What is culture, and what is the state of Western culture?

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Culture is shared understandings, shared beliefs, shared observances, and shared values.

In the West, these are under sustained attack.  Since postmodernist relativism, nihilism and cultural Marxism invaded the West, those of us who have succumbed, in varying degrees, have consigned themselves to having no culture.  No values, no beliefs, nothing to affirm and defend.

Nietzsche, in his 1882 Parable on the Death of God, outlines the implications of life without a sacred beyond (a foundational source of values that comes from outside ourselves, so that we don’t just make them up).  In Nietzsche’s Parable, a madman runs into the marketplace screaming that we have killed God.  In a series of demented questions he spells out the implications:

“How were we able to drink up the sea?  Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon?  What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun?  Where is it moving now?  Where are we moving now?  Away from all suns?  Are we not perpetually falling?  Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions?  Is there any up or down left?”

This is absolute rootlessness, an existential void.  Nietzsche understood very starkly the implications of our “killing God” and with that, our culture.  The end result is poor for our lives and future prospects.

On the ABC’s TV program Q&A in October 2012 during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, an American “intellectual”, Jesse Baring, wowed the panel and audience with this piece of postmodernism:   “Free yourself of the illusion of God.  There’s no such thing as good and evil.  And there’s no such thing as free will.”

Now the first sentence of his comment is a debate we will put to one side, but the second and third sentences are pure SOCIAL SATANISM.  They are absolute destruction of values, and of any need to take personal responsibility for the consequences of one’s own actions.

The Left pushes “cultural pessimism,” what in Australia we call a Black Armband view of our history, in the context of the treatment of Aboriginal people since white settlement in 1788.  This asserts that the history of the West and of derived countries like Australia, the USA and others contains nothing good.  Our history is nothing more than a story of colonialism, racism, and genocide, and any alternative or “triumphalist” narrative is just the “hegemony” of past victors.  The West is the cause of all evil in the world, and non-Western cultures are peopled by grievously wronged “noble savages” whose actions and cultrs are beyond criticism.

A manifestation of this Black Armband mindset is in “white guilt” – whereby people today who are in no way responsible for evils done generations ago, apologise to the descendants of people several generations on from those who were allegedly wronged.  It is Virtue Signalling and tokenism and achieves not a single thing to improve the lot of those descendants.   It does, however, whiteant the culture by riddling it with pessimism.

There is a profound spiritual truth in the story told in the first two chapters of Genesis, where God told Adam and Eve that they had free run of the Garden of Eden, but they must not eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  This is a metaphor directly relevant to where we are today.  By denying an absolute moral law, and arrogating to ourselves the right to make up our own ideas (for as long as it suits us) of what is “good and evil”, we have subjected ourselves to chaos and destruction.

Jordan Peterson, a Canadian Professor Psychology from the University of Toronto, has titled his 2018 bestseller “12 Rules for Life:  an antidote to chaos.”

His clinical experience in dealing with patients, shows that there is tremendous angst in our society coming from existential void.

 

The American conservative intellectual Thomas Sowell points out that under the pernicious ideology of multiculturalism, you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture, and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.  Sowell, by the way, is African-American.  And for good measure, the Leftists and relativists tell us that all cultures are equal.

“Passionarity” is a term coined by the Russian historian Lev Gumilev to refer to a country’s strength of belief in itself, strength of will to affirm and defend its own culture and spread its influence.

In recent years, Western Europe, and America under Obama, have been in catastrophic civilizational decline.   They no longer know what they believe and what they stand for.  In some extreme cases, like Sweden under the long-serving socialist government, there is even an evident preparedness deliberately to allow the replacement of the native population by immigrants with an alien and hostile culture and values.  The same malaise, perhaps not yet to that extent, has afflicted other Western democracies like Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Western countries have been allowing catastrophic subversion and whiteanting from within through ruinous multicultural policies and immigration which amounts to cultural invasion.  Our Society is going to hell in a handbasket.  The barbarians are INSIDE the gates – because our treasonous political and administrative class has invited them in.

Russia, despite its demographic problem, is at present prepared to assert what it sees as its essential national interests.  Since the fall of communism, the destruction of the command economy and the barren years of economic and social implosion of the 1990s, Russia has rediscovered pride in its history, its culture, and its thousand-year-deep roots in Orthodox Christianity.

Russia today shows virtually no taste for the Cultural Marxism which is destroying socially conservative values and institutions in the West.  Russia today is virtually immune from cultural pessimism.

We could do worse than learn from this experience.

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