You’ll notice men rarely miss an opportunity to present their failings as flattery. That’s because failure offers an easy and established path, while success may involve discomfort and name calling from those who’d prefer you not have it. And since we are prone to both leisure and self-praise, it should be little surprise how unselfconsciously they are combined. Though I think more consciousness would be helpful.
That was my thought in the now-perfunctory aftermath of Britain’s ongoing tick-tock terror attacks. Each one spawning a proliferation of platitudes like fungi after a rain. You, of course, know the genus: calls for more unity between those who want to kill and conquer Englishmen and Englishmen who’d rather they didn’t. Granted, that common ground is a narrow isthmus, but that’s why we have values, tolerance, and diversity. Whatever term you can entice the population to swallow, the key is to do nothing and do it flamboyantly. Thus, Hysterical Passivity has become the standardized European response to having its ancient people’s entrails land in plates of linguini.
One vivid example of this frantic stupor appeared in a London sign posted hours after the carnage, glaring down at the bloodstains. I didn’t think to capture the image, but from memory it said something to the effect of: Have the courage to keep loving.
Ahh, the warm praise of cold cowardice. Because feigning love out of fear isn’t actually courage at all, but its opposite. “Have the courage to keep loving,” is more honestly written as Have the cravenness and apathy to not resist. But since such candor falls heavily on the ego, we seek narratives that frame our folly in more flattering light. Courage and loving feel far more affirming than terms that would emerge from an honest assessment.
It’s almost comical to imagine that actual courage is what the political-media axis is trying to foment with its similarly rote exhortations. Is courage what we now call the fear of saying anything that could get you fired? Is courage the meek acquiescence to “hate speech” restrictions? Is courage mouthing any platitude to avoid a public ‘ism frenzy? More specific to the topic, is courage the act of pleading with aliens to be more economical with their slaughters? If so, Charles Martel was surely Europe’s biggest coward.
Being a submissive supine cultural bootlicker offers many modern advantages. Considering yourself courageous really shouldn’t be one of them.