To Revive a Phoenix

PhoenixRisingby Glenn Fairman  9/25/14
As mankind continues to relentlessly explore those uncharted regions of his Labyrinth of Horrors, have we any inkling of what we have bartered for his final tumultuous Main Event? We, who have grown anesthetized to the anthropomorphic-spawned tremors of the world, would marvel at the vertigo our culture would now induce in men who breathed air a scant century hence. Oh, the machines we have set into motion and the devils we have unleashed on an unsuspecting Universe! And while tethering one’s soul to a meteorite entitles one to a dizzying panorama of burning horizons, such vistas accompany the fleeting perspectives of itinerancy; and with these, a shabby vagabond morality reserved for those whose only loyal companions are an insatiable taste for the vulgar and the gnawing passion to bring to fruition that sterile El Dorado – that utopian hallucination that refuses to take form and vanishes like a ghost in the millisecond between sleep and wakefulness.

Contemporary Man’s self-engineered blessing has boomeranged into a seven-fold curse, stripping him of whatever dignity he had retained following his emergence from the acid baths of the Enlightenment and the slums of Post-American PhoenixModernity. Having been relentlessly harangued by our “betters” that the metaphysics our fathers girded their lives with were no more than fables shrewdly applied for our control, Modernity’s melancholia for a now vacant heaven was replaced in due time with a procession of ambitions and appetites more worthy of the self-creating palate. As man’s obsession for philosophic mastery over the Sphinx-like confidences of the Universe lay flayed open into discreet parts – its resulting wreckage utterly mute to the question of human purpose, Deconstruction’s shallow and cynical reduction of truth to a “will to power” would accept no authoritative verdict but its own acrid solipsism. Indeed, any humanist creed is by nature reflexively antagonistic whenever the subject of an intended destination for Homo sapiens is even casually entertained. The long knives of the Intellectual class are ruthlessly flashed when the slightest aromatic whiff of otherworldliness enters their exacting nostrils.

Perhaps it was foretold by some intoxicated philosopher-prophet that when a civilization’s gods and heroes come crashing down and the leadened skies no longer answer, liberation would be the sole avenue remaining for Homo sapiens in crisis. Many would hold that man is inherently an amiable savage and that lifting his restrictions allows that natural gregariousness to flourish; and that he is only made dour and spiteful by mal-education or the corrupt social chains that
twist him into a surly cur. Nevertheless, such experimentation has been occurring for thousands of human cycles and we have all witnessed with our own two eyes what occurs when the young are given a pass in their civilizing. Raw purposeless freedom unchecked in both dogs and men produces a commodity that ill-serves others and themselves. The anarchy within our members screams out to be directed and tamed to a good end, and so indiscriminate freedom must be tempered by liberty: a sphere of action where rights and duties combine with a moral and civic education to produce virtues which are considered to be classically American in their temperament.

When crafting constitutions and compacts, it is imperative that founders of cities understand the warp and weft of those people who will live under the tutelage of their laws. If men were gods, legislation would be unnecessary; and if they were declineofusadevils, then they must be ruled by necessity with a rod of iron. Since we possess a middling nature that aspires to virtue but retains its feet of clay, then Americans – a historically stiff-necked roguish sort who set their roots down in the fecund soil of self-sufficiency and who seem culturally pre-disposed to affirming a god of nature or nature’s god, must be governed with a delicate balance of liberty and order. In fact, such a balancing act would seem to be the very hub of our genius. A healthy skepticism for amassed governmental power, rugged individualism, a near-congenital hatred of tyranny, longsuffering courage, a wary egalitarianism and a grass-roots humility have been the most attractive features of our national character. And if we are failing as a people, then it is because we have abandoned our first love: the civic religion of our founding – and consequently, those virtues that walk in unison.

Having become a post-constitutional people because our intellectual grandees have rejected the endowment of our first principles has led to the downfall of our American character. By offering “strange fire” on our civic altars in the forms of Marxism, Hegelianism, and every other misbegotten strain of individual and egalitarian dogma foreign to our heritage, these dwarves have bestowed a Judas Kiss betraying the idea of America. If only they had looked with our fathers’ eyes, would they not have reflected upon the Aristotelian circularity encompassing the American regime? In truth, the best legislation proceeds from enlightened men cultivating a system of laws consistent with nature and proffered with a view towards moral and civic uplift: the veritable good regime reclaimed from antiquity. Moreover, wise and prudent governance so habituates each generation to cherish those laws that promote civic friendship. And so the wheel spins: good men, good laws; good laws, good men.

