In defense of posing.

When people think of posing they usually think of people trying to present themselves in an inauthentic way, but there are other meanings to the word, like posing for a painting,  or pose to present a message, status or something else. 

Fake posing and true posing. 

When I see some scrawny dude trying to flex his non-existing muscles in front of the mirror in the gym, I think of a poser in a bad way, he is trying to take credit for something he doesn’t yet have. When I see a dude that is really jacked wearing a revealing shirt to show of his hard-earned gains, I think good for you man! The same with a successful businessman wearing an obviously expensive but classical suit that emanates power and accomplishment. But If I see some street-thug with a fake Rolex I immediately think of a fake poser. Of course there are also a difference between posing at the right time and in the right way or being over the top. 

Isn’t posing just a signal of vanity?

Sure a poser could be a very vain and pretentious person, but a poser could also be humble and very self-aware of himself. But also, there is nothing wrong with some vanity, If it doesn’t cloud your judgement or make you into a complete douche. Shouldn’t someone who wins an academic award be able to take some pride in the official recognition for his work? 

Are there no psychological justification or benefits for a doctor to nail his diploma to the Wall of his office? Or for a fighter to wear the belt he won in combat? How about a war-veteran wearing his medals? Then why shouldn’t a beautiful woman show of her beauty? (not by dressing as a prostitute, but in a classy way), or a guy that is jacked to show of the results that also is a obvious display of discipline, dedication and hard work.

The purpose of posing in nature and among humans. 

Most people know about the term peacocking, peacocks flaunt their feathers to attract the opposite sex, now unfortunately the term is also used by various ridiculous pick-up artists. Hundreds of different species also have physical characteristics that they use to intimidate enemies of other species and rivals among their own. The Tao Te Ching advices against showing of your wealth and your skills because it inflates the ego and can attract enemies, and that is perfectly reasonable If your goal is to be a Taoistic monk or try to influence the world behind the curtains. 

But what If you do wish to attract the best looking female? What If you want to lead and inspire other men? Are you going to do that without showing of what you’re made of? Or by hiding behind simple garms? Warriors, priests, Kings and traders of all times have understood the value of presenting themselves in the best possible way to show of their abilities , to convey a message and to represent their tribe or organization in the most attractive way. 

Glorious posers and their jealous critics. 

Whenever I watch a video on YouTube where a jacked dude show of his gains in the context of training or some other related subject, I know there will be comments from jealous detractors accusing him of being gay, juiced up or just fake. But If the commenters really felt superior to the guy in the video they wouldn’t bother to watch the video or take the time to leave a comment. To me its obvious that these guys (mostly guys) are jealous and are trying to shame this person into lowering himself to their level. 

Accusing every guy that is a little more jacked than you for being on steroids, just show that you can’t comprehend how its possible to build a great physique with the right knowledge and hard work. And most people know intuitively that men who accuses everyone for being gay are usually projecting. 

Women using their looks to gain attention. 

Recently I have also seen some discussion on the internet about how good-looking, mostly conservative women, are using their looks to gain followers on their channels. Personally I don’t watch videos from these women because I don’t find their message very interesting, but to me its obvious that the guys spewing hatred against beautiful women on YouTube are just frustrated because they know that they will never get the chance to sleep with them. 

Men who are confident and good with women appreciate to see them show of their beauty, because they know that women of this level are within their reach. Women have always used their looks to find the best mate and advance their interests, that is just nature, don’t be mad about it, just be aware of it for what it is. But again there is a difference between a woman showing her beauty in a classy way or an obvious whore spreading her tits all over the Web, stay away from them like the plague. 

Conclusion. 

If you have something to offer the world ,your community or your tribe, don’t be hesitant to show it, and there isn’t anything wrong with taking some healthy pride in it If you can back it up. Posing is a great tool to inspire others, to show of your skills, intimidate enemies and attract people of good quality. If you can walk the walk you can talk the talk!

