The high strangeness continues. The rational world – if such a thing ever existed except in the minds of a few intellectuals and atheists – is in tatters. Whether our current political and environmental disasters are its cause or its symptom is a matter of debate, but what is not up for debate – except by those who refuse to see what’s plainly there – is that we are experiencing Otherworldly phenomena at a rate and intensity not seen in generations and possibly in millennia.
I’ve experienced some of this myself. And because I write publicly about this and related issues in a respectful manner, I get comments and questions from others who’ve experienced it too, or who want to experience it for themselves.
Lately I’m getting questions about the fae.
The fae, the sidhe, the fair folk, the gentry, the good neighbors, the Aos Sí – there are many names for them. Some say they’re nature spirits, some say they’re lesser Gods, some say they’re the people who occupied these lands (especially the lands of Northwestern Europe) before our ancestors arrived. I see them as a wide range of spiritual beings who mostly keep to themselves but occasionally wander into the ordinary world for one reason or another.
Let’s see if I can write this faster than you can read it, that way I’ll be one jump ahead, hellhound on my trail, devil take the hindmost… 🙂
You know, this is a hard job that the Lord has bestowed upon me, writing this blog over and over again. Of course, me not being a Deist, or a Theist, I’m using the term ‘Lord’ in a somewhat casual fashion, which might offend some, but it’s a reflection of having grown up in a culture which has predominately christian roots, and so I can take it for granted that it conveys a certain sort of outlook which will be understood. I hope.
It’s not that I do not have a God, it’s the definition into words that is the problem.
All this religion, politics, culture, ideology stuff, it’s all confusing and bewildering. I think that’s partly because the leaders in these field are liars and hypocrites. Mostly their concern is for power. Well, and wealth, but the two are interchangeable to an extent. Power, wealth, control, influence. The further up you get in the social strata, the more you receive and the more you need, if you are going to stay elevated.
Politicians and political parties invariably lie, because they all know that their power and ability to achieve or change anything much is limited, but they want to gain the widest possible support, so they bribe the people with promises. Which they always know they cannot keep. But the trick always seems to work. Always a new generation of plebs to fall into the traps.
Like Nikita Kruschev, (who became President of the Soviet Union way back in the 1950’s) said, when politicians are campaigning, every town and village will be getting a new bridge when I am elected, even the towns and villages with no rivers will be getting lovely new bridges. And, inevitably, once the guy gets into power, no new bridges ever arrive, the towns and villages have to cope with their dilapidated old bridges, somehow or other.
Because there’s no money available for new bridges. It all has to be diverted to other demands. But if the people ever notice that their bridge has fallen down and want to know what happened, it doesn’t matter, the politician will always blame their opponents for having squandered all the money on reckless wasteful schemes that provided no benefit, so the anger and frustration gets redirected. Next time, the people elect the other guy, and the same thing happens.
This is life. But we can divide the politicians into those who promise, in theory, lots of new bridges, modernisers and progressives, and those who would prefer to go back to the good old days when there were ferrymen who paddled you across in their boats, which was slower but a lot more fun.
I’m in the latter camp, nowadays. I can remember time that were better, in my estimation. But, alas, we have what we have. The point is, what is to come next, where are we going ? Somewhere better or somewhere worse ? This is what the social discourse is about.
Again, there are two basic positions. There’s people who have an idealised utopian vision, and they argue about strategies to move toward that vision. I used to be one of those, I thought we could have ‘a better world’ if we reorganised our affairs in such and such a fashion. I think New Earth Lady is a good example. People who dream of disarmament, no more wars, no more violence and unkindness, where we are all saintly angelic beings following our true spiritual destinies.
The other camp are the pragmatists, who have learned and understood that these utopian visions are a hopeless quest, and actually create avoidable disasters. These people are the pragmatists, who recognise that we have what we have, and nobody has the power to do very much about it, other than to mitigate the worst excesses.
I am one of these pragmatists now. I have zero hope that any utopia is anywhere on the horizon. Human nature is what it is. So frame the system to cope with that reality, rather than build castles in the sky based on some idealised romantic notion that, somehow, everyone is going to become quite different.
