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Defining Humanity: Purpose Through Higher Ideals

February 19, 2014 in Commentary

William Kay Blacklock (1872-1922) A Picnic Party Oil on canvas 1917

William Kay Blacklock (1872-1922)
A Picnic Party
Oil on canvas
1917

What separates us from the animals?  When this question is asked, many will answer that opposable thumbs gave us the ability to develop and use tools, or upright walking, but these differences, like all modern viewpoints, are simply aesthetic and surface level observations at best.  What truly makes the difference is our intellectual capacity to recognize and conceive of higher ideals.  Traditionally, it has been argued that in pre-history, organized societies came before religion, but with the discovery of Goebekli Tepe, a religious structure which is 12,000 years old and predates our understanding of how and when societies developed, anthropologists are beginning to understand that more than likely, the temple came before the city.  (For more information on Goebekli Tepe, watch this excellent video)  Religious life has always been at the center of each society and civilization, providing the core reason for the society’s existence.  Higher ideals are clearly the very Ur-Foundation of human society.

Day in and day out, we are bombarded with insults from atheistic modernity, telling us that to believe in God is stupid and that religion only exists because of man’s fear of death.  Dostoyevksy makes clear why belief in God is not only intelligent, but necessary to maintain a healthy society, in these simple words:  Without God, everything is permissible.  To believe in God is to understand that there are cosmic implications to human actions that echo in eternity.  It is to believe that ethics and morals exist outside of the human mind and that they are, indeed, universal law.

This modern atheistic, “I control my world, not some God” attitude is, in effect, spiritual masturbation.  Our degenerate societies pander to the idea of the individual being the supreme moral force in our universe.  Whatever you decide to do is just fine and dandy as long as you don’t hurt anyone else. What this loosely veiled self worship creates is a society full of self-righteousness, rampant materialism, sexual degeneracy, substance abuse, and a metaphysical disconnect from culture all for the sake of a childish “I make my own rules” attitude, which is simply a pacifier for the spirit.  It is much more difficult to live by a tried and true religious and ethical code than to simply do whatever you want because “YOLO”.

To avoid grappling with the simple fact that your actions cause reactions, no matter how big or small, is to reduce oneself to an animalistic level.  An animal lives to feed and reproduce.  A human lives to serve a higher ideal.  When all that one serves is oneself, one voluntarily devolves.  When this occurs on a pandemic level, as it has in many modern Western societies, the implications are obvious.  This is why neither libertarianism nor democracy are able to work.  To allow an individual to govern himself is to assume that he is, by nature, a moral individual.  Without an understanding that there are far bigger things than himself, modern man is essentially devoid of morality.  Entrusting this same man with the ability to choose who makes his laws is equally as disturbing a thought.

To secure for our Folk a future in this world, we must embrace the fact that to be human is to serve more than ourselves.

16 responses to Defining Humanity: Purpose Through Higher Ideals

  1. First you need to sort out which “god” to believe in. There are over 41,000 denominations of monotheistic Christianity in the world today, with hundreds of new ones forming every month as tax dodges. There is fundamental and oppositional disagreement amongst these religions on many issues, like the biblical rightness or wrongness of women’s ordination, divorce, and birth control, let alone homosexuality. Thus, there is no single Christian religion, nor any Christian spokesperson who can say authoritatively on behalf of all Christians exactly whether these are right or wrong.

    Each religion makes its own god. The Catholic God condemns birth control, women’s ordination and divorce, yet the Anglican God was no problem with family planning or female clergy, and was founded by divorcee King Henry VIII. There is no rational way that these two disagreeing gods can be one and the same entity. Moreover, I can name dozens of Christian religions which teach that homosexuality is a God-given trait, and which welcome LGBT with open arms, hearts and minds as parishioners with full sacraments, including communion, ordination to the clergy, and perform same sex marriage.

    People generally shop for the designer religion that most closely fits their tastes, and their prejudices, so if your religion hates what you are, you don’t need to tolerate them for a second longer.

    • I’m going to take a note from the Left on this one.

      No platform!

    • LOL There’s only one God, man, don’t you know that? Whenever someone starts talking about “which God” you know his only purpose is obfuscation.

      YOLT.

    • @ Leslie H. Higgins

      Which god is right about birth control, the Catholic God, or the Anglican God? One says it is a grave sin, the other encourages family planning.

