One of the great challenges of our time, especially for men of European descent, is being able to handle the impending decline of the Western world. I used the word Kali Yuga to describe this period we are living in, because I believe, like the Hindus (and before them the Indo-Europeans) that history moves in cycles, where Kali Yuga represent the end of the highest period in the natural cycles of birth, life and death of civilizations.
The reason that most empires in time will experience an inevitable decline or a total disintegration is best described by Oswald Spengler in “the decline of the west”. To understand why his theories about the rise and fall of civilizations is more important to us now than ever before, I would like to promote a recent article by the scholar Ricardo Duchesne on Counter Currents “There Is Nothing the alt-right Can Do about the Effeminacy of White Men”.
This article is not about why, but how, to handle the coming and current distasters.
But the subject of this article is not about why the west is falling, but about how to handle it. I write about this now because I find this to be one of the biggest challenges in my life right now. Another big challenge for me in recent years, have been to handle the mental strains of post-traumatic stress, anxiety and various life-threatening health-conditions. The most valuable concept for me to handle all of this have been mindfulness, and in this I include various forms of meditations from zazen to hatha-yoga and just simple consciousness breathing, I have even studied deep Christian meditation.
I was at first reluctant to use the term mindfulness, since it have become a modern buzzword marketed to middle-age women who wish to try, what they perceive to be, some exotic method for handling their menopause. But mindful living is a philosophy that has been at the center of some of the most respected warriors, spiritual teachers and even emperors, to handle some of the greatest challenges a man can face. From Siddhartha Gautama who was a Kshatrya (the Indo-European warrior caste), to one of the greatest roman emperors Marcus Aurelius (who wrote meditations), to the Catholic monk and highly influential spiritual teacher Meister Eckhart.
Mindful living has been at the center in the lives of European and Western warriors and thinkers through most of our known history.
Mindfulness is a vast concept in and of itself, and can be viewed through the lenses of various traditions, or even from an atheist perspective. But I would argue that acceptance is a Key concept no matter from what angle you wish to view this. The concept of acceptance is best summoned up in the following words by Epictetus:
”Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us. Our opinions are up to us, and our impulses, desires, aversions—in short, whatever is our own doing. Our bodies are not up to us, nor are our possessions, our reputations, or our public offices, or, that is, whatever is not our own doing.”
Or in the Christian serenity prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Or if you prefer from the buddhist scholar Shantideva:
If there’s a remedy when trouble strikes,
What reason is there for dejection?
And if there is no help for it,
What use is there in being glum?
Acceptance in this context is not about giving up or being passive, its about seeing reality as it is and to act upon it with calm and focus. Ruminating on what you perceive is bad doesn’t change anything, this is especially true for such an enormous cataclysm like the decline of the west. No Facebook posts, no tweet or Instagram-post is going to stop the borders from falling while our rulers are more concerned about building bathrooms for trannies. Like the verse says “emperor Nero is playing violin while Rome is burning”.
Being present is not an excuse to act like an idiot.
Mindfulness is about being present and to act in the now. Also these words have been misinterpreted by modern pundits and self-help gurus to promote hedonism; have a beer, smoke cigarettes, screw around, why worry about tomorrow? Being present is not an excuse for acting like an idiot, you can still choose (and you should) to act in a way that will be beneficial for you, your family and your tribe in the long term. But when you have taken the necessary precautions in the present, there are no reason to ruminate about awful things that happened in the past, or to ruminate about potential future dangers. Learn from the past, plan for the future – live and act now!
When the Buddha states in the first of the four noble truths that “life is suffering”, it is not a statement of pessimism or defeatism, it is a precursor to the statement that “there is an end to suffering” which solution according to the Buddha is the eight-fold path, which I wont go into here. But one of the first and most important steps you can take to relieve yourself of unnecessary suffering which is mostly psychological pain, is to accept that pain is an unavoidable part of life. When you accept this there is no need to ad additional pain to this by ruminating on how “unfair” the world is to you.
We didn’t perish then and we wont perish now.
This is also true on a larger scale for your tribe, nation and the whole Western world. What we are experiencing now is nothing new, from ancient India to ancient Greece and the Roman empire, our civilizations have disintegrated from within many times before, this time its just happening on a larger scale, in a high-tech society and arguably in a faster pace than ever before, but none the less, I believe there is some small comfort to know that our ancestors have experienced similar circumstances in the past, and to know that we didn’t perish then, and I believe we wont perish now either. If we stay strong, stay present and can act with clear focused minds.
The best tool to become more mindful is meditation. For most people this word bring their minds to the far East, but the word meditation is a Greek word, that simply means to and reflect upon something “I will meditate on this”. And as I have described in this article meditation have been a well used tool in mindful living in our peoples history for thousands of years, this is not a foreign concept or a modern trend.
Different types of meditation and recommended litterature.
My preferred type of meditation is zazen from the Zen Buddhist tradition. Zazen just means “to sit” and has a lot of focus on posture, breathing, and you meditate with your eyes open. If you are a Christian; most churches at least here in Sweden and in Italy (these are the countries I have been living in mostly), offer free courses in deep-meditation. For atheists or agnostics there is TM (Transcendental Meditation) which is the most scientifically based form of meditation and completely free from religious and spiritual influences. But whatever you do make sure that you get proper guidance in your efforts, there are a lot of fakes out there, anyone who promises quick results or magic abilities is probably a phony.
I would also like to recommend following books on the subject: The power of now by Eckhart Tolle is a great gateway drug so to speak. Three pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau, From who God hid nothing by Meister Eckhart, Where ever you go there you are by Jon Kabat-zin, just to name a few.
However we choose to deal with the current perils of our time, we should lead by example and I believe that a calm and focused approach is the most important foundation for your action no matter what path you will take, mindfulness can take you there.