Decolonize your mind in three easy steps
Humanity is great and will be dragged to glory whether it likes it or not.
Reading the Bible is such an important point. No other work has exerted a greater influence on the human mind.
I felt the same thing you did after watching Dave Cullen's video, honestly, but I have too many other irons in the fire to really jump on it at the moment. I've felt what he's been saying for a long time now, and, for as much as I like and respect Cullen, it's taken him far too long to say what he said the other day. If I always had one issue with him, it's that he felt as if he was just trying to "own the libs" by making CinemaSins-style reviews about bad woke television. Still, glad to see he finally seems to be abandoning it wholesale.
I was actually thinking about this whole RETVRN to the mythical myself, recently. I made the mistake of watching the newest Disney movie, which is a gleeful "inversion" (read: destruction) of the classic fairy tale formula. The more they try to "deconstruct" the myths and fairy tales of old, the more it would be beneficial to those of us who want to either create or rebuild a civilization worth a damn to lean into them harder when we create. To me, it seems like their vehement hatred of these traditional stories says everything we need to know - those myths and fairy tales are strong, and if they weren't valuable, if not essential to creating culture, the other side would not be so hell-bent on constantly tearing them down. The wisdom and values contained in those stories is poison to their agenda.
Astute analysis and great essay title. And bonus: a rare positive path forward.
There are few things more important in our current moment than reading The Bible.
It’s important to familiarize yourself with other myths, as well as the history of these peoples. When you’re familiar with the myths, histories, and cultures of these various people you quickly realize how full of shit occultists/neopagans are and how incomplete/totally invented their “beliefs” are.
But even if you don’t do any of that stuff, maybe you’re too strapped on time or something, just read The Bible and read/listen to commentaries on scripture. Don’t try to read it by yourself, there’s a lot you’ll miss, find a group or a teacher or a commentary to aid you.
Also don’t start with Genesis, start with the Gospels.
I always took Paul's saying that we should "take every thought captive" to mean that if we run on spirit, so to speak, we can start everywhere, including with leftist narratives like "decolonization". Indeed, leftists themselves can start there in productive ways, and often do. Put another way, our narrative framing (which thoughts we take captive) isn't the crux- it's that we capture thoughts based in spirit as opposed to being captured by thoughts based in dark control efforts by powers amd principalities!
I just want to say that while the message was good and valuable, your writing is fantastic. Not just what you say, but how you say it.
Thank you for the Fordam Source Book links - wow, what a rabbit hole of original source document reading I have been on for the past several hours! Reading these original writings again reminds me of just how inarticulate most of us are today due to the lack of exposure to the intellect, wisdom and historical writings of the past. In addition to your Stack, which I will add to my “must read” list, you have provided me with a doctoral source of writings to keep me busy in my search for truth and understanding for many hours ahead.
Good talk, as always. Thank you.
I have here a link to Dave's video on Odysee for anyone, like me, trying to avoid YT.
Also, he talked about this very same thing in his previous day's video, it's there as well.
Sponge heart falling out? Big mood.
Jokes aside, myths are integral to who we are. If the collective unconscious links us all, then are myths are part of that. Myths have given countless generations a moral foundation, and--up until a certain point--so did certain media figures such as Batman or Superman. But while DC may be woke, Aesop's fables haven't changed.
"they forgot who they were, as we have. Hence, we must RETVRN, not to an imagined lost age of single combat with terrible bronze spears, but to timeless heights represented by a spiritual and artistic connection to our collective heritage through the embrace of myth."
Yes. I've been doing this all my life in my own particular way, finally I am beginning to see it as more widely emergent. Thank you for articulating it as you see it, giving greater context to my own thinking.
Cullen recommends in his video a film called Primer. If you haven't seen it yet, you would love it. It was made on a $7k budget and explores the lives of the members of a startup who create a time machine and then use it to play the stock market. They set up rules regarding ethics and safety, they begin breaking the rules, and this results in a temporal chaos so interwoven upon itself that, no matter how many times you watch the film, you will notice something you haven't seen before. It's brilliant, I would say without question that it's one of the best indies ever made, and it's right up your alley.
Nerdrotic is an awesome channel!
J'ai bien adorer cette article, elle est la plus belle que j'ai vus en quelque temps, et arrive juste en temps pour une des plus grandes crises de foi que j'ai en ma culture, en ma poesie et en la mythologie et la France elle-meme.
Que Dieu te benis mon ami. Tu parles avec veracite de l'importance de la mythologie.
"Isis is Isis, at once Egyptian goddess from millennia before Rome was even a village, but also somehow still a Roman goddess and the personal tutelary deity of Lucius."
See Robert Graves, "The White Goddess". Isis, Kwan Yin, White Buffalo Woman, Mother Mary. I just came across her again, in Sir Walter Scott's "Monastery".
"As they say in the United States: "to be different is to be indecent." The mass crushes beneath it everything that is different, everything that is excellent, individual, qualified and select. Anybody who is not like everybody, who does not think like everybody, runs the risk of being eliminated." Just so, and indeed, it is a restatement of how Tocqueville described tyranny arising in the USA, as a mass of paltry beings seeking nothing but gratification of their shallow wants, cosseted and hemmed in by an infinitude of managerial-state regulations.