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Patriotism

In Arthurian legend, it is said that “the King and the Land are one.” If the King is sick, demented or evil then the Land will be despoiled. If the King is right, just and true then the Land will prosper.

Look around at the world today and consider the leadership. Not only have the various Globalist presidents, prime ministers, premiers, etc. separated themselves spiritually from the people they are supposed to represent, they have also separated themselves physically – they do not consider themselves part of the Land at all.

Globalists do not accept borders, therefore the see no countries. With no countries, there are no nationalities. With no nationalities, there are no citizens. With no citizens, there are no rights. And with no rights, there is no FREEDOM. To the Globalists, people exist only at the discretion of their so-called leaders.

It should, of course, be the other way around – elected leaders should hold office at the discretion of the people, they should be the Servants of the people not their Masters. Leaders are supposed to protect the God-given rights of the people and defend the Land – just as a shepherd protects the flock from the wolf. Instead, they have made us the spoils of creatures that seek our destruction.

 The false leaders often make a show of patriotism and claim that their vile, authoritarian dictates are implemented for the good of the people and the good of the land.

These people are NOT patriots.

Patriots have a connection to, and a strong belief in, the land, the people and the principles that founded the Nation. Patriots act out of a commitment to the cultures, tradition and values of the communities that thrive under a National identity. Patriots are foremost citizens of a well-defined Nation and as citizens they seek to protect and preserve the rights and privileges inherent in that Nation.

 (I will stipulate that it is possible to be patriotic without occupying or controlling the nation you hold allegiance to – a population in exile can still be patriotic concerning the founding principles of the nation with which they identify.)

Now, since Globalists do not believe in Nations or even citizens (“citizen of the world” is a cartoonish construct) they cannot be patriots.

Globalists have no love or regard for land, people, culture, customs, traditions or national identity. Globalists divide the world into servants and masters – and even the most inane celebrity Globalist does not identify with the servant class. A Globalist leader will always sell out the people of the land they are supposed to represent to the Luciferian world view that they actually serve.  

True patriots must constantly oppose and resist the Globalist ideology that is spreading like a virus around the world or risk becoming merely a serf in the New World Order.  

We Must Live Somewhere; They Can Live Anywhere

There’s a saying: Some people can live anywhere, but others have to live somewhere.

This is one of the many divisions facing society, today. Some of us have a homeland, a culture, a tradition, a spiritual connection to a community. We must live somewhere. We can’t just pick up and leave a place anytime we want to – it’s a challenge. And when we arrive at a new place, we make a commitment to stay there. We are bound to the land, the people, the institutions.

This is not the case for others. For some people, wealthy Globalists in particular, physical location is temporary. They can live anywhere. They have abandoned their roots. They have no connection to place; no sense of national identity. For them, flying off to Paris for lunch and then spending a month in Hong Kong on a whim is a common event. There’s nothing keeping them in the land of their birth. Cultural heritage is irrelevant and citizenship is just a formality – totally unimportant.

This was not always the case. While the old rich, people with generational wealth, the hidden controllers of society could always live anywhere, they seldom did so as it would attract too much attention. They did however run their business interests internationally. But the other rich, the stereotypical rich people of the past who made their fortunes in their own lifetimes – cattle barons, oil tycoons, real estate moguls – they owed their wealth to the land. You couldn’t move 100,000 head of cattle across the ocean on a whim or uproot an oil well. Even retail stores such as Macy’s, Eaton’s, Woolworths, etc. had fixed locations. And, similarly, creative organizations like film makers were tied to the land. If you wanted to make a big, successful movie in the past, you had to live and work in Hollywood and your market was primarily America and the English-speaking world.

This has all changed, however, since the 1960’s. The methods of International Finance have trickled down to almost all aspects of business including moviemaking and retail enterprises.

For example, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, currently the richest person in the world, someone who creates nothing, but just moves merchandise around, can set up his retail operations anywhere. Along with Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jack Dorsey of Twitter, and many more, he has no spiritual connection to the land of his birth – no connection to the people of America. There might be some nostalgic value to remaining in America, but that’s it. These people can afford to NOT be patriotic or concerned with the people out of which they sprang because they can live, work and thrive anywhere.

