So how does all of this link to “decline”?
Before I properly sink my teeth into this, I must further clarify my style, in a sense. I really do not have the time to write anything more than an extended essay to explain in great detail a philosophy of history, especially not in the way Spengler did in his Decline of the West, for example. The answers and viewpoints here will not be probed into to the point of obsession. If anyone reading this has any questions on anything specific, then contact me directly and I’ll attempt to treat any problems there. I am a flawed human being, and I’m especially not used to writing such lengthy things; so forgive any incoherence or inconsistency. Back to the topic at hand, however.
It’s often that one overhears people saying thing like “This is the best time in history! Everyone is equal, we have freedom, medicine and technology allow us to live healthier lives for longer – what’s the problem?” The problem is simple: Human society has collectively shifted from a focus on quality to a focus on quantity. This has occurred in multiple fashions, and I am still undecided whether it has been as a result of material conditions in human society, or the metaphysical state of the species. Nevertheless, I will go into detail, to the best of my ability, on both realms. However, before we can deal with the Material Degeneration and the Spiritual Degeneration, more points must be dealt with.
To fully grasp what this extended monologue is “all about,” I’d encourage the reader to explore beyond the politics and socioeconomic of the here and now. What we are trying to treat here may manifest in the here and now and on the lower levels such as economics and within classes, but it itself exists anterior to the day-to-day. It is essentially an existential crisis for the whole of humankind regardless of class, culture, colour or creed.
All things have a higher realm and a lower. One view is that physical reality is simply a mirroring of metaphysical principles. All in the category of “real,” as far as what can be perceived by the senses, is a manifestation of principles which are resonating on a lower plane which we can sensually perceive. Areas such as religion, spirituality, and so on, are not “real” in this sense, but they are still “real” in the sense of being; of existing on a higher level than the mundane. Logic and rationale are tools human beings use to access these realms, as such they could be compared to mathematics, to a degree. Mathematics, in a raw form, is abstraction; ideas; concepts – but it is still a real thing. It exists metaphysically and can be applied as a tool, and the tools of logic and rationale can be used to explore it. Religion, spirituality, and so on, exist in a similar manner. It’s no wonder philosophers and metaphysicians like René Guénon and Julius Evola found their beginnings in mathematics. It all essentially relies on the individual’s capacity for logic.
An understanding of this higher realm of principles is something really confined to a few among the masses of humanity who have the time and intelligence to explore it. This does not mean, however, that it is something which is to be shunned by those who aren’t immediately drawn to it. An interest in religious matters does have broad, idealistic, “what about the whole of humanity,” aspects, but so does it affect one’s day-to-day existence. How one goes about life, relationships, one’s career (if at all) and so on are all areas which can be affected by one’s inner orientation; one’s sense of morality, of righteousness, or “properness,” et cetera. This is not a place for everybody, but everybody could find a use for it if they so chose to.
The matter of Material Degeneration will be covered in the next post.