The Generation Zyklon meme is not merely misguided, it’s evil

Gen X parents imagine they’ll be watching a fun mass cull from the comfort of their rocking chairs, joyously mocking the whole time. That’s because they’re worse people than Boomers, and their children are already more fucked up than Millenials. And if you poke their delusions with statistics, they’ll deny, evade, equivocate, misrepresent, and always end by asserting that the meme is more true than reality because it only needs to go through the formality of becoming factual. Not one of them will have the wherewithal to ask their children’s peers “how many genders are there?” because they’re secretly afraid to hear the answer. In this post I’ll provide some associations for the case that this cognitive dissonance is driven by our secularized society’s repressed religious desire to sacrifice its children in mass as scapegoats in a suicidal ploy for redemption from our accumulated sins.

This society-wide suicide is represented artistically as Saturn devouring his own son.

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Reduction of bodily death (i.e. ‘the second death’) culminates in survival of an excessive number of individuals that have developed the potentiality for occupying the social roles characteristic of the species. Within a few generations all such roles in all physical space available to the species are filled. At this time, the continuing high survival of many individuals to sexual and behavioural maturity culminates in the presence of many young adults capable of involvement in appropriate species-specific activities. However, there are few opportunities for fulfilling these potentialities. In seeking such fulfilment they compete for social role occupancy with the older established members of the community. This competition is so severe that it simultaneously leads to the nearly total breakdown of all normal behaviour by both the contestors and the established adults of both sexes. Normal social organization (i.e. ‘the establishment’) breaks down, it ‘dies’.

John B Calhoun
Death Squared: The Explosive Growth and Demise of a Mouse Population

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Young born during such social dissolution are rejected by their mothers and other adult associates. This early failure of social bonding becomes compounded by interruption of action cycles due to the mechanical interference resulting from the high contact rate among individuals living in a high density population. High contact rate further fragments behaviour as a result of the stochastics of social interactions which demand that, in order to maximize gratification from social interaction, intensity and duration of social interaction must be reduced in proportion to the degree that the group size exceeds the optimum. Autistic-like creatures, capable only of the most simple behaviours compatible with physiological survival, emerge out of this process. Their spirit has died (‘the first death’). They are no longer capable of executing the more complex behaviours compatible with species survival. The species in such settings die.

John B Calhoun
Death Squared: The Explosive Growth and Demise of a Mouse Population

For more on the psychology of this phenomenon, read my post explaining the growing demographic divide between NEETs and pathological virtue signallers.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel, whose support for Trump earned him a place on the transition team, is a former student of the most significant theorist of scapegoating, the late literary scholar and anthropologist of religion René Girard. Girard built an ambitious theory around the claim that scapegoating pervades social life in an occluded form and plays a foundational role in religion and politics.

-Geoff Shullenberger
The Scapegoating Machine
The New Inquiry

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He correlates the rise of techno-scientific rationality and secular governance with the decline of the sacred as an organizing principle of culture; but he also detects the residues of sacrificial religion everywhere, especially in the regular resurgence of violent scapegoating in the modern world. For Girard, the decline of sacrifice offers the possibility of transcending the scapegoat mechanism, which he presents as an unequivocally desirable form of progress. But at the same time, he claims the demise of the sacred poses dangers: since religion has been the primary form of regulating violence, its displacement raises the possibility of an uncontained, apocalyptic violence, as well as a panicked return to the most violent forms of religion.

When people insist that Generation Z has the greatest power of any generation to determine the nation’s destiny (that is, transferring authority), they are implicity transferring accountability as well. That means that when the utopia fails to arise according to these faux-Marxist prophecies, it must be the fault of wreckers who must be found and punished. This kicks off the purity spiral, where those perceived as being the most powerful must be torn apart by Inquisitors like sacred cows:

Please note here that it’s traditional to sacralize the scapegoat before sacrificing it. I believe this is why Gen Xers brook no criticism of Gen Z.

Trappers set out to the bear caves at the end of winter, while the bears are still hibernating. If they find a newborn cub, they kill the mother and take the cub back to the village, where they raise it indoors, as if it were one of their own children. It is said that they even provide the cub with their own breast milk. When the cub grows larger, they take it outdoors, and put it into a small pen made of logs. Throughout their lives, the bears are provided with high-quality food. The cubs are treated as, and traditionally believed to be, gods.

