Enlightenment Hits Dead End; More See Dark Enlightenment as Alternative

When the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries hit the scene, it captured the imaginations of forward thinkers in the arts, science, philosophy, and even religion. But that Enlightenment began to twist and turn back on itself with the French reign of terror in the late 18th century, the fashionable nihilism of the late 19th century, the militant leftism of the early 20th century, the contortionist post-modernism of the middle 20th century, culminating in a thoroughly foul and corrupt “politically correct” quasi-leftist pseudo-enviro-kleptocracy of the 21st century.

It is in the interest of the “modern elightened” to ignore gruesome realities in South Africa, the US, and in other parts of the multicultural world.

It goes without saying that these excesses of “the old enlightenment” will create a lashback effect. But although one can see aspects of emotional lashback in various writings that fall into the numerous categories of “The Dark Enlightenment,” that is not what TDE is primarily about.

If one looks closely at essays such as this or this, or the essays of Nick Land, the deeper thinkers of TDE movement are not only pointing out the mistakes of the old enlightenment, they are attempting to reveal a more honest and intellectually sustainable path to the future.

Only a small proportion of those who would ordinarily be sympathetic to the ideas of TDE will actually take the time to learn what it is all about. Not many modern university professors will have students read TDE essays or books, and the topics will be rarely discussed seriously at cocktail parties in Manhattan, London, or Toronto in the immediate future. But some of the seeds are putting out both green shoots and deep roots, and the ideas are too widely spread to be easily eradicated.

Revolutionary movements tend to incubate in whatever patches of ground that will sustain them, until they are ready to take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity to emerge in apparent strength.

I suspect that TDE will require at least one more human generation of cross pollination and incubation before it is ready to impact global thought from a position of power. It will not likely be referred to as TDE by then, and few if any of the most outspoken proponents of TDE will still be around to see the movement to any sort of triumphant entrance on the world stage.

But the old enlightenment has created a broadly degenerative and dysfunctional political and governmental environment across the western world. Anger and alienation are increasing, and strong and violent pockets of anarchy are sprouting from Paris to London to Philadelphia to Sydney.

You do not have to go to Durban or Sao Paolo to see that kind of wanton third world violence any longer. Since the election of US President Obama, the growing sense of high level anarchy and lack of accountability have only become stronger.

Do not expect your government to save you. Just try not to let your government destroy you.

It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood.

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One Response to Enlightenment Hits Dead End; More See Dark Enlightenment as Alternative

  1. Artist says:

    Excellent article.

    Twenty years ago I was reading an article about astronomy. The solar system occupies an arm of the galaxy. This arm rotates around the central core. Also the galaxy as a whole moves on a trajectory through space. This article stated that our local space, i.e., the region of the solar system, is moving into a new region of background space. Background space is thought to have properties. As we move into new space, astronomers and physicist are unsure just what this means. It could mean bother, or it could mean quite a lot.

    This idea struck me. When we step back and look at the historical evolution of the USA and the world we find we have long ago left the background space that was defined by WWI, WWII, and the Cold War. These large geopolitical events defines the landscape, i.e., the background space.

    The US and the world at large has progressed far past the older systems we think we live under. Not everyone realizes this. We are in dangerous new territory.

    Our entire existence is based on big lies. No need to outline a list here. Lead by the universities, the entertainment industries, the governments large and small, we are constantly deceived by “the narrative”.

    Since Obama’s re-election I’ve been struck by the intensity and frequency of psychological aggression of the left-progressives. We have left-progressive articles on civil war, young Ivy-educated female writers calling for the army to defeat the Tea Party, actual Army War College professors defining the legal case for violence against the citizens (http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/full-spectrum-operations-in-the-homeland-a-“vision”-of-the-future), Obama’s purge of the officer corps, the various calls for the extermination of men, Governor Coumo’s declaration conservatives have no place in the State of New York, the multiple “heads on pikes” for PC thought crime (Paula Deene, Duck Dynasty, Riley Cooper), the Trayvon affair, and many psychotic accusations against whites in general. Consider remarks by Oprah, Jamie Foxx, et all. I can on and on.

    There is great overstep by the left. What does this mean? When one trains soldiers it is necessary to dehumanize the target. Viewed in that light, this is preparation for war. There is no solidarity among American citizens. We are at each other’s throats: racially, left/right, urban vs suburban/rural, Ivy elites vs all else. The balkanization process of the US is just about complete.

    Unless a critical mass of people throw off the lie, we are doomed.

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