SIGNS OF HEALTH

Editorial by Mark I Rasskazov, Editor in Chief.

Syndicated from Mark I Rasskazov’s personal blog.

I spend a fair amount of time on the Russian social media site, “Vkontakte” (www.vk.com).  There, I get to see, first hand, the direction of the Russian Zeitgeist.  What I am seeing there are things that are “incorrect” and “brutal” from a Western perspective, but what would be considered strong signs of health from a Nietzschian perspective.  Observe that as our economy collapses, theirs is taking off.  As our population declines, theirs is exploding.  As our influence wanes, theirs expands.

Look at these memes and ask yourself: what are they doing right, that we are doing wrong?

Translation: “Weak men lead to lovers.  Strong men lead to strong families.”

Translation: “Don’t ever do this.”

Translation: “‘Can you forgive an enemy?  God will forgive!  Our task is arrange the meeting.’ –Al Capone”

Translation: “It’s Monday, you b!tc#.”

Translation: “Was frequently left home alone.”

Translation: “There are two types of people.”  I don’t know enough math to get this — and I’ll bet that, chances are, if you speak English, you probably don’t either; but this is posted to THE most common Russian meme site — most of them DO know enough math to get this.

These people are smarter, stronger, more assertive, more manly/womanly than we are.  I don’t say that to put the USA down — I say that to point out that we need to get our $#!t together.  We need to stop being such pussies.  We need to rediscover our entrepreneurial spirit.  We need to rethink our social mores and personal ethics.  We need to forget guilt and rediscover self-assurance and self-confidence.

Our problems begin in our culture.  We need to look at “miracle” cases like the Russian Federation, and learn from them.

SUBRATIONALITY

«The heart has reason of which reason knows not.»

—Blaise Pascal

This simple statement rings very true to me.  It is my conviction that, on some level, human beings are entirely, 100% rational; although they may not fully understand their own line of reasoning.  Thus, the common view of man as a being struggling between a rational self and an emotional (and, by popular implication, irrational) self, is deeply inaccurate.

Emotions are automatic responses to phenomena based upon those phenomenas’ relationships to the subject’s true value system.  For example, a man who believes that a person’s body-ownership is sacrosanct will be deeply upset if he witnesses a rape.  A man who believes that killing someone is never right, regardless of the circumstances, will experience feelings of horror in the face of wars and executions, while someone who believes that under certain circumstances killing is necessary, may or may not experience the same emotions while witnessing the same events.  Therefore, emotions, contrary to popular understanding, can, in fact, be thought of as rational responses to phenomena.

Furthermore, without realizing it, we frequently act upon unidentified and unscrutinized emotional responses.  People who do this regularly (act without being able to identify the reasons for acting in such a way, post-facto) are typically thought of as «impulsive,» yet, I maintain, the reasons are there; they may be obscure, and they probably are not well thought out, yet they are there.

«Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.»

—Aliester Crowley

This statement is entirely correct, although, perhaps not in the sense that the author meant.  Mr. Crowley (of Black Sabbath fame) was a prominent Satanist and Hedonist.  Although the man was frequently cryptic of speech, one might imagine that what he meant by the statement was that one should not be held back by what he considered to be frivolous moral principles.

However, there is another possible meaning to this statement, which I think is perhaps more thoroughly accurate: that our actual value system, in conjunction with a man’s strength of character operates as law which, consciously or unconsciously, guides that man’s behavior by means of constituting his will.

So if you do a thing which is not consistent with your system of values as you understand them, what you must ask yourself is, «Is my understanding of my own value system incorrect, or is some short term sense of gratification able to override what I believe to be right?»