Europe’s Civilizational Exhaustion – Gatestone Institute

Pictured: French police eject some of the 80 migrants and pro-illegal-immigration activists who occupied the Basilica of Saint Denis, on March 18, 2018. (Image source: Video screenshot, YouTube/Kenyan News & Politics)

“In Sweden, by 2050, almost one in three people will be Muslim. The civilizational exhaustion is seen in Europeans’ falling birth rates, mushrooming public debt, chaos in the streets, and a refusal to invest in security. Islam is filling the cultural vacuum of a society with no children and which believes – wrongly – it has no enemies.”

Source: Europe’s Civilizational Exhaustion | Gatestone Institute

  • Islam is filling the cultural vacuum of a society with no children and which believes — wrongly — it has no enemies.
  • In Sweden, by 2050, almost one in three people will be Muslim.
  • The European mainstream mindset now seems to believe that “evil” comes only from our own sins: racism, sexism, elitism, xenophobia, homophobia, the guilt of the heterosexual white Western male — and never from non-European cultures. Europe now postulates an infinite idealization of the “other”, above all the migrant.
  • A tiredness seems to be why these countries do not take meaningful measures to defeat jihadism, such as closing Salafist mosques or expelling radical imams.
  • Muslim extremists understand this advantage: so long as they avoid another enormous massacre like 9/11, they will be able to continue taking away human lives and undermining the West without awakening it from its inertia.

Is this really what we want? Because it’s what we’re going to get, if we don’t – collectively – wake up, and start defending what is valuable: our history, our culture, our heritage.

This essay – which makes for sobering reading, but for that very reason should be read, marked, learned, and inwardly digested by defenders of the West – continues,

Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University in London, recently published a report, “Europe’s Young Adults and Religion”:

“Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years,” Bullivant said.

According to Bullivant, many young Europeans “will have been baptised and then never darken the door of a church again. Cultural religious identities just aren’t being passed on from parents to children. It just washes straight off them… “And we know the Muslim birthrate is higher than the general population, and they have much higher [religious] retention rates.”

That is a very dangerous and worrying combination – to put it mildly. The situation has gotten so bad that no less a figure than Richard Dawkins, who is as this essay notes is

an atheist and the author of The God Delusion, responded to the study’s release by tweeting to his millions of Twitter followers:

Before we rejoice at the death throes of the relatively benign Christian religion, let’s not forget Hilaire Belloc’s menacing rhyme:

“Always keep a-hold of nurse
For fear of finding something worse.”

Dawkins is apparently concerned that after the demise of Christianity in Europe, there will not be an atheistic utopia, but a rising Islam.

Dawkins’ concern is well-founded. Secularists and atheists of Dawkins’ ilk – not, clearly, Dawkins himself, who though misguided is vastly more intelligent than many of his followers – have been happy enough to use Islam (*) as a foil for Christianity (and I would not be surprised if many have not rejoiced, secretly, in the deaths of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere), believing that it is doing much of their work for them, and that they can then control and enervate it, too.

This makes about as much sense as trying to chain a dragon to boil a pot of tea. What they fail to realize is that those who passionately believe in something – whether that “something” is truth or falsehood, witness the passionate belief in Communism many still possess, despite its theoretical “defeat” in the 1980s and ’90s – will always have an edge over those who believe in nothing. And unlike the heirs of Western Christendom, Islam is not tired, not exhausted: it has had a rest of some centuries, and has awoken.

It is time, and past time, for us to awaken, too – to awaken to our peril, and to defend ourselves against it. We have a moral responsibility to do so (and as Christians, a religious duty, since Islam is a false religion, and a dangerous ideology): not only for ourselves, but for our ancestors, and for our descendants. So far, we are abjectly failing both. We are betraying our patrimony, by failing to defend it, and pass it on.

What is at stake, here? Let’s look to history: when the Iberian Peninsula fell to the Muslims, it took 700 years to reconquer it – and that was with most of the rest of Europe free. How long will the Reconquista take, if the whole West should fall? None of us will live to see it! But if we fail to wake up, we may live to see that fall.

