Recreating the Warrior: Æsthetics of Masculinity

I am certain that you have noticed it, out of the corner of your eye, this new form of “masculinity.” This strangely effeminate archetype, typical of millennials, goes well beyond the trendy descriptions one is likely to see plastered all over the internet such as “nu-male,” “fedora lord” and “white-knight.” You might also have heard of such archetypes as the “whigger,” the “hipster-jock,” the “pharma-bro” and the “indie-chav.” All of these are popular slurs for males (generally young ones) putting on airs.

Silly as they sound there is a great deal of validity in these pejorative generalizations which is indicative of a general whitewashing/demonization of masculinity itself. But the problem which I see strikes far deeper. The view of what the “proper/real man” should be in the West seems in constant flux (consider the style of masculinity in the 30s-50s as opposed to the current day to see just how much has changed in so little time), there really is little in the way of any kind of unified æsthetic or even pragmatic standard — indeed, most men (and women for that matter) I encounter have considered such a value system to be ridiculous — just “find yourself.” Despite this scattershot approach there are certain features which people are inherently attracted to — forthrightness of conduct, hardness of will, dedication to principal, strength and power (both physical and psychological/intellectual). These qualities have been revered nearly universally all throughout history and will continue to be elevated well into the future. The reason why is obvious, a truism that needs no explanation — it is the dictates of biology, it is evolutionary imperative, it is genes and zero-sum conditioning.

Now, many within the alt-right/reactosphere community have put the blame for the decline of traditional masculinity on feminism, homosexuality, on egalitarianism, etc. The list goes on and of course there is some truth to these assertions — more in some cases than in others (homosexuality has nothing to do with anything here)  — but none of these -isms are the causes. One of the primary root causes is cultural relativism, for postmodern cultural relativism states that there is no true basis for one’s cultural values, they are just followed because one’s father, and their fathers before them, followed such values. René Guénon, perhaps, put it best when he said,

Relativism is self-contradictory, for, in seeking to reduce everything to change, one would arrive logically at the denial of change itself. ~ The Crisis of the Modern World

From this we get such gems as “toxic masculinity” and “gender/sex is a social construct.” And not only that but there is also an utterly debilitating tendency within cultural relativist circles to take the view that many third world countries are filled with “noble savages.” They tend to believe, to frankly astonishing degrees, that the Arab world (a place where the warrior ethos still thrives) used to be some kind of FernGully until the evil white man came and ruined it. Just to drive home the general lack of knowledge about foreign cultures (to say nothing of one’s own), next time someone you know brings up the topic of the problem with Islam ask them to tell you the difference between Shi’a and a Sunni — odds are ten to one that they will have absolutely no idea.

But let us not dwell on problems, but rather focus on solutions. The solutions in this case are not so clear-cut as with many other Western problems such as immigration/cultural miscegenation. Despite this there are a few concrete things which can be said. The first among them is the need to return to the warrior ethos (and subsequently improve upon it). By this I do not mean that all men be militarily trained, nor even proficient in combat (not everyone can be, of course). Rather, I speak of militarism of the mind, a harsh and unyielding defense of principal (without yielding to the tyrant of dogma) as well as community. A return to virility, stoicism and heroic fatalism — of course this is easier said than done. One of the best ways, in my estimation, for the warrior ethos to be rekindled is to give men something to protect once again. Men no longer have nationalism, so there is no need to protect their nation. They no longer have tightly knit community, thus no reason to protect their village. And what follows from this is a deterioration of sexual relations between the sexes where men no longer wish to even protect, nor even interact with, their own women (i.e. MGTOW).

Therefore, let us prop up those institutions and schools of thought which give individuals as well as communities something to strive for in bombastic unison, in any way we can, big or small. Whether that striving be in the arts, the athletic fields, in combat or in civic duty. Whether those values be secular or religious. Whether our assistance is in words or works — a return to principal and vision is what is most important, all else will naturally follow later. Principality and vision are inextricably tied to the male ethos, after all.

But let us not be all doom and gloom, nor too rooted in the present — the rise of the demographically youthful alt-right/reactosphere itself is a sign that times are changing, albeit slowly. There is a murmuring ground-swell, a simmering bio-hum, a shifting of the philosophical and political zeitgeist. This, in and of itself, is testimony to the fact that traditional masculinity and all that follows from it, are seeing a resurgence. Such as is evidenced by the “Power Through Discipline” talk show, by Donald Trump (who now has 739 delegates over runner-up Ted Cruz with only 465), by the Western support and admiration for Vladimir Putin. All of these things in their own smaller and larger ways are omens of what is next to come — the return of the Templar, the hard man, the iron gardener. I, for one, sincerely hope for a glorious and shattering return.

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Kaiter Enless

Futurist, artist and published fiction writer whose work asks the question, Of what use is the art which does not ruthlessly seek to force life to imitate it?

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