David at Witterings from Witney speaks of the “democratic deficit” and this underpinned the Albion Alliance from 2009/10. Ian Parker-Joseph [site currently down via Google Reader] also refers to that but also to many other things which often don’t see the light of day and so he is seen by some as a bit left field, like me, simply because he digs and ferrets around for the fine detail, far more fine detail than I go into.
So, on top of a democratic deficit, we also have an integrity deficit, an honesty deficit, an ethics in public life deficit, a personal morality deficit. And as JD would concur – an aesthetic deficit. The triumph of the tawdry over the talented is one of the blights on modern society.
And there is a rationality or sanity deficit. All these are the state of play as 2013 dawns.
I can see the point made in that quote [I can't quite lay my hands on] which said that in his younger days, the writer involved himself in matters of the world but now just lets the world turn by itself and there’s much to be said for that.
Against that is the Dylan Thomas view about not going gently into that good night.
And sorry but in some people’s exhortations to do nothing in the face of evil, there is a whiff of disingenuity. It’s all very well having aided and abetted this state of increasing dytopia via your voting record but to now turn around to its victims and say: “You’d be much better off being kind to people and forgetting what we’ve done to ruin things for you”, it’s not unlike the Baron in Python’s Holy Grail who, after Lancelot has just killed and hacked his way through the wedding party, says to the angry and grieving multitude: “Let’s not bicker over who’s killed who – this is meant to be a happy occasion.”
At the root of all the trouble is the death of integrity and the politics of interference and greed, of envy. It’s the busybody State which needs interfere in the very minutiae of our lives in order to ensure the enfortressing of the Decision Makers – but more than that, it’s the particular lack of ethics, of personal immorality which accompanies this which is the thing really debilitating us – and the fish rots from the head.
And that lack of morality, of ethics, of placing self-interest above common interest as a principle, whilst at the same time suppressing individual autonomy to live life the way we see fit, to hanging onto what we’ve earned, standing or falling by our own actions, it’s that turning on its head of all things which once made society function well – it’s those things and the emptiness of many people’s code of conduct, the essential lack of decency in dealings with others – this is the single greatest issue in 2013.
Inward lookingness, greed, uncharitable feelings towards others, short fuses – those things were always present in humans but as long as the fiction of a society based on the gospels enjoyed its hegemony, public life and even private life self-actualized, remained stable, remained relatively non-dangerous. Sure there was rank hypocrisy and skeletons in the cupboard but at least there were ties which bound and it’s the throwing off of those which has accelerated the descent to dystopia and the reduction of Man to bestiality, to brutishness and woman to self absorption and skankiness [before we even get onto this mania of oneupmanship].
And it’s a cancer which has rotted from the head right down through the body. If people don’t wake up of their own volition and realize they’re on the wrong path, that they need to step back, then it can only go one way. And what force is going to start this restoration? A new generation entirely weaned away from principles of integrity? Weak, PC soaked men and rampant women?
Yet it cuts both ways. The human is infuriatingly non-compliant in the final analysis when he/she finally sees his impending loss. And it’s the job of those who would enslave firstly men’s and women’s minds and then their lives as a corollary – it’s their job to eliminate any voices counter to the agenda. One of those voices continues to be the church and in particular, the rightly maligned Catholic Church which, for all its failings, nay it’s skewing of truth to hide the most heinous of crimes through the centuries – it’s still that body within its P2 satanic conclave, which is dutybound to mouth the gospels.
Sincere? Insincere? It hardly matters. The point is how it is received by the masses, as the dark forces in the world are well aware. Opiate of the masses, yes? And I ask the question – as non-Catholics, would we assent to the dismantling of Catholicism altogether? Because if we do, if we let the Orcs tear it down, then the vacuum which is left is not a Brave New World of brotherly love but an invitation to be ruled by an altogether other power:
If words like that don’t give you the shudders, then perhaps you’re not paying full attention. And even the most politically naive can see these days the unelected, totalitarian direction it’s all going. You can detest “religion” and priests all you like, you can speak of your sky fairies but if you remove those bastions of freedom, you end up with the sort of thing in that anthem and that’s the end of society as we once knew it.
Plus the utter lack of integrity and the abandoning of personal constraint which is the necessary precursor to an uncivilized, barbarous, yahoo society of compliant, unthinking, unquestioning automatons.
My dearest wish in 2013 if for people to be very, very careful what they actually wish to see suppressed – that’s if they’re still capable of rational, independent thought.
And it goes without saying – anything the government appears to be angling for – distrust it first, then by degrees, approve it bit by bit if you must. 2013 is the year we will be shafted something awful and the quislings to aid and abet it are spread evenly throughout the society in key places.
See you on December 31st, 2013 and we’ll compare notes.