The Banality of Evil v. The Splendor of Goodness
By Višeslav Simić for the Saker Blog
One might wonder if Hannah Arendt’s disposition appears to us today so gloomy and bitter because she had witnessed and understood the banality of evil during the Eichmann’s Jerusalem trials. Yet, it is more certain that it was from her not having witnessed (although, theoretically, she might have approached an understanding of it) the Splendor of Goodness any time in her life, even in the days of Evil’s apparent defeat and the Allies’ false victory over it. Victory and triumph are satisfactory and make one avenged, but only being in the presence of Goodness, and basking in its splendor, make one magnanimous and content.
It has been a social and scientific/academic dogma that Nazism is pure evil until the unbelieving and faithless West magically transformed it into a cause célèbre and the most visible symbol of its racketeering compact, a.k.a. democracy and freedom – exactly because the time is fulfilled for them to admit that the West and Nazism are of the same totalitarian essence, moved by the same lethal spirit hovering over the primordial moral void, from which all contemporary ills have come into being.
No short circuits happened in the minds of the Western masses because of the contradictions, pains, and humiliations through which they have been intensely living the last few years. The masterful rewiring of the most precious human organ (by which we are truly made in the image of the Creator – Who created by the spoken thought) has been so thorough, and the vacuum was filled by a primitive mechanism of pure instinctive stick and carrot behaviorist reductio ad absurdum primordial slops of base urges, fed through the trough operated by the private-public corporation called the State/Media Complex and CEO-ed by Evil itself.
The greatest victory of the Devil is not his convincing the human race that he didn’t exist but its joyous acceptance of his disabling of its will to think and judge! For not only was it necessary first to reject the existence of the Sly One, but even more was it imperative to judge judgment as inadmissible in the court of the moral law, so that the ultimate goal could be achieved – that of the de-divining the being created in the image of the Divine, by eliminating the prerequisite for humanness: Thinking.
Hannah is said to have believed – “Evil comes from a failure to think […] It defies thought […].” That is why Hannah was so criticized even by her own in her own time – she saw, recognized, and exposed her own people’s social distancing, financial dispossessions, religious fanaticism, and political discrimination in the very state which mechanisms were used to judge and punish the same deeds done to them in another state. How broken her noble heart would be today, in our current inhumane events, where she would see that the embryo of fiendish wickedness has grown into this globalized brain-monster whose main purpose, despite its nourishment, is the failure to think.
One is tempted to declare hybris as the West’s driving force but its disbelief (in God, or even in gods) disqualifies it, just as its disbelief in its own mortality does… Even corrupt faith – but faith nonetheless – is required for elevating one’s own humanity above divinity. It is anti-hybris that is the main tragic flaw of the anti-hero of today’s historical farse.
The West’s chicken-brain-level attention span, combined with its epistemological nihility of insipid and fruitless monads forced by greed into an unwanted community is capable only of a collective spoiled child’s searing tantrum on permanent replay and set on full public view in its virtual reality universe.
That artificial environment has clashed directly with the real world of human dignity, existential needs, and the genius of conscientious love and sacrifice.
That is why the West – that is, the ruling caste in the states of the so-called Collective West – has unmade the Russians (as it was done to the Serbs in the 1990s) a people among peoples, a nation among nations, a state among states, while it has made itself a people above peoples, a nation beyond nations, a state superior to states. While wallowing in its undeserved exceptionalism in the imagined plurality of equals, the West has expelled Russia into a singularity of a true chosen-ness and irrevocable opposition to her persecutor – the only competent and willing enemy of its dichotomy, anchored in the West’s age-old racial and religious blindness, in which the world’s reality is divided into Humans and Russians (and Serbs as Honorary Russians), while the enslaved non-Western subhuman masses are enjoying the exceptional opportunity to be taught a harsh lesson in global hierarchy (although they also must pretend it is not taking place in the carefully constructed imaginary plurality of equals).
So far, the West’s triumph was blasted around the globe not only through the silencing bombing of any aspiring rebel but even louder through the deafening stillness of the exploited and humiliated victims, who have renounced and denounced their own selves, emptying themselves of their own identities and pouring into the vast void the globalization garbage of barbaric multiculturalism. The West loves the parade of such zombies in the form of “national leaders” gathering at the UN in New York City each September, or at the Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. each February.
Until Putin… Until Russia… Until February 2022!
(OK, there was the developmental task of the Serbian example in the 1990s, but it was a teachable moment for Russia, and maybe China)
Unlike the Warsaw ghetto abandoned and helpless youth’s heroic and suicidal refusal to go to the slaughter like sheep, The Russian Refusal was the decision by the equally heroic but life-affirming, aware and prepared, wise, and visionary elders who, maybe heuristically, sacrificed themselves for the generations to come.
And not only Russian but global!
That is the Splendor of Goodness – in both its meanings: as virtue and kindness, but also, from its Slavic root, as fit, suitable, valid.
We are witnessing it today, but it was lacking in Hannah’s time for her to transcend the gloom and doom she was witnessing.
And that is the reason why the Banality has dropped its mask and has reared its ugly face for the world to see – not only is it not good but it is invalid, unfit, and unsuitable for humanity.
Evil, in its banality, cannot abide Russia’s wealth and splendor, be it state or private, material or spiritual, from the human realm or the animal: Russian gold has been robbed, her assets confiscated, and her gas is requested for free; the more vicious and public the seizure at the mention of Russia the better, but there is no disgust while seizing Russian yachts and mansions; Western artists and intellectuals cannot abide their Russian peers, even the dead ones, but they support the looting of her art and crafts; the only way to be better than Russians in sports is to ban them; even Russian cats are beyond competition and are canceled at exhibits; although Russia doesn’t use the Latin script, certain Latin letters are forbidden for they enrage the vapid Western imagination by their Russianness; the West has indignantly pulled its garbage out of Russia for even its junk food and diabetes-inducing sodas are not to be bestowed upon her hated people, and the Westerners are delighted to shower with cold water, freeze in their civilized homes, and desist from production in their factories so that the barbarian heretics may be put in their place.
It is not only the West’s politicians who have started snapping at Russia but most “spiritual” leaders too. There, among the West’s “p[email protected]” of cloth are multitudes of today’s Haj Amin el Husseinis, blessing the obligatory and public Hate Russia religious rites, praying at crossroads with disfigured faces, to their god of wrath, coming out with pride, which only self-loathing can churn inside those soulless clones.
