The Alt-Right needs to find ways to appeal to Mainstream Conservatives, to Moderate Republicans.
We hear this a lot, and not just from old geezers. We hear it from younger conservatives, too. We hear it from Christians. What it reveals is sympathy for the Alt-Right, but also fear of its more dangerous elements. It also expresses the idea that broad consensus is power, and necessary. This idea is logical, rational, and reasonable. And wrong. Very, very wrong.
We need to go the opposite direction, and while we shouldn’t act like idiots, this opposite direction we’re heading in is the right course. The way of consensus is safety. It’s Egypt.
The Alt-Right is the nation willing to head into the desert, facing risk, looking for reward. The Alt-Right is Christopher Columbus, Magellan, Cortes, DeSoto. They’re the ones traveling into uncharted territories, mapping what they find, discovering things. What they’re discovering looks like a new continent, but it’s really the Old Country that’s been abandoned and forgotten. We Christians should have been able to tell them that, if we hadn’t forgotten it ourselves.
Not too long ago, I was struggling hard about prayer. I still struggle with it, but not as much. Sometimes, it’s just hard to pray. What can I talk about with God? He already knows everything, including everything about me. I really got to the point that I no longer knew what to say. Yet, the Church and Scripture commands us to pray, which means God wants us to. Why? I just didn’t see what God got out of it.
The thought then came into my head one afternoon: There are certain things we know that God can’t do. Sin, for example. Here’s another: if God is omniscient, and knows all, then God can’t learn. He can’t discover anything. Remember how great the feeling was when you learned to ride a bike? Or imagine the joy of discovering something really astounding. God can’t experience the joy of learning anything, or discovering anything. I think He experiences that joy through us. Prayer may be a way to experience that more deeply for Him (yes, I know there are many other reasons we are to pray, but none of them were resonating for me).
This also could point to the purpose of our very existence. Think back to the Genesis story. God created the whole world and everything in it, then He creates Man, and what’s the first thing He says to them? “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Go! Find out everything there is to discover. Explore. Build. Learn everything.
God didn’t say to be reasonable, rational, logical. He said to explore. Now, He obviously didn’t want us to be idiots, otherwise He wouldn’t have made us logical in the first place, but a lot of errors in life are due to misplaced priorities. When Reason and Logic are placed too highly, there will be problems. It’s my opinion that Discovery is a higher priority.
Adventure trumps Reason.
Back to Genesis. When Eve ate the forbidden fruit, she did so because it would make her wise. I see a connection to the female nature here. Women are naturally inclined towards safety and security, and also consensus.
For the Game aware, we know the 16 Commandments, but the 2 foundational principles are Be Irrationally Confident and State Control. Of the two, it’s my opinion that State Control is the most important. State Control is the Ring to rule them all. You can fake Confidence, but State Control is how you become it. State Control is emotional self-mastery, and the emotions we are trying to master pretty much all boil down to one: Fear.
Fear is the killer. Fear convinces you to play it safe. Be reasonable. Don’t venture out too far. So how do you master Fear? Scripture says that you don’t just get rid of a vice. You have to replace it with something else. It’s not enough to just stop lying. You have to start telling the truth. If a thief stops stealing, he’s just a retired thief. No, he now needs to work an honest job and give to those in need.
That’s how you master Fear. It’s not enough to not be afraid. You have to replace it with something else. Something good. You replace it with Adventure. If that’s too corny of a word, find another, be my guest.
Great men lived like this.