Back in my Facebook days I found myself watching as a good number of my college friends “went woke”. Now, this isn’t an indictment on any of them. When enough propaganda, when power, is leveraged on you you will change your mind. Brains aren’t invincible things; anyone who thinks such a silly thought has already been caught.
I repeat: if you do not think brainwashing isn’t going on in your head then it already happened to you, and that’s literally what folks like Merloo would tell you without a second thought.
If you think it hasn’t happened then you’re already grabbed. Period.
As this wokening continued, I noticed a trend. These were people who nominally Christian who, as time went on, continued to talk about the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church (an obvious thing only missed by idiots and kool-aid drinkers), the misdeeds of its priests (a tragedy of the highest degree, but not even in the same ballpark of scale as what happens in public schools and the government), and who slowly gained the opinion that one could apply power to make the world a better and kinder place than it was (a pipe dream if there ever was one). The first two are merely a part of the trend, but I don't think they're the point. I think the last point about power is where the trend was driving at.
Power fixes things was the claim of my friends. “Just exercise some power!” isn't what they said literally, but by thinking that the government could fix the issue that was what they were saying. And that felt wrong, somehow. Something about the whole thing smelled rotten to me, and so I resisted the downward pull as hard as I could, and got off Facebook when I realized that the system was designed to make one desire power and I began to suspect I was losing this fight. I have an addictive personality; it was only a matter of time before their system took my brain and fried it.
It is never about the words themselves, but who is saying them and where those words are going. They're always going somewhere! So I looked over at who was saying the words were parroting. What a surprise, the party that kills children were saying them! That, right there, is where I stopped up my ears. You are never going to get me to agree with people who employ the tactics of the eugenic-genocidal abortion movement. Whatever words they say, it comes from the top of a mountain of tens of millions of babies. Whatever they say, it has to be taken with that image in mind.
"Peace, justice!" they cry.... atop a mound of miniature dismembered arms, legs, torsos, heads, eyeballs, the rest. It's a grizzly thought, but utterly accurate to the hypocritical sludge they push.
If you stand for peace, get off the damn mound of little corpses you made.
Oh wait, you won't? It's a right to be able to kill someone else, you say? To sell their little organs (and yes it is sell) and profit off of frying them in acid or dismembering them as they die in agonizing pain? You still call that peace?
Fuck yourself if the answer is yes. I have my limits. I don't have many. But that is definitely a limit of mine and I will not pretend that I hold any respect for any person who says yes to that question. So yes. Fuck yourself. Bye.
"But Nathan, it's more complicated than that!" people who will cry out no to the above but still back abortion will inevitably say. "Women shouldn't be trapped. Men should be accountable for what happens."
You did it again.
You hear it?
There's that appeal to power to enforce what should be a common understanding, once again. You can't make interior voices line up, but you can enforce compliance in anything you like. Don't mistake compliance with agreement. Power cannot create culture. Something about that reminds me of something... someone... it's 20th century.... hard to place...
Oh, I know!
|Our friends. Who killed many many more than our enemies|
Power cannot fake culture.
All well and good you may say, but have you seen the other side? We've been told, over and over again that they're awful! The power, the propaganda used, are of course not suspect, because have you seen these Neanderthals?? They try to say that women who have miscarriages should be locked up. And there's always the people (that I've personally never met, but it's a cliche it's gotta come from somewhere!!!) who say you're killing children if a dude masturbates. That's utterly crazy and is its own form of oppression. Granted, it doesn't involve a mountain of tiny corpses but it's still not acceptable. These supposedly God-fearing Bible thumpers are so backward and don't listen to their own book!
And I agree.
But the thing is that the Right isn't Christian. Oh, sure, it claims to be Christianity. They'll thump those Bibles that were made up in the 17th century loudly and proudly... and ignore the spot where universal feeding of the poor is required. Or the canceling of all debts every fifty years, along with the return of ancestral lands. Two seconds of reading any earlier ascetical texts or medieval texts or talking to people who have experienced "the small still voice" is a good splash of cold water, right to the face. What the Right is nostalgic for isn't Christianity, it's a bunch of fucking Vikings made soft by Christianity. As Western Europe, with Britain at its forefront, expanded it merely mimicked its Viking progenitors on a less extreme level. Instead of killing everyone they just enslaved and took the resources. Yes, that's a step up. What, you thought the Anglo-Saxons were gonna stop being marauding assholes with a little prattling on love and forgiveness? Any examination of primary sources reveals the lie. Any look at someone who lives by the small still voice makes the lie ridiculous and obvious.
But did you notice the trick? Cause there's a trick in there, and it's damned good one. You have two stories, both of which I've more or less shown to be incorrect. And you, the reader, probably thought they were before you started reading this post, however faintly. There's not one person I know of that backs the corporate shills, or who likes the government, or who even really likes what conservative Christians or progressives are doing. It's easy to see that it's all wrong.
So why the hell are you picking a side?
Who told you to do that?
No, really. Stop reading. Sit down. And play out the events in your head.
Who on earth actually told you all these things? Really?
If either story (conservative or progressive) you were fed involve people you know to be untrustworthy why the hell are you considering either one????
Folks, the trap is that it isn't two paths, but one: the way of power and totalitarianism. Power cannot force culture to come back. I'm sorry, it can't. Power doesn’t corrupt. That’s a damned lie, one in where there is nothing worth using power to protect. Power is useful for many a thing, but it cannot counterfeit the lining up of interior voices. That's gone for the moment, and it's going to be gone for quite some time.
Oh, and just in case it’s not clear enough yet, one of the definitions of totalitarian I found on Google was:
None of us actually remember what it's like to have our interior voices lined up. Not the conservatives, who think sticking to the old texts will help kickstart a mass memory that's been dead, certainly not the progressive, who yearns for culture but thinks power will get it back. Both ways are lies, both ways are not true, and sticking to them is utter insanity.
So what is there to do?
I don't know yet.
It's taken me this long just to be able to articulate the problem. Just getting to this point was an exercise in will that I cannot understate. But I do think that is, in fact, the problem.
The trick is always in asking the right question.
I think the above is on the right track to figure out that question.