Thus, they glibly spew out the Globalist propaganda about the benefits of a One World Government, a Borderless Society, a Multicultural Collective and the rest. They seek to fool the gullible into believing they are on the side of freedom when really, they are working to establish a society built on a subservient underclass made up of people who MUST live somewhere dominated by an elitist, ruling class of people that can live anywhere.

Notice their choice of a world capital: it is NOT New York, London, Paris, or even Beijing – cities that actually produced things that contributed to the advance of civilization – it is places like Geneva and Brussels whose only “contribution” to the world is a generations long history of promoting and protecting International Finance and Banking.

The people that can live anywhere are not our friends, no matter what they say. To them, we people of the land are unimportant, expendable and replaceable. We are merely chattel, serfs or vassals. They might want to review some history, however, because the elitist, upper-class twits that seek to dominate the world are the ones actually replaced every couple of hundred years; while we people of the land endure forever.

Plandemic

Two interesting things happen in the book “The Day of the Triffids” written by John Wyndham in 1951 – interesting from our current perspective in the age of Covid.

First, an unusual plant is found growing in the wild. The plant, known as a Triffid, is a tall, leafy vegetable that spits poison and eats animal flesh. Although extremely dangerous, the plant produces a high-quality vegetable oil and so it is farmed extensively. No one knows exactly where Triffids come from, but it is speculated that it was bioengineered in a Soviet lab (this is written in the 1950’s) and somehow escaped or was intentionally released into the wild. Why would a research facility deliberately create and then let loose a dangerous biohazard on the world? Who knows what the Communists might have been planning? After being farmed quite profitably for awhile, something else is discovered about the Triffids: they are able to uproot themselves and move about on their own.

Well, before this development can be studied, the second thing happens. A strange meteor shower sending sparks of green light into the atmosphere astounds the world. The shower lasts long enough so that everyone on Earth who wants to witness it can do so. And, of course, most people around the world, fascinated by the green flares, watch the phenomenon intensely. The next day, everyone who observed the display wakes up permanently blind. And concurrently a strange plague infects the world killing millions. It is speculated that the Soviets had something to do with this meteor shower: that it wasn’t a meteor at all, but a satellite containing biohazardous material and strange manufactured diseases that exploded and fell to the Earth. Again, was this deliberate or accidental? No one knows and no one can verify it because at this point civilization pretty much collapses.

With most of the world blind or suffering from a plague, there is no one guarding the Triffid farms. The Triffids escape and rampage the planet feeding on the helpless humans. The only easy way to stop a Triffid is to burn it up with a flame thrower. However, few are left who can aim it, and there’s no way to get fuel. In fact, supplies of everything, including food, quickly run out not just in urban areas but even in farming communities since most people are blind and can’t work equipment, harvest anything or transport anything. It is the Day of the Triffids.

With so much chaos, authority ceases to function and humans form competing bands of scavengers trying to avoid the Triffids and get control of the few remaining resources.

It is a bleak picture.

Nothing like what we’re facing with Covid, of course. But what if something more deadly is developed in some Communist lab and “accidently” unleashed on the world? What if one of the thousands of satellites now orbiting the Earth, most of which have purposes unknown to the general public, should become weaponized and strikes the population? What will we do?

Covid has shown us that governments are useless at protecting populations and spiritually blind populations can’t appreciate the dangers all around them. The fact that the government response to crisis is simply to restrict freedom and enforce more dictatorial control over people, should make everyone concerned. It doesn’t appear to. If a true pandemic hits, whether planned (a “plandemic”) or the result of an accident, a disease that kills more than 2% of the people it infects and infects everyone, will the mask finally fall off the so-called leaders of the world? Will we finally see them for what they truly are – ruthless, power mad, despots? (I won’t say demonic – but you know what I mean.)

We aren’t likely to face Triffids – or zombies, aliens or any other sci fi tropes – but we will certainly face wars, famines and plagues. Hopefully, these won’t be the work of our own governments seeking to consolidate their strangle hold on their own people.

