One of the things I wrote about in my first book, Fistfights With Muslims In Europe: One Man’s Journey Through Modernity, was the immense absence of sacrality and the ‘sacred’ in modern life.
This has been written about extensively by many authors. Kahlil Gibran wrote about the spiritual emptiness of city life. Frances Fukuyama wrote about modern secular society being composed of ‘men without chests’. My own favorite Identitarian author- Lawrence Murray– has written about the ‘anomie’ of the contemporary progressive West.
This complete lack of sacrality can be connected to a countless number of things both we (in this broader movement) and countless others find lacking in the West, or consider to be contributing factors to the mess the modern West finds itself in. These include our demographic challenges (no one has any kids anymore and this eventually equals no taxes and ultimately no society), depression, substance abuse, social isolation, massive sovereign and individual debt accumulation, and the disease of liberal-progressivism in general. Overall we will suffice it to say that there is a massive deficiency of sacrality (sacredness) in the modern West.
Sacrality Within Identitarianism And Traditionalism
For that reason I think there is a deep significance to the odes to sacrality and focus on sacrality we see within this burgeoning movement we are a part of. At this point many of these displays are partially tongue in cheek, but this is natural- we have been raised in the liberal west to deride and distrust any sincere exhibition of piety or sacrality and to use hipster-ish cynicism as a defense mechanism. Yet I think most of us will agree that such ‘odes’ to the sacred are growing more and more sincere each day.
This is something I really feel has massive significance. I will be writing more about it in my upcoming book, but I wanted to touch on it in this post. As we wrote about recently, ‘asabiya’ is a society’s shared collective willpower, its shared collective view of itself as an ‘us’ that is worth sacrificing for. The lack of sacrality in the modern West is- I believe- part and parcel of the lack of asabiya that is sending our societies hurtling toward oblivion (and eventually disappearance).
But in this movement we are a part of, we ARE seeing evidence of it.
Take the memes themselves. What started as semi-tongue in cheek ideas in the beginnings of Trump’s campaign grew more fervent as it continued, and I would argue are only about 25-30% ‘ironic’ today at most.
Consider too the images of Kek. Note: I would prefer to excise the ’88’ from it, but the rest of the picture is too perfect of an example to skip over.
Indeed, we are seeing a larger and larger proliferation of such images, the conflate the overlapping areas of 1) identitarianism, 2) self-improvement, and 3) metaphysical meaning or sacrality.
Let us too consider groups within or tangential to this large and nebulous movement.
I would draw attention to the Wolves of Vinland. For any who are not aware, the Wolves of Vinland is a self-described tribe of ‘modern folkish heathens’. Men who have chosen to sublimate their special snowflake ‘individuality’ to the collective, and so transform themselves into a better and stronger and more sacred group unit.
I am far from an expert on them, and have only read several articles on them, but they and their tribal ‘culture’ and group activities are an explicit attempt to get back in touch with what is sacred, and leave behind our profane modern world. Ruthlessly attacked by left-wing journalists and even Wikipedia as a result, they demonstrate that tribalism and sacrality are indeed the antithesis of modern liberal society in the denunciations they bring forth. Listen to Greg Johnson interview one of their leaders- Paul Waggener- here.
Another perfect example are our old friends Les Brigandes. As demonstrated in our profile of them, and in our interview with them, the foundation of their music is a rejection of the profanity that modern France and modern Europe are built upon. Their music and videos represent the causes of beauty, truth, sincerity, and belief.
All of this was, in retrospect, a big part of how I designed and envisioned this site. While its primary focus is tracking the war in Europe and figuring out with like-minded men how our movement can best fight back against those who would destroy it, sacrality- as embodied by ‘Tolkienism’ and ancestor-worship and the like- is in my opinion a crucial component of that question.
If our movement represents a resurgence of tribal asabiya among the broader European diaspora, then it makes perfect sense that it is where we are seeing such omens and focus.
