Category Archives: God

The dictatorship of libertinism

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 17.34.55The life’s work of Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, who has died aged 70, was, writes Dalrymple,

a phænomenon of sociological and social-psychological significance, at least in the Western world.

Lemmy was to the end a rebellious adolescent, emerging as

a senile rebel who could never bear to leave his adolescence behind, proud of his degeneracy unto death. In this, he was an authentic representative of modern psychological development: a short period of precocity followed by a long one of arrested development.

Lemmy is quoted as saying:

I founded the filthiest rock group in the world.

There is in these words, says Dalrymple,

an undoubted tone of self-congratulation. He had done something not just filthy, but superlatively filthy, and therefore, according to his own inverted scale of values, outstandingly meritorious.

Lemmy once said:

If one day we come to live near you, that will be the end of your lawn.

In other words,

ugliness will be my beauty, and furthermore I will impose it on you.

Interviewed once in a place where smoking was prohibited, Lemmy is quoted as saying:

I’ll need another reason not to smoke than that it’s forbidden.

Thus

he was the sole authority as to when, where, and whether to smoke. Others counted for nothing.

When, writes Dalrymple,

one acts a part for long enough, it ceases to be a mere act and one becomes what one pretends to be. The result of careers such as Mr Kilmister’s is to encourage a culture or subculture, almost unique in my experience, lacking all beauty, value, virtue, charm, or refinement. Its apotheosis would be the dictatorship of libertinism in which personal whim would play the part of the supposed word of God.

God doesn’t exist — the bastard!

A Happy Christmas

from

Sam

Europe’s death wish

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 19.59.34A forensic examination by Dalrymple of Europeans and their sad, secret sickness. He probes the continent’s sclerosis and decline, its inability to confront the challenges facing it.

This atheist writes that the mandate of heaven has been withdrawn from Europeans, for whom God is dead. But

not quite everything has been lost of the religious attitude. Individuals still think of themselves as being of unique importance, but without the countervailing humility of considering themselves as having duty towards the author of their being. Far from inducing a more modest conception of man, the loss of religious belief has inflamed his self-importance.

There used to be Marxism, of course, which

might have been deficient as an explanation of the world, but for a time gave people [such as Dalrymple’s father] the feeling that they were contributing to the dénouement of history, when all contradictions would be resolved, all desires fulfilled, and all human relations easy, spontaneous and loving. It was obvious nonsense, but not more obvious nonsense than the religious ideas of those whose religious ideas we do not share. And while Marxism was discredited for all but a few ageing faithful, the impulse transferred seamlessly to other causes: environmentalism, nationalism, animal rights, feminism.

But even these are minority pursuits. Most Europeans — above all national élites — are indifferent to most things of value, especially to their history and civilisation. What is left for them?

The present being all that counts, it remains to seek the good life, the enjoyable and comfortable life. So important is the standard of living that they see children not as inheritors of what they themselves inherited, but as obstructions to the enjoyment of life, a drain on resources.

The tragedy of Europe, which has become a collection of failing states, is this:

A healthy modern society must know how to remain the same as well as change, to conserve as well as to reform. Europe has changed without knowing how to conserve.