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Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Madness of Civilized Nations

"Prison authorities at the Ayalon Prison in Ramle discriminated against Jewish security prisoners on Holocaust Day. Authorities forbade the prisoners to leave their high security cells to attend the ceremony but allowed Arabs prisoners to attend instead. Prison authorities said they refused the request from the Jewish prisoners to attend the ceremony for their own safety."
IsraelJustice.com

There is one root moral imperative that must coded into the political DNA of any nation and that is to protect its own survival. Nations whose political classes transgress against this first and foremost imperative are perverted into legitimizing their own national self-destruction. Their rituals, their most sacred memories become symbols without substance and words without meaning. Their greatest national impulses are transformed into a crazed babble, a self-wounding madness. Their altars are shattered, their flags torn down and in their sacred documents defiled by their own doing.

Patriotism, nationalism, the flag, the anthem, the great speeches and banners are all means of promoting identification and sacrifice for that core value, survival. With that allegiance the individual understands that national survival is also individual survival and that individual survival is also national survival. A nation without individuals willing to work for it and fight for it is a hollow house. An individual without a nation of his own, be he Israeli or English, American or Dutch is prey in a world ruled by entities based not on rights but on power with no defense left but money and some fragmentary humanitarian appeals.

The modern State of Israel was founded at a time when even the Western superpowers were approaching the precipice of no longer believing in their own national survival and it suffers from the same infection. An infection characterized by guilt, apathy, fear of action, the political radicalisms of the petty and an elite class that despises the idea of nationhood and cares for nothing more than their own ambitions and their own pockets.

To look at the political, cultural, academic and business elites of first world nations is to see the face of a dog, holding no allegiance to anyone but to their own greeds and destructive impulses. To listen to them is to hear the senseless howls and barks of a courtyard of hounds loosened from the reins and gone mad. The language and beliefs of the left are mad and they have infected the ruling classes of first world nations and compromised them into insanity so that over them madness reigns.

Beneath them the ranks of mid-level employees, the officials and bureaucrats, the managers and teachers, the officers and others who work beneath them and are answerable to them, fall into line. And though they may not understand the ideas and rules they now promote and defend, they promote and defend them with the unthinking reflex of obedience, that vestigial animal organ so often mistaken for patriotism, that has brought them to the station they occupy.

And so a nation goes mad. Madness is a departure from reality that it is both compartmentalized and self-destructive. Like a boat drifting away in the mist, the mad are cut off and drifting away from land. Yet to them it seems as if the land is drifting away while they remain in place.

This is the State of the West today, the political and cultural elites drift away from the land listening to the siren song of the left, but like many madmen they compensate for their detachment from reality with their gifts of language. The greatest weapon of the mad is their ability to draw you into their distorted world through their speech discharged from minds that no longer hold to the moorings of sanity. And so millions of people remain bewitched while still more millions burn with frustration and bafflement that the reign of madness should have fallen over formerly civilized nations.

6 comments:

Keli Ata said...

Absolutely wonderful! You should submit this for publication.

Regarding the Israeli prisoners--if the prison was so concerned over the safety of the Jewish prisoners they could have merely kept the Arab inmates locked up.

But you're right. Everything that gives a nation a unique identity is slowly being stripped away. Part of why Obama is failing to connect with white, working class Americans is that we still have the core beliefs that their forefathers had.

The flag still means something. Memorial Day/Decoration Day is more than a picnic, it's a day to honor those brave soldiers who fought for this country.

Lemon said...

Nicely written.

Yobeeone said...

I'm surprised the liberals haven't demanded a new holiday where the flags and those who believe in them are burned yearly as a sacrifice to their madness.

Keli Ata said...

Bite you're tongue Yo. And who knows? I can see liberals starting off with burning the flag to demonstrate and end to the "oppression" of nationalism not unlike the bra burning of the femanists movement.

Keli Ata said...

(I meant radical feminism that led to the fight for birth control and abortions rights, including the so-called partial birth abortion.)

It's monstrous. And apparently embryos and dead fetuses are used for scientic research or simply put in the trash.

There's something Frankenstein-ish Monster about all of that.

All of which leaves unanwered questions about where the country is headed. Americans are splintering off into special interest groups. Each splintering makes the group more and more dysfuntional it seems and unable to function normally.

At the same time you have liberals trying to unite these dysfunctional groups into a Frankenstein's monster called diversity. It can't function normally.

Bad analogy but that's the only way I can describe this diversity movement.

We're in for big trouble if we continue down this path.

Anonymous said...

I really must take issue with you, SK, comparing amoral political types to dogs. Aren't dogs, the domesticated kinds anyways, known for being loyal?

Mark Twain something to the effect of If you raise a dog from the street and feed it, he will not bite your hand. This is the principle difference between man and dogs.

There a lot of great dogs out there; dogs that have saved human lives, dogs that help the disabled, or aide in crime and terrorism fighting. I know they're animals trained to do so, but owners will tell you there is genuine love and affection there. Please don't compare the disloyal people you were describing to dogs; the dogs are better than that!

Peace.

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