An Identity Crisis

There is a worldwide crisis that is going unaddressed by the majority, but it is the cause of many societal problems today. There is a social identity crisis present in many counties that is both the cause and worst symptom of a cascade effect of problems. Cultural Marxism lies at the heart of this issue, as we will soon see. 

Cultural Marxism is largely credited as being the work of the Frankfurt school. They began in Germany, fled the Nazis, and found a home in American academia. In the tradition of anything with Marxist roots, it began with a noble goal but was founded upon untested ideals and completely disregards the human element. It can be presented to sound good in theory, but it is demonstrably harmful when put into practice. 

What the institute set out to do was to free people from their illusions. They view historical determination as a bad thing. It was their goal to do away with historical roles and give people a stronger sense of self-determination. Gender roles, social tiers, even political lines were viewed as a weakness holding mankind back from empowering the individual. The problem is that this view throws out scientific evidence, and cannot hold up to any scientific approach to the hypothesis. Humans are not all created equally. That fairy tale is not helpful to the discourse. Individuals do have areas of strength and weakness, and to ignore these natural tendencies is suboptimal at best and disastrous in the worst cases. 

Males and females developed over the course of human evolution to fulfill different roles. To deny this is to deny reality, but our society has become so lost to itself that it is no longer viewed as a delusional belief. It is true that some extant roles may be restrictive, and that there are outliers capable of excelling outside of their natural tendencies. It is true that societal tiers are a construct of history and convenience, but to deny that they came into being without purpose is madness. It is definitely possible to see through illusion and approach your potential and options unfettered, but it is unnecessary and harmful to ignore biology and history while doing so. 

Likewise, it is problematic to assume that everyone can come to a consensus on right and wrong. Ethics and philosophy have struggled with this since they came into being. There is no definitive answer, and there's no reason to pretend that I can agree with a person who believes that I should be killed for watching porn with my wife. I believe I should kill anyone who tries to kill me, and those two philosophies are inherently conflicting. Humans evolved in tribes, and that is still how our brain functions. Robin Dunbar, of Oxford University, demonstrates to us that our brains limit us to about 150 meaningful connections with others. Outside of this group you are physically incapable of caring about anyone else as much as you care about your tribe. These limits will always be reflected in social situations and policy, and in order for that to change the size of our brains will have to increase dramatically. Don't hold your breath waiting for this to happen. Utopia is a fantasy. In Greek it literally means "no place." The idea was created as a commentary on the fact that a utopian society cannot possibly exist. This is as true today as it was in 1516, when Sir Thomas More initially penned the idea. 

On to the problems of today. Without a general acceptance of these truths, we are at a crossroads. There are more options for self-expression and self-determination than at any time in human history. Not everyone is able to handle so many options, and not everyone is fully willing to accept the personal accountability that comes with this power. We have glorified people who have no inherent value, but seem to thrive in this environment. Entertainers, pundits, and such. It seems at a glance that having no inherent value as a person is an acceptable path in life now, but this is not true. When reality clashes with this notion it creates a cognitive dissonance. People become upset when life isn't as effortless as it appears on tv. There is a part of everyone that is self-referencing, and that part is not happy with what it sees in a lot of people when they look in the mirror. 

This is how we have gotten to the state of affairs where righteous indignation seems to be a national pastime for people. The culture of offense is a direct result of people having no pride in themselves, so they must look for every opportunity to feel superior to another. It's a sense of accomplishment that doesn't require any effort to earn, and a balm for the weary ego in people with no identity. 

This is why works like the Hávamál are so important. It is a strong cultural tie. It gives us an ancestral truth, and ideals to strive towards. The heroes of the eddas and sagas are not gods, and they are not myths. They are our ancestors, and touchstones for what we should strive to be in life. Warriors are prone to embellishment, and the fans of those warriors even moreso, so take them with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, you should read them. Be aware of where your people come from, and use that to help plan where they are going. We can take comfort and pride in following in their footsteps. We have a clear idea of who we should be, and a metric by which to measure our progress. This is what the world has lost in denying history. This is how we end up with people for whom even their gender is not a certainty. 

I'm certainly not suggesting that you should isolate yourself from people outside of your tribe. This is a weakness and a hindrance to growth. I'm not advocating for any group supremacy, or decrying anyone based on the limits of their nature. I'm merely suggesting that it is folly to ignore evidence, and that blind academics has done a tremendous harm to the very people that it set out to liberate. Exactly as Marxist economics did before the social theory was proposed.