Securing Sanity, Serenity, and Motivation

Disclaimer: If you are irreligious, this article is probably not for you. I mean no offense, but what I have to say here is for people who have a religious perspective. Feel free to read further if you choose, but caveat emptor: I make no claim to authority, and much of what follows is speculation.

On a bright Saturday morning recently, I got into my car in pursuit of the strategic objectives of the moment: a full tank of gas, Big Gulp, and brownie from the local 7-11. As I prepared to pull out of the driveway, an SUV blocked my exit. I surmised that I was about to receive a sales pitch.

As I got out of my car to find out what was going on, the SUV parked, and from its back seat emerged a passenger. As I walked toward him while preparing to issue my most polite but firm Thanks but that’s not in the budget speech, I saw a tall Black man who was pushing forty, well dressed, and holding something. As he approached me, he evidently saw a soul in danger of destruction; the man was a Jehovah’s Witness, and was about to use a bit of his weekend to talk to me about what he had in his hand: a copy of The Watchtower.

Now I happen to know something about the “JWs”, and, as I explained to him while we were standing in my driveway, admire the courage that they have shown in the most horrific of circumstances, including in Soviet labor camps. Silently I reflected on the fact that although his theology was preposterous, my visitor was willing to risk ridicule to offer a stranger what he thought was a pathway to eternal salvation. Moved, I briefly considered sharing “muh superior doctrine” to set him straight and enhance his own chances for redemption.

I was more selfish with my time than he was with his, and my brownie was calling, so I abandoned that plan. The JW appeared to be earnestly trying to do good, so I was content to think that God would be pleased with him without my help if he was as sincere as he seemed. I said something about being willing to talk with him sometime, so he wrote his email address on The Watchtower, handed it to me, and asked that I let him know when “some brothers” could meet with me. Since the JW was Black, and I am White and listen to TRS, I found his reference to “the brothers” hilarious in this context, but by some miracle managed not to laugh out loud. We shook hands and he left.

Afterwards I thought more about the courage my visitor obviously had to stand up for what he believed, and was reminded of comments on TRS articles and in the forum. Some have asked how to stay motivated, while others have described in the most despairing terms the travails of life in general and the difficult prospects for Whites in specific. I have also seen inspirational pieces that advocate various efforts intended to help preserve our people and their culture.

Many of the activities that were recommended are praiseworthy, but when seen from a religious perspective, are no more than means to an end. In fact, even the apparent central goal of the Alt Right—the preservation of the White race---can be in the final analysis no more than means to an end. An ultimate goal and its rationale must be recognized.

As I alluded to in an earlier article, Alt-Right Morality: Eight Axioms, I suspect that the religious people who are in this movement are drawn in part because of a conscious or unconscious assumption that our race (and others) are among God’s deliberate creations, that these creations glorify God in ways that we may not fully grasp, and that in most cases He wants His major works to survive.

If, however, our race becomes our God, we lose absolutely everything, including our credibility. That is why I believe an authentically religious perspective can contribute strongly to the health of the movement and the sanity of its members. From this perspective we gain several things:

Immunity from self-idolatry and related idiocies. We know that for all of its achievements, the White race—like all other races—is not faultless, not God, and cannot shield us from eventual death. This realization lets us see ourselves in context, and maintain the virtue of humility.

Recognition of an apparent responsibility. Namely, the previously mentioned role in preserving part of God’s creation. While our “love of God and neighbor” must in some form include people worldwide, we also sense that it legitimizes love of self. This insulates us from propaganda that would have us demonize and imperil ourselves.

Confidence. If God wants our people to be among those who continue to exist, our survival is assured no matter how bleak today’s landscape. This fact does not obviate our responsibility to cooperate with God’s will, but provides serenity amid challenges, and the motivation to go on.