On Useful Idiots and Subversion

This is simply a short post to recommend to you a video interview I found on YouTube. The interview is from sometime in the 1980’s if I am not mistaken and is with a Soviet KGB defector named Yuri Bezmenov.

Since WordPress will not allow me to link videos without shilling out cash I cannot provide you with a link to the video, apologies about that. However, the video is very easy to find, simply type in Yuri Bezmenov in the search field and you should find the video in question. It is called Deception Was My Job. The interview is absolutely fascinating and enlightening, and I sincerly hope you decide to watch it. I highly recommend it.

The Declining Value of Music in a Digital Age

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Music today has increasingly little value, not only because of online services which make it cheap or free for the listener, but also because of the sheer volume of music available at present. In a matter of seconds one has within reach enough music to last a lifetime, or even several.

In the distant past, in order to listen to music one had to attend a concert in a concert hall or listen to a singer in a tavern. More recently, inventions such as the radio and stereo has allowed music to become a more solitary things, and has also mainstreamed it in a manner not previously possible, and consequently has shaped the cultural zeitgeist to an increasing degree. With the arrival of the internet, I believe this is vaning. I hold that there are no musical artists today that shape the cultural landscape. Undoubtedly, there are popular artists, but none of them capture an entire generation like The Beatles did for the Baby Boomers, or Nirvana did for Gen X.

This development is of course not wholly negative, I certainly don’t want to give that impression. The internet age has given artists which would previously have been confined to a small underground following a chance for more widespread recognition. It also makes finding rare music much easier (and certainly cheaper). The internet has made things very convenient, but I fear that this convenience will lead to a devaluing of musicians and their creation.

 

The Language of Mythology

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When most people recount our myths and mythologies, they are taken at face value. Thor riding across the sky in a wagon pulled by goats, creating lightning by striking with his hammer, for instance. There doesn’t seem to be any consideration that there might be some deeper meaning, something esoteric and hidden and not immediately obvious.

As I see it, our mythologies are a sort of language, a way for our ancestors to explain and remember the world and the forces of nature to themselves, and their descendants in terms that were easy to pass down orally. Our fairy tales are like this to an extent. They take on a form and a language that is easy to remember and to pass down, and as we know our fairy tales were meant to give moral lessons to children, at least in some sense.

Does the story of Ragnarok really describe the end of the world? Is Jörmungandr, the world serpent, really a giant sea serpent coiled around Midgard or is there something more than meets the eye, something esoteric?

A reason for our current interpretation of the mythologies could be that we see them through a Christian lens, so to speak. Ragnarok describes a giant predetermined battle wherein the Æsir die, and the world is submerged in water, and so could line up fairly well with the Christian Apocalypse, to use an example.

This is of course merely speculation on my part, but I assume it to be the case. To me it just seems more likely. Archeological findings certainly suggests that the neolithic era man was far more advanced than we generally give him credit for.

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The Phoenix Dies, and Then is Born Again

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“Even thus by the great sages ’tis confessed
The phoenix dies, and then is born again,
When it approaches its five-hundredth year” –Dante

The mythological creature, the Phoenix, rises gloriously from its ashes after its death. Throughout the ages it has often been associated with the sun, and symbolizes renewal and resurrection; and is a wonderful representation of the concept of reincarnation.

It is also an apt metaphor for civilization, or indeed a people. When a society is in decline it builds up its own funeral pyre, rests on top of it, is disintegrated in the fire and is reduced to a pile of ashes; but from these ashes rises another civilization in its place, more overwhelming in its splendor than anything seen before by man.

Out of the ashes of a decadent, corrupt and nihilistic age will rise a better, more resilliant and stronger age. Alas, the decline is inevitable, but only temporary.

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