Autophagy

Drive through most any town in the United States, and you will notice a recurrent theme, our societal leitmotif: at least one street (usually several) blighted by, sacrificed to, consumptive postmodernism.

Large and gaudy signs, unimaginative architecture, mass-produced imagery, welfare disguised as diversionary hourly make-work (Now hiring 4th assistant manager!). All of this designed for the singular, mechanical, amoral purpose of pandering already obsolescent shit to an ever lower common denominator.

Couture
You say “Capitalism,” I say “autophagy.”

Several streets over, hidden behind this shoddy mask of progress, technology, and cheap baubles you will find postmodernism’s fugal counterpoint: the prior.

Houses built by craftsmen long-dead, aesthetically-pleasing city halls, charming and inviting town squares. Monuments dedicated to events that held infinitely more spiritual value than any nihilistic school shooting or Lew Rockwell article on predator drones.

past

What you find in the shadowy corners are echoes, residue of men and women who seemed to value life just a little more. This is a world somehow separate from the hyper-immediacy of smart phones and internet boobies. Theirs were emotions and experiences connected with deeper, complicated, slowly-wrought forces of their own mind.

Compare the past with our world today: quality has been replaced by quantity (and disguised with the word “equality”). Recently ancient man’s most trivial spiritual pondering would reduce the majority of our hipster generation to a state of microbrew-fueled stupor.

The human occupants of our present age have “grown” to inwardly-reflect the modern town strip. Squat, ugly, identical, gaudy, purposefully purposeless. A postmodern human can go from bawwing their wittle eyes out over some massacred children (…somewhere in Connecticut, right? What were their names again?), to setting up a meaningless date (fuck) online in a span of minutes without a single dissonant thought.

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Some Olive Garden in your belly and some spunk on your chest won’t fill the void in your soul, bitch.

The present age has lost it’s spirit and traditions in favor of objects and rationality.  It/we has/have largely forgotten what is required to fuel human civilization.

The parasitic outlet malls and drive-thrus of the present can only continue as long as there exists a previous system to leech off of. Similarly, postmodern critical theories and degenerate social progresses can only continue as long as there exists some residue of actual patriarchy and stable authority.

Technology has indeed been a boon for the degenerates who have come to rule the roost; the printing presses and iPads have done much to prevent what has historically happened to every nation that reached this existential crisis point before. Unfortunately, the West has also reached a unique condition in human history: no civilization has ever before been so materialistically wealthy and spiritually destitute. The most savage and isolated Amazonian aborigine has a deeper connection with his superego than your typical American Ph.D.

Ours has become a world of parabolic paradoxes; of economic autophagy, of peak identity, of post-scarcity ethics. The West will continue to pull it’s population in two opposite directions until the human center finally separates.

  • David

    “Degenerate social progress?” Ought to be “degenerate social regression” instead. Describing it as “progress” is just their way of brainwashing.

  • http://rezzealaux.wordpress.com korezaan

    All new buildings look the same. I’m told it’s not the same architecture, only the same color palette, but that makes little difference to me. It’s whites, blacks, greys, and light wood browns, with a random pastel color used here and there. Lots and lots of glass. Exposed steel building structure. Nontiled ceiling with all the vents and wiring showing. I can be at home or at school, in Germany or in China.

    It’s not just an Apple Store thing. Though Apple is a really good example.

  • shiiingga

    are you sure this isnt theleftstuff.biz

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  • Sun

    America was always a society built upon equality, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, hence “Liberal.” These values expanded since its birth but it is the values. One progressive side that want to expound on those values. The other, conservative, wants to go back to an earlier form. The earliest American tradition is flawed. The golden age of the 1950s is short lived. These societies never last long. 250 years isn’t a long time from a civilization standpoint.

  • Darth Stirner

    “are you sure this isnt theleftstuff.biz”

    Classical liberals (anti-monarchists, advocates of an extremely free market) sat on the left in French parliament. However contemporary usage of the term “right wing” tends to include economic libertarians. The RIGHT STUFF is so far right that in comparison libertarians are librul pussies.

    “The terms “left” and “right” appeared during the French Revolution of 1789 when members of the National Assembly divided into supporters of the king to the president’s right and supporters of the revolution to his left.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left%E2%80%93right_politics

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