Rollin' Like Sisyphus

A Frenchman Walks Into A Bar

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on November 17, 2015

Laying prone in the street, he asks his companion what happened.
“You walked into a bar. It knocked you out cold. Why would you walk into a bar?”
“I never saw it coming,” the Frenchman muttered, “I only exist in tortured metaphor.”
The 20th century was not kind to the French. World War I annihilated their best and brightest men; World War II crushed what little remained of their national spirit. The Cold War saw them play fourth-fiddle in the Panoply of Uselessness that was NATO while every vestige of their prominence slipped away, from Dien Bein Phu to Algiers. Despite (or perhaps because of) the lionization of Charles de Gaulle, the second half of the century witnessed France’s marked decline coupled inversely proportional to the rise of its collective psychotic incoherence. The France of this time was the birthplace of post-modernism, post-structuralism, deconstructionism, post-deconstructionism, and absurdist existentialism, which are all schools of thought focused around the same thing – that meaning is meaningless. Beyond that, none of it matters because obliterating the meaning from everything means never having to say you’re sorry.
Fast-forward a few decades, where the French philosophies of futility have spread and become essentially the European Way, France suddenly finds itself beset with a fanatical enemy known for the very strict dichotomy of its character – conqueror or conquered – with nothing in between. Just as you can’t buy off the moral rectitude that comes with religious conquest, you also can’t engage it with your century-old shell-shocked bag of pseudo-jedi mind tricks insisting that everything is nothing. Philosophic walls are in a way just as important as the material kind, in that they establish a set of beliefs from which sovereignty and agency derive. The decades of bleak navel-gazing about the nature of nothing is one crucial reason why France and the larger Western world are not up to the challenges that lay before them.
The attacks in Paris, coupled with the downing of the Russian jet, the assault on the Tunisian tourist resort, the aborted train assault, the Hebdo assault, the Sydney attacks, and on and on and on, should be all that you need to know to reckon with the idea that #LoveWon’tWin this fight, dismissing ISIS as not-representative of “true Islam” is counter-intuitive in the extreme, and that bombing the ever-loving shit out of Syria and Iraq accomplishes nothing when your enemy is already inside your home with a knife to your throat.
There will be more of this to come, obviously, in France and elsewhere. The Culture of Nothingness absurdly clings to its insistence that it can win a moral war without any discernable morality.
Let’s see how that works out for them.

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  1. Giraffe said, on November 18, 2015 at 08:09

    The Culture of Nothingness absurdly clings to its insistence that it can win a moral war without any discernable morality.

    Very quotable. Given the cultural malaise they were already under, they were fairly assured of not making it to next round anyway. Low birth rate, etc. It will be interesting, if this turns out to be a kick in the pants that wakes them up and gets them to civilizing again or a Rousey style KTFO.


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