5 Elemental Challenges — Void
Once, distinguished SBNRs like W.B. Yeats learned Hermetics with the Golden Dawn.
Now, in Greece, “Golden Dawn” refers to the neo-Nazi thugs who recently terrorised an immigrant theatre group in an action some have termed an “early Greek Kristallnacht”.
Their leader, shouting “Wrap it up you Albanian faggots” at the besieged staff inside the theatre, whom he threatened to post home to their mothers dismembered in boxes, was an elected fascist member of the Greek parliament. Real fascist — not George Bush. The police looked on idly.
That could well be in the future of much of the West, in various guises, not all of them such literal retreadings of the Panzer by any means. Anyone still living in the era of comfortable $1,795 6-day workshops should be thinking carefully.
It’s unfortunate that the “Golden Dawn” name is far from coincidental. The Nazis themselves had their roots in SBNR, and represent a rather grander version of the same kind of monomythic regression we see in the guru-narcissists. The Nazi salute may itself be a copy of a gesture (scroll up a bit in that link) originally learned by Yeats and others in the Hermetic tradition for good SBNR reasons.
SBNR is perhaps specially placed to watch that particular situation. As our lifeblood is pluralism, democracy and free speech, we ought to be motivated too. There is a chance of doing more than watching, too… more in the next post.
Meanwhile I sense that we still await the shape of the Western SBNR of the future. It won’t look like the present. More than one researcher is saying that in the current period the unserious is being winnowed out, and it looks that way to me as well.