~ The Oracle
On the Spirituality of the once and Future West:
The Religion of the West
The last two thousand years of Western religious feelings have gone through enormous changes, evolutions, and restructuring. It has helped to forge our view of ourselves, our Family, our Politics, our way of waging War, of the values of Life and Death. What was true one-hundred years ago to the pious and devout laymen and clergy, with time, has morphed, or been re-structured to follow, not a new sense of mysticism nor, sadly, a new faith, into values and perceptions based upon necessity, on political world-views which, among other things, has brought many in the West to the realization that, perforce, their remains no absolute value upon which to base personal, familial, or State dogma and morals. This is no abstract discussion, as all faith, all belief in the unseen, all spiritual fundamentalism, has been cast into the valley of the shadow of death in this modern age; the very fabric of tradition, of continuity of spiritual and personal interests, and the knowledge that a persons soul is sound, without major conflicts to constantly derail his waking state, his day-to-day reason, upon which he is able to guide himself and his nation, seems to be what passes for the search of ‘spirituality’.
This discussion centers, not around Religion, nor its Leaders, but about values, about perceptions of what we, as men and women of the West, see of ourselves and, hence, how others see us.
The weekly mission to ‘places of worship’ is not what is meant here. Every week, believers are drawn to belief, to hope, and values, which, to most, transcend the day-to-day humdrum of their daily lives. In this regard, belief is the marginal religion of the West: Christianity. Marginal, because many in the West follow a message which is theirs by the right of tradition, of the common aspirations of their fathers and mothers, but unknown to the majority of the West as their raison d’etre; their reason for being. Moreover, the reason and purpose of spirituality, of religion, for the maintenance of healthy men and women who not only reside with us, but after us, must be addressed if the West is to not only continue, but to become better.
As in the first part of this organic study of the West which, in a preliminary sense, gave a sense of what spirituality meant to our ancestors as members of the far-flung colonies of the West, this introduction into the spirituality, longings, hopes, and faith of the Future West is set down for others to ponder, and either deny or embrace.
Why is this necessary?
The way-signs of disintegration are all around us. The hope in a better future has been lost by the majority of Western people’s; indeed, most members of the West have no real faith at all. Let us travel into this realm without fear or favor. First a glimpse back into the past – then, on too the Future.
Belief. Faith. Religion.
To these three elements, the fate of all religious Peoples has rested. To adventure, exploration, War and Peace, all these have nestled in the womb-like protection and projection of the varied and distinct race-cultures which inhabit the earth, and to that which inspires, and directs the polity of the group, tribe, or State to manifest itself to the world.
Twenty years ago, to say that the majority of the Western nations shared a particular ‘type’ of faith would not have been possible, for the element of Religion has, with time, faded into the background of the various political manifestations of the public perception of State; that is, that the very separation of State and Faith have continued, especially in America, to dominate their political world view. However, up until just a few generations ago, the mixture of two, some say opposites, Christianity and Judaism, have lived tenuously, side by side, in many countries of the West. To the Christian, these elements are grounded, earth-like, in the scriptures; to the Jew, the Talmud is the overseer of their people, and their faith; the other various religions, beliefs, and faiths are too myriad to mention in this work, but is not to infer any degradation or lack of value inherent thereof.
Of those characteristics and faiths mentioned above, it is too belief, which is to be studied here, first. The rise of a new West is, in its final analysis, the study and observation of a new West, a west which follows its own path; the path it takes is neither good nor evil, for it simply seeks to manifest itself in those ways in which its members will find solace, direction, and strength to carry on its existence for as long as it exists as organism. A people, a Race, cannot exist for long as a unified force, unless, and until, there exists a code of conduct by which the larger conditions of life, are measured. Law, as a construct may only limit this definition of spirit; it can never create it.
The mind of Western man has always been, fundamentally, lineal, as opposed to emotive/creative in nature; only when those certain and rare, momentary epochs of peace and security (even if lasting for durations of hundreds, if not thousands of years) allow persons of the West to achieve this pinnacle of realization, of faith, do we pay any attention all. This duality has always accompanied a sense (belief) of Culture; civilization, as its counterpoint, provides the elemental balance to sustain it. To sustain a spiritual element, which lives outside the creative/lineal duality, is another matter altogether. The Modern West, an epoch in which we all live, today, is constantly in flux; valuable traditions and perceptions modified by circumstance, law, control and independent aspirations and goals, has constantly added to this process, precisely, in which Western man, himself, has been modified.
Modification has occurred over millennia. The rate of modification since the nineteenth century has been exceptional and exhaustive. No longer has the discipline of the ‘church’ (i.e. predominately Catholicism) been seen as the pillar of strength necessary for Western spiritual travels. The Protestant schism, especially here in America, lasted but a brief time, and was consistently, and irrevocably diluted, by the twentieth century and its acceptance of such diverse and empowered religions of the world. To those skeptics who assert that this position is invalid, or worse, bigoted, let the reader be the ultimate arbiter.
Let us continue.
The road by which Western man has traveled has, to say the least, been a winding one. To the layman, that average person of intellect and circumstance, the faith of the fathers has been enough; and so it has. That faith, however, is not of the same substance as it once was; and old and young, residing within the West are questioning what role this ‘faith of the fathers’ is to be, and to what purpose, if at all, it is to serve.
Is, for instance, Mysticism the greater compelling interest of a Faith? Likewise, is belief necessary to acknowledge a faith? Is Religion necessary, at any rate, to fulfill some greater destiny, which the Race must follow or die? Everyone, it seems, have their own unique answer to this question.
Let us, then, present our own vision and understanding, so that the path we take in the future may be brighter for the task; that our own path bring us closer to that spirit which ever seeks to ennoble us, as a People, and thereby allow us to lead, truly lead, our future generations on a life-mission which will benefit the entire race-culture of the West.
Conceptually, the furthering of dialogue, as regards religious imperatives for any people is faced with a paradox: If faith, as a raison d’etre exists, then why develop a position which, in fact questions it? I, for one, do not question faith; yet, many have an unspoken dislike of and for Religion. Why is this? What, if any, are the reasons by which religion, or faith, is necessary to any one, or all races and peoples? To address any of these issues, one must, firstly, look into the mind of the individual peoples who conceived of a faith, which has suited them for long durations or, to the lesser understanding, has been absorbed as the continuing duality of our human existence.
Logic, discussion, and spiritual considerations have always worked, hand in glove, with Western man’s search for the ‘spirit’, ‘god-head’, ‘inner-man’ or, simply, that which cannot be explained, but felt, by our human existence which beckons us to follow paths less trod by the average individual thus, giving the majority a goal which, with time, becomes the factor of growth, ennobling, and divine aspirations which marks us as a People, as unique upon the world stage.
We are, when not motivated by the ‘herd mentality’, a mixture of believers and disbelievers – this belongs to the individual, firstly – the group, as is natural, will follow what seems, in their eyes, as being practiced by those whose destiny it was to ferret out, or who had experienced a novel thing, a marvelous thing, by which the rest could emulate, and become better for the seemingly divine incarnation of faith itself.