Monday, May 4, 2015

Thoughts on the Path to Tragedy

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July 28, 2011 at 2:38 am (Terrorism) (9/11, Albacore Graf, analyst, bloggers, celebrities, Doge, French aristocrats, idiota, Islamic University, mystery shopper, nationalism, Norway, Olympics, postmodern, The Dead Pool, Webster's Dictionary) · 

The recent slayings in Norway brought home to me some thoughts and memories I’d believed long stowed away. Let me hasten to add that not only am I not a political person, but I am also not overly religious, either. In fact, hardly at all. (Also, I’d like to add that I am avoiding more individual tragedies here, in light of the recent celebrity demise, or any others).

My personal views tend more to the ersatz philosophy of ‘live and let live’. So when someone acts out in such a way as the horrendous  manner as that witnessed in Scandinavia, it must perforce cause us all to question certain assumptions which many carried upon first hearing the news.

For myself, I have a colleague by the name of Albacore Graf (who I believe I've made reference to – though using the  literary disguising device of ‘Doge’, wonder where he got that? ;) ), who, apart from a really outstanding career as a Consumer specialist and top shelf analyst, liked to moonlight as an essayist.

And this was of a particular type in the wake of 9/11 – he was a self-taught ‘expert’ on all things Islamic (which is silliness personified, as I think best illustrated in a cause célèbre of mine which was entitled, ‘The Islamic University’).

I had bookmarked some pages for future reference, so let me provide a few quotes to show just how far off a cliff some of this thinking can lead {this is all that remains, the rest lost}.

‘…the one where history repeats itself and the pied-pipers of genocide take center stage once again. Calls…’
‘With two-face on your side, who needs enemies? What’s that? I’ll tell you what I…’
‘For Whom the Dolt Tolls'
'The Webster’s Dictionary defines idiot as, 1: a person affected by idiocy, 2: a silly or foolish person [Latin idiota "ignorant person"]. Now why am I pulling…’
‘Arms linked, singing in unison some hokey songs, add in a willingness to pretend that we all get along, if not love each other, mix it all up, and it’s a staged farce really. It reminds me of the Olympics, in its modern reincarnation, designed by some obscure French aristocrat as a showcase for rampant, bitter nationalism.’
‘…uh), which is now postmodern and of absolutely no use to anyone who would like to continue living a sane existence. Or even living at all. So much of the world does seem to be on a hopeless downward suicide spiral. They just don’t know it. Take for example the ‘Wave. You know the Wave that great crowd pleaser that is initiated in stadiums at sporting events, by one group in the stands, then taken up by another and another right next to it, thereby creating the impression of a human wave sweeping the arena?’
‘Sadly the blind buzzards of global blather simply cannot see it. Or, maybe they can? Perhaps this ha/s been their intention all…’
I think that’s quite enough of a random sampling of Graf’s mental processes… all over the board, obviously. I am happy to report, however, that the old codge has received treatment and word is, if he stays on course with his daily libations, he should be perfectly functional in any sane society.

Nonetheless, we’d all be well served to beware the nutters out there passing themselves off as ‘model citizen’.
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Update & really Prima Facie for post[5/4/15] : as it happens the recent nutbarama in Garland, TX forced this to the front of my mind all of a sudden and quite unwelcomingly. Whenever you can put cartoons, faith and blasphemy together on the same stage it's usually going to explode. Such got me thinking of the role of religion and the ends of certain historical Eras--- and the unmistakable 'sense of an ending,' and a beginning, in what has been termed, The West. So much so that I ripped thru some newish proposals I'd jotted down over the years and came up with a few new thoughts vis-a-vis this turning of Epochs and how peoples & nations dealt with them.


Sometimes things are our fault... and at others they are not. But in a final analysis: does it matter upon whom the fault is placed? Or why? Proposal:

Keeping in mind that our rulers/elites are in this for the money & power. They don't really care what their religious belief system is-- at what point would any country abandon its age-old belief system if they were able to retain power, and/or avoid persecution themselves?


Would the U.S., or Europe (some nation-states?) abandon Christianity for Islam, say? What force could be strong enough for such a tilt? With the waning of the West, and 500 years of Euro-American domination, the rising power of Asia, Africa.. maybe; one could well imagine a desire for vengeance against former colonialists. 



If we are entering 'The Years of Rice and Salt'... then that which had held sway for so many centuries now is being turned on its head and new parties arising. This is perfectly natural, after all. But the two main ideas and driving forces behind societal organization and relative cultural health, if not civilizational dominance any longer, as mentioned: power & safety.