Nothing is so maddening to them as the Manifest Destiny voiding their masters’ lies and granting the “R2P” straight into the steady hands of Russia whose feet are not swerving from their Dokkōdō but are beating a trail to be followed by the herd as it transcends into a congress of peers.
Even if this rebellion turns out to be just “a burning and a shining light” in which we “were willing for a season to rejoice” our lives will have had a purpose: to witness it and to keep a memory of it, be it only as the “bright sadness” that every Orthodox Christian knows each Resurrection Day, which interrupts the endless days of “toska”, “sevdah”, “saudade”, and “duhkha”, that the Third World has suffered through the ages of Evil’s banal dominion.
Višeslav Simić, Ph.D.
Professor of Geopolitics & Award-winning Author
Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 7, 2022
Wound of the soul I’m not worthy … how to heal our human family long in the tooth murdering slaughtering heinous barbarism subteranian vile
Our brain apartheid as a human is doing annilation of earth & all life … must stop now
Hi love is a verb! Have you been reading my old friend Buckminster Fuller? Love is a verb is a saying he was a little fond of. “I seem to be a verb…:
I am so glad for this piece of Yours.
I have PLENTY more to say, but for now – VVPs action has raised the rabbit out of the bush.
That is enough for me.
I – we have been trying to do this for GENERATIONS. No leg.
NOW we are talking.
Like it or not.
…Eternally indebted to ALL members of the Russian Army. Beer is on me. ALWAYS.
When you need me I will be there. I am there already.
Glory to all the bros!
I have not read Hannah Arentz’ “Eichman in Jerusalem” for a vey long time (one or two years after the trial against him in Jerusalem.
But I clearly remember that she referred to Adolf Eichmann as a drearily boring little buraucrat who administrated the killing off of European Jewry in a way remincent of a book-keeper. (I dont remember whether ha was ever accused by the Jewish Palestinian regime for actually killing off of European Arian Jews nor of having persecuted Romani or homosexuals).
But I will never forgive her for not having brought to the forefront Eichmann’s first visit to Jerusalem in the 1930ies, when he became a fervent adherant of Zionism! He was full of praise for the cleanlieness of places like Rehavia in Jerusalem,
“…referred to Adolf Eichmann as a drearily boring little bureaucrat who administrated the killing off of European Jewry in a way remincent of a book-keeper.”
Eichmann said his boss was Himmler. Himmler took cyanide. Lately some have argued that he may have been killed after his capture. This is likely. If you are Himmler and you mean to kill yourself, you are likely to do it when they come close to you, not when they grab you and put you inside the train, by which time you are not sure what might happen to the pill. But, we don’t know for sure. The following I know for sure (it’s demonstrable): Himmler tried to be an intermediary between Germany and the United States before and after the death of Hitler. He believed that he and Ike Eisenhower could work together well. I hope you can guess it – no historian says it as far as I know. There is no way that a man who has ordered the gassing of 6 million people (or even one million) will think that after the war is lost, he will be able to become Germany’s link to the West like that, and will go out of his way to make it happen (if I recall, he wrote a letter to Eisenhower, certainly to the United States). He obviously didn’t have a clue that he, or someone in his name, had ordered this mass murder. I have to say that Israel has not yet found 6 million cases. Now and then – I have seen it twice – some newspaper in Israel published a public request to call a certain number if they have a new victim case to report, and they give the count of how many are known already. I think the count is at 3 million something, below 4 million for sure. (It’s not the way to find out, eh? I thought both times that we were possibly being made fun of.) We also know that Himmler granted the release of Jewish concentration camp prisoners to a Swedish authority in 1945 and released many to him (Count Bernadotte). It was recorded at Nuremberg, and the authority also wrote about it in his book after the war. Mind you, if Himmler has ordered the gassing of 6 million people, those prisoners may know it and tell about it after their release. He must think that this “secret” will see the light of day. We know from an Israeli source shown in a mainstream TV documentary about the Eichmann case, that Israelis didn’t know in 1962 about the murder of millions of Jews in gas chambers, that they learned this during the Eichmann trial. I have to conclude then that Eichmann learned about them (the murder of millions in gas chambers) right along with them. Elie Wiesel, in his book “Night” published in 1957, does not mention gas chambers not even once (he states what the means for killing Jewish people were). He was at Auschwitz only for a few hours before being transferred to another camp, but says in his book that in those hours he spoke with an Auschwitz prisoner who gave him a message; I don’t recall what this message was but it did not mention gas chambers. Also, death by gassing is only mentioned in the formal Nuremberg accusation in the context of some transport trucks that it said had been used to kill with gas; but, these trucks were not part of the main means used in the accusation and so are mentioned somewhere in the middle of the list (after three or four other means used).
– Lately some have argued that he may have been killed after his capture. This is likely.
A quick research of Adolf Eichann returns he loved the Jewish people, and I guess his mistresses were Jewish. He took care of Jewish children by getting them to UK, while parents went to Palestine with German funding.
Beyond some few screened witnesses we don’t know whether Eichmann was awarded badge of honor as Father of Israel – or hanged.
The veracity of “the Holocaust” event is really a forensic question. It must be investigated and decided empirically. We cannot by pure reason deduce its truth or falsehood.
That Himmler wished to collaborate with the Allies post-war could very well be nothing more than an indication that he was motivated to save his own hide. He couldn’t plausibly have expected to be granted refuge if he were a mass murder? Please. The Allies themselves were mass murders, responsible for burning hundreds of thousands of German civilians alive. Eisenhower himself oversaw the starving to death of millions of German POWs. Himmler was doubtlessly aware of the implications of the Morganthau Plan. The only question would be whether or not the Allies found any use in keeping him alive. Apparently they didn’t.
You raise two important points >
– The issue about the holocaust cannot be denied….however there is major room for quibbling over the number 6 million – a Daniel Finkelstein did the most thorough historical research were he discovered that over the last 300 years, there were recurring mentions of 6 million killed in some event. So the number 6 million is an emotive term and not a factual term. For this thorough analysis, Finkelstein was not particularly welcomed.by the Jewish community.