After the cub reaches one or two years of age, they release it from the cell and place it in the center of the village, where it is tied to a post with a rope. The males in the village then take shots at the cub with bows and arrows. Even at the age of two years, the brown bears are quite large, and it usually takes numerous shots before they fall. After the bear has been weakened from numerous arrow strikes and is too weak to defend itself, one villager will approach the bear and shoot it in the neck point-blank, to ensure that it is dead. The villagers then slit the bear’s throat and drink the blood. The bear is skinned, and the meat is distributed amongst the villagers. Its bare skull is placed on a spear, which is then rewrapped with the bear’s own fur. This “doll” is an object of worship for the villagers. The bear has now been “sent off” to the world of the gods.

Iomante
Infogalactic

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XXI Civil dissensions
Another remarkable and unexpected symptom of national decline is the intensification of internal political hatreds. One would have expected that, when the survival of the nation became precarious, political factions would drop their rivalry and stand shoulder-to-shoulder to save their country. In the fourteenth century, the weakening empire of Byzantium was threatened, and indeed dominated, by the Ottoman Turks. The situation was so serious that one would have expected every subject of Byzantium to abandon his personal interests and to stand with his compatriots in a last desperate attempt to save the country. The reverse occurred. The Byzantines spent the last fifty years of their history in fighting one another in repeated civil wars, until the Ottomans moved in and administered the coup de grâce.

Sir John Glubb
The Fate of Empires

The white pill is that, contra the Manicheans out there prophesying this or that fate as being inevitable as the course of the stars, and contra the Amoral Egoistic Christians who would sell their souls to realize hell on earth, there is hope:

It is of interest to note that decadence is the disintegration of a system, not of its individual members. The habits of the members of the community have been corrupted by the enjoyment of too much money and too much power for too long a period. The result has been, in the framework of their national life, to make them selfish and idle. A community of selfish and idle people declines, internal quarrels develop in the division of its dwindling wealth, and pessimism follows, which some of them endeavour to drown in sensuality or frivolity. In their own surroundings, they are unable to redirect their thoughts and their energies into new channels.

But when individual members of such a society emigrate into entirely new surroundings, they do not remain conspicuously decadent, pessimistic or immoral among the inhabitants of their new homeland. Once enabled to break away from their old channels of thought, and after a short period of readjustment, they become normal citizens of their adopted countries. Some of them, in the second and third generations, may attain pre-eminence and leadership in their new communities.

This seems to prove that the decline of any nation does not undermine the energies or the basic character of its members. Nor does the decadence of a number of such nations permanently impoverish the human race. Decadence is both mental and moral deterioration, produced by the slow decline of the community from which its members cannot escape, as long as they remain in their old surroundings. But, transported elsewhere, they soon discard their decadent ways of thought, and prove themselves equal to the other citizens of their adopted country

tl;dr-

Translation of the Generation Zyklon meme: “I can’t wait to watch my kids driven to race war by economic desperation, because it’s too risky for me to fight it.”

Doesn’t have the same connotation when you just come out and say it, does it?

Thus we see that the cultivation of the human intellect seems to be a magnificent ideal, but only on condition that it does not weaken unselfishness and human dedication to service. Yet this, judging by historical precedent, seems to be exactly what it does do. Perhaps it is not the intellectualism which destroys the spirit of self-sacrifice—the least we can say is that the two, intellectualism and the loss of a sense of duty, appear simultaneously in the life-story of the nation.

Indeed it often appears in individuals, that the head and the heart are natural rivals. The brilliant but cynical intellectual appears at the opposite end of the spectrum from the emotional self-sacrifice of the hero or the martyr. Yet there are times when the perhaps unsophisticated self-dedication of the hero is more essential than the sarcasms of the clever.

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Prescription for Western Civilization

In order for Western Civilization to survive, we must relearn how to identify status with accountability. Until we do this, the increasing inelasticity of demand for legitimacy will brutalize the elastically decreasing supply of trust.

Diagnosis here.