Room to Let

The Taliban has retaken Afghanistan. This situation did not need to happen. It is yet another blunder in U.S. Foreign Policy brought on by the U.S. president, Blundering Biden, and his entire administration. It is also a result of the ongoing actions of the Liberal Globalist deep state that seems to be running things, and has, in fact, been running things for quite some time. But is it, really, a blunder?

I am reminded of a parable told by the Lord Jesus that can be found in Luke 11:24-25 and Matthew 12:43-45. It goes something like this.

A man is possessed, but manages to have the demon expelled. The Evil Spirit then wanders around in desolate places for awhile without finding adequate rest or shelter. The demon says, “I’m getting no where flitting about like this. I’ll go back to my old house and see what’s happening there.”

The demon returns to the old house, the place from which it was evicted, the man that was once possessed. The place is clean, orderly, well maintained and, most importantly, completely empty. The happy demon moves right in and invites seven more evil spirits to live there, as well.

You see, the man evicted the Evil Spirit, renovated the property, but, then, failed to bring a Good Spirit in to occupy the space.  When you get rid of a demon (or, maybe, a bad habit) you must replace the offensive thing with something better – you must fill the void you created with something positive, desirable and strong. The Evil Spirit found the place empty and in much better shape than before. The environment would have been perfect for a Good Spirit – a wholesome tenant – but, apparently, the man did not seek a new occupant. He left it vulnerable.

That’s the situation in Afghanistan. The Taliban was expelled, 20 years ago, but no stronger ideology replaced it. Sure, there was talk of “nation building” or some such nonsense – but really, what did the Liberal Globalist military force achieve? I don’t really know, but I’m guessing, maybe some McDonald’s Restaurants opened up and maybe a Nike franchise – something along those lines. Oh, and they probably tried to get some transgender equity classes taught in the schools. Free and fair elections? (LOL)

Liberal Globalism is not an ideology that any sane person would freely embrace when alternatives are available – even if the alternative is something terrible like the Taliban version of Islam. Liberal Globalism can only be maintained by FORCE. When the U.S. occupying forces left, the Taliban easily reclaimed power. And, like the Evil Spirit in the parable, they got a much better space than they once had – weapons, military equipment, vehicles, even an air force – and trained personnel to use it all. In interviews after the take-over, the Taliban openly laughs at Liberal Globalism, social media platforms, women’s studies, free elections and Western ideas of Human Rights in general. Liberal Globalism offered the Afghan people nothing to fight for or defend.

Patriotism requires a connection to and belief in the land, the people and the principles that founded the nation. Liberal Globalism does not support any of that.

The so-called “radical Islam” that the Taliban espouses is not really all that radical. It’s the same ideology that’s been promoted for 1500 years. Liberal Globalists, who have absolutely no connection to land, nations or people, appear to have failed to realize the power of tradition and established community beliefs.

Now, the Taliban, like the Evil Spirit in the parable, are also inviting fellow evil spirits to join them in their new abode. Al-Queda, ISIL, even the Chinese Communist Party are being offered a place. And you can be sure that the CCP is not going to worry about opening up Confucius Institutes or Tai Chi schools in Afghanistan – they don’t care what the Afghan people believe in or do as long as they stay in Afghanistan. The CCP controls a lot of people already – what they want is power and resources – they will offer the Taliban leaders hard currency in exchange for lithium and other rare minerals and they will assist in marketing the fruits of the poppy fields that Afghanistan is so well known for.

Now, I’m happy to accuse the Western Liberal Globalist powers of a lot of things, but I don’t think they can be accused of stupidity – not really.  So, did they really not anticipate this situation? Did they really not understand the people of the land they occupied for 20 years? Was leaving all the military equipment behind really a mistake? Was this really just a giant blunder by the Biden Administration? Or is there a more sinister purpose behind the fall of Afghanistan?

The New Feudalism

I haven’t written a political piece in a while. There is certainly a lot going on, but it’s so depressing. The future of society – especially Western Civilization – seems pretty bleak, these days.