Again I ask: is this really what we want?

 


• And more generally, multiculturalism and mass immigration, which – far from being a source of strength – weakens and breaks down cultural cohesiveness and integrity, and damages the host culture’s ability to defend itself against attacks both from within and from without. But Islam is the most significant unifying force among many of these immigrants, especially in Europe, and increasingly in the U.S., too.

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Glories of the West: Build for forever | YouTube

When we build, let it not be for our time but for all time. Real architecture stands the test of time, aesthetically and physically.

Source: Build Forever – Architectural Revival | YouTube

“Classical architecture is fundamentally respectful of Tradition; it’s fundamentally respectful of the order of Nature as revealing the mind of God… Certain proportions are harmonic; certain ways of bringing things together are ordered and perfected and radiant, and they ring true to the eye [just as certain musical structures and harmonies ring true to the ear]. So Classicism is basically [a way of creating] architecture that is about the noblest and highest achievements humanity can [attain]. What is the most poetic, most harmonious, most ordered way to do architecture? How can it restore order to the world? So, Classicism is not a style – primarily, although there are stylistic components to it. It is a way of imitating the mind of God in architecture.”

— Dennis R. McNamara, “Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy

Glories of the West: English Castles from Above | YouTube

Source: English Castles from Above – Our Top Picks (HD)

It is one thing – an essential thing – to bring attention to assaults against the West, and to oppose them by one’s words. It is another to remind ourselves, each other, and those who may not know much about the West why it’s worth defending!

Here is my first entry in “Glories of the West,” an occasional series of (primarily) videos which puts the lie to the oft-repeated contemporary bromide that “white people have no culture.” On the contrary, we do indeed – and a glorious and magnificent heritage of culture, at that! Architectural, musical, political, philosophical, artistic, and in many other realms as well.

Even the ruins of European structures – such as cathedrals, castles, and abbeys – are glorious, calling to mind what they must have been like in their prime. Part of our vocation, we who are defenders of the West, is to strive, to the best of our abilities and by the grace God gives us, to protect, preserve, and (where possible) restore our patrimony, for our own sakes but more importantly, for our descendants.

Revolt Against the Modern World

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“Go forth in the pathway our forefathers trod;
We too fight for freedom, our Captain is God,
Their blood in our veins with the honours we vie;
Theirs too was the watchword, ‘We conquer or die.'”

— James Pierpoint

This is the rootedness in the strength of our past, and the resulting confidence in ourselves and our future, that we of the West have too-largely lost, these days. We need to get it back! We are of proud heritage – Greco-Roman and Germano-Celtic antiquity, and Medieval and Renaissance Christendom – which we badly need to re-embrace.

And yes, there are elements of the modern world which are also worth embracing and preserving: I wouldn’t be alive today without modern medicine, for one thing. But we need to sift the wheat from the chaff – not simply accept the whole programme uncritically – and that is something we have not been doing a very good job of accomplishing.

 


 

Nota Bene:  The young lad, dressed in the uniform of a Scout, is being supported, encouraged, and inspired by figures representative of the three classes of people Western Christendom – and indeed, the pre-Christian West as well – have always considered to be essential to the proper functioning of a society: those who work, those who fight, and those who pray.

Those who work, support and maintain the society through the fruits of their labours. Those who fight, support and maintain the society by defending it from its enemies. And those who pray, support and maintain the society by offering supplication to God on its behalf, invoking God’s blessings upon it, and tending to its spiritual well-being.

Lacking any of these, a society is unbalanced and in danger of defeat or collapse. A principle we might do well to keep in mind!

History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of.

History isn't a 'useless' major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

Why are college students turning away from studying history as preparation for a future as citizens and workers?

