Sunday, July 2, 2017

The spiritual roots of the Right’s wounded male ego against Mother Earth. (Plus Trump vs Pope Francis, Walls vs no boundaries, and Man vs Woman

Many have noted we have gone from a Patriarchal ordered society with clear set boundaries to a more undifferentiated matriarchal society, with the polarization between the “masculine/Traditional” and the “feminine/Liberal” worldview's becoming sharper.

Charles Upton characterizes this present feminine spirit as a 
“collective obsession is born to annihilate all polarities, to achieve something like an earthly, material counterfeit of the Unity of God by eroding, denying, suppressing, and finally destroying all the true and necessary distinctions that make human life possible, including gender. 
The more radical and conflictive the false polarizations operating in the latter days become, the more insistent is the call to do away with all distinctions so as to pacify these titanic conflicts—yet the denial of all sexual, cultural, ethnic and religious distinctions only further inflames and infuriates those forces which would falsely absolutize these distinctions, and set them at war. Thus an unholy alliance of false polarity and (in Guénon’s phrase) inverted hierarchy—the “Right”—and false unity and equality—the “Left”—brings the cycle of manifestation to a close.”

Upton sees  “a true archetypal opposition between Traditionalism and Liberalism, which appears to be based on the cosmic functions of the masculine and feminine genders, or rather the masculine and feminine principles. This opposition seems to have been unveiled—for a brief moment at least—in the recent presidential election in the United States. Hillary Clinton and the contemporary “Liberal Left” represent a feminization of the U.S. population, as indicated by the LBGTQ agenda, but more fundamentally by a rejection of traditional American individualism in favor of an unapologetic allegiance to, and virtual worship of, the “Maternalistic State.”

Women, being egalitarian, naturally favor communistic systems that tend to erase differences downplaying compaition.

Nikola Tesla knew what was coming as a result of this insanity,
“Our civilization will sink to a state like that which is found among the bees, ants and other insects–a state wherein the male is ruthlessly killed off. In this matriarchal empire which will be established the female rules. As the female predominates, the males are at her mercy. The male is considered important only as a factor in the general scheme of the continuity of life. The tendency of women to push aside man, supplanting the old spirit of cooperation with him in all the affairs of life, is very disappointing to me. Woman’s independence and her cleverness in obtaining what she wants in the business world is breaking down man’s spirit of independence. The old fire he once experienced at being able to achieve something that would compel and hold a woman’s devotion is turning to ashes. Women don’t seem to want that sort of thing to-day. They appear to want to control and govern. They want man to look up to them, instead of their looking up to him.”

                                                                         KILL THE EVIL MAN !

No one attached to the traditional image of authoritarian patriarchy could imagine the consternation men endure. They have suffered an unexpected blow to the emotional quality of their lives. Its gravity has not been calculated. They have far fewer reliable links than women to the classic currents of family life. They are alienated not only, as Marx said, from the means of production but also from the means of reproduction.” 
—LIONEL TIGER, The Decline of Males 

John Derbyshire notes, 

“The modern workplace has also been demasculinized. I spent many years working in the offices of big corporations, among the vast clerical middle class of the Information Age. It has often struck me how much more suitable this work is for women than for men—how, in fact, men seem rather out of place among the “tubes and cubes” of the modern office. No masculine values are visible here. The mildness of manners, the endless tiny courtesies, the yielding and compromising, the cheery assertions of delivery-room stoicism (“Hangin’ in there!”) that are necessary to get this kind of work done, leave little outlet for masculine forcefulness. 

The more boisterous manifestations of masculinity—physical courage, danger-seeking, the honor principle, belligerence, chivalry, endurance, small-group loyalty—that were once accessible to all men, in episodes of war or exploration if not in everyday life, have now been pushed out to the extremes of our society—to small minorities of, at one extreme, super-rich sports and entertainment stars, and at the other, underclass desperadoes.”

The popular blogger Pleasureman adds,

“that when women reach a certain equilibrium, in the workplace, among the voting public, in the media, etc., they force changes that also change the type of man who succeeds in those settings.  Thus the male executive, the male politician, the male creative is a different type than he was before this change.  Upon reaching this equilibrium, women demand consensus, insulation from competition, passivity, in short the maternalization of their environment.  They also act in a concerted and typically female way against men (and women) whose views are incompatible with these demands, and do what women do best:  keep such people estranged from their "community".

In Western culture this equilibrium has had a marked effect on men, and is responsible for the manchild, the nerd, the metrosexual/hiptster, and of course the modern politician (modeled after local news anchors:  sexless, benign, and unctuous).  I expect the elevation of homosexuals is related to this change--who is less threatening to a female-oriented status quo than a feminized male?  You see it in the boyish faces (and narcissistically sculpted bodies) of the latest generation of male movie actors.”

Also, by so aggressively putting women in the workplace, the sexes take that competitiveness  back to the home. We pit mens interest against women, in politics, in the boardroom, and this acrimony is carried to the bedroom.

Today we all feel the deep, utter contempt the sexes have for each other.

The Catholic Church is often described as maternal, as opposed to the bearded Masculine Orthodox Church.

After all
there's only one Church in business today that writes liturgical music for basso profundo.

Catholic writer Leon J. Podles , in his book The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity , blames the "New Piety" of St. Bernard of Clairvaux for initiating an approach to Christian piety that both appealed more to women and denigrated masculinity, the end result of which was to drive men away from the Church, creating a vacuum filled by women, who in their turn further feminized the Church.

The term most commonly cited by these men was

Orthodoxy is 
“active and not passive.”

“The longer you are in it, the more you realize it demands of you.”

The “sheer physicality of Orthodox worship” is part of the appeal. Regular days of fasting from meat and dairy, “standing for hours on end, performing prostrations, going without food and water [before communion]…When you get to the end you feel that you’ve faced down a challenge.”