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The Enlightenment, SCALE, and their inevitable globalism

This connection was too well expressed to allow it to escape notice.

The dust-up over those Catholic HS kids being “doxed” highlights the problem: Our social units are orders of magnitude too large to fit in the definition of community. In a community people know each other. Having ones identity “revealed” is universally redundant, while also absent is the easy opportunity to anonymously and amorphously threaten someone.

All the “liberties” cited by Leftists exist because of distance and anonymity. Gays and their bathhouses are vague and ill-defined (and thus tolerable to the somnolent) but Bobby, the 25 year old coach targeting your 14 year old son for sexual gratification is anything but.

Expanded liberty to indulge in vice (self-harming actions undertaken with an expectation of pleasure) poisons (and poisoned) social units because true communities were legally prohibited from ejecting those who offered them to the addicts who indulged.

All roads of the last 200 years lead toward ever-larger “economies” of scale, as people became besotted with the magic of an ever-more-finely-detailed division of labor, until it was perfectly normal to obtain necessities of life produced 9,000 miles away by people whose language, customs and culture are utterly alien. Anonymity and atomization were utterly inevitable and evil fellow-travelers.

All people, “conservatives,” “liberals” and “libertarians” alike, held to a pervasive misconception of how humans thrive in society. Everyone clustered on the same (wrong) side of this ship, and we face an inevitable capsize.

-dc.sunsets
On Why conservatives can’t win

All we need now is collective pro-action in the pro-white collective interest, and we might have a real thing on our hands. Wamen will follow quicker than we’d imagine if they can smell proper leadership.

It was inevitable that economic specialization would produce the narcissism of globalism because people who don’t grow their own food grow a paradoxical sense of invincibility and self-sabotage. Ennui is when your actions and consequences become divorced…and you’re still always winning and comfortable. It feels like magic, like the godhood of an almighty bureaucrat who can produce real-world outcomes with a keystroke in a spreadsheet, and thus encourages cargo cultism. That’s the real reason slavery is worse for the master race than the slave race.

That’s why I’ve said “the only question that matters in political science is slavery.” And the lesson of history is: Cut your own damn grass.

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Generation Z on religion

Boomers may have been the most destructive generation in history, but Gen X were the worst parents.

For years, religious scholars and observers have argued that the decline in American religious life is explained by other factors or isn’t important: it’s because this generation is still young; this generation just doesn’t like institutions; Americans are just as likely to believe in God and pray; more young Americans are now spiritual instead; the changes are small. The most recent survey data, which you’ve seen here, knock down every one of those explanations: it’s not age, because Boomers and GenX’ers were perfectly happy to be religious when they were young; iGen is less religious even in beliefs that don’t require religious institutions; fewer Americans now believe in God or pray; fewer, not more, young adults are spiritual; the number who do not participate in religion has doubled. iGen’ers are less religious and less spiritual, publicly and privately, and strikingly different from previous generations when they were young. The move away from religion is no longer piecemeal, small, or uncertain; it is large and definitive. More young Americans are thoroughly secular, disconnecting completely from religion, spirituality, and the larger questions of life. These complete nonbelievers are still a minority, but their numbers have swelled significantly in a very short period of time. More iGen’ers than any other living generation are unconnected to religion.

Twenge, Jean M.. iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us . Atria Books. Kindle Edition.

I warned you chapter five was worse. Brace yourself for some black pills.

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Face it, you’ve been had. There are a lot of people on the right who think it’s a good idea to gaslight their own side to meme victory into existence, like a Stuart Smalley affirmation. It’s a lie they wanted to tell you for your own good and you fell for it because you wanted it to be true.

To actually believe in the Generation Zyklon meme you’d have to be a cosmopolitan elite, a shut-in NEET with the windows painted black, or a Gen X parent who’d rather send their kids to fight a war than get off their asses, put on their black leather trenchcoats, go outside, and actually do something. Well I got news for you Gen Xers out there, if you don’t want to take your kids to church Jordan Peterson will be happy to do it for you, and charge them $500 per head too.

