Idolatry, Infanticide and Material Success in the West: How I Became A Bearded Religious Fanatic

I left a comment on a fantastic entry in EvolutionistX’s blog, and then thought it was worth making into a post here.

For a personal narrative of what happens when a very refined and compassionate culture encounters such starvation that mothers eat their own children, you can look at our Book of Lamentations.

It makes for very hard, heartbreaking reading, but necessary.

Look around: even with abortion and birth control widely available, humanity is not suffering a lack of children, but an over-abundance.

The parts of humanity suffering an over-abundance (which concept I don’t believe in) are not the parts with widely available abortion and birth control.

No one said GNON has a heart.

Et tu with the Gnon stuff?

You know, Moldbug used Gnon as a thought experiment, and then disposed of the concept:

It is also a well-defined and cogent statement to say that Lawrence Auster is a servant of God. One can serve without orders. Larry doesn’t need God’s cell-phone number to serve God, and nor for that matter does the Pope. When we say “God,” we know what we mean — it is a shorthand for the superhuman and perfect, for infinite wisdom and intelligence, just as the character of Hamlet is a shorthand for a mercurial and hesitating character. What, pray tell me, is the Flying Spaghetti Monster a shorthand for?

G-d certainly has compassion. The way we understand the degradation described in the Book of Lamentations is that it is a just punishment and reflection for spiritual degradation we imposed upon ourselves through idolatry (more on this below).

In Carthage “[child] sacrifice in the ancient world reached its infamous zenith.”

Perfect example of why r/k is not a good model for people. Also see Stove’s Darwinian Fairytales (available online in pdf for free.) People are not cod fish or elephants.

Allow me to make a counter-proposal.

The Carthaginians, Aztecs etc. were not welfare troglodytes. They were not Russian peasants, who had had their grain requisitioned. And they were not the besieged and starving population of Jerusalem. They were a highly refined society with an aristocracy, literacy, and a high investment in their upper classes. They were also cruel and vile people. They did not sacrifice their children out of physical need, but rather out of idolatry, which is to say, the projection of one’s own egotistic desires and fears upon an external object which represents an imaginary deity, which is supposed to serve you.

See the Prophet Isaiah:

Who hath fashioned a god, or molten an image that is profitable for nothing?
Behold, all the fellows thereof shall be ashamed; and the craftsmen skilled above men; let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; they shall fear, they shall be ashamed together. 
The smith maketh an axe, and worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with his strong arm; yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth; he drinketh no water, and is faint.
The carpenter stretcheth out a line; he marketh it out with a pencil; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compasses, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man, to dwell in the house. 
He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the ilex and the oak, and strengtheneth for himself one among the trees of the forest; he planteth a bay-tree, and the rain doth nourish it. 
Then a man useth it for fuel; and he taketh thereof, and warmeth himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 
He burneth the half thereof in the fire; with the half thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied; yea, he warmeth himself, and saith: ‘Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire’;
And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image; he falleth down unto it and worshippeth, and prayeth unto it, and saith: ‘Deliver me, for thou art my god.’ 
They know not, neither do they understand; for their eyes are bedaubed, that they cannot see, and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 
And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say: ‘I have burned the half of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh and eaten it; and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? Shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?’ 
He striveth after ashes, a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say: ‘Is there not a lie in my right hand?’

Certainly, focusing this intensely on one’s desires produces some effect (visualization is a technique used, for instance, by Olympic athletes), and confirmation bias accounts for the rest-”meme magic is real.”

Sometimes it doesn’t work. Which is a feature, not a bug! As we know, sporadic reinforcement is the best method for creating an addiction, and an addiction needs to be fed more and more.

So you start off sacrificing a bit to idolatry and end up sacrificing the thing most dear to you: your children, your future. This is the ultimate slavery: slavery to one’s own desires which leads to sacrificing the most precious thing you have (materially.)

Abortion and birth control in the developed world are no different, except that the practitioners and priests cut costs on masonry and carpentry. Want to finish your college degree? Want a career? Want to be respected?Want to be loved? Better go hit the Planned Parenthood. Want to be a real, cool man? Better learn to be a PUA, and of course, any girl that gets pregnant had better “take care of it.”

Where’s the difference between them and Carthaginians?

PS The Russian peasants who starved in 1933 had, 10 years earlier, enthusiastically supported the destruction of religion in Russia, the public humiliation and murder of priests, the desecration of churches and their transformation into warehouses for potatoes, etc.

I’m not saying they “deserved” it. I’m saying that when you stick your fingers in the light socket, prepare for a shock.

PPS The intellectual understanding that Western society was based on a very subtle and refined but all-pervading idolatry, that this was ultimate slavery, and that the only way to freedom was renunciation of one’s own will where it conflicted with that of G-d is what drove me to religion five years ago, which led to a very profound (difficult but priceless) transformation of my life on every level, which is still ongoing.

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