Degeneracy

Love is not a Feeling

We are a civilisation which lives by feelings. It’s built into the zeitgeist. It’s also the greatest cause of suffering in the world.

OK, that’s a big call. If you’re a slave in Kim Jong-un’s harem, living by feelings is probably not the most unpleasant thing you experience. You probably try to avoid feeling anything at all.

Perhaps at school your history teachers took a break from bashing up on crackers and mentioned the Renaissance. If so, you no doubt received the Party Line about it – that the rebirth of classical Graeco-Roman culture was an unadulterated good, breaking open the fusty hidebound traditionalism of medieval Europe and birthing glorious modernity with its glorious revolutions.… Read the rest

What is Culture?

If you asked a typical 21st century serf what they think culture is, they’ll probably say something about the characteristics that make up a people (not so succinctly and with fewer syllables, and they might need to Google. But that will be the gist). If a crowd of proles overheard, they would probably agree, while maybe adding something about spicy food.

They’re wrong. Culture is not identity. It is not cuisine, language, fashion or which side of the road you drive on. It has much more to do with whether you have roads at all.

Our word culture comes (circuitously, as always) from the Latin cultura meaning cultivation or agriculture.… Read the rest