Today, we have people like Biden, Trudeau, Merkel, Macron, Johnson and the other so-called leaders of the Free World selling out everything of cultural value to the new Globalist regime. Western society and other cultures have already been through protracted experiments in feudalism that held back progress and dreams of freedom for centuries. Instead of learning from the past, the decadent, Luciferian world elite seem determined to usher in a new period of cultural enslavement – Globalism. Or perhaps they have learned from the past and think they can use modern technological advances to more effectively dominate the population. Globalism is a microchip, nanobot, satellite surveillance, steroid enhanced version of feudalism.

And it isn’t just European Civilization that is in jeopardy (although many nations long for its collapse). No, even the Arab World, Chinese Communism and the various dictator driven States will all fall to the false song of Globalism – a New World Order ruled from the shadows by demon haunted minds.

Feudal societies were present in many countries throughout the world for centuries. The feudal state was divided into four main classes:

  1. The Monarch who controlled all the assets and properties.
  2. The Nobles who were mostly relatives, friends or loyal supplicants of the Monarch. They were given parcels of land for their use and enjoyment. They were supposed to manage and protect the land and its people on behalf of the Monarch, but more often they just exploited the resources for their own pleasure.
  3. The Knights who were the basic functionaries of the Nobles. Their job was to fight battles, police the region, manage the population and, basically, make sure the Nobles and the Monarch got everything they wanted. They could sometimes get land of their own and advance to the lower strata of the Nobility. However, they owed everything they had to their lords.
  4. The Serfs who owned nothing and did all the work in exchange for being allowed the privilege of living with some semblance of peace and security. If they were particularly loyal or somehow developed a useful skill, it was possible for them to advance in society.

Adding to the mix were the Clergy, who were similar to the class of Nobles, and various entertainers and craftsmen who did not own or work the land, but provided services and amusement to the upper classes.

Very slowly, a new class emerged known today as the Middle Class. This was made up of merchants, doctors, lawyers, teachers, scholars, inventors, builders, and others who were able to acquire capital independent of the handouts from the Nobility. This independence from the Upper Classes is the crucial point – the reason this group of individuals is so dangerous to Feudalism and, in fact, to Globalism. The American, French, Russian, Chinese and virtually every other revolution of the past 500 years or more has been instigated and led by the Middle Class – people with independent capital and resources who can harness their power to accomplish their goals. This is why the Middle Class is under attack from Globalist mercenaries.

Business interests, health care, education, finance, information technology, energy production, construction, maintenance services, even sports and entertainment are all coming under the purview of Government – Big Government as it is called. When all business activity, professions and trades are controlled by the government you have Feudal Socialism. Extend this form of economic planning and social engineering across the world state and you have the Globalist agenda.

Interestingly, todays plutocrats – Bezos, Gates, Soros, etc. – are NOT the Monarchs in this system. They are at best the equivalent of the Nobles. The true Monarchs are shadowy figures who, like the old Shadow of the comic books, have the power to cloud people’s minds – but they use this power for evil, not for good.

The Knights are the politicians, generals, bureaucrats and lobbyists who make sure everyone obeys the new rules of society. And you can add in the entertainers, journalists, intellectuals and other propagandists who enthusiastically spread the praises of the elite and their doctrines.

The Serfs are pretty much the same – though they might think themselves better off. They own nothing of value, spend all they earn and look to the government and their betters for the fulfillment of all their needs. They are grateful for the opportunity to perpetually serve and protect the State.

The only way to defend against the New Feudalism, the false song of Globalism, is to do the unthinkable: WAKE UP! Wake up anyway you can. Wake yourself up and then help those around you wake up.

Whether you are a Liberal or Conservative; mystic or skeptic; servant or master – there can be no benefit to aligning yourself with the Shadow Lords of the New World Order who seek to dominate you – mind, body and soul.

Marcus Aurelius

Who is Marcus Aurelius?

Aurelius was born in 121 A.D. and became Emperor of Rome in 161 A.D. Considered the last of the “five good emperors,” Aurelius led Rome in the final days of the Pax Romana, the great Roman peace established by Augustine in 27 B.C. He died in the year 180.

Despite being the most powerful man of his time and being fabulously wealthy, Aurelius patterned himself as a Stoic philosopher and is sometimes referred to as the “Philosopher King.” He led a simple, contemplative life and is the author of an important philosophical and spiritual book called “the Meditations.”