– The other aspect about culpability and whether Himmler thought he had a good chance with the Allies: well…Goering also assumed he would received friendly reception…I am not sure of the timeline but i know for certain that Otto Skorzeny, who was THE creator of the False Flag on the Polish border that set off WW2…and many other adventures…in particular that he organised German troops to wear American uniforms which sowed chaos in American lines during the Battle of the Bulge. Otto Skorzeny was apprehended by the Americans but was loud in claiming that the Americans had in fact already done things to the Germans which contradicted the Geneva Convention…and Eisenhower apparently agreed…and so Skorzeny did not have to face the Nuremberg Trials. So it could be that as a result of Skorzeny being apprehended by the Americans but treated quite separately from the other miscreants… that Himmler thought he could also claim the same, that the Americans had a history of bad behaviour,
As for starving the German soldiers, yes i recall a visit to the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen. There were Americans and Canadians with their familiies there and pointing to exactly where they stood just before discovering that this bridge was still standing…and then rounding up the German troops and putting them inside open ‘cages’ where the Americans just threw cans of food over the wire mesh to the Germans and the Germans couldnt do much with it when they had no can openers and no cooking facilities. There was a German soldier there who wanted to put HIS side of the story – and the Mayour of Remagen made a voice recording which visitors could play, where the Mayor stated that the Germans had been most unfairly treated… But the Americans and Canadians told me that after the word got around when American British and Russian units discovered the concentration camps, there was no empathy at all left for ANY German…
The lack of empathy also translated to the massive carpet bombing campaigns against German cities. Unfortunately Arthur Harris got a raw deal – his name is associated with this campaign but he was in practice told to do this by Churchill. i saw the maps prepared by the British to show where all the traditional wooden housing was located in the older parts of German cities and these were targetted in particular, with incendiaries as Churchills view was that the German public could thus be intimidated…but we all know from the current situation in the Ukraine that when an evil group of people gain a strong position in a society, the unarmed civilians have little chance to fight back. It only took 30,000 Gestapo to keep 80 million Germans intimidated…so to hit civilians for the evils perpetrated by a small group is indeed counterproductive as it creates resentment in the longer run.
“So it could be that as a result of Skorzeny being apprehended by the Americans but treated quite separately from the other miscreants… that Himmler thought he could also claim the same, that the Americans had a history of bad behaviour,”
Himmler died on April 29, so I don’t think he got to see Skorzeny’s treatment. What Himmler was trying to do is of a much higher level: a high and public role for himself in an alliance with the United States against the Soviet Union…knowing that the U.S. and the world did not yet know about the holocaust.
“the Mayour of Remagen made a voice recording which visitors could play, where the Mayor stated that the Germans had been most unfairly treated… But the Americans and Canadians told me that after the word got around when American British and Russian units discovered the concentration camps, there was no empathy at all left for ANY German…”
I have a great video purchased from IHF, titled “Fateful Struggle” or Schicksalskampf (the cover says, “A Controversial Look at how Wehrmacht and Waffen SS veterans viewed the Nazi defeat!”). Here one of them says that they were ordered to march by Americans, a long march, and a German mother ran to hug her son, a commander, and she was shot dead, not clear if he too was killed. Anyone in this march who stopped or went to the side to rest, was killed. The war was already over.
“he couldn’t plausibly have expected to be granted refuge if he were a mass murder? Please.”
It’s not that. He expected to remain a major German leader. How could he expect Eisenhower and the world itself to ignore his gassing of 6 million people and accept him, and accept Germany as an ally with a major Nazi at the helm, if he – Himmler – knew that he had organized and ordered the gassing to death of 6 million Jews? How could he not know or at least fear that this would be bound to be known, condemned and punished, and not try to hide his identity as he did after the West ignored his proposal and on the day he was captured? You don’t hear it from historians, and I must say that I came to this obvious conclusion after perceiving the contradiction on my own (which does not make it less true). This is a deduction from pure reason. There is no satisfactory answer for it (certainly not yours as quoted).
“That Himmler wished to collaborate with the Allies post-war could very well be nothing more than an indication that he was motivated to save his own hide.”
After organizing the death in gas chambers of 6 million Jews? He would try to save his own hide by looking to disappear if he had ordered that. Nobody said or says he was insane. It should be noticed that he then would not offer himself as a major ally to the victors and talk about it with leading Nazis even a few days before his capture. Notice that in the offer of working together the future status of Germany was included (it would become now an ally), which doubly implies that he doesn’t know anything about the gassing to death of 6 million people.
Keeping in mind that.. Published is that Auschwitz had 3 orchestras, one a woman’s, a band that played at official ceremonies, 2 swimming pools, a brothel, special privileges for pregnant inmates, (over 1000 births), and Jewish docs treated the guards. Vents on the alleged chamber’s roof were added AFTER the war during Soviet occupation according to aerial photos! In any case, the vents would have vented onto the German sick bay, on the adjoining building’s 1st Fl. A brick from the wall of the alleged gas chamber that was analyzed by Max Plancke Inst. scientist Germar Rudolf showed sufficient Zyclone B gas to DELOUSE. The German Govt imprisoned him for a few years for stating facts. Also it was calculated that it would have taken 57 years to cremate 6M with the available facilities. IRC records show 1/4M died of typhus and malnutrition.. that thanks to the brave Brit RAF pilots who bombed the unarmed food convoys. WHY SO??
Also, the Nuremberg recorded testimony of Rudolf Höss is something to read on this. He clearly responds with exaggerations to say that it’s a lie. He wrote his biography at Nuremberg after his sentence. It appears to me to have been ‘touched’, but there is much of him there.
There was no “gassing of six million Jews”. That is a Zionist hoax, the greatest of them all. Hitler’s “final solution”, had the Germans won, was to ship the Jews out of Europe to Madagascar and never again allow them to worm their way back into a position of influence in the civilized world.
Common sense says you do not use precious transport to haul people across Germany and Poland only to gas them. Had the Nazis intended genocide, the most efficient way is to drop them on the spot with one bullet and bury them where they fell. The Nazi officials were uniformly confused about the charges against them because they had not ordered any supplies nor made any provision nor had any facilities for gassing masses of people. Easy camp had a well-marked delousing room and a crematorium because typhus was a constant threat in the labor camps.
I have come to think that it is more than a Zionist hoax. Because I write “devil” below, I must say that I am neither Christian, Muslim or Jew. The Jew is the first victim of the attack of the devil (which means “adversary”) against all humanity, which continues today beyond any false religion(s). As the “father of lies”, he is responsible for that “hoax” and more. This devil is in a very different situation than he was, say, 2000 years ago. Back then, he could promise the worlds as a reward. Now he is stuck half-way in, half-way out somewhere. He can only do small “hits” now. The devil has its/his servants, but the Jew is one of us.
Unfortunately, many accepted the whole “gassing of 6 millions” hoax as soon as it was launched into the North Atlantis skies. Even Bob Dylan in one of his first major songs (“With God on our Side”): “Though they murdered six millions/ In the owens they did fry/ The Germans now too/ Have God on their side.”
