The Age of the Cogwheel
Nothing ever seems to change, does it? Each day, the mindless, mechanical automatons of this spiritually-shattered Western world awake from their dull slumber to continue the mundane repetition of an industrial society. No reflection of substantial matters (spirituality, existence, telos or lack thereof) ever occurs among them. They seek to execute the same pattern of cognitive behaviors and rote, exoteric beliefs which were passed down to them by their immediate forefathers. Some may call this passing-down "tradition," but it is most certainly not "Tradition."
What are the sort of behaviors to which I am referring? They are practically innumerable, but a few examples should suffice for this essay:
- Blind acceptance of a belief based on the whims of a majority consensus (Brett Stevens calls this "Crowdism," whereas others may simply refer to it as "democracy" or "liberalism"
- The notion that "work ennobles," largely a byproduct of a spiritually-dead, materialistic society
- A disconnect from time and space
- *As manifested in industrial agriculture, cookie-cutter architecture, and lack of societal unity
- The "conveyer-belt" mentality: The concept that life must be lived in a sequential, meaningless order
- *Elementary school -> High School -> College -> Work -> Death
- Such a mentality is necessary for the continuance of industrial society
- The devaluation of true creativity and knowledge for rote-memorization of isolated data and information
- Loss of psychological health
The situation is very difficult for the natural aristocracy. On the one hand, true knowledge has become scarce from generation to generation. On the other, liberalism has a "locking" mechanism on the beliefs of the current generation. Though liberalism purports to "free" the individual from the tyranny of authority, it instead subjects the aforementioned individual to the whims and delights of the mob. Since the mobians generally enjoy emulating one another, ideas move at the pace dictated by the most cunning rhetoricians, for good or bad. Only inertia can result.
What is the best solution to rectifying this degraded state of affairs? How best are we to escape from the cogwheels of liberalism and industrialism? As usual, I believe the answer lies in the thoughts of Nietzsche.
The Overman Solution
At first glance, it may seem as though Traditional conservatism and Nietzsche's champion of the Will to Power do not reconcile. One may have a tendency to perceive the Ubermensch as an anarchic destroyer of norms. Yet, the Overman, to me, is merely an individual who has escaped from the whims of the crowd with his dignity intact. There are numerous planes of human experience, perhaps an infinite amount of them, in fact. Thus, the Overman decouples his internal spectrum of experience from that of the crowd. This decoupling necessitates freedom from the power of others - a very difficult objective to achieve in an age of globalism and interdependency.
How do I plan to implement the Overman Solution? My goal is reach a state of corporatist autarky. I want my future family to be self-sufficient and not reliant upon faceless, abstract institutions and the bloody, pulsating crowd. Money is obviously required, not merely for its value as a quantity, but instead for what it can purchase: good, fertile land, power generation equipment, books, tools, and weapons. I no longer wish to play by the rules dictated to me by authorities which may or may not have my best interests at heart. But, material self-sufficiency is only the first step.
I do not intend to be in isolation. Yet, the bonds I establish with others must come into being on my own terms rather than those of the crowd. A community of like-minded Traditionalists must be created. Virtual connections simply do not suffice. I have stated in a few previous articles my desire to see some sort of community like so established in the vein of liberal eco-villages, but with a much heavier focus on emulating ancient European societies.
Finally, we arrive at the third phase of the Overman Solution: Spiritual autarky. The Overman shall have no more need for systems of philosophy or the spiritual slaughterhouses of the crowd. He will draw his values from within via careful meditation and reflection. In the context of a community, he will synthesize these values with those of his peers in order to create a tapestry which transvaluates all values.
In the end, the Overman has succeeded in establishing his independence from the Crowd. Without the Crowd, there can be no cogwheels, no accursed clocks, no "agendas," nor coercive obligations. Through his strikings to regain power from institutions and systems, he has regained his vital independence.