When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball players and the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.
Patton said this eighty years ago. It perhaps represented the values of America during his time.
To the modern ear, they are deeply offensive and immoral. Say it in the wrong setting, and you can get a visit from the HR lady.
We truly live in Bizarre world.
A common saying is that your group is only as strong as your weakest member. The spirit of this adage is that a group should raise the weak, through strength. The top elite had a moral duty to improve the overall health of their organization.
For the aristocracy, this was known as nobles obliges. They had a responsibility to set an example in their own life for their social inferiors, born of inferior circumstances, and then enforce those rules.
It wasn’t a perfect system, and it had its flaws, but in principle it was sound. The strong take care of the weak, but nobody wants to be weak. The intelligent assist the dumb, yet nobody desires to be the imbecile.
Today, in the West, we believe the opposite. We’re only as weak as our strongest member. Elitism that admired the best, the greatest man could achieve, is considered a great evil.
Egalitarianism is one of many religions we are forced to obey, even if we don’t believe in it, and it is the basis for the new elitism. However, since it is impossible to make everyone as equally great as the best, we bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator. It’s Harrison Bergeron writ large. The cronies of the Handicapper General are everywhere.
Summarized appropriately, its battle cry is “you ain’t no gooder than me!”
What this means is that all the traditional traits of a healthy, functioning society – strength, dominance, competence, intelligence, and drive – have been replaced with new civic virtues; weakness, stupidity, foolishness, ineptness, dependency, and laziness.
The losers are the heroes of our system. The hideous both physically and within their soul are touted. Those who can’t provide for themselves, who’ve made terrible choices, who rely on others to survive – they are the champions, my friends.
Our society celebrates the ugly as beautiful, corrupt as pure, the deranged as the new normal, and the dysfunction as the future.
In backwoods rural America, schoolroom teachers once demanded their students speak and pronounce English properly. Look at any historic school textbook or rules.
Slowly, the standards were dumbed down and finally replaced with ideology. Do I have to tell you what would happen if they did this in an elite private school?
This decline in excellence and quality can be seen nearly everywhere. Compare modern art and architecture to, say, art deco in the 1930s and 1940s. Or, go back to the Baroque period. When have you ever looked at a new building and marveled at its majestic appearance?
Buildings were once designed for more than their literal intent. They were works of art meant to inspire and celebrate culture. Victor Hugo may have exaggerated when he said the printing press killed architecture, which prior to mass literary was used to tell stories and educate, but in retrospect his apprehensions were well-grounded.
Today, we build soulless boxes as simplistic in their aesthetics as a caveman’s dwelling and call it “progress.”
Books have suffered, too. It may shock you to know that Shakespeare’s plays were written and performed for the illiterate working-class rabble of London, the lowest stratum of the society. Today, only English majors or the more cultured read them, let alone understand them or know more than a handful of titles by name. The rest of Westerners have their eyes glued to 50 Shades of It’s-Not-Rape-If-He’s-Really-Rich-And-Hawt, while full grown adults shamelessly consume and quote Harry Potter, a children’s book series that masks petty juvenile school drama behind a shroud of magic and left-wing politics.
Or, they don’t read at all.
The stupidity can be seen in the public’s inability to grasp blatant irony or satire. Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal called for the Irish to eat their own babies to survive the Potato Famine. The average British subject understood his point, because they had a level of sophistication we do not.
A few years back, Roosh V wrote a similarly ironic essay titled “How to stop rape,” in which he advocated legalizing rape on private property as a way to encourage women to be more careful about whom they associated with.
Rather than critique the point made, that women bear some responsibility for their own safety, the mass media and shrieking pearl-clutchers insisted the article was serious. Our clickbait-driven media interpreted piece literally, and most people accepted that narrative no matter how absurd it sounded.
It’s also why modern philosophical writes such as Quintus Curtius continually have privileged elite brats nipping at their heel. Through his examination of classical history, Quintus advocates character and virtue. Self-improvement like that is intolerable among those who lack the capacity or the will to better themselves and who see everyone as equal, regardless of effort or merit.
Nowhere is the promotion of loserdom as a virtue more self-evident than in the anti-Western propaganda inundating educational institutions. When it comes to achievements, the West stands alone in terms of sheer volume, from scientific discoveries to military innovation, literature and poetry, as well as inventions that have raised living standards for not only Western nations, but the entire world.
So how does an anti-Westerner confront this? By arguing that failure is a moral good.
This is an actual quote from an article citing an actual book (h/t Tom Woods)
In The Queer Art of Failure, Judith Halberstam argues that “Under certain circumstances failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing, unbecoming, not knowing may in fact offer more creative, more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world.” I draw on this idea to propose a queer science of failure that is focused on the ways that failing, unmaking, undoing, and not knowing science may lead to a more just world.
Needless to say, this assault on reality will prove deadly. The natural law dictates it. The best armies conquer, not the most diverse and inclusive.Electrical engineering and plumbing don’t care about ideology. Buildings relies on engineers who accept math and physics, who acknowledge the idea of structural integrity. Those who do not will build ones doomed to collapse. Gravity will not be mocked.
The same could be said for our political, cultural, religious, and social institutions that ignore similar truths about their own nature.