(OK, there was the developmental task of the Serbian example in the 1990s, but it was a teachable moment for Russia, and maybe China).
Not maybe, definitely the Chinese. The attack on the Chinese Embassy in Serbia in 1999 was the biggest diplomatic blunder in modern history. It has no rival. Every year on the 7th May there is a memorial service at the Embassy in Belgrade in memory of the killed and injured. Surprisingly there is a pretty fair account of what happened and the context on the BBC site – https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48134881
It is since that date that China began seriously building a blue water navy with joint naval excercises with Russia from the Baltic to the Black Sea. It was after this that Russia and China began negotiating a wide randing cooperation agreement. The first thing they began work on together was anti aircraft defences. To quote Tallyrand ‘it was worse than a crime, it was a blunder’.
I don’t think it’s good versus evil, but rather primitive man (animal) versus evolved man (humanist). A few men deprived of conscience and moral (Sociopath, perverse (see paranoid psychosis) – poor development of evolved cortical eras as in animals) against all the others. These men tend to impose on others their vision of the world where everyone is reduced by the new standard to an animal state of man (The human species being predatory… its animal form, as an intelligent species is barbaric) . Look at the work of Roland Gori, which joins the work of Aaron and Arendt in a certain way. We live more and more in a world deprived of all humanity as barbarism takes hold and becomes the new norm imposed in a totally dystopian society which uses denial of reality to make all moral judgment impossible and impose the law of the strongest everywhere.
West is captured by the economic system called capitalism. Read The Communist Manifesto.
I think that you are right, but wrong to say that it is not , “good vs evil”. It is exactly that, but only in reverse. We do live in a world of depraved humanity, but Russia seems to be the only one to free us, and they will, for the depraved gave them no choice.
“Victory and triumph are satisfactory and make one avenged, but only being in the presence of Goodness, and basking in its splendor, make one magnanimous and content.”
“The greatest victory of the Devil is not his convincing the human race that he didn’t exist but its joyous acceptance of his disabling of its will to think and judge!”
That’s close to that victory, Dr. Simić. How has this “disabling” happened? I think that by children not being taught in school that “truth” exists, that truth is beautiful, and that we are here to find it. This love of truth than gives the will to think and judge. Absent this love, people are wont to say life is too short to deal with some big issues, that it’s better not to think about them so as to avoid having to judge afterwards.
You need to get back to basics dude, if you want to talk about morality. Morality is the where the war is at, and you really need to know the basics if you want to win this.
I am …no.
Nothing to say.
… I WILL have a conversation with an ukr tho. We shall discuss geopolitix. and some.
I will make it so.
The title, thumbail and the content itself.
This read like a piece from Miyazaki’s Dark Souls universe. Truly fantastic writing.
It seems to me that the fight has always been the same, it is the fight of men dominated by their instincts (reptilian brain) against men dominated by their conscience (cortex). The fittest against the righteous. The law of the strongest for the benefit of a minority against the law of the fairest for the benefit of a majority. Read the book “Inherent Vice” by Pynchon (or watch the movie by PT Anderson), it’s what is all about.
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If this hasn’t been put into a movie already, maybe it should be
I do not believe in good or evil and I don’t think that (humanistic) education will create good willing humans. I believe that every human has a different capability of being able to see and feel the world from another humans perspective. On the one end of the spectrum is the narcissist, incapable of feeling pity or remorse. On the other end is the human, who is condemned of sharing the sufferings of other humans. Our society is a Petri dish for narcissists and you find them in top positions of politics and business. Their decisions do not care about painfull consequences for others because they cannot feel them.
“I don’t think that (humanistic) education will create good willing humans.”
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is worth reading on this. Some quotes from the book “Kant Dictionary” by Morris Stockhammer (pg. 60):
“Pure reason gives to man a universal law which we call the Moral Law. The fact just mentioned is undeniable.”
“Man can only become man by education.”
“Man is the only being who needs education.”
“From its earliest infancy we ought to instill in the child an immediate hate and disgust of hateful and disgusting actions.”
“Wherein lies our hope? In education, and in nothing else. Education must be adapted to all the ends of nature.”
From my observations I have to challenge Kant on each of the above lines:
– pure reason or moral law are human concepts and will not exist outside a human mind
– education may define one of many possible concepts one may have of “man”
– Kant probably did not have a dog. Otherwise he would know that even dogs do educate each other
– some humans enjoy hateful and disgusting actions even in childhood
– education may improve human behaviour but it does not change a human character.
In this case, I think, studying narcissim is more helpful that studying Kant.
“In this case, I think, studying narcissim is more helpful that studying Kant.”
Some things associated with “narcissim” are not bad (see the first below). I quote Kant one more time from the Kant Dictionary (let us enjoy):
There is nothing unjust or unreasonable in self-esteem; we do no harm to another if we consider ourselves equal to him in our estimation.”
“While exalting nature, people try at the same time to belittle her.”
“Man’s worth must be measured by what he does.”
“If each man has his own world, we can surmise that he dreams.”
On Rational Nature
“Rational nature is distinguished from the rest of nature by this, that it sets before itself an end.”
“Man is raised high above all other creatures by having the notion I; this is what makes him a person.”
“This self-examination must be constant.”
“So clear-cut are the frontiers between morality and self-love that even the coarsest eye cannot fail to notice it.”
“It is better that man should so govern himself that he need gain no victory over himself.”
“The most difficult task of all duties, namely, self-knowledge.”
And I think my favorite in the book:
“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and the more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.”
imagine…a moral law…
“imagine…a moral law…”
Do you believe in, or can you imagine, “value”?
“Moral worth or unworth of actions is possible by means of the value idea only.”
“The laws of freedom, in contradistinction to the laws of nature, are called moral laws.”
“Moral principles are necessary according to reason.”
– Immanuel Kant.
I once saw a bumper-sticker:
” If you think education is expensive,
try ignorance ”
“I do not believe in good or evil and I don’t think that (humanistic) education will create good willing humans.”
First, if there is no such thing as “good or evil,” then how would you know what is a “good willing human” in the first place? It seems you’re contradicting yourself.
Second, so according to you, the only difference between Mother Teresa and Hillary Clinton, for example, is that the latter seems to have some difficulty “to see and feel the world from another humans perspective”? Seriously? Well thanks for the comic relief.
“then how would you know what is a “good willing human” in the first place? It seems you’re contradicting yourself.”
