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The Decline of Heroism by Julius Evola 1 October 1950

Reading from Metaphysics of War, pages 135-9

In this, his final essay on the subject, in a tone that seems to predict Men Among the Ruins, Evola refrains from the sneer that the Cold War Era of the Deep, Dueling, Incontestable Polar Lies richly deserved, and instead offers a sense of caution for the masculine soul that might be drawn into war on behalf of his hijacked nation, suggesting a rational look at the false dichotomy that was and remains, the Liberal War Order, in which men whose European ancestry have been designated as evil, are at once castigated for their forefather’s triumphs—indeed their very survival—and in the same social breath encouraged to engage in liberalism’s greatest sin [war] for the sake of liberal democracy, at the same time staining themselves beyond the curtain of decency.

Now that that process has cycled through in the intervening 70 years, reading Evola’s advance view of it near its very inception fills one with confidence for his insight. The old mystic notes that a writer named Ernst Junger, an oft-wounded war veteran, had written important works on heroism that would become of great importance at a future time when men were open again to seeing the truth. In a society which proclaimed pacifism in its sterilized, post-Christian form as its highest ideal, yet campaigned with all the propaganda available to the media state for heroes of the ancient Roman type to prepare for some final battle, it is astounding that so many of us and our fathers and grandfathers believed in such nonsense.

In Julius Evola’s final essay on the subject, a quarter-century before his work among us was done, he made a number of salient points which form the basis for our post heroic form:

-Combat is only justified to save the sacred human body

-The sacred human body—every one of them—shall be sustained and worshipped in palatial god houses.

-Everybody will no such ease—guaranteed ease of which only kings once partook—that the temporary notion of the soul will be rendered infinitely bearable.

-Standardization of thought through democracy shall insure hegemony over whatever aspect of the managerial organism regulates the comfort of the sacred human body.

-The reduction of the moral justification for war outlaws physical agency, and the cults of ease, safety and “the myths of war on war” and “The West” will permit the democratized human cattle, caged in the tiny horizon of their muted minds to eventually internalize the lie that war is evil and be easily led to the implication that free will and masculine agency equal war on society [which is the teaming meat idol we worship] and that only submission to the least aspects of our character will render our souls palatable enough for the bland engine which evolved to devour them.

Most of all, Evola makes it clear that most humans will be sucked into the engine of modernity and lose all perspective and that it will fall to the few to preserve a true perspective of life until the cycle of civilization takes a spiral towards sanity.

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