Annonser

Review: Justice League a mirror-view of modernity 

Despite all the negative reviews I still had some hopes of this being at least an entertaining movie. I was surprised to like Ben Afflecks portrayal of Batman in BvS, Wonderwoman was kind of ridiculous but quite harmless, and I have always liked Jason Momoa (especially in Game Of Thrones). So I knew that there would be some likeable characters in this film and with its giant budget I didn’t think it could end up as a total disaster, boy was I wrong. Except for the already mentioned characters given their worst performance yet, the other characters, the super smart black robot-guy, the Asian kid as the flimsy and cowardly Flash (did I forget anyone?) all these acted so bad that for a second I thought I was watching the Disney-channel. 
Then for the “bad-guy” by the ridiculous name Steppenwolf was like watching a mix of Gargamel and the mafia boss in The Mask. I understand these movies are based on cartoons, but this character was so cartoonish it felt like I was watching something out of Scooby doo. The plot was a sort of cheap derivative from The Lord Of The Rings (which many others have pointed out) but without the epicness and with an extremely forced script. The story is so flat and simplified that you could skip an hour in the middle of the film and it wouldn’t matter, you could still get the plot. Of course there is also the part of Superman, but there isn’t much to say about it, his storyline serves as a short intro that start of with the memory of his death, and his resurrection in the end that finishes the movie of, there is no depth or deeper meaning to his character or his role in the story. 

The whole film serves as a modern myth that rips of most of its ideas from much older stories but without the deeper meaning and depth (just like most popular culture). Its modern in every meaning of the word and not in a good way. The multicultural cast without substance or any chemistry between the characters. A giant budget used to create some stunning visual effects, that still falls flat because of the lacking script. Neither the story or the acting makes you care about the different characters or what happens to them. Everyone are dressed up in their best-looking suits, they deliver some funny one-liners (like the whole film is a long string of commercials for another Film) and everyone just seems totally disengaged, there is not one single line in the whole film delivered with conviction, maybe even the actors felt deep down that this whole show was a big commercial scam .

I hope the makers of this film learned some lessons from the reception of this movie, most importantly that its not enough with a bunch of famous actors, cool special effects and relying on nostalgia of known movie-characters. Learn from great superhero-movies like Nolans The Dark Knight-trilogy, The watchmen and The Hulk. Movies with character-development, enemies with complex motives, and innovative stories that makes you engaged in the plot and care about how the story develops. 

The Walking Dead – a traditionalist view!

This show started of as a good psychological horror and a great thought-experiment, and it ended with Left-wing propaganda and bad writing. What would happen If civilization was wiped out and the world was overrun by zombies? In the first seasons you could relate to many of the characters and understand the tensions between them. 

Life in these newly formed tribes started to resemble life before the modern civilization, the women took care of the children, laundry and so on, while the men guarded the tribe and went hunting. There where racial tensions with people like Merle that wasnt a complete douche, and killing of both the living and the undead became a natural necessity in daily life to survive. 

Of course some episodes were unrealistic, but hey its a show about zombies, but If you suspended your beliefs enough you could still find some value in the psychological progressions of the characters. But as the show went along somewhere after the third season, the characters started to act so irrationally and the action started to resemble bad action-movies from the 90s, it became to unrealistic even for a fantasy show to enjoy. 

Most of this was connected to the political message they so obviously were trying to push, the old fragile woman became super-granny that could take out whole enemy villages by herself, every couple had to be mixed, it started with a good-looking white woman choosing a feeble asian guy that is the weakest of the group, and we all know how irresistable puny asian guys are to Western women right? Then came the gay relationships, first with lesbians then with gay guys making out in every scene. 

In the last episodes of season 8 they also started to push a pro-Muslim message with Carl meeting a peaceful traveler who spouted cute quotes from the Quran (they must have been hard to find), then in the final episode suddenly a chubby black woman with a hijab started to join the action (with the good-guys ofcourse). 

Almost all the black guys are on the good side, and most women become fearless fighters (often more brave than the men). And almost all bad-guys are white patriarchal men that also are mentally disturbed sadists, like the governor and Neegan. I have come to expect the leftist narrative in everything that comes out from Hollywood, but they could at least try to be a little more subtle. 