“Good” point. :-) What I am trying to say is that “good” or “bad” are human concepts and do not exist outside human minds. To get the idea: imagine a universe without human beings and then try to imagine some asteroid doing “good” or “bad” things…
“Mother Teresa and Hillary Clinton”: I never met Mother Theresa, so I cannot say what her motives where but she probably was no narcissist and took pleasure in helping. A narcissist instead (I don’t know Hillary Clinton in person but from what she says and does, she probably is a narcissist) cannot take pleasure in soothing some elses pains because a nacissist is utterly indifferent to some elses pains.
“‘Good’ point. :-) What I am trying to say is that “good” or “bad” are human concepts and do not exist outside human minds.”
Well lots of things would be similar “human concepts” but that doesn’t mean that they’re somehow invalid/meaningless. By extension of your “reasoning” there’s also no such things as beauty, ugliness, joy, pleasure, sadness, love, truth, etc., right? And this would be absurd.
“To get the idea: imagine a universe without human beings and then try to imagine some asteroid doing “good” or “bad” things…”
That’s not an appropriate analogy, as an asteroid is not a conscious, sentient being, living among other conscious, sentient beings.
“‘Mother Teresa and Hillary Clinton’: I never met Mother Theresa, so I cannot say what her motives where but she probably was no narcissist and took pleasure in helping. A narcissist instead (I don’t know Hillary Clinton in person but from what she says and does, she probably is a narcissist) cannot take pleasure in soothing some elses pains because a nacissist (sic) is utterly indifferent to some elses pains.”
First, aren’t “pleasure” and “narcissism” examples of “human concepts [which] do not exist outside human minds”? Yet you apparently feel it’s appropriate for you to employ such concepts in making personal value judgments regarding the behavior of other people. So it seems like you’re contradicting yourself, or at least making-up-arbitrary-rules-as-you-go-along.
Second, what about the case where a person is not just “indifferent” to another person’s suffering, but takes “pleasure” in causing that suffering; even if in so doing that person takes a serious risk of some harm to himself in the process?
Bravo! What an exceptional literary contribution. Thank you.
Speaking of God and humans, there is a great deal more historical content to digest. A piece of that history is touched on in this video interview – American History, sovereign, civil war, crown corp., Khazarian mafia and the Vatican – https://www.bitchute.com/video/EJrl2hsPnER2/ this is part 1 (if you wish to skip the intro and product promotion, begin at the 07.40 minute mark).
I underestimated the virulence of the globalist monster, but first due to their Covid response & that which is so brilliantly described above I now see the true nature of the abyss that is now fully staring back at me. I would just like to add a quote from a man who experienced an earlier version of this evil as a Red Army journalist on the Eastern Front, who built a picture from hundreds of interviews from many involved in various capacities. He later wrote a novel called Life & Fate based on the above.
“I have seen that it is not man who is impotent in the struggle against evil, but the power of evil that is impotent in the struggle against man. The powerlessness of kindness, of senseless kindness, is the secret of its immortality. It can never by conquered. The more stupid, the more senseless, the more helpless it may seem, the vaster it is. Evil is impotent before it. The prophets, religious teachers, reformers, social and political leaders are impotent before it. This dumb, blind love is man’s meaning. Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil, struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness. But if what is human in human beings has not been destroyed even now, then evil will never conquer.”
― Vasily Grossman.
I also read Hannah, Fromm, Sartre, Hermann Hesse, Huxley, Kierkegaard, m.m. but only caught it finally in the Bible, the Ecclesiastes:
12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
This is the end of discussions and all the books: Fear God and keep his Commandments!
I like to use the analogy of light vs darkness . Go deep into a cave and light a candle, it will displace the darkness. For the darkness to prevale it must extinguish the candle whereas for the candle/light to prevale it only needs to be true to itself..
Agree with much of the treatise though perhaps on a less messianic bent. The passage in Dead Souls comes to mind with Russia cast as a galloping chariot —- Whither? Ironically the author struggled with Russian/Ukrainian-ness.
Spiritual > Physical > Digital
Democracy and Hegemony
Democracy as a Trojan Horse for Hegemony.
Do you see it?
Demo.cracy and Hege.mony
together they create:
We witness Demony.
Humanism is not only reason. It is also, it seems to me, empathy, sensitivity and all the other evolved forms of intelligence. A world based solely on reason is as unjust and arbitrary as a world based on force. Admitting that the value of a life cannot be evaluated on any scale of value is the crux of the debate, for humans as for other species.
More broadly, judging a man deprived of conscience or with a weak development of his conscience according to moral rules is as arbitrary as judging a moral man according to immoral criteria. It is estimated that 3-5% of the world’s population have psychopathic or evil characteristics. 200 to 300 million people. It does not even include all forms of so-called “pathologies” when judging them from the standpoint of the norm. To say that a society must be based on morality is to admit that all these people are doomed. To deny them their humanity is to push them to war against this arbitrary norm imposed on them, and those who defend it. Who are we to judge that someone born without morality should be condemned? What is the share of responsibility of the norm of moralists in the development of the pathologies of people with weak development of consciousness? It seems to me that we reproach exactly the people who want to impose on us a world which resembles them, without humanity, what we are doing ourselves. Impose on them a world that resembles us, or morality is imposed. It’s a sterile debate where the 2 sides finally seem to deny the right to exist on the other side. The same reasoning that makes us think today that man is the most evolved living species. According to what criteria? His own criteria? The criteria of a part of humanity?
I have thought along the same line.
Psychopaths are people too.
This occupies a wall at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.
From the US Congressional Record (June 10, 2015):
Today, US Jewish groups support the Azov Battalion
by claiming that these Nazis are without influence in Ukraine.
And *also* they point out that they aren’t attacking Jews or Jewish
Aren’t attacking YET.
Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 28th. Time to remember what
people profess to have learned.
Its worse than that. Ukrainian Jewish billionaire Kolomoisky found and fund the Azov and Nazi militants in Ukraine as his personal army. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ihor_Kolomoyskyi#Jewish_politics
Kolomoisky is president of the United Jewish Community of Ukraine. President of the European Council of Jewish Communities. co-founded the European Jewish Union.
Jewish dual citizen Americans own Western MSM and support the Azov Battalion and Nazi groups in Ukraine.
A happy relationship Jew-Nazi, an Israeli two faced hypocrisy.
NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard
I did find something quite useful when searching the National Security Archive in Washington DC.
I am American. But, like many Americans an ethnic mutt, of many continents. UNLIKE most Americans, those like me, we are outnumbered, but the ranks ARE growing. We have been fighting, legally for decades against BOTH “Parties” at all levels of Government. What it is called here is “LawFare.” – you use their own system AGAINST them…..
