Rollin' Like Sisyphus

The Six Inches In Front Of Your Face

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on May 27, 2014

Out of options.

Out of options.

So we have an ass-burger who fully indulged in his “high-functioning” mental condition to prove that decades of refinement in the areas of psycho-therapy and psycho-pharmacology are paying real dividends:

The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and randomly killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to slaughter all the people who wronged him

So naturally, before the blood’s run room temperature, we have the ritual recriminations from the semi-pro factions of the Hashtag Commentariat, laying the blame on Gun Culture and Misogyny Culture and all the other cultures that aren’t, missing the mark entirely. That he stabbed and ran over more people than he shot hasn’t stopped the prissily over-emotive parents of the victims from attempting to guilt more laws we don’t need and that aren’t effective into place Because Grief. Nor does the fact that he killed more men than women – and the fact that the only victims he actually specifically targeted were his male roommates – stop the feminists from wetting themselves over the aggressiveness of lesser men.
If the guy turns out to be gay or “curious” or whatever they call it, well, then it’ll be a party.
In the meantime, I don’t really want to talk about this, but about the thing that it’s indicative of – our decline.
El Borak puts his finger on the pulse of The Culture, and rightly doesn’t like what he sees:

And people are getting crazy, as well. And not just in big ways, like killing complete strangers because they can’t get laid. No, we are going crazy in little ways as well, from the idiocy and narcissism of our media culture to the blatant corruption of our politics to youth who run up and punch strangers in the head to see if they can knock someone out

Do read all of it.
We are getting crazier; values become less valued to the point of no longer being valued at all. I wasn’t kidding when I was talking about the Unraveling of the Great Sweater of Western Civilization, lo these many years.
It really is all coming apart, and there is no putting it back together again.
Not for a good long while.
As I’m laying out in my spiraling-out-of-control treatise, we’re not going crazy because we’re losing our values, we’re losing our values because we’re going crazy.
Sort of.
When things just begin to turn south, a population brings things in closer.
Think about it like a boxer who’s getting pummeled and backed into a corner. His options diminish, one by one, and the progression of this curtails his strategy for conducting the fight. First he drops the hopes of overpowering his opponent and winning by knockout. Next, he drops the three or four ways he envisions besting the opponent on the technicals and winning by decision vote. As his options reduce, he gives up every strategy for going the distance of the fight, then for pacing himself for even a few more rounds, so on and so on until his entire existence is defined by just getting to the end of the round on his feet, cheating future performance by exhausting all of his strength and endurance to absorb the beating in the here and now.
Sound familiar?
This is where we are, diminishing all of our resources – fiscal, social, cultural, industrious – to stay standing for just a few more moments. One of the endemic features of a civilization in decline is that in every way it forfeits the future for the benefit of the present. When tomorrow is a question mark, two weeks away is a fairy tale.
We sense decline like we sense rotting meat and turning weather. People are finely, acutely attuned to impending disaster moreso than just about anything else. When it’s in the air, the future is sublimated to the present not for kicks, but for survival. We are going crazy, we’re getting boxed into that corner, our options are diminishing rapidly, and the values necessary for the propagation of a healthy Civic Order are being jettisoned because the payoff is too far down the road for the effort required today in the minds of most.
But I’ll get into this more (much more) in the next primer(s).


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  1. Giraffe said, on May 27, 2014 at 15:13

    What I love about all of this is the total obliviousness of the politicians. They freaking know we are dead meat and they are still arguing over petty crap. Even the ones who acknowledge the problem don’t care to do anything about it. And I don’t even own a pitchfork or a torch.

  2. Doom said, on May 27, 2014 at 17:42

    If you have ever, literally, been in the position you describe in boxing, and not just once but many times… if not literally in boxing itself, and have survived, or even come out and won… You know, even more, we are doomed. But… such a one thinks to himself… and? Even in my shape I’ll do okay, always have. The rest of my citizens? Depends on what they do in the very near future. *cough* City dwelling… *cough* Why are “we” doomed, while I wasn’t, and probably won’t be? Because most can’t handle it. Most have never been there, up, down, or turning it around. How many Americans have gone without food for a couple of weeks, lived with major medical alone, or done much suffering at all? Let alone been in combat. Most don’t have the strength and will to do what it would take. And, I know, usually in that situation, it really was a lost cause. Probability and who is at the helm says it all.

    I would make sure every boy in school had to fight three times, for example, with random opponents, within two grades, plus or minus. Actually, I’d make sure teachers had to fight every three years. It would be part of their evaluation. 🙂 Never mind.

    They put the water boy in to play quarter back, fired the refs and replaced them with fans of various teams, on the larger scale and in the financial sectors years ago, and have been spying on citizens because they have no other ideas. Yeah, doesn’t bode well. A police state, which will fail quickly, a revolt, which probably won’t turn out all that well, an international world war, which will turn out worse, or a very long, hard, slow decay. I mean, there is the immediate, hard, cold, truth – cold turkey. People die due to lack of medical and civil unrest from welfare stoppage. But, yeah, that’s not going to happen. Balance the books now. Lot of dead politicians, on top of it, if that would be a good, as I see it. Future politicians wouldn’t be so keen to offer promises they (we) can’t keep. But, no… probably the last, but the others have a fair shot, and possibly some mixes of those, all to no good end, leading sooner or later to the latter.

    Popcorn, get your popcorn here. Beer, peanuts, popcorn… The show is about to start!

  3. El Borak said, on May 27, 2014 at 20:21

    …cheating future performance by exhausting all of his strength and endurance to absorb the beating in the here and now.

    Unfortunate that as the range of options diminishes, it is always the best options that disappear first. Unfortunate, but true nonetheless. It’s too bad truth don’t feed the bulldog.

    Too bad it does feed the vultures.

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