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An Ode to the Survivors.

In an age of nihilism and apathy, the last thing anyone wants to do is know anything for certain or believe something with conviction. Citizens, like politicians, though amateur and certainly not ambitious, look to polls for the strength to hold opinions concerning matters they do not care about and do not understand. Driven by inexplicable fear and insecurity regarding their worth as individuals and their value to society at large, they are quick to embrace any sentiment that makes existence itself worthy and merely being a citizen valuable. Modern Man does not seek to know, to understand, or to stand for anything. Instead, he seeks to fit in, to hold popular opinions, to ruffle no feathers and cause no ripples in the waters of life around them.

Our rhetoric and demagoguery have been conquered be the least of our known common denominators. Like lambs lead to slaughter, the American excepts her fate without hope or expectation; instead wrapping herself in the warm embrace of the shark-like gaze and admiration of her fellow man.  He praises what is clever and cringes at what is true. She embraces the comic and the jester as the masters of her mind and scoffs at the wise and experienced minds and their cool bloodless realism.

Those individuals that are left, living and breathing as thinking, rational human beings, are treated as the least of Gods’ Children, bereft of social conscience in a world clearly intended to be governed, not by facts, but by casual collective emotions. Self-reliance, independence of thought, and self-respect are now considered to be acts of egregious arrogance. It is only in the final throes of nihilism that utilitarianism dies within a democracy. No longer is the common good accepted as objective. What is good? Good for whom? Who can possibly know such things? (Surely, the liberal democrats used to believe in the utilitarianism of a secure border and a defined citizenship. Now, they believe in nothing).

No, in the last moments of reason, before the peaks of irrational insanity, Man trots blind and forward like possessed pigs over a cliff, scattering Legion to the wind in wait for future civilizations to devour.

The cure to this insanity requires pride: pride in our self-reliance and liberty, our self-respect and our knowledge, and in our certainty that A equals A, and no politician or poll, nor any test-group can alter the least significant electron in the reality of our existence. If you can keep your pride and your certainty, your love of reason, liberty, and knowledge, then there is nothing that this collective, this emptiness, this golden calf of consolidated and corporate lethargy, can do to you. You cannot be convinced by irrationality or indifference. Reality exists. It exists according to knowable laws discovered through reason, logic, and the efforts of your own mind.

For now, take comfort in your own convictions and knowledge and in those who see the world as it is and not as they simply wish it to be. For us, this is an age we all hope we will regret as an embarrassment in history, as opposed to a reality that will rule us for generations to come. There are two kinds of men capable of dealing with a nihilistic world. There is Hitler and there is Einstein. There is madness and there is reason. There is Obama and there is all of us; all that is left of an America fueled by ambition, self-reliance, and reason.

 

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “An Ode to the Survivors.”

  1. Arlon says:

    The problem is very widespread, but worse where you might expect, in large metropolitan areas. Although cities have many advantages, when they get too large characteristic problems develop.

  2. Characteristic problems, such as?

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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