The pandemic is an artificially engineered crisis, and the effect has been to cut us away from the sketchy moorings which remained in the hearts &
minds of all people across the Western world. We all hold moderately libertarian ideals, in that we all desire & believe in freedom - or at least,
all sane people believe this. More & more it seems that we are being forced further away from the shores of rationality, divided hopelessly one
against the other. We need stability, we need grounding in a sense, and in a world which is only ever held together by agreements based around core
processes of our society (law - custom, trade, political ceremony & established culture, etc) we need moorings in the buoyant waters which represent
the flow of forces through actions which shape our day to day lives. We do not necessarily absolutely need a fixed & strong ideological foundation
(though that is for the best), but at the very least we must be securely moored to the shore, so that even if we are buffeted by the waters, we are
still relatively stable, capable of reaching that shore as & when we need to, when tragedy strikes, for example, as we cling to our customs &
Or, when we must work together against a common foe.
In her book The Need for Roots, written in 1943, the French philosopher and reluctant mystic Simone Weil puts the case like this:
“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognised need of the human soul. It is one of the hardest to define. A human being has roots
by virtue of his real, active and natural participation in the life of a community which preserves in living shape certain particular treasures of the
past and certain particular expectations of the future.”
Her attachment was to the eternal things, and she could never be boxed in. She wrote in praise of God, tradition, roots, peoples and culture; but also
of justice, freedom of speech and thought, honour and equality. She could be equally scathing about fascism, communism, established religion, liberal
elites, capitalism and mass education.
The pandemic has ripped us away from our moorings, leaving us hopelessly flailing against the onsurge of the current, bailing out the waters which are
overcoming us as the effects of this global catastrophe, a train wreck in slow motion (to mix analogies) shatters our society all around us. The
article offers some excellent insights relevant to how we might regain a sense of our more general & proper station in life, as individuals & as
members of the Western meta-culture.
It is my suggestion that one of the primary goals of those who have engineered this pseudo-pandemic (a matter I have addressed elsewhere) has been to
cause this ripping away from what we used to know & trust as a secure & stable mooring, available to all Westerners, even if they deny the need of a
strong spiritual foundation, on the land ashore, so to speak. I believe that we must begin to recognise our need of this mooring, even as we grapple
with how to respond to the pandemic itself. We need our cultural & spiritual heritage reclaimed, so we can overcome the pernicious diabolisms of the
enemy at the gates. Indeed, the enemy more or less seems to own those gates, and so we really must find a way to be inwardly strengthened even as we
fight the tyranny which has brought us to this place.
I refer again, incidentally, to the need for a PROTOPIA, in which we are only ever searching after the ideas of incremental progress towards virtue &
excellence in all forms, avoiding the trap of seeking out a pre-planned 'utopia', which can only ever be a fallen & imperfect model for a state which
is assured to totter into totalitarianism, as people are forced to 'fit' the model by authorities which are invested in 'the vision'. Socialism &
Fascism are both examples of a utopian vision gone awry, a closed system which becomes stagnant
, as people (as people are ever wont to do) fall
short of the perfection demanded of the model itself.. We are much rather to prefer a protopian vision, which is a vision based upon the very
expression of an open system, where growth & freedom can prosper, just as in nature, virtue can circulate freely as change & progress are
In closed systems, that growth can only ever be forced to fit in a stunted, limited manner; all creativity dies, amidst an abject fear
of failure - a fear of the authorities which measure just how well each person 'fits', or does not fit.
Have a read, and see what you think. Please share your thoughts, and please pass along any references, articles, videos (etc) which are in some way
able to help us reach out for the safety lines which can tie us to shore once again. Thanks for your time & participation.
has lost its roots. The less moored our identities become, the louder we shout about them
NB - link looks screwy, but works fine. Because of a bracket halfway through the link string it can't be formatted properly, apologies that it looks
a bit scrappy.
ETA - spelling, presentation
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