Some of us have been killed, some of us are taken out of legally fixing things in Government jobs, via “accidents.” You know which category I’m in, since I’m writing this.
That does not stop us fighting, at all costs. Don’t get me started on the difference between the Christian Faith, versus “Church/all these denominations” etc., which is NOT about the Faith. Some people like me, have also been, when I was a child to young adult (I’m not young anymore), of the Dark Cult stuff – from stupid parents.
Some of us have been Credentialed Investigators – into all kinds of Crimes, committed by our Western Governments and Church Leaders, yes, most of you on here know what crimes I’m talking about.
So, in conclusion today. I want to THANK the People of Russia. I know this is coordinated with good peeps on my continent, with the Russian Government & Military – all I can say.
Like many Americans, who have known the truth, we have LOST our families, because of trying to save them, from killing themselves with fake/poisonous COVID test (I have the reciepts), and COVID Vaxxes. ALSO, for taking the side of Russia, explaining to MANY stupid Americans, the real history of Russia and what has been done to it, just the last 103 years to present, by the “Christian” west. I like the term Natostan–saw that!
I realize, past governments of the Soviet Union made mistakes towards its people, well you know, the Western backed Bolshevik revolution & Stalin, I hate monarchies too. It is and should be about the people. Of the people, for by people, etc. This is a worldwide condition of varying degrees.
So, to the People of Russian, again, THANK YOU, and I’m sorry for what Western Governments have done to you, I am continuing my fight, with some friends over here, and albeit my “accident” to get me out of the way of fixing things in Government, I take risks every day. Threatened many times, and what’s funny (really – call it backasswards humor), I only have 1 normal leg, an incurable nervous system chronic disease from the injuries from my “accident,” thus, I’m slowly dying, and elements of my Government think they can scare me. _uck off!
God willing, I hope someday to visit Moscow and Kazan. To meet Russians and hang out and become friends, and make sure all this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN, in Russia, the U.S. and the World.
Amen professor, you are marking the concept of the old meaning, up-coming again: Dokkōdō,
with the unknown beauty inside, of God’s idea, manifested in the zodiacal background of all being
and the character of the ‘Russians’ all over ther Planet.
15. week might be of interest for you (in German): draft
One of the issues is that Russia has no “ideology” no motive that they represent or stand for in the world.
If only they could start something like an alternative Olympic games World Peace games or something like that Or the Multi Polar world. International youth year something like they had Artic or something it was called, etc etc.
Something they have to put before the world something they stand for. That will change o lot in favour of Russia
What could be worse, fighting the good fight for survival with a Christian nationalist leader or riding as an unwanted passenger in the Clown Car careening out of control with a pedophile globalist demon intent on a nuclear war?
I am struck by the way the West has elevated Bill Browder as some kind of Saint George to oppose Putin; Browder is “the man of the hour” on all of the major US news networks.
The same mechanism that brought Hitler to power is the same one that Browder is now exploiting. Who Hitler was was all laid out in Mein Kampf, but few bothered to read the book and educate themselves.
Bill Browder’s Mein Kampf is here in 2 parts:
The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes
Full documentary at bottom of page, click white arrow at bottom of page and wait to play.
With much more detail here:
Ep 126 Magnitsky Myth feat Lucy Komisar
Whatever you think of Judeo-Christianity, it ethics and values, and inculcation into the population were what moored Western society. It was seen as progressive to destroy it and as things go, it is much easier to destroy than to build.
Maybe the thought was that freeing people from the burden of religious education would allow them more time to read other things? Like Mein Kampf or educating themselves about Bill Browder? …but instead they read nothing.
The people of the West insist on having a FREE MEDIA, yet it is remarkable how few choose to read what it produces.
And there is Bill Browder, on all of the American media networks, posing as a modern day Saint George, when in reality he is the Devil.
The world borders are being rewritten in front of our faces! We are living through history. In ten years time what will Europe look like?
What will the US look like?
What will the Pacific look like?
I was talking to my daughters Aikido Sensei and told him I thought the US might pull out of Japan if the empire collapses – and his face went ashen. Big changes for Japan internally?
The western elites have been hastening the fall of the west, because they think that in the New World Order they will be rewarded for the part they played.
“but homie dont play that way….”
I am curious: I mean…all and all the western shere…
Japan is such an outlier…in a good way.
Even the yakooza is welcome back into society.
I have nothing to say to that…
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
Unfortunately, the real problem I find anyway in too many cases is humans think with their emotions rather than with their brains. The problem begins in the heart, the brain follows…and then its I’m so sorry…sob sob sob…
“Even if this rebellion turns out to be just “a burning and a shining light” in which we “were willing for a season to rejoice” our lives will have had a purpose: to witness it and to keep a memory of it, be it only as the “bright sadness” that every Orthodox Christian knows each Resurrection Day, which interrupts the endless days of “toska”, “sevdah”, “saudade”, and “duhkha”, that the Third World has suffered through the ages of Evil’s banal dominion.”
Amén, the same way I felt this “rebellion” by Russia…
Another burning and shining light for another season of rejoice…
Even if it is only Europe who remains submerged into darkness and shameful slavery, I rejoice, for another people who turned to think and to clarity, and I know that whether I reach to witness it or not in my remaining life span, the unstoppable path of humanity to final liberation from opression and continuous sucking of blood has started…
Enjoy your journey!
Hannah Arendt is basically parroting Theodore Adorno when he said: “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” Their goal was clearly to deny European Man the very possibility of a spiritually exalted life rooted in the possibility of redemption and looking upward to the devine. Their goal was the genetic and cultural extermination of European Man. First to kill the spirit, then to kill the body.
A proccess they have retaken with fury and rage two years ago…
I’m in an positive embarrassment to comprehend the manifest intimacy of my thought with your brilliant rant. Reading it I was close to Hannah’s “On revolution”.
I would like to have some hiking with you or hours with green tea for thoughtful conversations.
Alas here only my undue comments:
Has there ever been a significant group, that through a significant amount of time, has not done some significant evil?
I know of none, and this includes the Jews.
Because Jews were singled out and persecuted by a German government does not make Jews saintly, nor Germans demonic. It simply means that the potential for good or evil exists everywhere.
Jews control most mass media. They must cease the lies, or remain unworthy of it.