This is something I have continually run into through my connections with people through this site as well. We profiled Ogier, a Scandinavian silver-worker who contacted me about the situation in Europe, and who did an interview with us on his work.
I also recently came into contact with ZS, a visual artist focused on Europe’s survival who drew the following illustration as a potential insignia for future European-Preservationists. The latin words mean ‘Good omens for battle’ and the white reindeer and white rainbow were inspired by our articles (one and two) on the same ‘omens’ from Sweden last year.
Approach of War
I believe that when Europe descends into anarchy and violence as an end result of mass migration such concepts will only grow in scope.
To get an idea of what that may look like we have several examples provided by Steve. Huge thanks to Steve for them as they are perfect illustrations of asabiya and sacrality in the context of modern warfare.
First we have Alexander Prokhorenko. Prokhorenko was a Russian Special Forces member of the Spetsnaz in the Russian Armed Forces.
The wikipedia page on him explains his significance:
According to Lieutenant General Sergey Kuralenko, head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, airstrikes were carried out according to the orders of Russian special forces in order to keep Palmyra’s historical monuments and civilian areas from being inadvertently bombarded. Prokhorenko had been on a mission to direct some of these Russian airstrikes at ISIS targets, when he was discovered and surrounded by ISIS forces. He was ordered to move to safety before the air strike but told his commander he couldn’t escape the area.
Talking to his superiors by radio, he reportedly said the following:
“I am surrounded, they are outside, I don’t want them to take me and parade me, conduct the airstrike, they will make a mockery of me and this uniform. I want to die with dignity and take all these bastards with me. Please my last wish, conduct the airstrike, they will kill me either way. This is the end commander, thank you, tell my family and my country I love them. Tell them I was brave and I fought until I could no longer. Please take care of my family, avenge my death, goodbye commander, tell my family I love them”
Prokhorenko ended up becoming a national hero, with poems and songs composed in his memory. His story is known to patriotic Russians across the land, and regarded as one of heroism and valor.
Martyrdom And Immortality
Even more sacred, however, is the story of Yevgeny Rodionov, “a Russian soldier who was taken prisoner of war by Chechen rebels and later executed in captivity for his alleged refusal to convert to Islam and defect to the enemy side.”
Rodionov was 19 in 1996 when, serving in Chechnya, he was kidnapped along with several others by Chechnyan Muslim separatists.
Wearing a cross around his neck that he refused to take off, Rodionov was apparently tortured for over 100 days before being beheaded for refusing to denounce Russia and his Christian heritage.
Since that time Rodionov has become a cult figure in Russia, and apparently there is a growing movement within the Russian Orthodox Church to canonize him as a Christian saint and martyr.
Some Russian soldiers reportedly even pray before his image, and according to the sources linked to from Wikipeida, one such prayer reads:
Thy martyr, Yevgeny, O Lord, in his sufferings hath received an incorruptible crown from Thee, our God, for having Thy strength he hath brought down his torturers, hath defeated the powerless insolence of demons. Through his prayers, save our souls.
Other sources explain that “since 2003, religious icons depicting Yevgeny had become popular. His mother has one herself; she has suggested that the icon of her son sometimes emits a perfume which she believes to be holy, to the extent that it actually drips with it.”
THIS is the sort of thing that happens in high-asabiya cultures where the regular populace recognizes the existential threats laid out against them. This is what was present through so much of human history but has disappeared from the modern secular West. But it is also what is on display among so many manifestations of Identitarianism and Preservationism, and is- I believe- a key reason we will pull mainstream society forward and toward long-term surival.
As the West continues to recede into the kinds of struggles our ancestors faced (and probably ones much worse in Europe’s case) I fully believe we will see more of this kind of art and belief, and more martyrs like these two young men.
Editor’s Note: I would be highly eager for any additional examples anyone could provide, as well as thoughts on these questions. As I said this is all stuff I am exploring as I write my next book.