Sunday, September 20, 2009

Definition of Myth & Why Myths are Important

Trying to get students to understand myth is probably the hardest thing I do as a professor, yet understanding the power of myth is probably the single most important thing I could convey as a teacher. Although it can be extremely confusing, a true understanding of myth is the single most important foundation of understanding and winning the culture wars. The main problem is, people falsely think of myths as untrue stories. The first examples of modern myths that people think of, falsely, are Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, but these are children's fairy tales, not myths.

The paradox of myths is that, although we think of them as false stories, myths are actually true stories to the people who believe them. Thus, people today are at a total loss to understand modern myth and their power, because they see myths everywhere in ancient history, and in other people's religions, but they can't see how they believe in myths too. People think they have a handle on the truth, they don't realize how their understanding of truth is created by their myths.

The definition of a myth is a simply a story that shapes people's identities and values. Myths provide paradigms for us to follow in our actions, and archetypes for us to follow in our values. The telling of these mythic stories is a social event, and myths serve to create communities.

One of the best ways to discover your foundational myths is to work backwards. Start with your values and identity. Ask yourself, how did I come to embody those values and that identity? Who am I copying, who do I hold up as an exemplar of those ideals? What stories have I heard about the origins of those things, who was acting, what did they do? Viola, when you get into answering these questions, you are exploring the power of myth in your own life.

Myths are stories about truth, about reality, the way the world is, and how we should properly act in response to that world. Thus, myths are often about origins, how things came about, and those who established the lifeways back then, that we still follow today.

I will follow up with a post on some specifics about our modern myths, but this is all I have time for now. If you follow the steps above, you should be able to begin to discern them for yourself.

When you begin to evaluate what your personal myths are, the next step is analyzing how you came into contact with those myths, in order words, finding out who are the story tellers. Oftentimes, you will find that the primary myth makers for the average citizens today are history classes and entertainment movies. More on that later, but suffice it to say for now, that he who controls those media controls the identity and values of the masses.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Christian Slaughter and Persecution in India Revisited

For some reason, Americans know next to nothing about India. It makes average citizen extremely vulnerable to outlandish claims about the religion of India, such as the widely repeated falsehood that Hinduism is the most tolerant of all religions. This is the way multiculturalism works, thriving on ignorance and misinformation. Facts that highlight the clash of racial and religious groups are suppressed, lest reality induce cognitive dissonance with the multiculturalist ideology.

The economic forces behind globalism also use multiculturalism as a cover to keep people from objecting to trade and outsourcing to foreign lands, where our values are completely rejected. If people began to realize the hostility continually displayed towards Anglo-Christian culture by foreigners, they might began to have objections to trading freely with them. Globalists promote multiculturalism to advance their agenda of breaking down any barriers to their pursuit of profits at the expense of local communities. The last thing globalists want are subject populations united along racial or religious lines, which function as immunization against exploitation by outsiders, so these stories of religious and racial conflict are rigorously suppressed.

This week sees the one year mark of one of the largest religious persecutions in modern Indian history, which occured in the state of Orissa. At least 120 people were murdered, 250 churches destroyed, and over 50,000 individuals displaced in a series of attacks by the Hindu majority on the minority Christian population.

Although freedom of religion is ostensibly enshrined in the Indian Constitution, Orissa is one of the many Indian states operating under a law, with the Orwellian name of the Freedom of Religion Act, which aims to prevent conversions away from Hinduism. Such laws are mainly aimed at stemming the tide of conversions to Christianity, which is especially popular among the lower caste Dalits and tribal people of India.

Christians are spread throughout India, but make up only about 2% of those in Orissa. Christians live in high percentages in other parts of India, such as in the sparsely populated, economically undeveloped, northeasternmost tribal states -- 90% in Nagaland and Mizoram, 70% in Meghalaya, and 34% in Manipur. In population numbers, Christians are most heavily represented in the southern states of Goa, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. In Kerala, for example, 6 million Christians actually make up 19% of the total population (and claim their Christian heritage to extend back to a 52 A.D. arrival of St. Thomas himself).

As reported by the Christian Post (here):

"The anti-Christian riots began after a Hindu leader was assassinated in August 2008. Hindu nationalists accused Christians of orchestrating the murder, but Maoist rebels had publicly claimed responsibility for the swami’s death while Christians vehemently denied any involvement in the incident. Those affected by the violence have filed more than 750 cases in various police stations, but thus far, only six people have been convicted in two cases.

Recent reports indicate witnesses in court cases are the target of death threats by Hindu extremists. Some of the witnesses, as a result, have run away out of fear. “The situation is still bleak for Christians in Orissa,” said Open Doors USA President/CEO Carl Moeller in a statement issued Wednesday. “Many of our brothers and sisters remain homeless. The area simmers with tension and fear that major violence could resume at any time. Christians are still being persecuted. They need your prayers and support.”

This year, India jumped from No. 30 to No. 22 in Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom added India this year to its watch list for frequent outbreaks of violence against minorities, especially Christians."

A gripping first person account of the violence by Father Bernard Digal, a 46 year old Roman Catholic priest (source here): "At around 10pm we woke up to loud shouting outside. Beams from torch lights were shining in. We hid behind a wall and could see about 10 young men carrying swords, axes, iron rods, and crowbars. Then they spotted me. My young driver managed to flee in the dark while blows rained upon me from all sides. I was hit on the head and was bleeding profusely. Then I lost consciousness. When I woke up I found I was being dragged to a fire. I fought bitterly to avoid being pushed into the fire. I could sense death. I said a silent prayer to St Michael to save me from my tormentors. Then I found a new vigour take possession of me; with one final push I managed to free myself from their clutches. Somehow, I had no clothes on and ran naked into the dark, fearing for my life. But after covering some distance they caught up with me and beat me ruthlessly. Once again I lost consciousness.The next morning, I was surprised to find myself alive. They must have left me to die, thinking that I wouldn't survive. I was found lying naked on the soil by two villagers. I told them my story and begged them to give me water and food – and clothes to cover me. "