An Axe Age and a Sword Age: Is Ragnarök Already Upon Us? And if So, Should We Fear It?
Pt. I: Intro
Today we see time as linear. What is, is; what will be, will be; and after their passing they will never be again. But what if time isn’t linear, and instead, history repeats on a pattern?
What was may come again, perhaps not the exact same person participating in the exact same event, but archetypes, and cataclysms, and triumphs appearing over and over in the same context. For those with a linear sense of time, and who are religious and/or give credence to the “End Times” prophecies of various religions and cultures, then the Apocalypse, or Armageddon, or whatever you want to call it is probably the end of the line. If you have an optimistic view, then this is the time when humanity will reunite with the Creator and enjoy an eternal golden age as we did before the Fall.
If you’re a bit more of a Debbie Downer, that’s just it. Show’s over folks! The gods, the Jotun, Yggdrasil, all gone and swallowed back up into Ginungagap, have a nice eternity and don’t let Fenrir bite you on the way out!
But what if neither is really the case? What if this “End Times” period isn’t the end of anything, but a freshening, something to shake up the stagnant and self-mutilating status quo, so that out of necessity it has to become something strong and virile again? That is the way I view our current situation. Ragnarök, the ancient Germanic prophecy of the End Times, when the beastly Jotun race, led by the shape-shifting infiltrator, Loki, overrun Asgard and send the world crashing down, is nothing to be feared.
This is partly because it’s the path to our redemption, partly because it’s already happening. It hasn’t reached its head yet. The head comes when the Aesir and Einherjar realize what’s going on and start to put up a fight, but at the moment the process is well enough on its way that we can start to predict what will happen next and respond within our own lives and social circles accordingly.
Before any sort of full-scale social re-engineering can take place, there needs to be people to do it, which is why first and foremost a person concerned about the current state of things needs to find a life-raft, their own group, or nest, as Codreanu described it, of comrades who can use each other as a reference point for how to act during this age of social degeneration. These islands of Traditionalists will keep each other above the churning waters of modernity, and if their resolve is strong enough and they can weather the storm long enough, the islands will form a continent as their dross is consumed and their gold refined in the inferno of modern life.
You guys ARE the Einherjar.
To understand what Ragnarök really is in a real-world and every day sense, we need to understand Oswald Spengler’s model for the lifespan of civilizations as described in hisThe Decline of the West. Spengler believed that every civilization had, just like all organic beings, an infancy, an adolescence and development stage, a prime, and an eventual decline and death. Each stage then is accompanied by various traits and signs of its coming. When a civilization dies, it’s soon replaced by another one, again, in its infancy. We may look back at the civilization that just died and say “We won’t end up like that, we know what to look for and what to prevent,” but as the world turns and generations come and go, it sinks into the same gradual decline, until by the end, it isn’t a civilization anymore: it’s a system with nothing to define it.
I mean, isn’t “America” today just a system? How many times in middle and high school did your social studies teacher have you answer questions like “What is an American?” “What does America mean to you?” And what is there to say? Any state (and I say state rather than nation, as nation implies a shared culture and history of its people) where anyone from anywhere in the world can just shuffle in and get citizenship and then automatically be viewed just as “American” as someone whose family has been in there for centuries, isn’t a nation anymore, it’s just a system.
There’s no culture anymore, because since the 1920’s American culture has been defined by Hollywood, which was mostly a product of Jewish immigrants and their descendants, so “pop culture,” which has become synonymous with “American” culture isn’t even American from its inception. Hell, Iraqis used to listen to Madonna and eat at McDonald’s before their country was invaded, so I guess that makes most Iraqis culturally assimilated to the American lifestyle and if they chose to live here, they’re no less American than anyone else.