This Will Be a Generation of War
“The Millennial generation will be a generation of heroes” — X.A. Alexander
➢Star Wars is an old story, but one that sticks around due to a timeless element that seems to connect with every person. The core of the hero’s journey is his descent to the underworld and his resurfacing to the overworld with some new power or wealth. Luke, having had his entire life detonated by a squadron of storm troopers, is thrust into the chaos of a world he does not understand: an evil Empire, warring against a fledgling Rebellion, and Luke, hunted by both sides just as he learns about a new ability he has: The Force.
As luck would have it, Luke is found at the onset and led — maybe even coddled a bit — by several mentors who refuse to let him face that chaos alone. Had he not had those mentors, imagine where he might have ended up instead: drunken and alone on Tattoinee, having never discovered his powers. Or perhaps dead in a ditch on Endor, having never properly developed those powers — or any other number of scenarios, all of which end in a meaningless life or an unfulfilling death.
We know chaos is dangerous; we feel it in our bones. It’s why we cling so hard to our value systems — people don’t bicker for hours on end on the internet because the policies of X candidate are that much more important than the policies of Y candidate; they bicker because they’re desperately protecting their own value systems — that series of heuristics by which they interpret the world and assign meaning to what they see. That value system, or heuristic system, is the system which allows a person to navigate the world without going insane.
Follow along with this next part. It sounds unrelated, but this all ties together.
For decades now there has been a multi-front war on the entire concept of value systems — and no, this isn’t the Christian — atheist war that’s been going on for over a hundred years over various proxy issues. At the end of the game, nearly all “anti-theists” declare that they are fully capable of being a moral person without religion. That is, they still believe in a value system, even if they reject the ten-thousand-year-old linguistic program which created the value system in the first place.
What we’re looking at is a different breed of monster: postmodernism, and the breaking of the family unit. Kids grow up with missing parents, or grow up with both parents working and disconnected. The average millennial today has grown up without the guides to teach them the proper mode for addressing the world. Most millennials have gone or are about to go through colleges where intersectional feminism and Marxism are the favored past-times of college professors; where riots occur and staff are forced to resign for suggesting that people should be able to wear whatever kind of costume they want on Halloween.
Postmodernism makes a single contention: technically, any scenario can be interpreted in an infinite number of ways. If every interpretation is valid, then every interpretation is equally valueless, and thus the value systems which evaluate them have no real purpose or meaning. And many students swallow this notion whole.
But that’s not the only step. There’s a second step, and that’s the step you find directly afterwards. No human is able to sustain existing in the ocean of chaos for long. Not only does that ocean of infinite potential exist as a vast well of pain to those who fall into it; it is also impossible to exist without some sort of value system. If a person’s value system is destroyed, they *must* reconstruct it.
Hence, why so many return from college spouting ideologies of every stripe and color.
Most stories about the hero’s journey don’t show what happens when a person succumbs to the chaos, simply because such a story is a tragedy in every form. It exists as a horror in the back of the mind; a screaming testimony as to why the chaos is so dangerous. Those who have no meaningful mode of being in the world often find themselves protesting that lack of meaning they perceive, and they do it in the most horrendous way possible: they destroy everything that seems to have meaning.
The Columbine Killers, for instance.
We exercise caution within chaos because the chaos is the unkown, and within the unknown is where danger lies. In ancient days this would be written upon maps about unkown areas: “Here there be dragons.” One famous hero’s journey of past includes the knight, who ventures into the unknown to slay the dragon and take home the gold. It’s the same story as Star Wars, minus the lightsabers. Dragons exist where we cannot see, and we must defeat them in order to expand ourselves and claim new successes in the wrold.
If a person loses touch of their humanity; if they adopt a wild and senseless value system marred by their contact with the chaos, they become unpredictable to everyone. More than that, they become dangerous.
In a very real way, if a person becomes lost or corrupt within the chaos, that person is in danger of becoming a dragon of chaos.
Here’s another way someone can become a dragon of chaos: if they travel into the underworld (aka his value system is challenged and he becomes exposed to chaos), and his mentor corrupts him instead of helping guide him. Here’s a statement to consider:
Anakin Skywalker was a social justice warrior.
…and it was Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sideous) who corrupted him. And in the process, Anakin forsook the concept of morality and righteousness in pursuit of a single goal: power.
— Not unlike those who go to college, ingest postmodernism, and become intersectional feminists obsessed with gaining power under the guise of equality.
Minus the lightsabers, of course.
What happened once he converted to the dark side? Anakin turned on all of his friends, his family, his past mentors. He became a dragon of chaos; a corrupt hero who returned to his home, only to destroy those he loved.
— Not unlike those intersectional feminists when they return home and start requiring everyone in their life to bend knee to the new power, lest they be accused of misogyny and bigotry.
…Again, minus the lightsabers.
It’s also worth noting, that another occurrence can sometimes happen. Faced with the open maw of raw chaos, an individual will run screaming towards the most totalitarian ideology he can find. Sometimes that ideology is feminism. Occasionally that ideology is Christianity or some form of Buddhism. Sometimes that ideology is Islam. As best as I can tell, Jihadi John is such a man: a dragon of chaos borne by someone running so hard from the meaningless void of postmodernism that he latched onto an ideology so corrupt that it turned him against his own family, people, country, and culture.
➢But not everyone is doomed to become a dragon of chaos. By miracle perhaps — whether through the luck of an intact family with involved parents, or by discovering the works of various authors who have laid out pathways of provable, durable meaning — many millennials make it through the postmodern black hole of college alive and kicking, and prepared with tools to fight both postmodernism and the various linguistic viruses that it manages to create (intersectional feminism being just one strain).
These millennials… they are the heroes. Some are born on redpill forums after being thrust into chaos by a divorce, or by witnessing someone getting screwed over in a relationship. Many are formed as centrists or conservatives who enter the torrential downpour of leftist college classes and find themselves clinging to bastions of right-of-center thought like life rafts in a hurricane. For our generation, the internet is like the Fortress of Solitude was for Superman: a portal by which those besieged by dark forces could discover the modes of being which would allow them to face both life and their accusers in a meaningful way.
The internet is what made the heroes of the millennial generation.
But as what happens in a generation where there are too many dragons, and plenty of heroes to spare?
➢Dilbert creator Scott Adams declared that our generation would be “a generation of persuaders.” I don’t know if that’s right, but I do know the battle lines were drawn less than a decade ago. Very few noticed when the war began, but as it happens with bell curves, more and more people are turning their heads. The dragons of chaos have been fighting since day one. The heroes are only just beginning the real fight. And once the median of the curve passes, the tide will turn as if the night has passed in but a moment.