November 02, 2010

The Fool

John Titor: Time Traveller
The Turner Diaries at Wikipedia

Today, Brigit over at Home on the Range had this to say:
Do any of you recall reading of The Trojan Horse? No, not the computer term, the one known as the Wooden Horse, a device resorted to by the Greeks, after the death of Achilles, to capture Troy. The story is referred to in the Odyssey. Epēius, a skillful craftsman, constructed a very large wooden horse inside which picked Greek warriors, including Odysseus, were concealed. Then the Greek army sailed out of sight, leaving Sinon, one of their number, behind. He pretended to be a deserter and told the Trojans that the horse was an offering to Athena; if brought within the city it would render it impregnable. In spite of the warning given to the Trojans by Lāocǒon (a priest of Apollo) not to trust ‘Greek gifts’, the Trojans dragged the horse into the city. At night the Greeks came out of the horse and the city was taken. Virgil tells the tale of the horse in Aeneid 2.

Laocoon, follow'd by a num'rous crowd,
Ran from the fort, and cried, from far, aloud:
‘O wretched countrymen! What fury reigns
What more than madness has possess'd your brains
Think you the Grecians from your coasts are gone?
And are Ulysses' arts no better known?
This hollow fabric either must inclose,
Within its blind recess, our secret foes;
Or 't is an engine rais'd above the town,
T' o'erlook the walls, and then to batter down.
Somewhat is sure design'd, by fraud or force
Trust not their presents, nor admit the horse

In America, we either lift our prophets up on enormous pedestals or we ignore them completely. There does not seem to be any middle ground. We forget that the role of The Fool is still sacred and we ignore him to our own peril. Insanity and genius walk a razor's edge that Osama Bin Laden and Albert Einstein both share. To ignore either is to seal our own doom, and seal it quickly.

Today I am heading off to the polls to vote. A few of the votes I will cast scare me half to death because I am given a choice between two equally undesirable and potentially dangerous evils. A few of the votes are, at least to my mind, clear choices between Marxism and Freedom and those will be easy. Most of the choices are between good people sincere in their beliefs who happen to fall out on opposite sides of the ideological divide that tore through the United States with the election of Ronald Reagan and has continued unbroken and unabated to this day. That ideological divide is far more dangerous than either candidate, making my choice difficult without depriving me of hope that we as Americans can still find some way to bridge this division before it destroys us completely.

John Titor predicted a civil war between the haves and have nots. The Turner Diaries predicted a civil war between the whites and all other minorities. Many modern militia members don't believe either John Titor or Andrew Macdonald, but they see the division in American politics and they know that if it cannot be bridged, sooner or later revolution is inevitable. So I go to the polls today to cast my vote. I will not vote in complete compliance with the NRA, the Tea Party, the DNC, or the RNC. I will not vote in accordance with the teaching of Glenn Beck nor the satire of Bill Maher. I will not cast my votes on the basis of any single political ideology or platform. I will cast each vote for many different reasons, some economic, some cultural, and some personal, but behind each and every vote I cast today there will be this one common thread: will this vote move my homeland away from the abyss of violent confrontation between two irreconcilable radical agendas?

I look at John Titor and Andrew Macdonald and I see superimposed on both the tarot of The Fool, traditionally pictured as blissfully walking head first over a cliff or off a roof. The message of the fool is not that he is insane. The real message of the fool is that we are insane if we choose to follow him. Here today, November 2, 2010, that is the choice we each face as we walk into the polling booth and tap the electronic screen, punch our ballot card, or otherwise cast our vote. The real danger is not the socialist agenda of Barack Obama and George Soros nor the overt radicalism of men like Timothy McVeigh and Osama Bin Laden. The real danger is that we as a nation are poised on a precipice of full-scale civil war. If we do not change our entire cultural approach to conflict resolution then it will not matter who wins today and who loses. Either way, our nation will march merrily over that precipice, millions will die, and the nightmare scenarios of both John Titor and Andrew Macdonald will be realized right before our very eyes.

The only thing more dangerous than following The Fool is ignoring him.