I still continue to follow the show, mostly because its one of the few series both me and my girlfriend somewhat can enjoy, but also to see how the writers will try to salvage the remains of the mess they have created with the last seasons of the unrealistic leftist-narrative and implausible actions of the main characters. It doesn’t bode well, but at least its still funny to watch, like a train-wreck. 

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My thoughts on suicide 

I have felt suicidal many times in my life, and in many ways its amazing I am still around. Since I was a child I have been prone to view the world and life in a very dark and cynical way. For me the way out have been to search for the splinters of the world that I appreciate and then hold on to them. I have been in groups on the internet for people that are anxious and depressed, I have seen many people there post their thoughts and concerns, and after a while I heard that some of them had taken their own lives. 

Many of these, often young men and women, spend a lot of time listening to music about how life sucks and that nothing has any meaning. They listen to groups like radiohead and the smashing pumpkins that convey a worldview similar to their own. I remember how I used to listen to the song “a tout le monde” by Megadeth and fantasize about killing myself, and about how my community would react If I did. But there is some irony that many of these people who create this music are living very happy lives making money by telling people that life is not worth living.

Does life really suck? 

The rants of the people in the internet groups I mentioned earlier, who later killed themselves, would often go something like this “my parents doesn’t care about me, I have no real friends, this whole world is false and filled with hypocrites and stupidity. There is no real meaning in life, no higher purpose, I don’t believe in heaven or hell, we are all just civilized monkeys on a dying planet floating around in a massive cold empty space. I have so much pain in my life and I just want it to go away. All my life people have been taking advantage of me, I don’t even have any love for myself, my life is useless, I am useless, and I just want to get out of this miserable existence as soon as possible”. 

In response to these rants there were often well-meaning people (mostly women) who answered with things like “don’t worry things will get better, there are people who love you, I care about you, If you just hold on things will turn around. There are good things in this world like cute puppies, ice-cream, a beautiful sunset and most of all love”. For some people (mostly other women) this kind of response is enough, at least for a while. But for many, this kind of response is as untrue and false as they perceive the rest of the world around them to be, and I don’t blame them!

Maybe the world is not as black and white as you perceive it to be, but to say that world is just a place of roses and sunshine and that things will just work out by itself is a load of shit. I am not going to sugarcoat it like many others do, If you want to hear that sort of thing don’t read this, but If you want an honest reply and think you can take it, then read on. 

The hard truth!

Maybe your parents really are assholes, that doesn’t mean that they don’t love you deep inside, but the truth is that some parents really are toxic to their children and to anyone else, maybe they were raised like that, or they are mentally disturbed, either way they are not very good people. This world IS full of hypocrites and stupid people that fuck everything up for millions of others. And most humans are like sheep just following the herd, there is a reason why this is a well used parable in the bible. Maybe we are alone in the universe, maybe there are no gods or spiritual truths to seek out, maybe all religious and spiritual people are just deluding themselves and this life here on earth is all there is.j

Life is fucking painful, for some of us its easier than others, but there is no way to totally avoid it, not for anyone, and for those who spend their life trying to avoid pain ironically often end up experiencing more of it than any other. Most people don’t give a shit about you!! Especially not people on Facebook whom you have never even met in real life. Most people are focused on them selves, and after that they care mostly about their immediate family and their closest friends, then they mostly pretend to care about the rest of the planet, just to gain praise from other people who also pretend to care. 

Most things are not going to get better in time, sure If you are sad because you lost someone, this can be easier to bear with time. But no one is going to magically appear to turn your life around and give you all the answers, sure you can seek out help from someone with knowledge, a coach, a psychologist or a teacher. But at the end of the day, only you can take the necessary steps to make your life into something else, waiting doesn’t accomplish shit. You feel that you are useless because you have done a lot of stupid and destructive things in your life, or you feel like a shit because you haven’t done anything exceptional with your life. Maybe this is true, right now you don’t have a lot to show up for. 

So what does all this mean? Should I kill myself?

So you realized that life is hard, the world is full of false people and false beliefs. No one, or very few people give a shit about you,  you’ve lost faith in yourself and in the world. This is a state of nihilism, but If you studied Nietzsche you know that it doesn’t have to be the end of the line. Actually it is a great opportunity and can be a springboard to a life of immense power, personal conquest and profound experiences. 