Everyone loves a winner, but the other impetus' to remain amongst the influential, and avoid persecution, in turn, leads one to imagine just what it may look like, such a decision to abandon major precepts of one's own culture-- indeed, to join an entirely other civilization.


Try this on (I've picked out one country sort of at random, but also for their influence today):


'When Charlemagne forced his Franks, and other Goth nations, to drink the waters of Christianity-- the water ran like wine, red as blood: washing them with outstanding violence into iron maiden arms of the Holy Mother Roman Catholic Church. That maneuver was accorded a shrewd power play.

But the German Information Minister of 1,300 years later has more than a mere power play to consider as he seeks to implement his Chancellor's Mandate:

He must convince a wary, post-modern nation-state to accept the submission of Islam-- if they wish to avoid the looming anti-colonialist pogroms the ascendant Asian & African powers are demanding. Blood sacrifice, in a way, they're crying for ... and only Islam has the efficacy to wash away the sins of their past, as there are not enough tanning products in the world to do the same job.

Only, there remains one particular catch to the plan: "We cannot all convert," he laid it out there on the meeting table around which sat the Chancellor's Cabinet, not yet scaled, filleted. It was, then -- and not surprisingly, met with silence. Eyes turned to neighbors, questioning eyebrows raised.

A cleared throat, some further silence, before the Chancellor broke it, "and... why not?" She asked in a manner of innocence which simultaneously dreads the answer just sought.

"Frau Chancellor," the Information Minister began, and proceeded with difficulty, "you see, it is like this... oh, well, you must know that since the 'prospect'... has been raised publicly-- mm, there is great consternation among some-- nein, many, that this is a ploy of the most cynical opportunism."

"Ah, but who would say such a thing?" The Foreign Affairs Minister gruffled.

"You should know, Herr Minister," the Minister of the Interior challenged, "most of the nations which have been dogging our civilization's heels for years now. They seek suffering."

"If this is the case then what option do we have?" The Chancellor put into the discussion, cutting right to the heart of the matter. "Are we to just roll over and die?"

"I've given this considerable thought and have come up with a solution that just may satisfy the most aggressive of our critics."

"Und?"

"It is a little plan I call, 'Dhimmi in the Bottle.' You see, if only some of us convert, but then a sizeable rump of the population does not, and remains in an infidel category-- then maybe this will work to sate the hunger of those out there who would persecute us."

"You mean, if we sought to systematically persecute this dhimmi portion of the population our own selves?" Interjected an eager Minister.

"Precisely."

"Also," this from yet another, "others, foreign Ummah members, when they visit Germany could take a tour through Dhimmi areas and persecute them also."

"It really is all about merely having someone to look down upon, correct?"

"Ja," said the Information Minister. "There have been periods of Islamic history where the non-believers were not encouraged to convert, even those who voluntarily sought to."

"Curious..." spritzed the Chancellor aloud.

"It is a quantifiable fact that the most vibrant Islamic societies of the past were those that had flourishing infidel populations. As long as they were kept in their place, they did contribute much to the overall whole & flowering of the Golden Eras in Muslim history," the Information Minister told the Cabinet, going further, "it is only once there are practically no Dhimmi left that Muslim societies tend to stagnate, and sink."

"Meaning our newly-proposed one should retian quite an edge once we've joined the worldwide Ummah of states in Dar-al-Islam," pointed out the Minister of Defence. "Though I will have to wear a scarf. But there shouldn't be any problem--" She blurted quickly, and with concern.

"Nein-nein," the Information Minister reassured her, "and no full-body burka should be necessary. Women hold public office in Islam." This, to some sighs of relief around the table, rueful grins.

"But, who would agree to take on such a roll?" The Foreign Affairs Minister wondered aloud.

The Interior minister pointed out, "Ja, our nation is one that seeks to do what all the others are doing. Even under the best of cisrcumstances, no one would agree to be left behind."

"I agree, but if it is a sacrifice that will ensure the future of the Volk, we should be able to count on some patriotic volunteers," The Information Minister sounded more hopeful than positive.

"Your idea is feasible," said the Chancellor, "and truthfully better a one than I've heard to date. I believe we may be looking at a National Lottery..."'


>> Is it beyond the realm of possibility, as our world changes and the balance of power shifts, that such an end-game may be employed by some country or countries. Food for thought, nonetheless....


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