Wherever one goes on the Internet one can read warnings of the break-up of this civilization. It is a pity those who issue the warnings didn’t take note of much earlier warnings issued by men such as C.H. Douglas and Eric D. Butler. Douglas's warnings go back nearly a hundred years and Butler’s fifty or so years ago.
In “Releasing Reality” (1979) Eric Butler emphasized:
The desperate plight of the world results in many calls for a ‘spiritual revival.’ But no realistic spiritual revival can take place unless it is based upon the truth that spirit is creative initiative which requires genuine freedom in order to develop.
Christianity stresses the primacy of the spiritual over the material. “My Kingdom is not of this world,” said Christ. But Christianity does not ignore this world. What Christ said was that it was essential first to seek the Kingdom of God and then “all these things shall be added unto you.”
Douglas said, “It is not improper to say that Christianity is inter alia ‘a technique by which a man, by control of his ideation, may gain such part of the world as in the nature of things appertains to him…”
But there is warning. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.” The objective of those seeking centralised power is to gain the whole world. Christ was tempted with complete world power on the mountain. But such power meant a renunciation of the Kingdom of God and Christ rejected Satan’s temptation.
The truth about power was outlined succinctly in the famous words of the great English statesman and historian, Lord Acton: “All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Here is a law as absolute as the law of gravity. The individual defies it at his peril.
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Every day one can see the politicians desperately shifting the deck chairs around whilst the ‘Ship of State’, Australia, is now not so slowly sinking. And one comes to the realization - they haven’t a clue as how to prevent the catastrophe.
Another group whose work I read now and again is the Occidental Observer’s and it was encouraging to read Guillaume Durocher’s series on “The Wisdom of the Ancients”. Now why was I encouraged? Because finally the group was becoming aware that modern man is bereft of the wisdom of past ages and men such as Douglas and Butler drew on such knowledge.
I once read C.H. Douglas was asked “What is ‘moral?” To which he replied “That which works best.” Now how do we know what is ‘that which works best’? Well, that is why I have been featuring psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson’s Youtube videos. In his many lectures and media interviews he explains how mankind came to realize those morals ‘that work best’, and he draws on aspects of ancient history to highlight his points whilst at the same time explaining how the ancients thought and expressed their ‘stories’.
It does not mean that we will agree on everything Peterson presents – or amongst ourselves for that matter - but it certainly is a starting point for the ‘man in the street’.
As for Guillaume Durocher, Occidental Observer website, he writes:
“Like too many of our generation, I was raised and “educated” without acquiring any real knowledge of European identity or our Western tradition. The Classics lay unopened. Though I may have tried once or twice to read them, they always left me baffled. I was too ignorant to even attempt to lessen my ignorance through them. I then did not know where we, our great civilization and family of nations, came from, and I took them for granted. “The West” meant little more to me than a set of very recent and highly questionable values largely imposed in the last century or so.
Having become conscious of my ignorance, I sought to rectify this, and I began reading some of the Classics — especially those of the Ancient Greeks — and, to my joy, I found that this time I could read them and that they often had very relevant insights for our times. I believe the difference is that I am a bit older, a bit wiser, and that I have been able to emancipate myself from the very impoverished view that postwar consumer democracy represents the highest possible form of human life. Having removed my liberal blinders, I could finally appreciate these works.
For the most part, I have not reviewed these works, for they are too subtle and my lights are too feeble to do them full justice. (I have, however, because the relevance and insight were too great, written for The Occidental Observer on the ethnocentric and eugenic themes in Plato’s Republic.) I fear my inferior paraphrases are not much use and I instead encourage the curious to read the Classics themselves.
Nonetheless, I do wish here to highlight a few major insights and themes which I have drawn from my (by no means comprehensive) readings. In so doing, I hope to provide a useful introduction and whet the appetite of my readers to discover our peerless Western tradition. This should not be done in an antiquarian spirit. The Greeks, a brilliant people living in the harsh world of the ancient Mediterranean, discovered truths and techniques of timeless value, things to not memorize, but to live by.
If one has understood anything, one begins to see life in a different way, and one begins, however modestly, to change one’s life, day by day…” (emphasis added…ed)