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The Lost Chord

30 August 2017 @ 14:59

Seated one day at the organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys.

I know not what I was playing,
Or what I was dreaming then;
But I struck one chord of music,
Like the sound of a great Amen.

To those of us who are truly, actually Sane, the events occurring around us these days confuse and befuddle because we have never witnessed in our lifetimes such Relentless Madness(1) on such a grand, encompassing scale.

There are many among us who find themselves thinking: ‘I don’t recognize this society any more’.

Those people are not overreacting.  They are not being Melodramatic — in fact, they are reacting quite rationally to the Histrionics, the Rabid Sentimentality, going on around them.

The hard Truth is: American Society [as well as the rest if The West] is not what it once was.  Most of what made us the envy of the World has been discarded(2).

One the main reasons this is so is because we are participating inhabitants of a Society that is living in The Eternal Present, a Society where the image we have of the Past is shaped and colored by the attitudes and thinking prevalent NOW — what Mark Steyn calls ‘the hyper-present-tense’.

As with everything else that ails American Society, this current highly-strung state we live in is the result of The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking in this country [a detailed explanation of which may be found in my free book: On The Causes And Effects Of The Present Crisis In America].

Wherever Leftist Thinking has conquered, the Actual Past has been altered [with the object being to eventually Obliterate it].  This must happen in order for Leftism to achieve Victory because it, at it’s basic root, is a violent rejection of all of the accumulated Wisdom Mankind has gained through the centuries.

In a brilliant essay over at his site, Mark Steyn shows us the results of this Annihilation:

…when today’s movies do the period stuff, we impose our values on their times – hence, all the “f*cks” and lesbo sub-plots in recent Miss Marples, or the ghastly boorishness of Robert Downey Jr’s outings as Sherlock Holmes. Their times, our values. And because we are, in fact, engaged in overthrowing and remaking “human nature”, the past’s eternal verities are a particular affront.

It would be foolish to think that contempt can be contained merely to electronic entertainments. Today we insist “empathy” is a virtue, and trumpet our own incessantly. As I note in my bestselling After America…:

In contemporary education’s flight from facts to feelings, ’empathy”‘has become a useful substitute for reality. In the schoolrooms of America, you’ll be asked to empathize with, say, a West African who’s sold into slavery and shipped off to Virginia, or a loyal Japanese-American in a World War Two internment camp, or a hapless Native American who catches dysentery, typhoid, gonorrhea and an early strain of avian flu by foolishly buying beads from Christopher Columbus. This would be a useful exercise if we were genuinely interested in socio-historical empathizing. But instead the compliant pupil is expected merely to acknowledge the unlucky Indian as an early victim of European racism, and to assign the slave a contemporary African-American identity and thereby ’empathize’ with his sense of injustice. At this level, empathy is no more than the projection of contemporary and parochial obsessions—racism, sexism, imperialism—over the rich canvas of the past and the other.

The more we boast of our “empathy”, the less we have – not in the sense of the definition offered by David Berger in his book Clinical Empathy:

The capacity to know emotionally what another is experiencing from within the frame of reference of that other person.

My emphasis. Not a lot of that in the bright new dawn of our statue-free land. In an empathy-flaunting age we demand the entirety of human history think just like us — “because it’s 2017”. Robert E Lee must be toppled because he was racist. Thomas Jefferson must come down because he owned slaves. Christopher Columbus has to go because he had no transgender-bathroom policy on the Niña, Pinta and Santa María. The mobs in the street have no idea who these guys are — except that they are not like them, and so cannot be permitted to stand.

I’ve said many times that, when a people lose their future, they also lose their past….

…Our age not only disdains its inheritance, but actively reviles it, and wishes to destroy it. It is a totalitarian impulse. Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit id est semper esse puerum: To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child. To despise what happened before you were born is to remain forever a juvenile delinquent in the thuggish gang of the present tense.

If you look-up at the face of the person whose boot is stamping on your face forever, you will see that it is a Human face of a spoiled rotten brat child.

We do not recognize the Society swirling around us because we are now deaf to the ‘mystic chords of memory’.

We must not allow The Past to be taken from us.  Therefore, we must be relentless in our pursuit of The Lost Chord.

But one of the first and most leading principles on which the commonwealth and the laws are consecrated is lest the temporary possessors and life-renters in it, unmindful of what they have received from their ancestors, or of what is due to their posterity, should act as if they were the entire masters; that they should not think it amongst their rights to cut off the entail or commit waste on the inheritance, by destroying at their pleasure the whole original fabric of their society: hazarding to leave to those who come after them a ruin instead of an habitation,—and teaching these successors as little to respect their contrivances as they had themselves respected the institutions of their forefathers.