Will any religions survive? Evangelical churches have not lost as many members over the last few decades as other Christian denominations have. That might be because they’ve recognized that iGen’ers and Millennials want religion to complete them—to strengthen their relationships and give them a sense of purpose. Some of those churches will begin to loosen their views on premarital sex, same-sex marriage, and transgender individuals as their acceptance becomes more mainstream, even among religious people. Religion will survive, but it will be a flexible, open, equal religion that gives people a sense of belonging and meaning and that reaches less than half of Americans. It is unclear where iGen’ers will find community interaction to replace religion. Perhaps they won’t find it at all, content to rely on their social media network, with deleterious impacts on their mental health. Or perhaps iGen’ers will affiliate with others who share their interests rather than building community through religion. Either way, the structure of American community will fundamentally change.

I genuinely can’t wait to see how the new Manicheans out there manage to conclude WINNARZ from this. The way they talk about Christianity waxing and waning in cycles, you’d think they were actually talking about Astrology or something.

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On brokenness

I had a brief dream once where I had been tortured in an interrogation to get me to reveal who my compatriots were and where they were hiding. There was no pain, but there was the sensation of being drenched in my own sweat from the exertion of remaining alive. In the dream, I had the sense that my resistance to the torture had been impressively brave up to that point, at least for a modern person, and death was drawing blissfully near. Then the torturer brought out a pair of those shock paddles that EMTs use to revive a flatlined patient, and I understood that he intended to entirely break my body and mind, then bring me back to life and restore my health such that he could begin again. With that understanding, I felt something shift within me, a small change in my values which then set off a priority cascade that compromised the integrity of my spirit with rapid-fire conclusions pressurized by urgency. I watched, like an out-of-body experience, as my mind compiled a list of plausible excuses to explain away my shame if I decided to break and spill everything.

“No one could blame me under the circumstances.”
“I’ve already done better than 99% of people.”
“They’ll never know it was me.”

At that moment, I understood that the fight had already been lost and it was just a matter of time before I broke.

There’s a lot of wisdom in this dream, which neatly sums up many experiences from my early adulthood. Young men drive themselves to their limits for several reasons, but the most important one is to learn what they’re made of. Testosterone translates stress into toughness, which is why it’s a young man’s job to periodically submit himself to increasing extremes of experience to become ready for that day of manful reckoning, so that he won’t be found wanting in preparation. However, a much less appreciated reason for testing one’s limits is to break, observe the ways we break, and become familiar with navigating the consequences of being broken. That which doesn’t kill you will make you a realist, which often means learning the risk-averse conservatism of an older man, and there’s a confidence that comes from wisdom carried in deformities which continually remind us of hard lessons. Nothing can prepare you for the sheer loneliness of brokenness, just for starters.

I’m thinking of a story I heard about some soldiers who were engaged in some very serious physical training on a day which, according to regulations, was too hot for it. And, as is common among the more romantic and less serious sort of military leaders, the trainers were under the impression that “water is for winners” because dehydration will make men stronger (it makes sense when you don’t think about it). The result of this was that one of the trainees suffered brain damage and was immediately quarantined by the military medical apparatus from anyone who might care about him enough to go around asking questions. No one from that unit ever saw him again. Probably the people responsible got together in a hushed panic and faked up some reports that would displace all blame from themselves onto the kid whose life they ruined, simply because he wasn’t in a state to defend himself. I have no doubt they despised their victim for failing to respond to their maltraining in the way they expected.

Imagine the loneliness of realizing other people not only can’t feel your pain, but they’re usually too stupid and cowardly to understand that they’re the ones who broke you, and they hate you for existing in such a pathetic state. Imagine being strong, doing what you think is right, being broken for it, and then being despised for your weakness. I’ve never thought about it this way before, but I wonder how Jesus must feel to be rejected by the Jews and then suffer the vilest contemptuous slanders they could imagine over 2,000 years for having the absolute gall to let them torture him to death for their sins. There’s an excellent little book called Ghost Boy about a kid who lived for years as a fully conscious vegetable and the abuses (sexual and otherwise) and negligence he suffered at the hands of his so-called “caregivers”, which can give us some small insight into the way weakness is treated in this world. That book should have launched a thousand inquisitions into the systemic pathologies of our medical system, but healthcare was “too big to fail” because Grey’s Anatomy is the top-grossing porno for wamen of all time and so we can’t degrade that.