Conversely, when we stray from our constitutional patrimony by adopting alien political forms (such as group rights and the de facto destruction of citizenship’s obligations) and cleave to their moribund precepts of “compassionate” decay, we begin that uncontrolled downward tango of degeneracy — the polis unraveling. Even now, we are backsliding into irrelevance because we have abandoned the first principles that helped shape a once thriving people. In the shadow of today’s monstrous tyrannies that conspire to vanquish liberty’s last best hope on earth, who among us will stand heroic? Which man will risk all to revive a Phoenix?

Which each passing season we drift further from our Constitution’s anchorage and into the parched Horse Latitudes of our discontent. Under the watch of effeminates whose commanding meme is mocking passive-aggression, America has been reduced to the shadow of a toothless rambling King Lear whose greatest days lay behind in half forgotten odes. Yet, the means of our redemption is at our fall of romefingertips if we can rekindle a true reverence for our founder’s vision of personal and public virtue against the backdrop of a much minimized state. This salvation, however, will only occur with a generational re-awakening — where civic piety and the customary facets of the enlightened American character are both taught and modeled. But first, such a quest entails wresting control of a decrepit educational system from the clutches of crass global indoctrinators and self-interested mediocrities who have been charged with churning out compliant lotus eaters for their Master’s bidding.

In case you haven’t realized it by now, our families and schools are the battlegrounds where the future of the United States will be decided. Unless a great sea change occurs where the hearts of the children are turned to their fathers and the latter repent of their own moral and civic lethargy, there will be no Founding to return home to – only puzzling words on an arcane parchment in a glass case sepulcher. We must make it our business to resurrect those ideas that speak to a clear and noble purpose; one that citizens once reckoned themselves duty-bound to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors in service to.

Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca.
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13 Responses to To Revive a Phoenix

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    The need for some sort of transcendant philosophy, combined with the christophobia of modern culture, has led to the popularity of Asian philosophies — unfortunately including Islam fundamentalism.

    As for the schools, the best answer (unfortunately probably unattainable) would be to get rid of public schools entirely. But there would have to be some sort of coverage of the expense of private education, and no doubt the Comprachicos (as Ayn Rand once called those who destroy the minds of the future) would use that as the wedge to force private and sectarian education to be as bad as public (as they already try their best to do with charter schools).

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The need for some sort of transcendant philosophy, combined with the christophobia of modern culture, has led to the popularity of Asian philosophies — unfortunately including Islam fundamentalism.

      I was watching a video from a link in Enza’s article yesterday and some black guy on the streets of London was shown converting to Islam. And this guy did not look to be the cream of homo sapiens.

      Mark Steyn predicted this. He asserts that the multi-culti identity that is the de facto state religion of Europe is such a weak one that it can’t complete with strong ones such as Islam.

      Face it, for better or for worse, we need a sense of purpose. We need to be able to picture a place for ourselves in the scheme of things. The Left does not offer this. Islam does. Christianity used to, but so much of it, in practice, is indistinguishable from Leftism.

      Paulbotism isn’t the way to go. And as much as we might feel smug and superior by being amongst the “reason”-loving secular crowd, that crowd, in practice (remember, rhetoric is cheap, what people actually are doing is what matters) — again, according to Mark Steyn — doesn’t believe enough in its way of life to even reproduce.

      So we have this situation where some form of “Mohammed” is the most popular name for a boy in all of England. “Nice” will lose out to committed each and every time. And all the West has going for it is this weak and vapid “nice.”

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Remember that the “American Taliban” was the son of liberal parents from California (I think Marin County, where — as the Almanac of American Politics once put it — affluent liberal women in cashmere sweaters go to the store barefoot to show solidarity for the poor) who looked for something to believe in and found it in fundamentalist Islam.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I think it was on Michael Medved’s show yesterday (he was talking to a guest, I think) where it was noted how, before now, Jihadists had been gleaned from those who had some direct contact with the Jihadists and perhaps direct contact with some war-like situation on the ground. If someone is threatening your family, you might not be fussy who you are joining to oppose them. Etc.

          But Medved was talking about this new scourge of “social media” Jihad, where people who have never faced hardship (nor have they come in direct contact with Jihadists) suddenly sign up, travel to Turkey, cross the border, and join their “band of brothers.” They may be chopping off heads the next day.

          Part of this phenomenon can surely be understood as the product of several things. I will posit several of those things (feel free to add to them), including:

          + Black grievance — blacks have been taught to despise their country, and its Christian heritage. Many are thus attracted to Islam which reflects and supports the anti-Western attitudes so predominant today.

