‘Sisu’, ‘Eucatastrophe’, And The Future Of Europe

‘Sisu’, ‘Eucatastrophe’, And The Future Of Europe
September 18, 2016 Admin

Editor’s Note: This is another essay for the short book of essays we will publishing on Kindle about contemporary Europe. Also, when first posted I accidentally thanked Kadphises for notifying me of the concept of Sisu instead of Kristopher. That has been corrected now 🙂

‘Sisu’, ‘Eucatastrophe’, And The Future Of Europe

Those of us who focus on the situation in Europe are hyper-aware of the dire nature of things. On a daily basis, we hear the horror stories of rape and murder, and see the crushed lives that result from the horrors of mass immigration. We see the never-ending arrival of foreign aliens, set only on destruction, conquest, and Islamization. Simultaneously, we watch the omnipresent insanity of Progressive European politicians, never ceasing to lobby for more of the same, and acting based on fantasy ideologies far removed from real-life events.

These bleak realities force us to confront the question of response, and determine exactly what actions- and mindsets- are most warranted. To this important question a reader of ours in Sweden- Kristopher- recently recommended to me a helpful concept. This is the Finnish word- or idea- of Sisu, and it has great relevance to the situation in Europe, and the fate of the lands we descend from and revere.

Sisu is said to be difficult to translate into English, but roughly means willpower, or something like the combination of courage and tenacity and the drive to stick with something against all odds.


The Wikipedia entry for the word gives the following definition:

Sisu is a Finnish word that cannot be translated metaphrastically into the English language, loosely translated to mean stoic determination, grit, bravery, guts, resilience,[1][2] perseverance and hardiness,[3][4] expressing the historic self-identified Finnish national character.

Sisu is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is Sisu. It is similar to equanimity, with the addition of a grim quality of stress management. The pertaining adjective is sisukas, “having the quality of Sisu“.

“Having guts” is a fairly literal translation, as the word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior. One closely related concept to Sisu is grit; which shares some of its denoting elements with Sisu, save for “stress management” and passion for a long-term goal. Sisu may have an element of passion but it is not always present,[5] unlike in the case of grit as defined by Dr. Angela Duckworth.[6]

The mention of the word ‘stoic’ is appropriate, for the Roman ‘Stoic’ philosophers wrote about the same qualities. Authors such as Tacitus and Marcus Aurelius transcribed great volumes about the need to accept life for what it was, trials and tribulations most of all. While their civilization could not survive its own ‘migrant crisis’, their writings live on, and are also relevant for the existential and spiritual battle we find ourselves in today.


Sisu has a metaphysical quality as well however, which uniquely recommends it for these apocalyptic times. Descriptions I have found by Finns online point to its ‘mystical, almost magical meaning.’

In this regard it reminds me of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings– appropriate since Tolkien based the story in many ways on the Kalevala, Finland’s national epic.

In discussions of both The Lord of the Rings and his own spiritual beliefs, Tolkien often discussed the concept of what he called “eucatastrophe”. As one of the world’s foremost linguists, he created this word to reflect a specific kind of event that can take place both in stories and real life.

“Eucatastrophe” means the exact opposite of “catastrophe”. While the latter refers to things suddenly going wrong, “eucatastrophe”, its inverse, refers to that moment when- in the midst of all seeming bleak and beyond hope- everything suddenly changes for the better, and good is able to (almost magically) triumph over evil. In his books examples would include the arrival of the eagles at the Battle of Five Armies, the arrival of Gandalf and the Rohirrim at the Battle of Helm’s Deep, and Gollum’s fall into Orodruin after taking the ring from Frodo.

Tolkien as a young man.

Tolkien as a young man.

Eucatastrophe is not possible without Sisu (a word I am sure Tolkien must have been aware of). For if we do not persevere in the face of darkness and despair, and fight back despite the overwhelming odds that confront us, then the arrival of moments of eucatastrophe is not possible.

The situation we see in Western Europe today is exactly that. The odds that we as Identitarians and European-Preservationists confront are dire. Not only is the present filled with unbound horrors, but the future possibilities range from bad to worse. The only potential outcomes rational observers can imagine range from complete Islamization to civil war to worse. Yet the concept of Sisu teaches us to persevere not just for the possibility of eucatastrophe and victory, and the chance that good will triumph over the evil so increasingly prevalent, but also because that is how we as Europeans should by nature conduct ourselves. The brave people of Finland have used the concept of Sisu to govern their actions for generations untold, and triumphed over many enemies and trials. In this latter age where we as people of European descent confront even greater threats to our ancestral lands and collective future, these ways of thinking laid down by our ancestors are of greater importance than ever before.

Comments (11)

  1. Laguna Beach Fogey 1 year ago

    The vast majority of our people do not see how dire the situation really is. They must be made to see.

    All we can do is press on.

  2. Author
    Admin 1 year ago

    Amen to that Laguna Beach. Eventually it will be impossible not to see. That awareness can’t come soon enough though can it.