Stoicism is not just a philosophy or intellectual pursuit; Stoics consider it a way of life. To the Stoic, the highest good is to lead a life of virtue. The route to virtue is the practice of prudence, justice, temperance and courage.

Stoicism was founded by the Greek philosopher Zeno in the 3rd century B.C. The name itself refers simply to the “stoa poikile,” the painted porch where Zeno and his followers met to discuss their ideas.

One of the most important of the ancient Stoic philosophers was Epictetus. He lived from 50 to 135 A.D. He was born a slave, but acquired his freedom and by the end of his life he was respected as one of the wisest men of his age and, perhaps, the only truly free man because he lived his philosophy with a vigor.

Epictetus taught that external events are beyond our control – thus, we should accept whatever happens to us or around us calmly and dispassionately. At the same time, individuals are responsible for their own internal experiences and their own actions. The internal life should be examined and controlled through rigorous self-discipline.

Epictetus greatly influenced the thought and life style of Marcus Aurelius and he is quoted often in “the Meditations.”

Aurelius lived in troubled times. His reign was marked by wars and uprisings and political difficulties. Aurelius, however, began his philosophical training as a young man; thus, he was prepared for the struggle when he became emperor. Aurelius did all that was expected of him as leader of his people and worked diligently for what he considered the good of the empire while also maintaining his own inner discipline. He endeavored to master his thoughts, feelings and passions despite the turmoil going on around him.

In a simple form, his philosophy might be seen as a precursor to the often-quoted Serenity Prayer of modern-day theologian Reinhold Niebuhr – “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Aurelius was by no means a Christian. More likely he was a Pantheist seeing God as encompassing all existence rather than as a separate being or personal savior. But he shared the same spiritual understanding.

The life of Marcus Aurelius shows that even someone with vast privilege and authority can aspire to a nobler, pious and mystical existence.

Royal Pain

The idiot formally known as PRINCE Harry once again proves that the events of 1776 were a good idea. Not just for the U.S., but for the world.

Harry states that he considers the First amendment to the U.S. Constitution “Bonkers.” He doesn’t like it. He wants something done about it. He wants it gone.

The First Amendment is all about protecting certain freedoms: Freedom of thought, freedom of expression, journalistic freedom, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion and the freedom to challenge the decisions of government. There’s a reason it tops the list of human rights. Along with the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms for personal defense, the First Amendment is protection against totalitarian regimes. It’s no wonder Hollywood Harry and his sad little Globalist, elitist, Luciferian chums dislike it – the First Amendment is a guard against idiots like this becoming too powerful.

Imagine a world where Hollywood assholes and tech billionaires, or the degenerate aristocracy of old, can tell you what to think, what to say, where to go, or what to buy and sell. Well, it isn’t hard to imagine because we are on the cusp of this very thing happening. A weak willed, feckless population has been wrangled into a state in which they have abandoned the concept of personal freedom and seem eager to bow before some master class. And the soul sucking, demon worshipping, plutocrats and oligarchs are loving it.

A dumb population that values the opinion of “celebrities” and so-called “social influencers” above their own personal freedom is precisely the kind of population Harry No-Name and his league of marauding moralizers crave. Creatures like Harry – born into wealth and privilege, raised by moral incompetents, and educated by Luciferian extremists – truly believe they are better than the rest of us and have a right to rule over us. Their sense of self-entitlement is epic – on the scale of Roman emperors like Caligula and Nero.

Well, in 1776 the American people declared their independence from such ravenous tyrants. They spit in the eye of the aristocracy and established a Republic with a Constitution that protected the rights of the individual over the government or the collective hordes. Thus, for a time, there really was a glimmer of true freedom in the world.

It turns out, however, that not everyone wants freedom. Many, many people seem to find self-government difficult and cry out for the return of a ruling class. They miss their chains.

The old elite have been waiting patiently for this day to arrive. They’ve schemed and conspired to bring it about for centuries. Now, with troops of social justice terrorists in the streets stirring up disharmony everywhere, and insipid, useful idiot propagandists preaching an idealized “One World Government,” a Globalist, feudalist society is at hand with the world divided into barons and serfs – guess which one you are.

