An article was recently released, “On BAPism and Christianity”; do you see now, the siren song of ‘Nietzschian Christianity’? The Devil, perhaps, doesn’t tempt – but, much like feminism, merely points out a real problem and offers a false solution. The problems are real. But is a growing paganism really a solution? Why does it seem so tempting? Why doesn’t anyone else seem to be offering a solution to the very real problems described? This is the key point.
Beauty and the Beast might be the best traditionalist story dealing with the problem of marriage and women, even in its modern animated form – which is the only form I’ll be dealing with, as the original lacks Gaston. Most people who talk about Gaston, particularly women, pretend they are Belle – or that Belle represents all women – and that Gaston is some kind of anti-woman patriarchal demon behind an attractive mask. Clearly this isn’t the case – in fact, central to his character is his nearly ubiquitous female appeal; women want Gaston, and to pretend they’re all oblivious to his character, or that Belle’s refusal was even tied to character, is childish. Is there something to say about both this obvious fact, and the modern unwillingness to apprehend it?
A random post from a large liberal website said that the Mandalorian was a real hero and example of positive masculinity. What did they mean by this? Certainly they meant to contrast positive masculinity with toxic masculinity, as defined by women (the arbiters of modern masculinity). But do they actually mean? Is he an example of what we want modern masculinity to be? And what defines his lack of toxicity? His isolation, excepting, of course, an almost self-destructive paternal instinct toward a child that isn’t his? His strength? His competence? A pure, and in spite of his hatred of sentient machines, his almost robotic competence that exerts no moral control? Or, more generally, is it his lack of passion? This is the key point.
What an awful idea. Only a monster would believe something like this. Why do we have to subordinate anyone, let alone women as a group? But over the long years of women’s suffrage and legal equality, have women demonstrated a desire to be equals? Or simply a desire to be given equality? Furthermore, what have women done with that equality? What’s the status of our heterosexual (reproductive) relationships? What can be said about the happiness of men, and women, in our society now that women have their so-called freedom? This is the key point.
When you browse certain websites, ones with, for example, a socially dangerous ideological reinforcement system, you run across all sorts of insanity: excuses, actually – look at all the men killing themselves, it’s their fault. But never mind the particulars, I was curious about why they don't see how crazy they’re being? Honestly this type of insanity set me down the path to something like reaction, but they seem to believe it, in earnest. Why?
Is liberty sacred? Anyone indoctrinated under the current worldview would I suppose, like the Aztec’s belief in human sacrifice, will either explicitly or implicitly agree with this belief. But what do we mean when we say liberty? This is towards a question I believe I've asked already, but what do we mean when we say we’re free? Free do what, exactly? Whatever we want, is the oft-given answer. Free to follow our animal instincts, obviously – or, if we’re rational actors – if we’re machines – we’ll work towards reasonable ends. But who thinks like a machine? Who wants to think like a machine? More importantly, is a machine ever free? This is the key point.
Should America leave other countries alone? It’s an easy thing to agree with – why should we bother them? But what does that mean, exactly? Is it even practical in the modern world, with air travel, open internet, and the like? Are we even leaving countries alone now? Or is our culture infesting everything, are our corporations franchising everywhere? What’s the difference between what we do now, and colonialism? This is the key point.
What is it to be against racism? It’s an easy thing to support, if you have any empathy – these people are just like us; and it’s true, as far as it goes: we are all human. But is there more? Have we forgotten something? Do our families matter? And how many levels of human relation beyond our family matter to our identities, and our histories, and therefore, our futures? Do these anti-racists also think we can choose even our families? This is the key point.
Are we killing children? Is Moloch satisfied? Does he bless the fortunes of our women, perhaps? Does he send rain? Does he send leisure, wealth, property, equality? This is the key point.
Because why wouldn’t we want women to be our equals? Men have always dreamed of Athena, but she was only Zeus’ dream – an artificial construct, not a real woman. This is the key point.