Four Faiths

I’ve just run across a glum and deeply reactionary essay by Gregory Hood, written in November of 2014, on the spiritual exhaustion of the West, and the durable appeal of Islam. It examines four possible foundations for the future of our civilization: Christianity, paganism, techno-liberalism, and submission to Islam.

Some excerpts:

To most people, being a minority is alienating–even if no one is specifically insulting you, you recognize you exist at the sufferance of someone else. However, to many liberal Whites, this feeling comes as a relief. In a kind of parody of Christianity, powerlessness constitutes a certain moral authority because it removes the possibility that you can inadvertently oppress someone else…

…Lawrence Auster touched on a central reality of today’s Western Man in that dhimmitude is actually a pleasurable idea to many liberals because it would allow them to set down the burden of Whiteness. Christianity may have told Western Man that he was “born sick, and commanded to be well,” but it at least provided an answer in the grace of Jesus or the sacraments of the Church. In contrast, leftism tells Western Man that he is inherently sinful (or “privileged”) and that there is nothing he can do to escape from it except seek collective annihilation or submission.

On religion:

At the risk of sinking into mysticism, one explanation for religion is that it is a kind of “race consciousness” or evolutionary adaptation in its own right.

Almost certainly true, in my opinion; see my own old posts Is Secularism Maladaptive? and One God Further.

On Islam:

Islam is Nature’s solution. Like the Architect from The Matrix Reloaded, it is Nature’s way of saying that “There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept.” It is stultifying, depressing, and tyrannical. It is an enemy of real culture, with the most militant variations smashing the tombs and shrines not only of other religious traditions, but of their own. Modern Wahhabism is funded by Western decadence, enabled by Western weakness, in many ways a product of Western postmodernism and self-hatred.

And lest what I say be misunderstood, it is obviously, laughably, and comically false. It is sustained by the protective cordon it has created around criticism. Yet believing that a pedophiliac illiterate transcribed the literal word of God still makes more sense than believing all men are created equal. Islam’s refusal to allow critical analysis of itself is a sign of strength, not weakness.

More importantly, there is already a sense among both Western progressives and conservatives that Islam is the future for European civilization.

The essay concludes on this grim note:

We fight in defiance of this future. Yet we must remember the desperation of our situation to lend strength to our arms and urgency to our actions.

Read the whole thing here.

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4 Comments

  1. Kevin Kim says

    Very interesting, but I find it hard to agree with this particular line of thinking:

    “Modern Wahhabism is funded by Western decadence, enabled by Western weakness, in many ways a product of Western postmodernism and self-hatred.”

    This sounds uncomfortably close to Jean Baudrillard’s blaming of the West for 9/11. True: Baudrillard’s argument was more rooted in putative Western oppression and aggression, but either way, it’s Let’s blame the West for the West’s misfortunes. What’s left out of this picture, whether we’re talking about Jean Baudrillard or Gregory Hood, is that those who work for our destruction actually have wills of their own and make free choices of their own, thus making them morally responsible for their own actions.

    Posted March 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Yes, that’s a fair point, Kevin, with which I agree.

    What is relevant, rather, is the extent to which Western decadence, postmodernism and self-hatred have laid us bare to the encroachments and predations of Islam.

    Posted March 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Whitewall says

    “What is relevant, rather, is the extent to which Western decadence, postmodernism and self-hatred have laid us bare to the encroachments and predations of Islam.” With this in mind, it is interesting how someone like Donald Trump can come along and with a few well placed words here and there about Islam, overturn all the PC narratives. The resulting furor is akin to a declaration of war against “wrongspeak”. Makes me think the Lefty narratives aren’t really that strong after all. We accept the impression they are strong because of the violent noise they make at the least sign of violation.

    Posted March 25, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink
  4. We accept the impression they are strong because of the violent noise they make at the least sign of violation.

    Robert:

    In film “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, based on the novel by John le Carré, the principal character, George Smiley, has a wonderful insight about his archenemy, the Soviet spy Karla:

    Peter Guillam: [on Karla] He went back to die, rather than give in.

    George Smiley: And that’s how I know he can be beaten. Because he’s a fanatic. And the fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt.

    Posted March 25, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink