Lew Rockwell introduced me to the Z Man’s blog, when he reposted this wonderful essay on “Essential Knowledge.” Among the several profound truths discussed, the Z Man noted that:
I am quite certain that the so-called elites whose number include the fanatic Cultural Marxists and the Social Justice Warriors want to expunge history and Homer from our consciousness; they can only do so if we let them. For our past is not only the guide to choosing a better future; it allows us to understand and be aware of the tyrannies of the present, to resist those who seek to limit our liberty, who promote war, who have no sense of the spiritual and only believe in the material, who believe in the rightness of might, the ones who are featured on the daily headlines posted on LewRockwell.com and whose mentality appears so alien to anyone with a sense of common sense, not to mention common decency.
Perhaps Edith Hamilton is no longer in fashion; yet she is someone who appreciated the best creations of the best minds of the Ancient Greeks and how their greatest gift was not just civilizational but an insight into the human spirit and into that which makes life beautiful, despite its moments of pain and suffering, grief and despair. She wrote in her The Greek Way:
Thus, I would describe our controllers, the ones who fight against liberty and knowledge of history very much in the mold of the ancient priestly cast—without any sense of spirituality of course. If I may return to the Z man he makes a distressing point in his most recent essay:
I cannot be as pessimistic as the Z Man on the murder of Western civilization; I do not say that every reader of Lew Rockwell or Z Man’s blog share the same goals yet I think among the billions of souls living on our enemy occupied planet, there are a great many—even if a minority—who value liberty, beauty, life and realize the importance of our cultural heritage. Thanks to this site and the Internet, I have encountered likeminded souls. And I have reason to believe that we few, “we happy few,” we band of brothers and sisters will do our best to remember and to spread the word, not just through social media, but in what we create, what we value, what we hold dear.
I had no idea that Sean Connery was a friend of the composer Vangelis; from the polis of the Internet I learned they collaborated on a work of art together: a reading of (Edmund Keeley’s translation of) C.P. Cavafy’s poem Ithaca set to Vangelis’ original music. While I suspect the original CD is very difficult to obtain, a kindred spirit created this video on YouTube:
Our modern day Laistrygonians and Cyclops are not the true dangers; only those if:
Life is a journey; the poem Ithaca captures not only our heritage and the gift of Homer but speaks of eternal truths; remembering Ithaca’s gift to us and avoiding Scylla and Charybdis, life’s journey can be a beautiful one. And that is why it’s so important that we honor and remember the past, remember our shared history, celebrate it, share it, and never forget, despite the efforts of the blind whose goal is for us to blind ourselves and deny our common humanity. There is neither peace nor joy in their “vision.” Their view of life is ugly, grey and one of continual strife and conflict; in other words, they do not see the truth.
For they suffer from a hubris that most likely will bring retribution from a higher power, if only in the fullness of time.