This is why I think the most profound line in Evangelion is “Only those who have suffered know how to be kind to others.” Weak people tend to withdraw into themselves in self-protection more than shame (although shame is probably the evolved psychology of self-protection) because strong people who have forgotten what it feels like to be a small child in a big world have no fear of hurting weak people by accident, through neglect, or for self-gratification. They just say “Oops” and 250 milliseconds later the smiles returns to their faces. The way of this world is for the weak to apologize to the strong under compulsion and for the strong to be unaccountable and free of either suspicion or condemnation. The fact is, you have to spend time in the Untouchable caste to understand what humans really are on the inside, either individually or as a species, because they won’t bother with pretenses if you don’t have anything they want.

I don’t know if I’m trying to say anything in particular here, but I suppose one of the most important things I ever learned is that there’s a right way and a wrong way to come to terms with the certainty that “but for the grace of God, there go I”, and the right way looks something like this:

That being the case, all the hopeful, proactive solutions start to sound completely insane in contrast to the scope of the problem.

It would be like having a bunch of dead fish, but no one around you will acknowledge that the fish are dead. Instead, they offer to help you look for the fish or try to help you figure out why they disappeared.

The problem might not even have a solution. But you aren’t necessarily looking for solutions. You’re maybe just looking for someone to say “sorry about how dead your fish are” or “wow, those are super dead. I still like you, though.”

Allie Brosh

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used the line “I still like you though” and seen someone’s eyes light up like a Christmas tree between moments of grieving. It’s such a simple form of magic and costs so little, but how would I know how powerful it is unless I’d heard it when I needed it?

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Brain damage mindset podcast

“I feel like I have brain damage right now”
WHAT A GLORIOUS START TO THE POADCAST

-prefc

If you liked that, then you’ll love part 2. I think we spent 30 minutes talking about a political platform that will never happen and then thirty minutes saying what movies we liked.

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“A kind of inverted Jesus story”

Re: the discussion of Molyneux in the previous post,

Keep in mind Vaknin is an atheist, so he uses “God” in the anthropological Nietzschean sense. However, this description of everyone becoming a god unto themselves is proper Luciferianism. The consequence of a majority of Westerners walking around with clinical attachment disorders is that there’s a huge market for “defooing” because they have introjected their parents’ failures and internalized the belief that love means sacrificing what you love to appearances. Molyneux, for example, stumbled across the correct answer for dealing with narcissists, to cut all ties, and overgeneralized this to all blood relations who frustrate individualistic actualization (i.e. worship of the false self constructed to protect oneself from these very family members) in the smallest degree.

But if all children born to single mothers have attachment disorders, and a vast majority of children will soon be born out of wedlock, then human attachment with anyone at all becomes impossible unless it humans are instrumentalized as “networking”. (Vaknin points out that technology enables this otherwise economically impossible near future for Western countries.) This is Zodiacism, where every narcissist becomes a star unto himself and eschews meaningful human contact for fear of all the other stars sacrificing him to their own false selves, as they were all trained to do from childhood.

A society like this is what trains people in the belief that love means deconstructing what’s nearest and dearest to your heart. I remember when I first saw this bit of standup maybe ten years ago, I was shocked to see a man glorying in the destruction of one of his childhood idols:

This is how SJWs become monsters, always seeking to become close to the things they love and then compulsively destroying them in an endless cycle of playing out their childhood trauma. Molyneux has a high IQ and good genetics, but it has not prevented him from becoming a monster like Vaknin. How many lives has he destroyed with his great talents? If we were writing public policy, all such internet personalities would have to be put down for public safety. But if every modern person is a narcissist, then we’re talking about Georgia Guidestones-tier depopulation. Or as Bice puts it, another win for the Treestump Question.

I don’t have an answer because the vicious spiral of societal entropy is deterministic, except to remind you that only God can save humans from ourselves or each other. There is no earthly salvation–the Greek tragedy writers understood this. Christianity takes a strong influence from that Stoic tradition, except that we believe the longer story is a divine comedy.

See also: Human Instrumentality Project, behelit myth, Zodiacism, Jordan Peterson.

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