  3. Michael 1 year ago

    The biggest difference I see between northern Europeans and middle easterners is the way in which they react to adversity. The typical European stays calm, evaluates the situation with a cold eye and proceeds in a pragmatic manner. The Arab or North African screams, raves, shakes his fists and is prone to violent outbursts, especially when in a numerical superior group. We ARE superior to their culture, sorry, but that’s the plain truth. We are smarter, harder working, more productive and more creative. And, if we make up our mind, better at fighting and killing.

    • Author
      Admin 1 year ago

      Could not agree more Michael. History did not play out as it did by accident. Yet all that success our ancestors had and all the abundance they created allowed our people to get soft. The cycles repeat, and its now a question of whether we can harden back up in time, and keep things to only a moderate shift, instead of a full one (total Islamization of Europe).

  4. Albanacht 1 year ago

    ”Eventually it will be impossible not to see.”

    The events of last summer’s Islamic invasion of Europe, applauded and cheered on as it was by UK politicians and the sick left, was a watershed period of time for me. I will never forget it, as night after night I watched the news in utter disbelief that this treachery was allowed to happen. Over the course of the last year, after much reading and discussion, I now realise that our traitorous political elites are working towards an agenda that will bury Europe, as part of their globalist plan to end European sovereign nation statehood, among their other nihilist objectives.

    Last year I woke up to this insanity and now inform as many of my family and friends as possible, sticking to facts and pointing them to articles and websites such as your excellent one, in an attempt to alter their voting patterns, and warn them of the coming catastrophe. You are right ”Eventually it will be impossible not to see.” And that time is upon us!

    • Michael 1 year ago

      What you just wrote exactly describes my experience. Up until this whole mess started I was more neutral, maybe even slightly left leaning. Oh boy, has my outlook changed in the last year… This mass insanity that has gripped Europe can’t be allowed to go on anymore.

      • Albanacht 1 year ago

        Thanks Michael, It’s good to know I’m not alone and that people are starting to wake up!
        Hope you enjoy the links. You are so right . . . ”This mass insanity that has gripped Europe can’t be allowed to go on anymore.” I’ll be visiting this site more often. I’ll look out for you and if I find any interesting articles or blogs i’ll let you know. Thanks again!

    • Author
      Admin 1 year ago

      Hey Albanacht- Thanks for the comment! Is that your first one on the site? I am glad you have found it.

      How are your family and friends reacting when you bring them such information? Where in Europe are you located?

      I have been able to bring awareness to a decent number of people here in America, including some who are very left wing when it comes to American politics.

      I have actually had some baby boomer former hippies apologize for the mess that America and Europe have landed in, and blame themselves/their generation for it. So indeed I do think awareness is rising.

      Thanks again for the kind words and please keep commenting and sharing your thoughts/experiences!

  5. Albanacht 1 year ago

    Thanks for your reply Admin. Yes, it’s my first comment on your site. I found it a couple of months ago while attempting to gauge how other people in Europe were feeling after Angela Merkel decided to open the Gates of Hell, and allow the followers of the Stone Age death cult, that is Islam, a free pass into Europe. My gut feeling this time last year, and I said so in a resignation letter I wrote to the political party I belonged to, that I believed, If Europe’s political elite persisted in importing millions of incompatible non integrating Muslims into Europe year after relentless year, at a time when Europe’s native populations were in free fall, then resistance at a political and civil level would become inevitable and unstoppable and lead ultimately to war. Sounds alarmist, I know, but, French intelligence stated only two days before the atrocity at Nice, to a French parliamentary enquiry, that, the security services believed France was only one or two atrocities away from civil war, and that people were beginning to arm themselves in preparation.

    I digress. Family and friends have generally been receptive, and can see the the folly in what is being allowed to happen in their name to their country and Europe more generally, without their support, or having been consulted about the indigenous population being replaced by Islamic savages. They see how this nightmare is playing out every night on the news and where this is all heading if the politicians are allowed to carry on unchallenged. So I have some hope that people are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee, to use an Americanism, despite living north of Hadrian’s Wall. Glad you’re having success too, we just need to keep spreading the word and rely on people’ self preservation survival instincts, and gradually turn the tide. Thanks. I’ll be back!

    Here are some sites I use to keep up to speed on this fast moving situation in Europe and beyond. Some of them you will know.







    And finally http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/s-9097 This is the ultra politically correct pro migrant pro Merkel German equivalent of the BBC News website, but they allow comments from viewers, and as you will see, the viewers and commentators definitely don’t agree!

    • Author
      Admin 1 year ago

      Hey Albanacht, very interesting. I appreciate the list of sites. Many are ones I have not heard of so I am glad to hear of them and will be checking them out. If DW is Deutsche Welle that is one I am very familiar with and I read it to keep abreast of the mainstream perspective as well lol.

    • Michael 1 year ago

      Thanks for the great links! They are new to me and look very interesting!

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