To be fair, I would probably, grudgingly, accept a One World Government if King Jesus was in charge. But King Harry? No fucking way. Creatures like that and the demonic hosts they’re aligned with are the true enemies of freedom, equality and justice.

The First Amendment that Harry No-Name despises gives him the right, in America, to say whatever stupid, evil thing he wants to say. But it also gives the rest of us the right to reject his tyrannical ambitions. We can tell him to stuff his pompous, self-important obsessions up his moth eaten, rusty old crown and scuttle off back to jolly old England (although he isn’t welcome there, either).

The enemies of the people are gaining strength, but we don’t have to accept their will. We can stand against them and force them back into the darkness from which they have emerged. We can retain our freedom and preserve the soul of humanity if we reject the degeneracy of the New World Order and ignore the false song of Globalism.

Harrison Bergeron

Taking note of society and where it seems to be headed, with its growing emphasis on “equity” and “fairness,” reminds me of a short story by Kurt Vonnegut called “Harrison Bergeron.”

Vonnegut was a liberal, to be sure, but he was not a Left-Wing loon like so many current celebrities. And he was no fool. Vonnegut was smart, witty and fearless – he knew where left-wing ideology would lead and he routinely called out the fake elite.

The story is set in the future, 2081. Total equality, or something close to it, has finally been achieved. How? Well, its impossible to make everyone equally great but, it is very possible to make everyone equally average or mediocre by a process of “handicapping” people who are not average. The Office of the United States Handicapper General has been established and this group determines the level of handicapping each person requires in order for everyone to have parity.

To fairly make everyone equally average, and ensure no one is offended by anyone else’s abilities, physical restrictions are placed on the body. Those with above average strength and agility are forced to carry around weighted sacks chained to their necks. Those with above average intelligence are forced to wear ear pieces that blast horrific sounds into the brain every 20-seconds to confuse and slow down thought. Those with above average beauty are forced to wear face coverings at all times. TV personalities, and perhaps all public communicators, must have speech impediments or speak in harsh, unappealing tones. No one is allowed to be good at their jobs and must apologize for any accidental display of competence in case they offend the average person.

The only people allowed to display competence are the agents of the Handicapper General. They are unceasingly vigilant in ensuring that no one deviates from the norm and appears unequally superior in any way. Any attempt to remove or lessen to any degree any of the imposed handicaps can result in fine, imprisonment and even death for repeated offenses. To offend the average is unforgivable.

The story was written in 1961, so we are now at the midway point. We still don’t have an Office of the Handicapper General – however, with, possibly, the most AVERAGE Joe, mediocre politician in U.S. history serving as President, legions of Social Justice Warriors, “Karens,” and other leftist stormtroopers prowling the streets looking for offenses, and an education system that seems determined to undermine the effects of the past 500-years of civilization, Vonnegut’s 2081 dystopia does not seem that far off.

Woke Hollywood

Last week, the Academy Awards show was broadcast on television. Like most sensible people, I did not watch it. Neither have I watched any of the movies which might or might not have been nominated.

Why would I?

To me, “woke” Hollywood is nothing but a herpes sore on the lip of culture: an infectious disease worse than the China Virus that makes everything ugly and sordid.

The fake elitists that claim to represent the collective tastes of movie goers are a blight on true art. Seeing this pestiferous, narcissistic swarm of depraved wretches congratulate themselves on their efforts to bring down civilization fills me with revulsion.

Once upon a time, Hollywood had something useful to offer the world: entertainment, hope, joy, even inspiration. In the early days, when morally ambiguous characters were first depicted, there was an opportunity for viewers to discuss, analyze and assess choices being made on screen while still respecting the possibility of a virtuous outcome. No more. Today’s propaganda masters are unambiguously vile – they beat the viewer over the head with noxious, Leftist ideology. Rather than actual virtue, woke Hollywood offers only virtue signaling. And, true to the Globalist, Luciferian agenda that drives the narrative, anyone who dares to disagree with the inverted truth offered by the fake elite is branded a racist, fascist, and even a domestic terrorist.