Long before Hitler was born West (Western Civilization) created and developed White Supremacy. Uncle Sam and Western Europe are the cores of the White Supremacy System. In Fact Western Civilization is the White Supremacy System/Imperialism nest. All this BS Humanism, Iluminism, Racionalism etc were funded with the same premisses of “Hitler’s” Nazism. They are secularized versions of Western White Supremacist Christianism. All this schools of philosophycal and political thought are based on the superiority of the White Race. I think only Nietsche escapes from this rule, for him the Moor (Black) Man and Moor Civilization were superior and Western Civilization a decadent fraud. Aks any real awake/conciouss native, aboriginal, original non-“white” people – Black, Brown or mongoloid – who is the real Devil in this hell world.
“They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it. Red Clowd (Oglala Chief on the white people)
Being a black man living in the socalled South Western Nations (Brazil) I’m on Russia’s side, she is kicking the Western White Supremacy/Imperialism’s face as Taliban first punched it!
West is trash and will fall at last!
So you, too, are racist.
Please forgive me but your comment is racist but right in regard to Imperialism. A special evil race or super race or unter race or racial division dont exist. Its a pure political term and a political divide and conquer tool.
Further, during history everybody had slaves, the chinese, the arabs, the africans, the Romans, ask the Irish about their slavery to the Brits.
The white man was the first to come up with the idea and fight to erase slavery. https://risingtidefoundation.net/2021/03/27/alexander-hamilton-and-the-anti-slavery-roots-of-the-american-revolution/
The only universal fight there is, is the social fight against slavery and exploitation, and our right to live as a free man under God. All other “fights and rights” are artificial political creations.
Been where you are, done that :-).
There is a school of thought that recognizes wrongdoing as passing through four levels.
1. Error where a mistake is made in good faith because of ignorance or misfortune.
2. Evil where a wrongdoing is done and the person knows it was done wrongly but did it anyway.
3. Sin is when evil becomes a habit that benefits the sinner and is the last stage where there is any possibility of desiring to seek redemption.
4. Iniquity is when the sinner wholeheartedly adopts the sinful philosophy, it is now an integral and desired part of his persona, he knows the alternate path but would prefer to cease to exist rather than choose to take it.
Dedicated Supremists of all kinds are likely to be iniquitous and should be recognized for what they are and stopped at all costs. You can’t be a good person that recognizes iniquity and let it be. If you do nothing in the face of iniquity you deserve and will reap it’s consequences.
Good day Višeslav, much to discuss; first, at the moment, the subject of which you arouse, has no officially recognized name; The Saker offers: Anglo-Zionist’, ‘Uncle Schmuel’, you wrote: ‘the Allies’, ‘the faithless West’, and there and then an image appeared to describe the behavior, to explain the motivations and values, of ‘the Allies’, ‘the faithless West’, and in my mind’s eye, what appeared, is the Whore of Babylon in todays drag. So for myself, all can be explained and understood if we understand what is meant by, the Whore of Babylon, which is today, The West.
“Craig Koester says outright that “the whore is Rome, yet more than Rome.” It “is the Roman imperial world, which in turn represents the world alienated from God.”*
14. Craig R. Koester, Revelation, Anchor Yale Bible 38A (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014), 506.
Whore of Babylon
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Babylon the Great, commonly known as the Whore of Babylon, refers to both a symbolic female figure and place of evil mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Her full title is stated in Revelation 17 (verse 5) as “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth” (Ancient Greek: μυστήριον, Βαβυλὼν ἡ μεγάλη, ἡ μήτηρ τῶν πορνῶν καὶ τῶν βδελυγμάτων τῆς γῆς; transliterated mystērion, Babylōn hē megalē, hē mētēr tōn pornōn kai tōn bdelygmatōn tēs gēs). Revelation 17 (verse 18) states that the woman is actually a representation of “the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.”
“No short circuits happened in the minds of the Western masses because of the contradictions, pains, and humiliations through which they have been intensely living the last few years”, I agree.
Višeslav, there is a difference between : behavior : and : outlook. Talk personally to Americans and the Spirit remains. From a distance, nothing but evil. I agree.
Višeslav, at this time Americans are a broken-spirited people as similar to the biblical Ya’wayists after four-hundred years of slavery were also a broken-spirited nation. This is not to excuse their behavior, but for Israel even their outlook was that of a slave. However, for The West, we are not speaking of slaves in outlook and behavior, their outlook remains positive, their behavior, reprehensible.
Next, “We are truly made in the image of the Creator”.
כווַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֔ים נַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה אָדָ֛ם בְּצַלְמֵ֖נוּ כִּדְמוּתֵ֑נוּ
26 And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….
I’m in the minority here, but there is an English distinction made between made and create. To make something is to manufacture something and whatever that something is that is made is knowingly made from something else. To repeat for emphasis, in the manufacturing process in which stuff is made, it is made from already existent stuff, referred to as materials. Manufacturing is not a truly creative process, out of nothing (ex nihilo). https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ex+nilhilo&atb=v314-1&ia=definition
Manufacturing is a making process, usually indoors, where stuff is made. The human body is yes, manufactured atom by atom from sometimes a frozen pint of chocolate coffee toffee pieces in vanilla ice cream sweetened with sweet and condensed milk and topped with pretzels and pickles; yet the Soul is not. So no too, “made [by]…the Creator”. Our soul arrived out of nothing, ex nihilo in a truly wholesome creative process. The body is made by the mother, yes I agree. However, the body is only a shadow of our true self.
You ask, “What about the Glorified Body?
The Master of Masters the Teachers of Teachers The Atman Christ is a message not a body. A man came. A man died. This man “needed” to come for His Own Salvation. Only after removing the stone The Resurrection brought the Glory and the Glorified Body, and of a different form, it does not say, “of the same stuff transmuted”. It’s a transformation, the forms have changed. And with a new new more spiritualized heavenly ‘form’ comes no edges, it’s vastness is infinite. This is no body. It’s a Mind aware of It & Self.
trans·for·ma·tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shən , -fȯr- \
Definition of transformation
1: an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed
2: false hair worn especially by a woman to replace or supplement natural hair
3a(1): the operation of changing (as by rotation or mapping) one configuration or expression into another in accordance with a mathematical rule
especially : a change of variables or coordinates in which a function of new variables or coordinates is substituted for each original variable or coordinate
(2): the formula that effects a transformation
b: FUNCTION sense 5a
c: an operation that converts (as by insertion, deletion, or permutation) one grammatical string (such as a sentence) into another
also : a formal statement of such an operation
4: genetic modification of a bacterium by incorporation of free DNA from another bacterial cell
also : genetic modification of a cell by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA
trans·mu·ta·tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-myu̇-ˈtā-shən , ˌtranz- \
Definition of transmutation
: an act or instance of transmuting or being transmuted: such as
a: the conversion of base metals into gold or silver
b: the conversion of one element or nuclide into another either naturally or artificially
Next, “the image of God”.
כווַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֔ים נַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה אָדָ֛ם בְּצַלְמֵ֖נוּ כִּדְמוּתֵ֑נוּ
26 And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….
Notice the fifth word, בְּצַלְמֵ֖נוּ, and then go to the root word of two letters: צַלְ : meaning ‘shadow’, “A person casts a shadow in the shape of the human body.” https://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-difference-between-shade-and-shadow/
The Difference Between “Shade” and “Shadow”
By Maeve Maddox
Øystein Sveum Moen poses an interesting question about shade and shadow:
I constantly end up in discussions whether something’s in the shade or shadow. Is there a clear definition of the difference between these two? Where I come from (Norway) we have a single word covering all forms of light blocking darkness.
Both shade and shadow come from the same Old English word sceadu, “shade, shadow, darkness.” The general definitions given for both words are almost identical in the OED:
shadow: I. Comparative darkness. 1. a. Comparative darkness, esp. that caused by interception of light; a tract of partial darkness produced by a body intercepting the direct rays of the sun or other luminary.
shade: I. Comparative darkness. 1 a. Partial or comparative darkness; absence of complete illumination; esp. the comparative darkness caused by a more or less opaque object intercepting the direct rays of the sun or other luminary.
Both words have numerous uses. For example, shade can mean “the ghost or spirit of someone dead.” Capitalized, Shadow is a term given by Carl Jung to the aspect of the human personality formed by fears and unpleasant emotions. The OED entries for shade and shadow include about 40 different definitions for each of the words.
Used in the sense of “comparative darkness,” the words are sometimes, but not always interchangeable.
Shade is what one seeks on a hot sunny day. We sit or walk in the shade. Plants that do well in the shade are called shade-loving plants.
Shadow usually refers to a shape cast by an object that blocks the sun. A person casts a shadow in the shape of the human body. Figuratively, however, one might say that a younger brother lives “under the shadow” or “in the shade” of an older brother.
Both words have emotional connotations. To those of us who live in hot climates, shade has pleasant and soothing associations. Shadow is evocative of something mysterious or threatening, especially in the plural. Stalkers lurk in the shadows. As the sun sets, evening shadows fall, concealing what was formerly visible and making the ordinary strange.
Addressing the difference between shade and shadow in Modern English Usage, H.W. Fowler concludes that “shadow is to shade as pool is to water.” He points out that “shady means full of shade, but shadowy like a shadow.” Shade, therefore, denotes a general state, while shadow implies a shape.
“The masterful rewiring of the most precious human organ”, the educational system, the television ‘programming”. I’m personally disgusted how they have cornered today’s youth. Not their spirit, just their behavior. Not their outlook just their self-harming behaviors.
“Spoken thought’: Thought is without words. Spoken thought is a very poetic reference and not one I’m inclined to accept as rigorous or scientific. Thoughts are mental abstractions in need of words. Yet, when God exists thoughts are enough to be understood.
“… the embryo of fiendish wickedness has grown into this globalized brain-monster whose main purpose, despite its nourishment, is the failure to think.”
I wonder whether that, on its own and even supported by moral precepts (note the creators of the Hegemon monster were nominal “good Christians” on a crusade of their own) the failure to think is the root of evil. Paraphrasing, methinks the thought process itself is a driver to evil designs if not contained within a culture of “goodness”. Divorced from the natural order of things – the natural world – and creating an artificial, fictional, world we lose our own humanity. Idealism is the removal of man from his roots, his material attachment to reality and his existence. We are because we exist, not the Cartesian “cogito, ergo sum”.
One might even say that we are the victims of Prometheus’s curse, the creator of man, who stole fire from his dad for his creation : fire>light>intelligence>thought>punishment.
“Banality has dropped its mask and has reared its ugly face for the world to see – not only is it not good but it is invalid, unfit, and unsuitable for humanity.”
Yes indeed. What a wonderful article. Thank you Višeslav, and all at theSaker.is :)
A simple question: if you reiterate the same “Good VS. Evil” Star Wars-ish crap to explain the current situation, how would you think you won’t be accused of having a hollow, childish, US-style mindset?
“Evil comes from a failure to think. It defies thought.” (Hannah Arendt)
This pseudo-Socratic position is highly debatable. Even the Socrate’s version seems more plausible to me (“evil comes from ignorance”).
As the ancient Greeks knew, Dia-bolus equals “keeping separated” or “discriminating” or “seeing the difference of one thing from another”. This means that intelligence, interpreted as rational thinking and based on logic, is diabolical in its essence (True/False, 0/1, equal/not equal…).
Therefore, if you interpret “Evil” as diabolical, then you already know that Evil came to light together with the thinking ability. And coherently, only men can be really “evil”, while animals cannot (not fully, at least).
This is of course just one interpretation, but it seems to me much more convincing than Arendt’s one, which I deem to be very… banal.
Lionel Trilling: “…irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas…”
I don’t believe the author read or understood Hannah Arendt’s great book. She refers to the banality of promotion seeking, minor functionaries who sell that pitiful thing called a ‘conscience’ to the lowest bidder for advancement. I can’t count the number of times some sneering creep mouthed the phrase, “Go along to get along”, or, “It’s not what you know, but who you blow that counts”. It’s sneering ignorance for all wisdom, knowledge, and compassion in favour of mere technique: making death camp trains run efficiently even if it denies needed supplies and reinforcements to the army.
Anna Wiener, Uncanny Valley: A Memoir: “Certain unflattering truths: I had felt unassailable behind the walls of power. Society was shifting, and I felt safer inside the empire, inside the machine. It was preferable to be on the side that did the watching than the side being watched.” …the side that murders rather than the side kneeling on the edge of a mass grave.
Simone Weil: “Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring.”
I never bought a book from hers. That she may have been too affected by the Eichmann trial?
“One might wonder if Hannah Arendt’s disposition appears to us today so gloomy and bitter because she had witnessed and understood the banality of evil during the Eichmann’s Jerusalem trials.”
Was she always reading MSM journals and books? Limited as time is, why is she worth reading? There’s Immanuel Kant to read. She is a nobody philosopher next to him. I remember a column from the late great William F. Buckley where he recounted an anecdote about the “grand” economist Ludwig von Mises: Political philosopher Ayn Rand had said to him, “You are treating me as if I were a little Jewish girl.” Mises (Jewish too) replied, “That is egggsactly what you are!”