For those of you that have come, I'm glad that you are here. We all hope and strive to continue the work of improving ourselves, the local environment we inhabit, and the greater world. But first we need a blueprint to accomplish that.
One of my favorite quotes is "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.". That quote is what built the civilization that we have. The culture. The technology. The infrastructure. And on and on. All of it. The previous generation has squandered their inheritance. Our inheritance. The system of Western Civilization was working great, but it was neglected and fifth columners were allowed access to that system. They have been dismantling it for decades, quite successfully too, thinking if they can just take enough of it apart, the whole thing will collapse.
Chuck Palahniuk romantically described our situation as follows:
I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables - slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war... Our great depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't. We're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.
This is why there has been a traditionalist revival. We see and understand that things are not as they should be. Both internally and externally. The public purse has been pillaged. Devalued currency, inflated houses and education, the saddling of ever greater debt on to our backs, and we've been told to grin and bear it as we inherited median wages that have been consistently stagnant from the 1970s onward. This is not the future we were promised. For most of us, we didn't even have the opportunity to have our beliefs beaten out of us because they were never there in the first place. We've been denied our social and metaphysical inheritance, and mass consumerism has not been able to fill that void in our souls that is sobbing "What is my purpose?". The neoMarxists have kept trying to deny us the lessons our forefathers left for us. They say "Don't say that, that's taboo, be good and have a hit of dopamine, *or *be bad and lose your way of living." We are not living in Fahrenheit 451 or 1984, complete with firemen or memory-holes erasing history for the sake of a false social harmony to maintain the status quo. That's not reality. Yet. But it may be. Once you realize how to be in charge of your own life and to break the chains of this mental, and thus physical, bondage, you realize that your hand is on the rudder that determines which direction our world will go. How strongly you're capable of pulling on that rudder is up to you.
One of the first things you need to understand and accept is that you will never find your purpose externally. To find out what it is, first you must look within. But how? Where do you begin?
That's what this thread is for. We're all compatriots on this journey of life. If you're well-organized you may have our own system, however encompassing, and if you're lacking organization you may just have a way of doing what you do when you choose to do it that way. Ordo ab chao. Order out of chaos. We must fight entropy every day of our life or we will die. The strength and resilience that one is able to develop and exert is how Great Men are cultivated and how great civilizations are built. We have the entire collective knowledge of our civilization at our fingertips. "Information is ammunition" and we need to start putting it to use, as our time is short and life is ever fleeting.
So the first order of business is developing the outline of a living curriculum and the useful tools to accomplish those goals.