Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Intuitive Truths, Sort Of

I had a piece awhile back on non-intuitive truths HERE, and the basic conclusion was that many, even most, of them aren't truths at all, but are simply made up. The point was made that non-intuitive truths are cool, and that therefore it's fun to know them, and even to make them up to (a) impress people or (b) deceive people.


But for the most part, your basic intuitive truths are valid, and there are far more of them than there are of non-intuitive truths. And a great many of these intuitive truths are also traditional truths, of the type curmudgeons like yours truly tend to repeat constantly. That's why we curmudgeons are almost always right.

Kipling called these traditional truths the "Gods of the copybook headings," because when he was a kid, the copybooks used in schools had these truths as quotes at the top of the pages. The Gods of the Market Place, in contrast, are trendy, popular ideas that very often are not truths at all, and in fact directly contradict the Gods of the copybook headings. He lists some of the latter in this poem:

The Gods of the Copybook Headings 

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
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And this leads me to a post from Chateau Heartiste, which makes the same point, most particularly about racial intuitive/traditional truths, which were readily available sixty years ago, but which have been replaced by Market (Marxist?) Place ideas that only sound like truths, actually being non-intuitive non-truths:

What’s Old Is New Again

Charlesz Martel comments,
Essentially, the common ideas about race up to about the mid-1950’s are all turning out to be true- I.Q., creativity, aggression, conformity, sexual differences and desire of non-whites for white females, etc. The next 20-30 years will be the history of our race and culture relearning all that was once commonly accepted as obvious truth and discarded, and figuring out what to do with the mess that denial of these truths has created in the white western world.
I will essentially spend the rest of my life saying to anyone who will listen that ”I told you so!!!”
Don’t abide opinions that your grandmother would scoff at.
One of the reasons why CH resonates so forcefully with readers is because our field observations and keen eye corroborate what was accepted wisdom in our forefathers’ time. These mystic chords of memory are not so easily silenced by Hivemind thought suppression and reeducation.
Like I always say, the truth will win out… one way or another.

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