“The culture of death is a combination of nihilism and hedonism which spreads throughout a society in response to social despair–a state of spiritual isolation arising from inadequate social bonds. Because social bonds provide an important emotional bulwark against negative experiences, and are also a regular source of pleasure, those suffering from social despair are hypersensitive to stressors and lead a relatively joyless existence. In this state they develop a dependence on sensory stimulation and emphatic reinforcement of self-image. This reaction further stunts the ability to form organic social bonds–their activities revolve entirely around selfish experiences.
We’ve discussed in the past the rise of transactional societies and the concomitant erosion of personality through the weakening of social relationships. These are the macro symptoms of the culture of death, the absence of a spiritual life not only in individuals but in the culture as well. In transactionalism there is no emotional meaning to interactions. When daily activity loses emotional, i.e. social, resonance, the self paradoxically disappears. One’s actions take on a mechanical, empty quality (an experience felt by depressives). Intimacy with social meaning (a mother kissing her child, a husband his wife) is entirely different from physical gratification without social meaning.
This process does not take place in isolation; as the population shifts toward selfish materialism, the economic and cultural production of a society shifts likewise. Once a tipping point is reached and purveyors of materialism become dominant, they use their influence to transform the environment further in their favor. Moral prohibitions are thwarted via legal attacks, obstacles to consolidation are removed, and tools of community self-regulation are destroyed.
As the culture of death progresses to its last stages, it evinces another telling quality: its rage. I’ve mentioned the personality-dissolving aspect of materialism. The only emotion that remains in such a state is hatred. Social disconnectedness increases vulnerability (partly through suppressing emotional maturity) and reduces empathy/sympathy, which leads to an intensified hatred of perceived enemies. This explains why, even as hedonistic liberalism becomes dominant, it demonstrates ever more venomous anger. This late stage psychosis of hedonism is the ultimate product of the culture of death.”
From an anti-semitic nouveau conservative, Trump-loving bodybuilder forum (extremely foul language and gifs interspersed with their commentary, best viewed with the mobile setting which hides most of the images).
What is missing in this otherwise fascinating analysis is that the conservative solution to the problem is to expect one individual wife to make up for all this loss and isolation by herself. This “solution” is profoundly destabilizing in its own right and leads conservative women towards rages not dissimilar to those of the caricature liberal cat ladies. The solution to atomization and forced individualism is not more of it, harder.
Though the content is full of potty mouth from angry and restless (mostly) young men, the forum in question is one of the very few places in the conservative online world where there are real attempts to critique modernity and fight the cognitive kill switches that arise. They have blinders on some matters, but they do try to be serious. I may discuss more of their posts in the future.