“Orthodoxy appeals to a man’s desire for self-mastery through discipline.”

“In Orthodoxy, the theme of spiritual warfare is ubiquitous; saints, including female saints, are warriors. Warfare requires courage, fortitude, and heroism. We are called to be ‘strugglers’ against sin, to be ‘athletes’ as St. Paul says. And the prize is given to the victor. The fact that you must ‘struggle’ during worship by standing up throughout long services is itself a challenge men are willing to take up.”

Clear Disciplines. Several mentioned that they really appreciated having clarity about the content of these challenges and what they were supposed to do.

No Sentimentality.

                                      KILL THE EVIL...DRAGON

This leveling of distinctions is oftentimes attributed to Pope Francis, especially with Catholics already having a shaky identity in liquid modernity. This Pope is certainly humble, a great exemplar of Christian mercy, so many are perplexed at the animosity he provokes.

I too was baffled, until I really started listening to his critics. Like the left, he incarnates this feminist spirit that dissolves all differences, the complaints are that he isn’t clear, distinctions are ignored, in our age where even gender differences are disappearing it can disconcert Catholics who see the Pope worshipping alongside Muslims or Lutherans, they see this as part of an entire movement that seeks to dissolve all distinctions, especially religious, and this is particularly acute today when one can scarcely tell a Christian from a secular person apart these days, as if all religious aspirations were blended together in a general sentiment of niceness, a global syncretic one world religion.

You need distinctions to create meaning and hold the integrity of identity together, without these boundaries everything becomes an undifferentiated mass. How meaningful is it being Catholic if Lutheran and Muslim differences are erased rather than emphasized to protect what’s distinctive about the Catholic faith.

Taken out of a religious framework, our duties to the poor becomes privileging the lower over the higher, the environment over the human, the degenerate over the noble, and collapsing the metaphysical hierarchical distinctions.

This is the spirit of maternal egalitarianism, the mothers quest that everyone be taken care of, that flattens distinctions of merit.

Pope Francis encyclical on the environment
even begins,

“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.

Against this age of demonic feminine principle the wounded male ego rages. Charles Upton writes,

“The rage of the present Trump administration and Republican Congress to liquidate every possible environmental protection law is,  on the archetypal level,  a rebellion of the  wounded  and insulted  Masculine Principle against the worship of the Earth—the Great Goddess. Plato. 

In his Republic, analyzed the descending course of the present cycle of manifestation as a descent of political power down the ladder of the castes, from the Spiritual Intellectuals to the Warriors to the Plutocrats to the Demos, a course which has expressed itself in Western Civilization as the devolution of authority from the Popes and the Holy Roman Emperors to the national Kings and Nobles, from the Kings to the Bourgeoisie, and from the Bourgeoisie to the Proletariat.

And in our own time we have seen a further devolution of authority, from the “solid” working class to (in some cases) the lumpen proletariat, as represented by such political figures as Arnold Schwartzneggar, and ultimately to the non-human world, to a mythologized “Earth-based” regime where animal and plant species are seen as “constituencies” and individual animals almost as citizens, leading to the denial of the centrality of the Human Form as the “axial” being for this planet: in Christian terms the bearer of the imago Dei; in Islamic terms, the holder of what the Qur’an calls the amana, the Trust. 

Under such a regime, the human race becomes no more than a pariah, an unbalanced and degenerate animal species guilty of environmental genocide. This is precisely what René Guénon saw, and predicted, for the end of the present cycle-of-manifestation in The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times: the short-lived triumph of the Substantial Pole—the Feminine Principle or materia—over the Essential Pole—the Masculine Principle or forma, resulting in the suppression of all formal distinctions in the “unity” of the Abyss.”

 A Father is the head, that doesn't mean the child is therefore less real or important, but it means they are not privlaged in authority. Hence we see many Christians see an inverted hirachy when enviromentalists privlage an endangered albino swamp mosquito while denigrating mankind to a kind of anti-life virus-like being with only negative value.

Hence we see the constant pitting of Trump vs Pope Francis. Trump represents walls - distinct clear categories that are necessary for meaning making, but alone become hyper-masculine fascism, vs Pope Francis more feminine egalitarianism that occasionally threatens to dissolve all meaningful distinctions into a superficial sentimentality of “good vibes.”

But it is the Fathers duty and responsibility to care for the lower strata.

Roger Scruton, conservative par excellence, notes

Environmentalism has all the hallmarks of a Left-wing cause: a class of victims (future generations), an enlightened vanguard which fights for them (the eco-warriors), powerful philistines who exploit them (the capitalists), and endless opportunities to express resentment against the successful, the wealthy and the West.

Environmentalism is something you join, and for many young people it has the quasi-redemptive and identity-bestowing character of the 20th-century revolutions. “

BUT, on the contrary, 

“There is no political cause more amenable to the conservative vision than that of the environment. For it touches on the three foundational ideas of our movement: trans-generational loyalty, the priority of the local and the search for home. Conservatives resonate to Burke's view of society, as a partnership between the living, the unborn and the dead; they believe in civil association between neighbours rather than intervention by the state; and they accept that the most important thing the living can do is to settle down, to make a home for themselves, and to pass that home to their children.”

Brett Steven interviews Wrath of Gnon, who makes it clear,

“ is my firm opinion, that the environment (its uses and abuses, including the whole “environmental problem” subject) is fundamentally and unquestionably a right wing issue.

The left is the side of the favelas and locusts, the factories and the mercury spills, the estrogen in our drinking waters and the loneliness of the last rhino on the savannah. The right is about stewardship, firm action, boundaries, and responsibility. Green is a reactionary color. Just as in this neighborhood we shoot dealers, in this forest we also shoot poachers.”

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