You don’t believe in the so called morality of your society, then fuck it, pursue another morality or create your own. You believe that the people in your life are full of shit, great! Then first work on becoming the man you want to be, then you seek out others like you and create your own community. You believe that organized religion is built on lies and self-deception, then seek out a spiritual path that you can believe in, or turn to philosophy like the stoics, read Seneca “on the shortness of life” or Nietzsches “Beyond good and evil”. 

You don’t like who you are right now and you’re ashamed of your past, then get of your ass and start to work on creating a life you can be proud of, not for your parents, your friends or your society, but for you! According to your own standards. This require some introspection, to who’s ideals are you measuring your life? If you don’t respect those that have imposed their beliefs on you since you were a child, then why give a shit about them? 

What life can be like when you pursue it with honesty, curiosity, courage and determination. 

There is only one absolute certainty about life that I can tell you, it ends! Death is the only equality there is, everyone die, no matter If you are rich, famous or the fucking Pope. You know that you will die eventually, so what is the point of ending your life now? Why not use this possibility to experience as much as you can, test your boundaries, se how far you can go and see what you can accomplish. Investigate every possibility, every philosophy and every belief in front of you. Lift weights, read books, climb mountains, experience the adrenalin of being in a fight, the pleasures of women, create a peace of art, don’t care what anyone else think about, just try yourself and find out what you can do when you put your heart and soul into it. 

You will experience set-backs, you will meet stupid and deceptive people, you will fail, some people will hate you and some will love you. But when you accomplish something great, created by your own efforts according to your own standards, you will experience an immense satisfaction. When you contemplate the mysteries of the life and the universe without blindly believing in other peoples stories and with an open mind, you will experience awe and curiosity. The kind of curiosity that you experienced as a child when everything felt new and full of possibilities. When you recognize that life is painful and you fight your way through the pain anyway, you will grow stronger and you will start believe in yourself and feel an urge of wanting to test yourself and to see how far you can go. Then at the end of your life when you feel the inevitable death approach, you will face it with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that you lived your life to the full. 

What your life means to those who love or hate you. 

Maybe you will have children, in that case you can make sure that they get the childhood that you would have wished for yourself and become a worthy role-model for them, so that they wont have to experience as much pain as you have. Maybe you have a few friends or a sibling that you care about, you know that you are going to die some day anyway, why not push through to minimize their suffering from loosing you? And know that If you and try to pursue a life of self-improvement you might actually find something worth living and fighting for, why not take the chance while you can?

Some people, mostly young, take their life because of bullying. Maybe because their tormentors find them weird or weak or just different. Well according to me, people who are weird are the most interesting, they are usually the ones who are able to think outside the box and create art, philosophy, adventures and new ways of living that is actually worth talking and reading about. And some of the weakest people are with time and effort able to become the strongest. 

Why give narrow-minded insecure assholes the satisfaction of ending your life? Especially when most of these fuck-ups probably will end up living a mundane and meaningless existence. You can wave at them from your mountain-top when they are sawing away at their ordinary narrow 9-5 lives when you on the other hand stake out a life that only “normal people” dream about. 

What If I don’t deserve to live?

Maybe you have done a lot of really bad stuff in your life, you have cheated people, stolen or abused people in some way. Well If you are able to stop acting in that way ,what is the use of ending your life? Isn’t it more meaningful to learn from your wrongdoings, change your ways and contribute something to the world? If you just end your life it have all been for nothing. If you look at history you will learn that its full of people that have done horrible things but turned their life around to become leaders of nations, prophets, entrepreneurs and so on. People who spent time in prison used their time incarcerated to get law degrees, to build an amazing physique and to write books. The only thing to stop you from living a valuable life from now on is death, so why opt out now?

Is suicide always wrong?

No I don’t believe it is, many people I admire have taken their own life, like Dominique Venner who killed himself in the Cathedral at Notre-Dame in Paris as a protest against the politics in France, Yukio Mishima who committed hara-kiri after a failed military-coup in Japan, and a more recent example Slobodan Praljak who after being sentenced to twenty years in prison, took his own life in court stating that he is not a war-criminal. But all of these men took their life after a lifetime of accomplishments, they did it to make a statement, and in some of these cases because they saw no other honorable way out. But to take your life, especially at a young age, before you have really tried with all you got to make something of yourself is just tragic and serves no higher purpose. 

