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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A Crisis of Devotion

by Dorin Alexandru, English Literature student contributing to Ocean Drive

Delusional state of most young European males
The delusional state of most young European males

Today the young European male faces a crisis of devotion. Society has robbed him of a place to pour out his energies. Instead of worthwhile pursuits he is guided towards entertaining his lower nature. He finds temporary relief in artifice yet always returns to his pillow knowing it has led to nil. He is in a constant state of having yet to live while living vicariously through symbolic realities.

The commodification of sexuality has narrowed his love pursuits to an entirely economic level. His objective is no longer to cultivate and father a community but to tally his prison cell with relationships degraded into their numerical value. With his soul trapped in the machinations of the free market it has lost its freedom.

His entire consciousness hinges on the whims of his immediate desire and so he lacks the essential drive of the patriarch. By severing his connection to his ancestry, the European male has no base to rely upon while continuing his lineage. The lineage has lost its signification to him as he lives entirely in the present. The market has taken the place as the primary framework of his self-consciousness. Without a past, families fall apart and marriages wither all because the man can no longer place himself as the foundation of his community.

He does not know his neighbour, nor does he break bread with his community. His neighbours are but strangers and when he hosts others it is only as an empty gesture. Never will he know the gladness in Diomedes' heart when encountering Glaucus in the heat of Trojan battle and discovering the ties of hospitality shared between their grandfathers.1 The young European male is taught that his kinship lies in momentary fleeting ties and is as easily replaced as it is discarded.

Diomedes and Glaucus
Diomedes and Glaucus trading armour and respecting the traditions that bind them

The ideal is no longer the forefather but rather the lone innovator. Although living entirely as an individual, his place is expendable within the greater structure of society. There is no room for the heroic, any other person can consume as well as the other. He has ultimately lost his ability to identify himself when placed outside of the ancestral order and only fills the empty moulds destined for him by the market.

Society lies to him with promises of fulfilment that only serve to neutralize his potential. Even things that would benefit his wellbeing are repurposed towards vain pursuits. He no longer exercises to realize the full potential of his body but to accumulate false social attention. He only builds so he can sell. He is told to pursue knowledge for the sake of employment. And yet the world wonders why young European men drift astray; only to point blame on every other institution but itself.

To live in this society is to live by the rule of the Demiurge — it sets no God before itself and remains ignorant to the higher nature that fashioned it. Such is the young European male and his higher nature. He is taught only to confront his baseness and to stare into that abyss without ever looking up and seeing the evening sky — the sky that constantly calls upon him and pulls him up to reach it.

Society sets before him a phantasmagoria of delusions and tells him that they are worth striving for. The antihero is set as the ideal, the psychopath is to be admired and the effeminate is now the brave. The current way is schizophrenic in its deconstruction of an ordered system, evident in the postmodern manifestation of the arts. Combinations are made outside of their natural consequence and the multitude of meanings abstracted from meaningless forms send the interpreter on a neurotic quest towards nihilism and self-destruction.

Consumer consumed by consumerism

What is equality to the young European male but to be pulled down to his most basic level? All is equal before the market. To the market the man is but a consumer and through the market he is consumed. While he is taught to be an active consumer he overlooks his primal function to produce offspring. He is told to produce everything else but his own future. Yet all the while those who have no inclination to be of any value to the system continue to multiply by the dozen. A liberal society grants them incentive to siphon off the earnings of others and makes it all the more appealing to remain a pariah and to give birth to more pariahs.

The soldier has grown to be nameless and he has been robbed the opportunity of glory. There is nothing to gain in fighting for the market — a warrior does not march against his own defenses. The young European male is submitted to orders of the basest kind and his leaders inspire no admiration within him. His sense of fraternity is derided by the social order because it knows the power within the bonds between men. The need to deconstruct masculinity is the need to elevate weakness and obedience over strength and the will to power.

This plague of the spirit is one unique to the European male in both detriment and consequence evident in decreased birthrate and withdrawal from his social obligations. He is the target of a systematic oppression that labels him as the oppressor and therefore makes him willing in his own disinheritance. The spirit of humanity inherent to him and his tendency towards charity is used as ammunition. The imbalance within the social order only proliferates a return to the most heinous kind of racial tensions all in the name of equality, where all groups are equal in their hate for one another and their subjugation to the market.

Modernity and its focus on the future, on what comes tomorrow and the next best thing has severed its connection to the past. Society derides what is traditional and holds no respect for ancient rites because it is there we find the glory of the European man and acknowledging that glory is a dangerous thing. Tomorrow is filled with ignorance and by attempting to shed any connection with tradition, the world only wades further into discord. Only with a past will the young European male have a future.

[1] Homer's The Iliad: Book 6, line 212

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