Apparently Germany never much embraced the spirit of the third amendment. 17,500 infantry have occupied the city of Munich alone in just the last 48 hours. The invasion is now so frenetic it seems the only perverse hope of the German people is in a muslim overthrow of the Merkel government. As we know by precedent, a succeeding Sunni Kingdom would take a comparatively pitiless approach to the phenomenon of global flight from the Syrian war.
If you believe the nature of man changes at a very languid pace, it’s impossible not to wonder how we survived to this point. By any honest evaluation, modern Europe-derived people appear to be the most weak, gullible, groveling, and maladaptive beings conceivable. Prone to the most extravagant cultural whimsies along with mortal displays of moral preening, it seems we’re less suited for Earth’s competitive environment than fish on wheels. Which is impossible given that we are here to complain about it at all.
Every tribe still screaming is a living testament to its own evolutionary fitness. History is littered with those less so. Our ancestors, along with whatever creatures preceded them, were extraordinarily cunning and resilient in outlasting the countless species and civilizations that now watch this scrum from the grave. It can not be overstated how demonstrably successful at adapting and thriving we have been.
And yet our countries lie spread like $2 whores, while we wimper and scrape before the same antagonists who rely on us for their very sustenance. Our competitive advantages are incalculable, and yet it is our numbers, confidence, and territory in recession, as theirs blossom like fungus after the rain.
It’s a difficult circle to square. There has plainly been a dramatic environmental change to which we have very poorly adapted. I think this change is largely in the evolving framework of societal signaling. Before mass communication, this occurred horizontally. An impressionable young person absorbed beliefs and behaviors from a relatively tight knot of good-faith peers and relatives. Individuals formed a cohesive family as families formed cohesive communities. Mores were transmitted like the old telephone circuits: person-to-person.
This not only generated high social capital, but drew a cultural cordon around those most susceptible to malign influence. If one’s aim was to corrupt via moral suasion the natural in-group mating preferences of a young woman (these being critical to there even being an in-group), there were typically fathers and brothers to be surmounted first. Those physical communication barriers are largely gone.
In the age of mass communication, the primary means of societal signaling became vertical. The seemingly innocuous entertainment and news programs radiating from glowing screens began to bypass and replace the neural web of family and community. Instead, cues began being taken from polished charlatans, mercenary mouths, and lesson-embedded Hollywood scripts. And just as the young and impressionable are designed by nature, they digested the content whole.
The effects of vertical messaging in the hands of those hostile to cohesive western communities are pernicious in multiple ways. Probably foremost in that it provides an avenue of influence from unrelated–and more importantly–unvetted parties. That white southern christians would not want their daughters absorbing sexual messaging from profligate jewish film producers goes without saying. Literally. It unfortunately goes without ever being said. And then there is concentration. Vertical transmissions are highly efficient. A few powerful backers or charismatic personalities can now reach millions without moving from their seat. At least the fictional Elmer Gantry needed a personal audience to propound his hypocritical self-serving expedients. Now he chatters in our ear from every media outlet. And we have proven to be as defenseless as the dodo bird to his appeals.
This is why I do not cavalierly dismiss the most pessimistic forecasts. A thing can thrive until one key environmental change is introduced…and then perish promptly. Yet as plainly as we have not adapted to concentrated mass communication, that environment itself is succumbing to an era of supermass. We are again–to some extent–communicating with each other horizontally. This modest website being an example.
The vertical broadcasters are not viewing this with particular equanimity and have developed certain terms for those who deny their messages via peer exchange. Perhaps you’ve heard a few, most ending in ‘ic,’ist, and ‘ism. And howls are most piercing from the conservative gatekeepers, whose flocks are now having several unapproved conversations. The previously reliable dictation of We’ll decide what’s conservative and then tell you whether you’re a good one or not is now returning a worrisome error message: Transmission Not Received.
Get used to it Elmer.