What seems like a very long time ago, mostly liberal but humanity loving Old Hollywood produced “classic” movies by people like Charles Chaplin, John Ford, Cecil B. De Mille, David O. Selznick, Frank Capra, Robert Sturges, David Lean, Mel Brooks and many others. These movies were, generally, original, thought provoking, inspirational, and, above all, entertaining. Today’s original movies are depressing, hateful, boring, agenda-driven depictions of the false narrative that humanity is wretched and beyond redemption. No one will sit through these mediocrities other than film students and virtue signaling elitists. That they are given awards is a clear indication of the depravity, not of humanity in general, but of the woke establishment. They will never be classics. They are only of value to the denizens of the dark, soulless echo chamber of a debauched, Leftist dystopia in which the creators of civilization and culture are seen as tyrannical monsters, while Moloch worshipping deviants bent on looting and burning down creation are hailed as true heroes.

Perhaps worse than the propaganda riddled prize winners – because they are actually SEEN by the public – are the money-making, block busters that pass, today, for entertainment.  These are typically sequels to previous “hits,” often based on comic books, as well as prequels, reboots, remakes, re-imaginings, re-visionings, director’s cuts, extended versions, alternate endings and maliciously perverted adaptations of old TV shows and old movies. What unifies these offerings is a passive-aggressive stance towards civilization, culture and actual art and a contempt for anyone that would take these movies seriously.

NO THANKS.

Goodbye Handshake?

I’m not a big fan of shaking hands – or touching people in general. I have some mild empathic abilities and I find that touching people gives me access to their inner spiritual energy and complexes. Most people have some spiritual issues and, as compassionate as I might want to be, I don’t really like randomly dealing with all that confusion and pain.

However, I do recognize that the handshake is of great importance and significance to people, generally, and to those of Western culture, specifically. Even without developed empathic abilities, grabbing someone’s hand or arm, just like staring deeply into someone’s eyes, puts you in contact with more than the mere physical aspect of the person. Anyone can get a better sense of another’s personality and psychic state by touching them – even if they don’t understand why.

This, I believe, is the real reason the handshake is, perhaps, the most widely used gesture of greeting. And why losing the handshake out of fear of “the pandemic” is a major loss to culture – particularly the culture of the West.

The origins of the handshake are a mystery. Some think it originated in prehistoric times as an indication that people meeting together were peaceful in that they carried no weapons in their hand.

Maybe.

The handshake does not seem to be common in the East where bowing is more the norm. Will bowing become the norm in the West?

What seems to be one of the first depictions of a handclasp is found in a carving from the 9th century B.C. showing an Assyrian king and a Babylonian king sealing an alliance with the gesture. The 8th century B.C. poet, Homer, mentions the handclasp in the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey in connection with pledges of trust. In 5th century B.C. Greek carvings, there are depictions of deities clasping hands to indicate a bargain. And the Romans also appear to have used the gesture in this ritualistic way.

Interestingly, the practice was always used to indicate equal status. Deities shook hands with deities, kings with kings, warriors with warriors and so on. A king would never shake hands with a peasant. The handclasp was reserved for people within the same social status. Is this because the psychic energy experienced during the handshake would be too disturbing between people of different families or classes?

Whatever it’s original intention, the handshake really only became a common form of greeting within the past 500 years due largely to the Western concept of an egalitarian society. The idea that everyone was intrinsically equal meant that everyone should shake hands with everyone else. It was rude not to because to avoid such contact meant you believed yourself to be better than others – better not just different. Today, for example, it would be politically unwise for the President of the United States to refuse to shake hands with even the humblest of citizens. Whereas in England, since “class” is still a matter of birth, it is considered inappropriate for a “commoner” to shake hands with a titled individual, much less the Queen. Shaking hands actually appears to force people to agree that they are equal. And this, I think, is a good thing.

Thus, even though I don’t particularly want to touch anyone at random, I still believe that the hand shake serves a powerful purpose in creating bonds of commonality and unity amongst people of all economic and social strata. Losing the ritual handshake because of the dictates of an authoritarian sub-class of the population is a grave injustice and insult to civilization itself.

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