My personal loyalty and prior concern has always been toward the non-humans, the other life forms who never get to vote. That’s partly drawn from an empathy with the actual creatures that I love, and partly drawn from biological theory, that to have a decent healthy human existence means having a flourishing ecological context.
I used to believe that, by presenting the arguments, people would be persuaded and follow my personal preference. However, that has been a failed endeavour. I mean, I entered into the internet discourse having that view (via Ran Prieur’s forum, Permaculture, then Dark Mountain, etc.) so I have now altered my position. Some readers will probably see this as odd or weak or a vacillation, people are very critical of U turns. But seems to me, any intelligent individual ought to learn from their experience, and if it’s obviously not working and not going to work, change the plan.
Oddly, I am not alone in this switching, the whole world seems caught up in some zeitgeist, where attitudes that were extremely unpopular suddenly rush into the mainstream. I used to believe that tolerance of others was a major moral virtue, so when people wanted to behave in ways which offended me, it was required to say nothing, because it would be intruding upon their liberty and rights.
But look where that has taken us. To the point where people openly advocate sexually torturing children, buggering babies, bestiality, cannibalism, and similar gross licentiousness. And this I cannot countenance. It is too far. There’s no limit to the degradation and depravity that some fraction of the population will indulge in, unless they are prevented from doing it.
So I have had no choice or option but to join with those who find such decadence to be unacceptable. I want a return to strictly enforced legal sanctions to support what I believe to be moral, ethical, decent human conduct.
By moving in this direction, I’m having to forget all about utopian romantic ideals. I mean, I think we are into a mass extinction event, and although many will reject that analysis, I think that it is supported by all the available scientific evidence. The pressures are going to escalate. Rather than descend into ever increasing barbarity, Lord of the Flies style, I prefer to try and maintain some human dignity and self-respect.
Which political platform can offer me some answers in this regard ? Well, there’s nothing to be found coming from the left, the liberals, the globalists, the marxists and anarchists, etc, as far as I can tell. They all want more of the same insanity that got us into this mess in the first place.
The far right, so called, have been demonised all of my life, the ‘Look at Hitler, the jews, blahblah’ syndrome. In Britain, as far as I can tell, the mainstream has been following the pluralistic liberal democracy philosophy, for a large part, along with a mishmash of socialist ideas, and then the neoconservative, neoliberal stuff that Reagan and Thatcher went for. None of it has worked, has it.
We’ve been conned by liars all the way. Always the promises of the bridges, which have never materialised, whilst the ruling elites got fatter and crazier and ever more determined to loot every corner of the planet and our soceities, whilst destroying anyone who attempted to impede them. Nothing sacred or precious, except more and more money for them, whilst the biosphere, upon which we all depend for everything, gets increasingly trashed and ruined.
So now we have these new terms to fling around, populism, civic nationalism, ethno-nationalism, and so forth, because the people who actually dwell and inhabit patches of the land surface, the ones who have ‘skin in the game’ are sick of being tricked and exploited by bankers and megalomaniacs with mad theories from crazy academics and economists who want to further their careers.
The people who still have the power are understandably reluctant to relinquish all their perks and luxuries, but if they do not listen to the popular will, then they will be swept away in a storm of fury and rebellion. They know this. We all know this. My preference is to mitigate the suffering, in so far as that is possible.
Think about where this is all going. I want a managed controlled landing, so to speak, that minimises casualties.
That’s going to get very difficult. At the moment we cannot even discuss it easily because of the taboos, you’ll get called a racist, nazi, fascist, anti-semite, xenophobic, islamophobe, whatever, blahblah. But these slurs are no different to the kindergarten playground insults that ‘Your mother is a hamster and your father smells of elderberries’ variety. They have no power, they come from those who love ideology more than people or life. They are not reasoned arguments, they censor and close down communication as a defence against any thoughtful discussion.
Decent people have a responsibility that extends beyond themselves and their own interests, to do what is best for their larger communities. Seems to me, this has to do with place and to do with the extension of place which is a sense of belonging and identity, through time.