Source: History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of | LA Times

Unfortunately, history – and other humanities majors – are not being “sold” to students / prospective students (or anyone else, for that matter) because they do not appear to have an immediate, direct “practical” application. The extreme push to channel everyone into “higher education” – regardless of temperament or aptitude – has exacerbated the problem, while cheapening (as I have discussed many times previously) the value of the degree received.

Unfortunately, I fear we are turning out a passel of graduates who may well be prepared to work in the IT, health-care, or other “STEM” fields, but have little-to-no breadth or depth of knowledge in the areas – history, literature, philosophy – that are necessary to function effectively (learning from history in order to make sense of the present and intelligently plan for the future) in the polis: the public square, as citizens of a functioning representative republic.

Trade schools would be the more appropriate venue for those who want skills alone, but a working republic needs a core of critical thinkers, and persons well-grounded in the wisdom and experience of the past. Instead, we are turning out, as others have commented on many occasions and in many fora, a herd of sheep, easily swayed by demagoguery: whether you consider the demagogue in question to be Trump or (for instance) Hogg is immaterial.

Of course, adding to the problem is the fact that, in the words of one commentator, “the history curriculum at most schools [teaches] indoctrination instead of critical thinking.” I was fortunate to have received my undergraduate training at a time when, despite inroads from the late ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s, the humanities were still being taught with a strong sense of passing on worthwhile traditions (and, yes, cautionary lessons) and teaching critical thinking.

That is less true, now… to put it mildly!

“Shocking Stats Reveal Decline of American Men” – with reflections on the implications thereof

You hear a lot in America about the “war on women,” but it’s men in America who are failing. We have some shocking statistics…

Souce: Shocking Stats Reveal Decline of American Men | Tucker Carlson Tonight

This informative and disturbing report confirms what observation has suggested to me for years: we who are men are in trouble. As Carlson points out,

“Something ominous is happening to men in America. Everyone who pays attention knows that. What’s odd is how rarely you hear it publicly acknowledged. Our leaders pledge to create more opportunities for women and girls, whom they imply are failing. Men don’t need help. They’re the patriarchy. They’re fine. More than fine…”

Statistics, however, tell a different story. When you actually look at what’s going on, it becomes all too sadly apparent that

“American men are failing, in body, mind and spirit. This is a crisis. Yet our leaders pretend it’s not happening. They tell us the opposite is true: Women are victims, men are oppressors. To question that assumption is to risk punishment. Even as women far outpace men in higher education, virtually every college campus supports a women’s studies department, whose core goal is to attack male power. Our politicians and business leaders internalize and amplify that message. Men are privileged. Women are oppressed. Hire and promote and reward accordingly.

“That would be fine if it were true. But it’s not true. At best, it’s an outdated view of an America that no longer exists. At worst, it’s a pernicious lie.

“Either way, ignoring the decline of men doesn’t help anyone. Men and women need each other. One cannot exist without the other. That’s elemental biology, but it’s also the reality each of us has lived, with our parents and siblings and friends. When men fail, all of us suffer.”

University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson, Carlson’s guest, while not the most dynamic speaker, nonetheless has some very good things to say on the subject. He rightly decries the “ideological world view that sees the entire history of mankind as the oppression of women by men,” which he sees – again, accurately, in my view – as “a very dreadful way of looking at the world, a pathological way of looking at the world.”

It is indeed. But thanks to the dismaying success of the radical Left’s “long march through the institutions,” it is a worldview which is mostly dominant in today’s culture, in the U.S. and in the West, generally, deeply enshrined in our intellectual and political elites, and particularly in academia – both public schools and institutions of higher learning – and in the equally-influential media.

As a result, it has become in many respects the animating mythos of our contemporary world, and plays itself out in all sorts of often damaging ways: pitting men and women against each other, denigrating any past achievement that can be seen as “masculine” or “patriarchal,” and discouraging boys and young men from seeking excellence for fear of being accused of “toxic masculinity.”

Is it any wonder that many men have become embittered and disillusioned, and dropped out – from relationships (see MGTOW), and even from active engagement with society – in anger or despair?

