how if we break down a group into its most basic, fundamental roles, we have three basic functional roles that must be filled.  If we look at the simple society or “tribe” we can easily see this paradigm.  This becomes a bit more difficult as the society becomes more complex and moves towards specialization and commerce.  However, if we really break it down to essentials, these three archetypal roles remain the essential pillars of any society.

First, we have the Nurturer, who is traditionally charged with all things that would be associated with such a title.  This was the traditional the role of most women within the tribe, because Nature designed them to be better at it on average, although there are men that can and do naturally take on the role, albeit to a lesser degree.  According to the Loyalty Matrix, it is the Nurturer who is charged with the procreation of the tribe; that is making sure that the tribe continues to grow and thrive in all ways.

Next, we have the Warrior, who is charged with the survival component of the tribe.  Ensuring survival at its most fundamental aspect means protecting the tribe from predators and invaders.  However, this also can extend to the building of any sort of physical or societal constructs that allow the tribe to survive and prosper.

This was the traditional role of most men within the tribe, again, because Nature designed them to be better at it on average. Of course, there can be and certainly has been female warriors, but again, like the Nurturer for women, men are on average better suited for the Warrior role.  The primary function of the Warrior was and is to keep the women and children alive so that the tribe’s legacy can carry on.  This means not just protecting but providing.

That was the initial purpose of what became “patriarchy”, which has its origins in the post-flood disaster epoch where the old civilization had broken down, creating a nightmare scenario of nomadic marauding hordes fighting for resources in what was an essentially post-apocalyptic world. When the veneer of civilization breaks down and/or danger to the group is imminent, the protector class; the warriors; will rise to dominance at the behest of the tribe, as they are best at the physical violence needed to keep the tribe alive.

Lastly, we have the Shaman.  The Shaman is the one who is charged with facilitating and maintaining the rituals that give the tribe its identity and purpose.  If the tribe does not have a sort of collective identity and “mission”, it will not remain a functioning tribe for long.  Unlike the Nurturer and the Warrior, there is no “better-suited” gender for the Shaman, who could be just as easily be either male or female.

The Shaman or Priest is a special type of person in and of themselves, who is in a sense, able to transcend gender in many ways as far as his/her capacity for embodying the Masculine and Feminine Principles and roles.  In fact, in many Native American tribes, the Shaman was seen as someone who was, in a sense, “trans-gendered“.  However, this true transgenderism should not be confused with the sort of neurotic attention-seeking gender dysphoria that is being labelled as transgenderism today.

Now, it is true that the power of the protector class was abused by what became a degenerate aristocracy that was once a part of the warrior class. And it is also true that this power was abused by what became degenerate priests and shamans, and the merchant class that aligned with them.  It was the combination of degenerate priests, aristocrats and merchants who spread a religious doctrine of patriarchal dominance into Europe and what became the Western world (it had already been present in the Asiatic portion of Eurasia, as well as in Africa, for much, much longer).

However, this does not mean that men being aggressive, good at violence and all the other naturally occurring characteristics of men that are demonized in the media and the classroom today are “bad”, simply because these things have the potential to be abused.  This notion is as ridiculous as stating that hammers are bad because they can be used to bash someone’s skull in.  The problem lies, at least in part, with the fact that we have utilizing been an insufficient set of institutionalized belief systems to guide the powers of masculinity.

These corrosive belief systems have led us to the unfortunate state of affairs today, where we have a great deal of men that don’t give a damn about any of this. They don’t care about being good at being men, and they damn sure don’t care about being a “good man” outside of making sure that they are “the hero” in their own story. These men of modernity are disconnected from anything real, living in crowded isolation in this cosmopolitan bubble of illusions.

Many of the men of my generation feel rejected and dejected by a world that says being a man is pathology. So these men retreat into a world of complete self-indulgence because we have been given no other purpose but to squeeze as much pleasure and leisure (as opposed to genuine happiness and purpose) out of their existence as they can until their lives just sort of end like a forgettable movie that has no real plot line.

I agree that it is time for men to “do their goddam job”, which means they need to figure out what that is exactly.  This means they need to find out what their true authentic strengths are.  Are you a Warrior?  Are you a Shaman?  Or perhaps, you might even be a Nurturer?  Whatever it may be, it cannot be denied that when we have a role; when we have a defined purpose; this becomes the doorway to a fulfilled and meaningful life.

Know your role.  Find your purpose.

Namaste and God Bless.

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MASCULINITY AND MODERNITY

“Men everywhere yearn for the collapse of this current mode of civilization that, as an inevitable consequence of its design, must devalue and emasculate them. Apocalyptic fantasies are a particularly male preoccupation. More and more men are focusing on survivalism and preparedness to give themselves a sense of purpose in a world that doesn’t need or want them to be strong, courageous or prepared for anything.”

― Jack Donovan, “Becoming A Barbarian”

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The masculine man is 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 strong both externally and internally to defend and in many cases, die, in order to protect the ability of the tribe to carry on its legacy through the women and ultimately the 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 really understood. There is a perverse domestication process that is happening in modern society which is breeding a form of psychosis in men (as well as women), as we become increasingly separated from the natural rhythms of external and internal 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 complained about by feminists and the general hopeless despair lamented over by men’s rights activists. We can’t just “reprogram” men and think everything will work out. Nor is it some disease or sickness that men need to be “cured” of as many within the 3rd Wave would suggest.

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 among homeschoolers or in traditional tribal societies.

Next we have the psychotropic medication of boys in particular, which is occurring at increasingly young age. 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.  Young boys are being taught that their natural rambunctiousness as boys- boys who want to move and engage the world rather than sit in desks and march in lines all day- is again, some sort of disease that needs to be cured.

As far as the media is concerned, I would agree with the “Rape Culture” proponents thatt 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”. 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.

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.

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 men should 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.

Namaste and God Bless.

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