“Do you remember when word was bond, a fleeting promise in the light of the dawn.
Barren December under a falling sky, the end of days and a reason to die.”
While to some those are just the intro lyrics to Lamb of God’s ‘Ghost Walking’, to me it is a legitimate question…
Enter the mind of the wolf.
Maybe it’s the old soul in me, the inner romantic wishing he was born in simpler times, but I truly do romanticise about the old school honour and power of giving ‘your word’.
One day a ‘promise’ is motivational, the next it is a burden you can discard without consequence.
TL;DR – First in my ‘Disdain For Plebs’ Rant series. This is my disdain for the current world. We live with weak words, masked in ‘sincerity’ with no weight and power. Word is no longer bond. No one stands for anything. Our generation lacks serious backbone. Simulation(s) rule our safe little lives as tradition is frowned upon and ostracised from society.
Word is Bond
This day and age everyone is asking ‘Who am I?’
We travel the world to ‘find ourselves’. Go to university to ‘open our minds’. The plethora of self- discovery resources personify this issue we face.
It used to be simple.
It used to be who you are is your word, what you stand for and anything you choose to be.
What has happened?
One thing I personally believe that has corrupted this time honoured tradition (Your word being bond) is sincerity.
Sincerity is not authentic.
Sincerity is meaning well but not ‘doing well’. Everyone is sincere to look good, to look as if they care about your sorry ass.
Let’s face it, it is good to look ‘well meaning’ and sincere but truthfully sincerity is the attempt to be authentic without actually being authentic.
To show you how ‘well meaning’ your sincerity is picture this. Lawyers end their letters and emails with ‘Sincerely’, what more evidence do you need to see through this veil. (Nothing personal all you Law students LOL).
I hypothesise this lack of power with our word could also be due to our ‘lives’ being ruled by simulations. We have become so safe, so insulated and detached from reality that simulations rule our lives. NIEN! Our ‘practice lives’.
Doing your #dailycardio on a treadmill is not better than running on a trail, and a digital explosion on the big screen is not as satisfying as the roar of an actual bonfire. Porn is not better than sex. Fighting in a video game is nothing compared to the adrenaline rush of an actual fight. This world of simulations and replacements may be ‘safer’ but I ask you is it ‘better’?
When we have become conditioned to everything being a simulation, a trial, not ‘the real deal’ then it is no surprise that we don’t think there are consequences for breaking our word. The words we speak aren’t even real half the time are they?
Tradition & Tribe
Humans are tribal creatures. From the dawn of time we associate and align ourselves in ‘groups’ or ‘tribes’. There is always an ‘us vs them’ factor when any tribe comes in contact with another. This is human nature and as much as globalism is forced down our throats this will not change.
“Archeofuturism, first introduced by Guillaume Faye, argues that while we can’t go back to the ‘way it was’ from where we are, we also can’t keep pretending human nature can be erased by signing a law or resolution or by ‘educating’ people to become whatever we want them to become.” – Jack Donovan ‘A Sky Without Eagles’
Many of our ancestors practiced human sacrifice to appease their Gods. I think we can all agree that we don’t need to start tearing out hearts to satisfy the Sun however I believe tradition and honouring your tribe should play a role in your life.
I have a great respect for all tribes and cultures. Call it an old world romanticism when it comes to respecting tradition.
Anyone who stands for their beliefs and their life gains a huge amount of respect from me. I may disagree with you and your actions, just as you may condemn my crazy ass ideas, however I respect the pride and fortitude you have to take a stand.
I encourage you to live by your word and to stand for something (insert cheesy cliché quote “…Or fall for anything” xD)
Take a Stand
“It has to start somewhere, it has to start somehow. What better place than here, what better time than now?!” – Rage Against the Machine (Guerrilla Radio)
Too few people have a spine these days. There is a serious lack of gravitas. No one stands for anything. It is almost socially unacceptable these days to take a stand, to oppose or offend someone. Ego-inflating rhetoric is everywhere. At work, at school, and around town, people expect everyone to tell them how special and talented they are. You are all special snowflakes and no one should dare to step on your toes!
If you have the GRAVITAS to put a stake in the ground and stand for something kudos to you.
Some say Passivism is the willingness to let others die to the world’s thugs. I tend to agree.
Some may idolise Passivism and Mahatma Ghandi’s teachings. Do they remember what his solution for WWII was? For the Jews to walk willing to their deaths to garner the sympathy of their assailants – the Nazi’s – who would then see their wrongdoing? (Now I am paraphrasing but you get the point)… GREAT SOLUTION BRAH!
Along the same lines I have been making a conscious effort in my life to not be a ‘quitter’. Granted I am human and have quit on many things in the past. Recently though for better or worse I seem to be the kind of person who holds onto something until it bleeds, and then some.
I invite you, take the stand with me, we’ll start with not quitting on our word.
Children quit the game when it gets too hard, or it is ‘unfair’. They quit and go play in a different sand pit, but are they happier in the new playground? No. The same issues that were there in the first game carry with them to the next.
We see this all the time with ‘modern relationships’. People quit when it suits them. When it is ‘too hard’. No one fights. No one takes a stand to resolve issues.
I get it, it’s easy to quit. That doesn’t stop it from being the coward’s way out. Instant gratification yet again, better go grab those two minute noodles.
I get it. Standing for something is uncomfortable. It doesn’t ‘look good’, it puts you in the line of fire. It requires you to have conviction in the first place.
Taking a stand will divide you from people *Gasp*, you can’t be a people pleaser anymore.
It will be hard, you will be tested. Personally I believe anything worth doing will test you. Through adversary there is redemption. For some reason I always seem to give myself the hard path, inner masochist coming out to play again.
If you stand by your convictions you may be crucified, after all “Convictions create convicts” – Robert Anton Wilson, but at least you’ll have my respect (that’s gotta count for something right?)
Those of you still reading do you feel that desire in your breast? Is there something you are willing to die for? If not ask yourself if you are living in the first place…
*Insert generic motivation speech here*
So fellow wolves,
Here is my declaration
Will you accept this call to arms?
Take a stand, draw a line in the sand, beat your chest!
And as Achilles bellows, ask the world
“IS THERE NO ONE ELSE?!”