Great post by Charlton today:
This is the big question in 2020. When people say or write that ‘we’ will not stand for X, and if They go ahead with X then ‘we’ will do something or another to stop it, or punish Them, or something… This all invites the childhood response: “You and whose army?”.
Who Exactly is this We, and if We are so powerful, how come We have done nothing effective about anything so far?
All this tough talk (particularly from the pseudonymous) is bluster and bluff at best, but more often an evasion of the grim reality of being beaten, of being defeated and colonised.
We are not keeping our powder dry – because there is no powder. We are not waiting to pick the right fight, defend the last bridge… There is no line in the sand (and if there was, it was overrun a long time since).
The reality is that we don’t each have an army to back us, nor is there any strategy – so it makes no sense (and is deceptive) to talk tactics.
Either what we Do is individual and immediate, done without expectation of back-up and in the teeth of mass hostility; or nothing will be done.
Don’t kid youself. Dishonesty is a sin. If some thing should be done but you don’t; then acknowledge and repent your failure. For Christians repentance is enough, but it is mandatory.
Don’t pretend that you are a secret hero and your moral failures are all part of a master plan.
I’m as white-pilled as anyone, but show me a single good social trend that isn’t white people running away from the consequences of their true beliefs as revealed by their preferences. Paraphrasing Dutton dysphemistically, the future belongs to people too dumb and cowardly to believe in anything past the age of 5.
Everyone else will disappoint you when you need them most, because in the end they’re rational and no one is a more patient and reasonable negotiator than Satan. (People who claim to hold uncompromising positions that they wouldn’t die for without a second thought are liars. How many claim to hold truth inviolate but will keep silent on trivial matters to save their lives? It’s a reasonable compromise, but still compromising.)
Heroism walks a tightrope between an extraordinary concern for the wellbeing of others and an irrational resilience to their rational cowardice and toxicity. This is true in modern times, but it has always been true. If it felt natural, we wouldn’t need special people to do it. If you take up this burden you will feel absolutely alone at all times. It’s a shame that silent video game protagonists have gone out of vogue because it’s more artistically honest. Any representation of heroism where the hero isn’t treated like dirt until after the fact is whitewashing the reality.
Then again, if you have extraordinary ability that was always going to be true. Anyone who tells you different is selling you delusions of utopia. So it’s a lot less of a sacrifice if you think of it in terms of opportunity cost. It doesn’t do anything about the feeling of hunger for human connection in your gut but it’ll remind you that you may as well stay on the straight and narrow path. For whatever reason, God didn’t design a world where high-ability people get to live in the gray areas of morality like normies do.
Ender’s Game was a great book because becoming an adult is the progressive realization that you’re on your own to provide everything you used to take for granted (i.e. the sense of self-value you hopefully used to get from the unconditional love of perfect parents), the universe is a hostile place full of nigh-incomprehensible aliens that are trying to kill you, and no one is coming to the rescue.
Being an adult means grieving the loss of any concrete unconditional love in life, save that of your mostly silent father in heaven and a bare few facsimiles thereof in art and moments of inspired human charity.