Serenades of opposition

We live in an age of untruths. Far too often, we bite our tongues instead of speaking our minds. We have been trained to do so from early youth. There are certain things you can say aloud to anyone, certain things you can say only in confidence with close friends and family, and certain things you must forever carry alone in your own mind. The most well-adapted man to the modern age knows these boundaries well. He knows what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. For this, people think of him as clever, insightful, and witty.

Conversely, a man who does not follow these rules becomes a social pariah. His words become an albatross around his neck. If one is not careful about what he says and to who he says it to, he is branded with labels that forever stain his reputation in the eyes of others.

A man who gains this particular form of infamy is treated poorly by all. Every society has its own strain of ideology. When people group together, they need a protocol for understanding each other. History shows that if a society does not have an ideology from inception, it quickly acquires one. It is required for a sense of group identity. Without a shared ethos, a society crumbles into chaos.

Because of this, those who have the audacity to attack a society’s ideology are seen as the most vile kind of man. They become public enemy number one. Past societies had a multitude of names for this sort of man: heretic, blasphemer, infidel. These words have fallen out of fashion in modern society, but they are very much alive in their spiritual successors. They are needed more than ever.

As a consequence of diving deeper into the recent obsession with globalism and diversity, members of society continue to have less and less common with each other. The chaos this breeds requires a greater force to uphold it. You can see in action all around you today. Any time someone calls another out as a bigot, a chauvinist, or a extremist, it is an attempt to form social cohesion in this brave new world.

The basic concept remains the same today. It is no different than the shaming done in the past. If something goes against the grain of the lies that everyone else has agreed upon, it will be demonized. The primary difference is that you don’t need to kill, rape, or pillage to be considered a barbarian any more. In this form of modern insanity, words speak louder than actions.

The worst kind of punishment comes when the heretic speaks the truth. The weakest of ideas are rooted in lies. People do not castigate an insane man, they feel pity for him. A society is only compelled to utterly destroy a man when he threatens it with truth. Look at any two examples of virulent persecution in history and you will see one overriding commonality between them, they dare to say that the emperor had no clothes.

Persecution is not something that can only be viewed through the obscured lense of history. It is alive and well. It will only grow stronger the farther we dare to plunge further into the ideas that have made the modern world. Look around and you will see witches being burned at the stake. There is much to be learned from their heresy. In a world increasingly ruled by madness, those that we deem insane are the only ones who dare to speak the truth.


8 responses to “Serenades of opposition

  1. Voluntary suppression is the state of modern man. Society elevates those who reinforce what they already believe. They exalt those who will support their own feebleness. The people are conditioned to react in predetermined ways when they hear certain terms such as “extremist”, “bigot”, “racist” or “fascist” but do not seek any further than what they are told. Man contents himself with being satisfied with depravity and preconceived thoughts. He will simply repeat what is said to him and look no further. That which is unknown is dangerous. Those who resist this are slandered, demonized, castigated, chastised and excoriated. They are the ones who can see through the murkiness and the dark clouds. Light will always prevail over the darkness.

    • In a healthy society, this sort of groupthink might actually be useful. It would promote the good and just for those who do not have the will to determine such things independently.

      It is a dangerous tool though. When values that were once promoted as healthy have been turned on their head, nothing will destroy the worthwhile things in life faster.

      • Yes, absolutely agree. I think we tend to think that groupthink is entirely negative because it more often than not produces inactivity and mental dormancy and acts as a tool of societal destruction. Unfortunately, history has produced many examples of what happens to society when a people are not able to think for themselves. When in the case groupthink is fostered by the general populace for positive values and moral solidarity, it is a wonderful thing to behold.

  2. “The worst kind of punishment comes when the heretic speaks the truth. The weakest of ideas are rooted in lies. People do not castigate an insane man, they feel pity for him. A society is only compelled to utterly destroy a man when he threatens it with truth.”

    So true. By default because I was one who liked to stick with FACT, I have often been written off as a “know it all” or someone who was extremely “negative”. There is such a shadow on any person who speaks truth, in various forms. Its kind of crazy if you think about the enormity of what that means for society on the whole. Alternate realities are then created and propagated, leading farther and farther from the truth. Mind-boggling to reflect on…sad for the reality one who prefers truth is forced to endure.

    • The most commonly overlooked truths are the ones we don’t want to hear. It takes a certain kind of courage to accept an idea that is unsympathetic to you. Most people are cowards, especially in this regard.

      • Hey by the way…did you know that what you say above is very similar to a Dosteovsky quote. :) One of my favorites:

        There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.

        Fyodor Dostoevsky

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