"We have in fact entered upon the final phase of this Kali Yuga, the darkest period of this dark age: the state of dissolution from which there is to be no emerging except through a cataclysm, since it is no longer a mere revival which is required, but a complete renovation. One must not disguise the gravity of the situation: It should be viewed such as it is, not only without optimism but also without pessimism, since, as has already been remarked, the end of the old world will also be the beginning of the new one.
… the present phase must also have its appointed place, like any other, in the complete course of human development."
— René Guénon, The Crisis of the Modern World (via closetoaworldbelow)
"… the word used is more important than the notion it is supposed to represent, and most of the modern ‘idols’ are really mere words, for a remarkable phenomenon has arisen known as ‘verbalism’, by which sonorous words succeed in creating the illusion of thought; the influence that orators have over the crowd is particularly characteristic in this connection, and it does not require much reflection to see that it is a process of suggestion altogether comparable to that used by hypnotists."
— René Guénon, 'The Crisis of the Modern World' (via indigenousdialogues)
"A word that rose to honor at the time of the Renaissance, and that summarized in advance the whole program of modern civilization is ‘humanism’. Men were indeed concerned to reduce everything to purely human proportions, to eliminate every principle of a higher order, and, one might say, symbolically to turn away from the heavens under pretext of conquering the earth; the Greeks, whose example they claimed to follow, had never gone as far in this direction, even at the time of their greatest intellectual decadence, and with them utilitarian considerations had at least never claimed the first place, as they were very soon to do with the moderns. Humanism was form of what has subsequently become contemporary secularism; and, owing to its desire to reduce everything to the measure of man as an end in himself, modern civilization has sunk stage by stage until it has reached the level of the lowest elements in man and aims at little more than satisfying the needs inherent in the material side of his nature, an aim that is in any case quite illusory since it constantly creates more artificial needs than it can satisfy."
— René Guénon, The Crisis of the Modern World (via vandrare)
"According to the classical doctrine of the development and degradation of cycles, the egalitarian theme has entered our culture from the stage of myth (equality before God), and proceeded to the stage of ideology (equality before people); after that, it has passed to the stage of “scientific pretension” (affirmation of the egalitarian fact). In short, we have proceeded from Christianity to democracy, and after that to socialism and Marxism. The most serious reproach that one can level against Christianity is that it has inaugurated this egalitarian cycle by introducing into European thought a revolutionary anthropology, with a universalist and totalitarian character."
— Alain de Benoist (via werewolvez)
"At the same time it can be seen how absurd is the attitude of those Europeans who feel indignant because a man cannot pass from his own caste into a higher one: in effect this would imply nothing more nor less than a change of the individual nature, or in other words a man would have to cease being himself in order to become another man, which is obviously absurd; a being will remain throughout the whole of his individual existence what he is potentially at the time of his birth. The question why a being is himself and not another is a pointless one; the truth is that every being, each according to his own nature, is a necessary element in the total and universal harmony."
— René Guénon, Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines (via defunctparadigm)
Today the USA is the main problem in this context, because the USA is doing just like the culture of Carthage did. The USA too conquer by trade. The whole world is flooded in American consumer products. The Coca-Cola company, McDonald’s, Levi-Strauss, Microsoft, the Hollywood “entertainment” (id est propaganda) industry, and so forth, are destroying all cultures on planet Earth, and are trying to replace it with the American lack of culture. This “cultural” imperialism is of course linked to capitalism, and the American companies’ wish to earn money - with no regards to the consequences whatsoever. They don’t do this because they are “evil”, but simply because they are extremely greedy and unable to think far ahead.
We need to embrace our own culture and we need to have a culture of our own, or else we will all become like the average American (and other capitalists too), who spend more money even on chewing gum than books. We will become disgusting and ultra-egoistic, capitalistic and materialistic, hypocritical and stupid, incompetent and lazy, without any sense of aesthetics or taste, racially indefinable and religiously retarded subhuman scum.
— Varg Vikernes (via havetsvargar)
"America … has created a ‘civilization’ that represents an exact contradiction of the ancient European tradition. It has introduced the religion of praxis and productivity; it has put the quest for profit, great industrial production, and mechanical, visible, and quantitative achievements over any other interest. It has generated a soulless greatness of a purely technological and collective nature, lacking any background of transcendence, inner light, and true spirituality. America has [built a society where] man becomes a mere instrument of production and material productivity within a conformist social conglomerate"
— Julius Evola (via todgeweiht)
"Today, many artists look at the idea of beauty with disdain, a leftover from a vanished way of living which has no real connection with the world that now surrounds us. So there has been a desire to desecrate the experiences of sex and death by displaying them in trivial and impersonal ways that destroy all sense of their spiritual significance. Just as those who lose their religion have an urge to mock the faith that they’ve lost, so do artists today feel an urge to treat human life in demeaning ways and to mock the pursuit of beauty."
— Roger Scruton