    • Which god is right about birth control, the Catholic God, or the Anglican God? One says it is a grave sin, the other encourages family planning.

      Operating within a Radical Traditionalist rather than an Enlightenment or humanist metaphysical framework, the Catholic god is obviously the closer approximation of God, and “his” position on birth control is probably a closer approximation of the Absolute truth than the Anglican’s.

    • “closer approximation” isn’t good enough when you’re faced with eternal damnation or eternal bliss. An Anglican practising birth control isn’t acting without sincerity. Why does the Catholic God dispatch the Anglican couple to Hell?

    • I think you miss the point of this article entirely, Derek. This has nothing to do with “which God” endorses which lifestyles or social practices. I simply explain my belief that religiosity is the basis of civilization. Up until the advent of marxism, this has been a simple historical truth.

      When the inevitable collapse of the Western World occurs, societies will instinctively separate from each other and reform upon racial, ethnic, political and religious lines. At that point, you can have your Modernity, we will have our Tradition and we will no longer need to debate these issues because we will live in Nations which exist to protect our respective beliefs and cultures, or lack thereof.

      I’m sure you’re just sick of people like us and naturally, the inverse is also true. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of us backward, racist Traditionalists had our own country so you wouldn’t ever have to hear from us again? Wouldn’t it be just great if you had your own society in which to live the way you want to without worrying about jerks like us? Let’s agree to disagree and start working toward the common, sensible goal of separation.

      Also, I find it remarkable that you’ve decided to come on here to debate us on religion. Christianity is but one of the many topics we cover here. Isn’t there some young earth creationist forum you could be trolling, or have you exhausted those options?

    • You’ve put yourself up on a public forum and don’t expect anyone to challenge you? The world isn’t neatly divided into opposition camps of “tradition” and “modernity”, where traditionalists who value great architecture, art, language, music, theatre, religion are all virulent homophobes, and everyone else is a card carrying queer.

      My challenges to religious certainty is based upon my observation of posts to gay sites by religious fundamentalists. You see, while you want me to leave you alone to bask in your sense of superiority, your demographic are not so keen to return the favour.

      A friend put his experience neatly as below:
      “I had my faith, but I needed proof. Throughout my search of a god I discovered that our world has more than one religion and more than one god, with each religion claiming to have proof of their own exclusive beliefs, but none convincing me to believe that it is the true one. I extensively researched the religions of the world throughout my life, and the more I did, the more questions I asked such as, “Which god is real?” “Which religion is the true one?” “Where is this god and why won’t he come down to reassure us and let us know which is the real one?”, “Why has this god allowed this confusion in the first place?”. I may have lost my faith in a god, but not my faith in life. The people I love and life makes this journey worthy for me.”
      – Castiel Dalton

    • You’ve put yourself up on a public forum and don’t expect anyone to challenge you?

      I expected to be challenged, but I would rather it be by somebody curious and well-read enough to grasp where we’re coming from.

      The world isn’t neatly divided into opposition camps of “tradition” and “modernity”, where traditionalists who value great architecture, art, language, music, theatre, religion are all virulent homophobes, and everyone else is a card carrying queer.

      What a shrill strawman framing of my position.

      You don’t even know what RT means or entails. You didn’t get my first remark here. I’m sorry you’ve both lost faith and you’ve lost the will to continue searching. I encourage you to overcome that. You can start by taking a few minutes to learn the difference between “tradition” in the way you’re using it and “Tradition” as it’s primarily used in these parts.

    • I take a position which is despised by the mainstream. I’m used to the criticism. You’re right, the world isn’t neatly divided, as you put it, but wouldn’t it be better if it was? Who wouldn’t want to live in a society that nurtures, promotes and fosters the beliefs and culture that one identifies with? I believe that was the whole purpose of Nationhood to begin with.

      Contrary to what you might think, I am not a religious fundamentalist. I don’t even belong to or regularly attend a church. You were absolutely right in saying that people usually seek out a religion that suits their social and political tastes. I have not found one in my area yet, so I belong to none. I don’t care if you or anyone else is homosexual. You have every right to be, as those who do not approve of homosexuality have a right to disapprove. We are not ever going to convince each other of our respective opinions and, on a much larger scale, these and many other differences will continue to cause political and social strife so long as people who fundamentally disagree with one another are forced to cohabitate. Wouldn’t it be better to peacefully, respectfully separate than to continue ramming our heads into walls, attempting to change each other’s minds?

    • “Nationhood” is suspiciously analogous with “Nationalism”, the belief that by accident of birth into a geographical location, no virtue of yours, you’re nevertheless superior to me.

      Disapproving of homosexuality is analogous to disapproving of left-handedness. Homosexuals can pretend to be heterosexuals if our lives depend on it – even marry someone we’re not the slightest interested in, and left handed people can write with their right hands, if their lives depend on it.

      Disapproval of homosexuality can only lead to misery because just like disapproving of race, there’s not a damn thing you can do to re-engineer yourself to accommodate the squeamishness of religious people.

      Your notion that people’s minds are unchangeable and that we should sequester into insulated, gated communities, isn’t sensible, and not in the long term interests of humanity. “Splendid isolation” means you don’t know your neighbour and start to believe and then spread mendacious rumour. Look at how many wars have been fought between Nations who don’t understand each other’s language, and then consider whether these would be fought if Germany for example, were an English speaking nation.

    • @Matt Parrott

      Traditionalist is someone who favours tradition, and if you’re going to accuse me of the logical fallacy of Straw Man, then take a step back and consider another – Argumentum Ad Antiquatem “something is right because this is the way we’ve always done it.” When you describe yourself as “traditionalist” that smacks of another logical fallacy – Argumentum Ad Verecundiuam, where you’re hijacking a term that conflates your agenda with “tradition”, so that those who admire a call to tradition will be associate with your cause whether they like it of not. Another example is “Family Values”, intended to portray LGBT as anti-family, and devoid of value or values.

      In your world of mendacious distortion, the ones with the “values” who favour “tradition” are seen as the arbiters of morality, and everyone else as iconoclasts. I didn’t divide the world into these two camps, you did.

  2. Even the Neanderthals buried their dead and may have had a belief in some form of an afterlife, long before the development of any organized society.

  3. Another indicator that religion is the basis for civilization is in the Bible itself, when the Israelites were miraculously given leave (and a substantial amount of resources) to return home and rebuild Jerusalem.

    God told them first to rebuild the temple and then the wall and the rest of their city.

    • Well, God said lots of things, a sample of which can be found below:

      Killing ok:
      DEUTERONOMY 13:13-17 A town that allows the practice of more than one religion must be burned to the ground and its citizens slaughtered.
      DEUTERONOMY 21:18-21 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother… then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones.”
      DEUTERONOMY 22:13-21 A woman not a virgin on her wedding night must be executed.
      DEUTERONOMY 22:22 If a married person has sex with someone else’s husband or wife, both adulterers be stoned to death.
      DEUTERONOMY 22:28-29 A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist.
      DEUTERONOMY 25:11-12 If a man gets into a fight with another man and his wife seeks to rescue her husband by grabbing the enemy’s genitals, her hand shall be cut off and no pity shall be shown her.
      LEVITICUS 18:19 A married couple who have sexual intercourse during a woman’s period shall both be executed.
      LEVITICUS 20:9 “Anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.”
      NUMBERS 15:32,35 Anyone who picks up sticks on the Sabbath must be killed.

      Marriage:
      • No marriage will be sanctioned between people who have been divorced. (Matthew 5:32)
      • No marriage shall be sanctioned between Christians & non-Christians. (2 John 1:9-11, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
      • No marriage shall be sanctioned in which the wedding ceremony shall occur during the women’s mestrual cycle (Leviticus 18:19, 20:18, & Ezekiel 18:5-6)
      • No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races. (Deuteronomy 7:3, Numbers 25:6-8, 36:6-8, 1 Kings 11:2)
      • No marriage shall be sanctioned involving a widow (unless it is to her brother-in-law). All women whose husbands have passwed away shall refrain from intimacy & pleasure for the remainder of their lives. (1 Timothy 5:5-15)
      • No marriage shall be sanctioned for any man who has had sexual thoughts of any woman other than his intended (Matthew 5:28)
      • A woman not a virgin on her wedding night must be executed. (Deuteronomy 22:13-21)
      • If a married person has sex with someone else’s husband or wife, both adulterers be stoned to death. (Deuteronomy 22:22)
      • A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
      • If a man dies childless, his widow is ordered to have intercourse with each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male heir. (Mark 12:18-2
      Polygamy OK:
      • Solomon … had 700 wives … and 300 concubines. (1 Kings 11:2-3)
      • Rehoboam … took 18 wives, and 60 concubines. (2 Chronicles 11:21)
      • But Abijah waxed mighty, and married 14 wives…. (2 Chronicles 13:21)