Yet this dropping out, while on one level entirely understandable, is ultimately counter-productive and damaging, both to society and to men ourselves. To be healthy and whole, a culture needs a balance between male aggressiveness and female nurturing (and yes, I know some men are naturally nurturing and some women aggressive, but we’re talking trends, here), between the typically male drive to expand and explore, and the typically female drive to settle and put down roots.

And while this may be more controversial yet, I believe that for our psycho-emotional health, men and women must be willing and able to embrace – in a constructive, and therefore necessarily real, way – their own distinct and complementary natures. Again, I am quite fully aware that some men are more nurturing (I tend to fall somewhat toward that end of the spectrum, myself) and some women more aggressive.

But by insisting that (all) women should take on the aggressive tendencies of men, or that (all) men should take on the nurturing qualities of women, there are a large number of both who are being repressed, and even bent and twisted, psycho-emotionally. And that is exactly what is happening, in today’s “interchangeable parts” environment of gender-bending social theory.

It’s no wonder that transgenderism is a major issue these days, because transgenderism is simply the (il)logical extension of an extremely prevalent ideological viewpoint: that women should be more like men, and men should be more like women. Of course, the dirty little secret here is that there is something essentially or fundamentally “man-like” or “woman-like” to become, but no one on the Left wants to talk about that…

While I am in no way justifying or rationalizing them, is it possible that today’s rash of school- and other mass-shootings are on some level a cry for help – or at least, a manifestation of a deeply diseased society? As Carlson points out, they are almost exclusively a male phenomenon (one shooter did have the help of his wife). Is it at least possible that if masculine aggression is consistently and aggressively repressed and not allowed productive and constructive outlets, it will fester, and eventually explode in socially and culturally unproductive, unacceptable, and even horrifying ways?

I am going to go out on a limb, here, and suggest that one of the prime motivators (or perhaps I should say, de-motivators) of our contemporary Western malaise is the devaluation and repression of just about everything that has traditionally served as spurs to pride, greatness, and accomplishment. Among these are race, nationality, sex (in the sense of male and female, not the sexual act!), and religion.

In other words, pride in one’s “roots” is the essential motivator for accomplishment in the future.

If one is no longer allowed to take pride in one’s ancestors, one’s country, one’s sex, or one’s religion, and be inspired by their achievements to accomplish still more in the future, if everyone and everything is to be viewed as not only equal-in-principle, but fundamentally equivalent (even identical) in principle, with nothing and no reason to prefer one over the other, then one has no impetus to preserve one’s heritage or to care about one’s descendants: it’s all the same, after all, so what does it matter?

And that is not only destructive of culture in and of itself, but leaves us acutely vulnerable to being invaded and subjugated by those who still do take pride in the past accomplishments and present identity of their people, who laugh at our low birth-rate (if we have no real hope or inspiration for the future, why bother to bring new children into the world?) and scoff at our unwillingness to actually stand up and defend those few values we still claim to hold.

As I have commented before, there’s a reason those on the far-right refer to the “liberal” Leftists, social-justice warriors, and cultural Marxists – and their acquiescent followers – as “cucks” (short for cuckolds): they are willing to simply watch passively as what should be their “beloveds” – their patrimony, their ancestral and cultural heritage – are violated, taken from them, even raped before their eyes, and do nothing, either out of sheer passive compliance, or because they take a certain sick pleasure in the act, due to persistent and pernicious indoctrination that everything Western is evil.

If that is truly the best of the West, in this age, then perhaps we deserve our fate. Those who are unwilling to defend what is valuable surely do not deserve to retain it. But I do not believe that is all we have left. And we have a responsibility, both to our ancestors and to our descendants – if any! – to pass down our patrimony, our heritage, unstained, undiminished, and intact, to the best of our ability. If we fail, we have failed them, and even the God that made us, and gave us our distinctiveness.

Men of the West, will we go silently and meekly into that dark night, passing into history with barely a whimper? I hope and pray we will not!