By this unprincipled facility of changing the state as often and as much and in as many ways as there are floating fancies or fashions, the whole chain and continuity of the commonwealth would be broken; no one generation could link with the other; men would become little better than the flies of a summer.

—Edmund Burke, Reflections On The Revolution In France
[re-paragraphing mine]

  1. ‘…When everything in society suddenly stops functioning rationally, that’s when the misfits crawl out of the woodwork. And with them their resentments, their utopian visions, their neuroses and psychoses. Mad dogs on the loose. A merry-go-round of feeble minds, free at last of all social fetters….’ —Jean Raspail, The Camp Of The Saints, Chapter 40.
  2. The ongoing outpouring of Charity and Compassion in Texas notwithstanding, what we are witnessing there is the residue of a fallen Culture, one of the last gasps, as it were, of The American Way.
  1. Adobe_Walls permalink
    30 August 2017 @ 17:05 17:05

    This speech was given to the Young Men’s Society of Lynchburg, August 26, 1838.
    In part it reads.

    It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

    Hear too, I pray you, the remarks by which the profound and philosophic Montesquieu illustrates the necessity of the controlling presence of virtue in a republic: “When virtue is banished,” says he, “ambition invades the hearts of all who are capable of receiving it, and avarice possesses the whole community. They had been free with laws. Now they want to be free without them. Every citizen is like a slave just escaped from his master. What once was maxim is now called rigor: to order they give the name of restraint, and that of fear to prudence. FRUGALITY, then, and not the THIRST OF GAIN, passes for avarice. Before, the property of private men constituted the public treasure; but now, the public treasure is become private property. Then it is, that the members of the commonwealth riot on the public spoils, and its whole force is reduced to the power of the few and the licentiousness of the many.”

    • 30 August 2017 @ 20:33 20:33

      Thanks for pointing me to this. I look forward to reading it all.

  2. jumpstart11 permalink
    30 August 2017 @ 17:39 17:39

    Wonderful hymn, I had forgotten.

    • 30 August 2017 @ 20:02 20:02

      I had, too.

      My Brother introduced it to me when I was young, after introducing me to Gilbert & Sullivan. The contrast was interesting.

  3. 31 August 2017 @ 16:05 16:05

    My wife and I were discussing the issues with the left’s obsession with the Confederate statues. And it seems to me that all of this mess can be laid at the feet of our former governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley when she capitulated on the protests calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house grounds following the horrific shooting at the Black church in Charleston.

    The left’s success at getting the flag removed emboldened them in their current endeavors.

    Just as all the good our Forefathers did can be negated by the fact that they owned slaves, so has all the good Nikki Haley done for SC been negated by her giving in to the childish protestations of the snowflakes over the flag.

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      31 August 2017 @ 20:21 20:21

      Stipulating that Haley shouldn’t have caved on that, but that’s not why the left feels emboldened. They sense that they have an opportunity (no one ever said they had any sense) here to make racism a winning issue again even though that failed utterly in the last election. The far left always goes too far and the Dems always follow in part because of the media. It’s hard to tell who’s leading who the far left or the media mainly because they’re the same thing, far left. The media has been leading the charge, gay marriage, hate speech, global warming etc. based on some moonbat theory and then or after the far left the dems think it’s a winning issue. Just like putting women with dicks in our wives and daughters bathrooms they’ve gone to far on the statue thing. Andrew Young of all people had some interesting comments on this. ”Young said the fight in the early 2000s to replace the Confederate battle emblem on the Georgia flag hurt the state and Atlanta because the Democrats lost the governor’s mansion. If Georgia had not been embroiled in the battle, it might have salvaged the deal to bring a Mercedes-Benz plant to southern Georgia and an accompanying 3,000 jobs and that Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act might have expanded in the state.

      “I’ve always been interested more in substance over symbols,” Young said, calling the fight over the flag a mistake.” Even Nancy Pelosi has criticized Antifa and you can be confident that epiphany came from poles and focus groups. The Dems are just as afraid of their far left and it’s media as the Republicans are. If Pelosi is turning on those guys who are just like those who stormed Normandy you can bet she’s been told that Antifa is doing great harm to her side.

  4. 01 September 2017 @ 17:05 17:05

    This post has triggered me! TEAR DOWN ALL MONUMENTS TO BOBBELVEDERE!


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