      OLD TESTAMENT
      DEUTERONOMY 7:3 No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races.
      DEUTERONOMY
      13:13-17 A town that allows the practice of more than one religion must be burned to the ground and its citizens slaughtered.
      DEUTERONOMY 21:18-21 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother… then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones.”
      DEUTERONOMY 22:13-21 A woman not a virgin on her wedding night must be executed.
      DEUTERONOMY 22:22 If a married person has sex with someone else’s husband or wife, both adulterers be stoned to death.
      DEUTERONOMY 22:28-29 A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist.
      DEUTERONOMY
      25:11-12 If a man gets into a fight with another man and his wife seeks to rescue her husband by grabbing the enemy’s genitals, her hand shall be cut off and no pity shall be shown her.
      EXODUS 4:11 “The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?”
      EZEKIEL 18:5-6 No marriage shall be sanctioned in which the wedding ceremony shall occur during the women’s menstrual cycle.
      KINGS 11:2 No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races.
      LEVITICUS 11:6-8 Outlaws the playing of football (touching the skin of a dead pig).
      LEVITICUS 11:9-12 Eating shellfish or pork strictly forbidden.
      LEVITICUS 18:19 A married couple who have sexual intercourse during a woman’s period shall both be executed.
      LEVITICUS 19:19 May not wear polyester cotton shirts (wearing garments of mixed fabrics forbidden)
      LEVITICUS 20:9 “Anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.”
      LEVITICUS 20:18 No marriage shall be sanctioned in which the wedding ceremony shall occur during the women’s menstrual cycle.
      LEVITICUS 21:17-21 “Speak to Aaron, saying, ‘No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God. | ‘For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb, | or a
      man who has a broken foot or broken hand, | or a unchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or crushed testicles. | ‘No man among the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the LORD’S offerings by fire; since he has a defect, he shall not come near to offer the food of his God.”
      LEVITICUS 25:45 Says it’s OK for a foreigner in your country to sell you their child, and equally OK for you to buy them and treat them as chattel.
      LEVITICUS 26:14-30 “Then if you walk contrary to me …you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.”
      NUMBERS 15:32,35 Anyone who picks up sticks on the Sabbath must be killed.
      NUMBERS 25:6-8 No marriage shall be sanctioned of people of different races.
      PROVERBS 19:2 “…and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.” (running and therefore all athletic sports are a sin)

      NEW TESTAMENT
      COLOSSIANS 3:22 “Slaves, obey your human masters in everything; don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.”
      CORINTHIANS 6:14-17 No marriage shall be sanctioned between Christians & non-Christians.
      CORINTHIANS 14:34 Women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says.
      JOHN 1:9-11 No marriage shall be sanctioned between Christians & non-Christians.
      MARK 10:1-12 Divorce is strictly forbidden in both Testaments, as is remarriage of anyone who has been divorced
      MARK 12:18-27 If a man dies childless, his widow is ordered to have intercourse with each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male heir.”
      MATTHEW 5:28 No marriage shall be sanctioned for any man who has had sexual thoughts of any woman other than his intended.
      MATTHEW 5:32 No marriage will be sanctioned between people who have been divorced.
      TIMOTHY 2:12 “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence”
      TIMOTHY 5:5-15 No marriage shall be sanctioned involving a widow (unless it is to her brother-in-law). All women whose husbands have passed away shall refrain from intimacy & pleasure for the remainder of their lives.

      Jesus said the Old Testament must be obeyed – every word of it:

      1) “For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV) Clearly the Old Testament is to be abided by until the end of human existence itself. None other then Jesus said so.
      2) All of the vicious Old Testament laws will be binding forever. “It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid.” (Luke 16:17 NAB)
      3) Jesus strongly approves of the law and the prophets. He hasn’t the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Old Testament. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” (Matthew 5:17 NAB)
      4) “Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.” (2 Peter 20-21 NAB)

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