Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Trustworthy Oaths Between Men And Lions

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on June 24, 2015
At least he didn't brandish the Battle Flag.

At least he didn’t brandish the Battle Flag.

In better times, for an all-too-brief blip on the timeline, a man’s word was the most important thing he had to offer; when “a man’s only as good as his word” wasn’t an anodyne cliche, it was a crucial social expectation. Admittedly, it was an expectation that one could only rely on in a homogeneous, insular community.
In a larger multitudinous, multifarious and multicultural cesspool, the utility of this principle is sufficiently diluted to impotence in optimal circumstances; here in the final stretch of the long run toward post-post-deconstructionism where words themselves have been pulverized beyond recognition, their meanings ground into a fine powdery mix that has long since blown away and scattered to the four winds, the concept of honor, honesty and the responsibility necessary to make one’s word one’s bond is a nostalgic novelty of a by-gone era.
This makes a sort of sense, I suppose, because such a thing is simply one more relic of a common law tradition that by design no longer applies to quotidian life. This, by the way, is why I’m convinced that we’ve already passed the point of no return on this cute little civilization we call home. The big things like sound money and non-corrupt government and viable social mores are the gears that move only through the machinations of the smaller things, the individual things, the consent-of-the-governed things.
Grind the teeth off of those, and the big things only last as long as their inertia carries them.
The contrarians can (and do) argue that a man’s word is superfluous in this day and age, because technology! allows strangers to verify everything a man superficially is in seconds, from FICO scores to his preference in breakfast cereals.
But this doesn’t breed honest men so much as it does compliant, fearful men, which is really the point after all I suppose.


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  1. Doom said, on June 25, 2015 at 18:43

    I’m honestly not sure I am seeing your point. For such creatures, nothing has ever been expected, because it doesn’t seem possible. Every political party in the world has tried to figure out how to allow these to live but keep them from burning the place down. Looks more like they have just given up, politicians that is, and joined them.

    Some men can be, and always have been able to be, taken at their word. Truth be told, the best a man can do is his best. And, he shouldn’t be fooled into upholding his end of a contract with a man who has bad intentions, with history to show that he isn’t good. It’s just that there are fewer men, and no laws or social structures to hold these things up. If men don’t do it on their own, and stay with other men who likewise choose honesty, there isn’t a solution. Pick your friends well, toss the rest out. Not all men are in the brotherhood of man.

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