One of my most vivid memories is from 7th grade, during football practice one day.
That was my first year of actual, real, helmet and pads football. I was a tight end and defensive end and loved playing football more than anything in the world. I wasn’t the number one player on the team but I was definitely one of the better ones, and arguably the most obsessive and earnest.
Every day we 7th graders would practice on one end of the field while the 8th graders practiced on the other end. Despite only being a year older than us, we were at that age where male growth spurts occur so quickly, and they were therefore substantially bigger than us. They also had several members who had been held back at least one if not two grades, and were thus in actuality physically the equivalent of high school sophomores.
On this particular day, toward the end of the season, our coaches got it in their heads to have us- the 7th graders- scrimmage against the 8th graders. When they announced this we were shocked, and our eyes grew big, and fear and anxiety soon spread like wildfire in our ranks.
They had us start running plays against each other. We were on offense, and the 8th graders on defense. I was the starting tight end, and several minutes into this exercise our coach huddled us up.
“14 Pop” he declared, calling a play where I- the tight end- would run a quick slant right across the middle and have the quarterback throw to me after a very abbreviated three step drop.
The middle-linebacker- Cody- was one of those twice held-back behemoths however, and I replied anxiously “Coach, I don’t want to run across the middle- Cody’s the middle-linebacker- he’ll kill me”. The coach relented, and we ran a different play.
After a couple more plays however, in which we all continued to represent ourselves dismally, he lost his temper.
“You’re all acting like a bunch of little girls! Pull your heads outta your asses – this is pathetic!” Then, after a mili-second of a pause… “14 pop Goddammit!”.
I immediately felt an immense shame. He was re-calling the play I had chickened out on. I dutifully approached the line of scrimmage, ran across the middle, tried but failed to catch the ball, and narrowly missed Cody’s body launching full speed at me.
I didn’t even care about whether he hit me or not at that point though. I felt more low than at any time I could remember. I had been publicly shamed by my coach, and rightly so. The spirit of cowardice that had emerged amongst us when we were told we would play the 8th graders had caught me full-bore, and I had acted in a manner totally incongruent with the brave, earnest, aggressive young football player I normally was and wanted to be.
I am thankful to this day for that experience though, because from that moment on I resolved to never display cowardice in such a manner again. From that point on I always tried to volunteer for the difficult and scary assignments, and to never back down from violence- whether in football or something else. The episode had demonstrated the intensely powerful- and positive- power of shame, when used for the right purposes.
Segue to modern Europe
I think this is very relevant today in modern Europe. For though our Progressive opponents have done everything humanly possible to usher in a victimhood culture and get rid of shame, I absolutely believe it still retains that same power.
And there is nowhere where there is more shame to be had than in modern Sweden.
We can see numerous examples of it daily.
Fria Tider highlights one today. In it they describe the Swedish economist and mass-immigration critic Tino Sanandaji pointing out the base hypocrisy of the left when it comes to “undocumented workers”.
As the article explains:
Even in DN has been reading that if the illegal immigrants suddenly disappeared, it “would be the country’s economy collapse.”
But that is not true. On the contrary, the illegal low-wage sector, a problem which displaces unemployed, responding author and economist Tino Sanandaji.
He believes that it is a “fantasy” that the economy would collapse without a few thousand illegal in low-wage occupations.
“Sweden worked demonstrably [for] a few years ago, when there were few illegal immigrants,” he notes.
According Sanandaji is illegal a tiny fraction of the labor force and is in the so-called surplus professions that can easily be done by others. He says the low wages is no economic gain.
“It reflects the low productivity of the marginal service occupations that barely required and can be easily replaced,” says Sanandaji.
Tino Sanandaji points out, contrary to an illegal sector distort competition and displace unemployed seeking the few simple jobs that still exist in Sweden.
“It is harmful and unwanted, and opposed by the traditional left”, points out Sanandaji.
But the modern left has become an “immigration cult” who romanticize undeclared work and wage dumping in a desperate attempt to defend immigration and multiculturalism, says the economist. The New Left argue that the economy needs low paid subclass, which according Tino Sanandaji is absurd because it was there that the traditional labor movement fought against.
“Based on these confused reasoning like man with immigration recreate the poverty that pushed back after decades of struggle”, says Tino Sanandaji.
Sanandaji points out that where the left used to take up the cause of low-paid workers, they now glorify them solely because they make the country less white.
This is a minor point of shame however.
Worse is the Swedish justice system letting off Muslim child-rapists without jail time.
Worse is Sweden’s leaders purposefully turning the country Islamic, so that native Swedes are now likely a minority among the 18-29 year old male demographic.
And perhaps worst of all is the spectacle- noted today in Fria Tider– of left-wing Swedes glorifying the terrorists that murder Swedish children.
This has been going on publicly in Gothenburg, where Swedish Progressives have been putting on a play about ‘humanizing’ Muslim terrorists, like the Uzbek man who just drove a truck through a crowd of native Swedes, murdering and mangling the body of a young native Swedish girl.
Fria Tider explains it thus:
At the end of March, the play Jihadisten premiered at the Gothenburg City Theater. It is about “humanizing” and “nuanced picture of the Swedish jihad travelers,” could be read on Swedish Television News. Despite the bloody terrorist attack on Drottninggatan in Stockholm, where, among others, 11-year-old girl brutally driven to death, do not want to Gothenburg City Theater set piece.
Jihadisten is about 22-year-old Ilias from Lövgärdet traveling to Syria to join a terrorist organization. According to Johan Gry , writer and director of Jihadisten, the purpose of the play to “humanize the terrorist”, to “dare to see that the terrorist is a human being.”
The play, which was recognized by the Free Times, received much criticism, including from politicians who felt that the romanticized image of the terrorists. But Gothenburg City Theater defended himself that it is important to understand why a person chooses to become a terrorist, and continued to play.
Jihadisten is current again after suspected Islamic terrorist attack in Stockholm on Friday, where a witness to the attack has told how the terrorist with the truck on Drottninggatan ran on a child so badly and in such a high speed that “the child flew up in the air.”
But Gothenburg City Theater am not going to set the play that aims to “humanize” and “understand” terrorist. On the contrary, think that Jihadisten is particularly important now after the terrorist attack.
Pontus Stenshäll, artistic director of the Gothenburg City Theater, says that the show is “very important now, given what has happened,” writes Swedish Television News.
– It is a terrible and serious problem that we need to discuss, says Pontus Stenshäll to Kulturnyheterna.
The content of the play will not change.
After the performance, organized a panel discussion with “experts” who discuss the “structure and motivations” that allows a young person traveling off to fight for a terrorist organization. The call will be marked by the terrorist attack in Stockholm, according to Pontus Stenshäll.
These individuals are engaged in the most shameful displays ever witnessed in the West’s proud history.
Though they themselves may not recognize this, having been brainwashed into the ‘cult’ that Sanandaji mentioned, it does not make their actions any less worthy of shame.
They- with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven chief among them– are liars, sociopaths, murderers, child rape accomplices, child-rape sacrificers, cowards, genocidal killers, and, more than anything, traitors.
They must be labelled as such, and even though they may be too far gone to be awakened as a result, others may react positively to such shame, and be snapped back into reality, and see their actions and beliefs for what they truly are.
As our guest writer Andrew Graf recently stated, “You can’t stop the forces of nature”.
Traitorism, suicide, and child-sacrifice do not exist in nature, and the quicker our Progressive opponents are shamed out of existence, the quicker those horrific manifestations of Cultural-Marxism will be gone from Europe for good.