          + The belittling, undermining, and emasculating of the male. We need to start understanding that the kind of “gender equity” that this lunatic culture is trying to perfect has consequences. I suspect that Paulbotism is a reaction, to some degree, to the marginalization of the male as well.

          + Such identities as potentially exist (such as a strong Christian identity) have generally been watered down into this nicey-nice mush, present companying in and around StubbornThings notwithstanding.

          I certainly have no desire to join the fruity, vapid, “nicey-nice” multi-culti identify of the Left. But nor as a reactionary (as all conservatives are said to be) am I willing to join the nutty ideology of libertarians or the perverted and violent ideology of Islam. But note that both do provide a fairly succinct and strong identity, particularly for males.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            I’ve mentioned before that one article divided ISIS supporters into 3 groups, one of which (the Western volunteers) it referred to as “psychopaths”. I think this is probably at least part of the answer, particularly when one considers the incredible brutality of the volunteers. But a desire for “fun” and excitement, liberal-inducted hatred of the West, a need for a Cause, and the desire to prove their masculinity probably all contribute.

  2. GHG says:

    Great work Glenn – relevant and poignant. Will that heretofore unknown and seemingly unattainable sea change ever happen?

    As we learned from the Scopes Monkey trial almost a century ago – he who has the megaphone casts the dye of public opinion. And we know who has the megaphone … and it ain’t the good guys.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      And this is why liberals are so determined to destroy Rush Limbaugh and Fox News — the biggest megaphones they don’t control.

  3. James Smith says:

    In spite of the nausea I have been forced to take a hard look at the leading “behind” and I now realize that even through all the hopey changey rhetoric, the fact is, that individual, (I hesitate to call him a man) has no hope. At least not any real hope.
    We may not be well acquainted with that person but we can see the fruit he is producing and it tells us all we need to know. There is no evidence that he was “born from above” and he therefore does not know our hope who is Christ himself who is in us and is our real hope even our hope of glory. I guess my thinking is a little convoluted but all of this brings me to ask a great question. How are we Christians, in this life, to become fit to dwell in the presence of the Lord of Glory within the holiest place in the heavenly tabernacle?
    As regards the present situation with public schools I have done what I can at this time and put my own children in a private Christian school. I do not know what else we can do to stop the secular steamroller that public education has become.

  4. As a life long Christian, I’ve struggled to understand scriptures dealing with prophecy detailing the Second Coming. Reason would seem to imply that current events are merely the unfolding of said omens. As a modern IT professional, I harbor questions though. Can I stand idly by while such evil triumphs? Am I literal fulfillment of a good man doing nothing?

    Also, as a Christian, I know that practicing meekness would naturally engender opposition from those not attuned to that characteristics’ divine power. Self-aggrandizing individuals would naturally step into the breach only dimly perceived by them as they exercised their petty visions of an ‘improved’ educational system.

    As a parent of three grown children, I have wrestled with some well-meaning teachers and school administrators, but have come away from such experiences with a troubled heart. Not only were my opinions unwelcome, they were treated as the impressions of a an ‘old-fashioned’ mind. Even though these were my children, it was said that perhaps I didn’t have a ‘balanced’ perspective. The inference was, of course, that as a parent I couldn’t possible be as balanced as they were.

    So, even as we speak out, we are dismissed by those deemed ‘more intelligent than they all’ – at least in their own circles.

    What to do.

    We talk amongst ourselves, go to civic meetings, call and write our politicians, create a blog, or perhaps start a local think tank.

    Is that heroic? Perhaps not in the traditional sense of the word.

    I am mindful of that situation in the Old Testament, when Judah faced the horde of Sennacherib’s Assyrian army. In the face of certain annihilation the tide was turned at the last moment. Perhaps, indeed, it might also be true that those that be with us in this situation are more than be with them.

    Can it be so simple that we need only to continue the calm, deliberate march in our own unique way. At least, as long as we DO march – we do speak out, we do something – anything – that will help improve the situation.

    Perhaps that is heroic enough. Just a thought.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Well, I would hate to have to rely on Yahweh punishing the enemy about to destroy as he did Sennacherib. (Incidentally, if you page down in the poetry listings far enough, one of them is Byron’s “The Destruction of Sennacherib”.) And Hezekiah’s Judah paid a heavy price; Jerusalem was probably the only important town left. Nor is the Crimson King the sort of godly man that Hezekiah was, and I wouldn’t bet on his replacement being much better in that respect.

    • Glenn Fairman says:

      You have answered your own query, sir. By doing nothing, you assure that you will never move falsely, or courageously.

  5. Glenn Fairman says:

    This piece was picked up by Intellectual Conservative. And Brad, they kept our communal by-line at the bottom—which I like.

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