And at the same time that I admire these men I mentioned I can’t help to think, what If they hadn’t taken their own lives, what more could they have accomplished? That’s one of the problems with ending your life, it excludes all other possibilities. 

From generation irony to generation iron! 

If I had to choose a characteristic of generation X and Y, it would be “ironic”. Its mostly prevalent in popular culture, like in sitcoms, music and fashion, especially among the so called hipsters with their little ironic beards and mustaches. Nothing today in the modern world seem to have any real value, and nothing seems to be worth taking seriously. Even what used to be the most serious institutions of our societies have been reduced to gimmicks and superficial artifacts of an age long gone. 

The churches are no longer institutions committed to fighting evil and saving souls, they are campsites for old people to play bingo and for performing rituals like weddings and funerals which almost no one believe in the intrinsic value of anymore. I guess the military still has some serious components regarding war and survival, but what do they fight for? Most Western democracies are not dedicated to a single people or culture anymore, they all have subscribed to abstract values like “equality” and “human rights for all” which translate to a belief in nothing. Like Mark Steyn says “If everything is of equal value, what the hell is the point of talking about it”.  

I am not saying that there isn’t any place for humor or sarcasm at all, I can appreciate good jokes and some sly sarcastic remarks in the right context, but when irony becomes a worldview and a way of life I believe it’s a poison for any society who embrace it. Most of all I believe irony has become a defense mechanism to avoid having to face uncomfortable truths. 

If you are overweight, you can joke about it and make it into a funny characteristic, much easier than having to go to the gym or changing your diet. You’re drinking to much and making an ass out of yourself every weekend, well who’s going to care in a hundred years right? Your country is turning into a home for degenerate soyboys and sluts, well it’s a free country and that is not my responsibility. 

And that’s it isn’t it? When everything is a joke nothing is your responsibility, and you can continue to work at your miserable job, eating at McDonalds and jerk of to internet porn and continue to live like the obedient and conformist little labrat that you are, and at the same time believe that you are a beautiful snowflake, in the midst of all the other enlightened atomized individuals that get the same Jokes that you do, and therefor also qualifies as good members in the empire of nothing. 

At the same time that most people are indulging in the meaninglessness of our society, I believe their yearning after something more authentic is equally prevalent. The “LARPING” as indigenous native-Americans, druids or Vikings in roleplaying games and fairs. Videogames about ancient Romans, knights and other games like Skyrim that takes place in the middle-ages in a time of magic, traditions and mystery. And movies like Lord of the rings, Gladiator and Troy keep reaping successes at the box-office. Very few realize that this yearning after heroism, magic, patriotism and adventure points to something real and crucial about our existence. 

Of course the depictions of a traditional life in movies and videogames are not totally true to how we lived in ancient times, most probably there were no real dragons or wizards or anything of that sort. But I do believe there used to be a more subtle kind of magic in our lives that we can sense by reading works like the old poetic Edda and the Iliad. There was a sense of mystery and awe when people used to listen to the old latin mass which at that time only the priests could understand and interpret. I believe that the pagan poetic descriptions of nature and powers of the universe created a sacred sense of belonging in a larger cosmic context.

When our stories focused on heroes of our people, like warriors, Kings and prophets (instead of soccer-players and actors) it inspired us to live greater lives ourselves, and that is the main reason we have reached the hight of our Western civilization, that now have become so safe and prosperous that it now have become a detriment. 

In ancient times we were forged by hard circumstances, If we didn’t grow we died. Its like that quote that says “strong men create good times, good times create weak men, weak men create hard times”. This cycle is not unique for our time, it has been what defined the rise and fall of many great civilizations before us, like the ancient Greece, ancient Rome and so on. It can appear that the attempt to forge strength and toughness in a safe and weak welfare state is a luxurious problem, but humans are wired by evolution to rest and indulge when we are safe and have plenty of resources, this is because in ancient times these circumstances were so rare that when they happened we had to take advantage of it. 

But when a human tribe exist in a constant state of peace and abundance like in Sweden, were we haven’t been involved in warfare for hundreds of years, then its almost inevitable that our people will grow weaker in both mind and body. In this perpetual state of perceived bliss we can also ignore the hard realities of life, like sickness, strife and death, at least until it hits us from nowhere, we can pretend that we will never again be afflicted by war or starvation or even death that eventually comes to us all. In this never-ending state that resembles something like an eternal Disney-world, things like preparing for war, ponder the meaning of life and tribalism seems like crude beliefs from a primitive time that is stupid or without meaning. 

But the perceptive segments of our societies knows that the Huns are still waiting outside our borders, waiting for the vast majority of our people to drop our guards and succumb to the weaknesses harbored by modernity, before they come in to wipe us out and take over, like they tried so many times in the past. Perhaps its still possible for some of us that are in our middle-age to be able to avoid the coming crisis long enough until we reach the end of our pointless post-modern existence. But as Guillaume Fay writes in “Convergence Of Catastrophes” we are now on the border of several existential crisis, these are ethnic, economic and ecological. Even If its still possible for some of us that are in our thirties and forties to dodge most of these, it will definitely not be a possibility for our children, which maybe can explain why more of our people take the cowards way out and choose not to procreate at all. 

But for those of us that still understand the realities of life and care about their connection to tribe, spirit and people and the survival of our descendants, it is bestowed upon us to forge a new generation of Iron instead of irony. We have to break our societies molding of soy-boys and sluts, warn about the imminent dangers that we face and set an example for the coming generations by living lives of purpose, strength and determination. We must reconnect to the hard lives of our warrior ancestors like the Spartans, the Vikings and the knights of old. We must reconnect to the gods, to the connections of family, tribe and people, and most of all to the fanaticism that can only come from the fight to survive. And make no mistake about it, this is a fight for the existence of our peoples. 

Create a tribe, become a lobbyist or engage in metapolitics? 

Some of the people I admire most are the ones who totally rejects modern society altogether. They go out into the woods, and with their own sweat, blood and determination they create something new and unique beyond stiff conservative ideas and postmodern illusions. Anyone can adopt a set of ideas and thus “become part of a movement”, but to create something in the real world that both defies modernity and that is able to carry the weight of a whole tribe, it doesn’t just require ingenuity, it takes grit, discipline and organization. The wolves of Vinland and operation werewolf is the best example I know of this. 

I also believe that tribalism is something more rooted in human psyche, much more than globalism, occidentalism or even nationalism. And no matter If we live in a society based on the free market or in a socialist regime, in our hearts our loyalty will always remain around our family, close friends and the local community, all that is much closer to a tribe than anything else. 

Like Jack Donovan points out in his book “the way of men” even incredibly large organizations like the US-army are built on many much smaller units – bands of brothers, units that are small enough to create the kind of loyalty that can stand the test of situations revolving around life and death, but still big enough to carry itself like an organization in and of itself. A tribe is small enough so you don’t have to pretend to care about every single member of it, but it is still big enough to run a small society, city or municipality. 

Cast a vote without relying on it. 

I wholeheartedly embrace tribalism as a worldview, however I don’t exclude that I am, no matter If I like it or not, entangled in processes and interests that go beyond or outside the tribal ones. And it doesn’t cost me much to cast a vote every four years on a party that atleast pay lipservice to the interests of my people and that in some small way can halt or at least slowdown the displacement of my kind. So that just maybe my children wont have to grow up as a hated minority in what used to be their native homelands. I now have children in Sweden and Italy, countries that are both besieged by cultural marxism and its symptoms of open borders and ethnomasochism.

Metapolitics in practice. 

But on the arena of ethnic struggles I realize that what matters most in the long run is not partypolitics but metapolitics and culture. Therefor in my own small way I try to contribute in any way I can to the cultural struggle, by writing about culture in a pro-European perspective on my blogs in Swedish, English and soon also in Italian. By teaching my children about the their true history beyond the simplified and often falsified versions of Hollywood, and most important of all through leading by example in the best of my abilities by demonstrating a life of pride, strength and purpose. Except for this I hope to be able to create something resembling an authentic tribe as well, or atleast join one, after all, one thing doesn’t have to exclude another. 

What spirituality is, beyond religion, new age and Harry Potter .

The best definition of spirituality I’ve seen is from an old Swedish lexicon where it says “spirituality is nature in its higher development”. What this mean is, that when we look beyond the basics of nature and natural needs, we are confronted with questions that deal with things like transcendence. Questions like “what is the meaning with my life”, “is there more to reality than what we can see or measure with science”, and so on. 

When people hear the word “spiritual” they often think of it in three frameworks. Either they think about it in the context of the rigid compounds of various religions, they think about it in the ridiculous style of Hollywood like with Harry Potter and similar movies, or they think about westerners LARPing as Indians, trying to summon some other peoples ancestors, or taking pictures of their auras in some newage-store. Im not saying that there isnt spiritual elements in these examples, but I believe there are much more tangible examples.

Beauty.

One of my favorite modern books of philosophy is “Why Beauty Matter” by Roger Scrutton. In this book he argues that beauty is not something subjective but a form of truth. Beauty is something most sane people can identify in a classic painting, in a flower or a majestic mountain. Science have proven that classical music can improve our thinking and even improve the health of plants. But why is this? Nature could might as well have made things we consider ugly to be beneficial and pleasing to us. 

Many times beauty has no practical value to our lives, but still we value it so much. Beauty seem to be one of those aspects of our world that point to a higher truth of our existence. Therefor I consider, appreciating and to be grateful for the beauty in our life a spiritual practice. The french writer, and I would argue, philosopher Marcel Proust, once said that if he had one day left to live, he would spend it appreciating art, nature and beautiful women among other things, that is to me a spiritual approach to life and death. 

Wonder and awe. 

I don’t know if other animals experience wonder or awe, but none the less, I consider it to be another transcendent (spiritual) experience. When we ponder the wastness of the universe and the infinity of time and space, we can be filled with a feeling of wonder. Or when we visit the ancient cave paintings in France, and gaze upon some of the oldest artwork of our people, I think most of us are filled with a sense of awe. Again, these are feelings that seem to have nothing to do with our basic human needs. 

The longing to, and sense of wonder toward, what is beyond our comprehension is what some call our Faustian spirit, that seem to be especially prevalent in Western peoples, is one of our most tangible experiences we can have of a higher spiritual realm. Therefor I believe that another spiritual practice would be trying to find as many experiences that result in a sense of awe and wonder as possible. To lay in a field at night and gaze upon the stars, to visit a local rune stone and consider the amazing link between yourself and your ancestors, or if you wish to be more active; to skydive, climb a high mountain or try to live self-sufficient in nature for a longer period of time. 

Sacrifice.

I think it was the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer who were one of the more prevalent latest thinkers, in pointing to the transcendent meaning of sacrifice. An atheist like Richard Dawkins would explain most humans sacrifices for others as a biological trait for the survival of our genes, and there is a point in that. But since humans have the ability to reflect before we take decisions we can always take in consideration, the atheist belief, that we will never experience any benefit of making something that only will help those who will come into this earth after we are gone, but still so many do this. 

Why do so many people get upset about decisions that will not have any affect on us while we are still alive? Is this only a biologically inclined gut-reaction? I don’t think even the atheists believe this, they would propably point toward their good consciousness as their main reason. But why would anyone sacrifice their reputation, their standard of life, or even their own life to secure a good life for those who will live when we are gone? Joseph Campbell pointed out in his “The power of myth” that most of the social activists he met among his students seemed to have a more transcendent view of life then most religious people. 

I believe that deep down we all have a sense that this life on earth is not all there is. We don’t know how or why, but somehow we are connected to those who have gone before us, and those who will come after us, and this might be the strongest and most tangible connection we have to spirituality. So my final suggestion to practice your spirituality is to remember and celebrate your ancestors as much as possible. And another way is to do something that in someway will contribute to our descendants, because like the former leader of Asatru Folk Assembly says “We are all ancestors in training”.