One interesting thing about the past year has been the normie ability to rationalize what’s happening around us. And they seem to have an unending capacity to spin a story that promotes a curious idea… that idea being that everything is actually totally fine where they are. Sure, they say, the world may be in the throes of some minor insanity. But we’re good to go in our community!
For my metropolitian area, these stories have tried to explain away a range of dire circumstances at our front door. Like many others, we had stores looted and buildings burned down during the widespread national rioting last year. Regarding the fake pandemic, while we opened somewhat earlier than other states, mask wearing is still enforced a year later. And masking hits compliance at above 99%. Then there’s Covid passports, which we’ll talk about shortly. Finally, the official economic data for the state, never mind what you can glean unofficially, makes the Great Recession look like a cake walk.
Yet, I’m told again and again by “leaders” in the community that these problems are happening “over there,” somewhere totally different and somewhere somewhat far away from my community or where I am.
And I’m also told that I’m being a doomer, a cutsie way of dismissing any concern about systemic societal failure.
Take a business owner I talk to somewhat frequently. In his story, rioting happened a half hour away from us. But instead of being concerned that that situation could repeat itself this summer, either on a larger scale or simply by drifting closer our way, he believes it’s a sign that we’re completely fine where we are. After all, it didn’t happen “here” or so he says; it happened “somewhere else in the world or on the internet.” He says this despite knowing it happened only a brief drive from us.
Or take a pastor I talked to recently. He’s not worried about Christians being persecuted in our area. Because even though their church attendance is down 50% year-over-year, he’s never seen any outright animosity. And shutting down his church during lockdowns…well, that was necessary. What does he think about a plethora of stories from Western countries, including the United States, of police harassing Christians in churches?
It’s not happening “here.”
Then there’s an executive I know. He’s not worried about unemployment anywhere in the state, let alone the country. And what does he think about the economic situation “here” in our own backyard? He insists that small businesses can always take out loans and regular people are getting their unemployment and stimulus. So, things must be going swimmingly. It never crosses his mind that people aren’t paying their mortgages or rent, for instance. Or how that situation means our institutions are failing before our eyes.
A final example proves the point: a politician I’m friends with told me that Covid-19 passports would never come “here.” When it was announced that our governor would be barring their use in our state, he pointed and said “See! Not here!” He took the chance to tell me my prediction about coming ID passports to access basic services was wrong. However, nothing could be further from the truth, and I was totally right.. And you only need think about it for a moment to realize what’s happening… It’s happening all over the world and the country. And the reason we’re talking about banning passports at all means that there is significant pressure to implement them “here.”
And that it is likely only a matter of time, or if not, sheer happenstance.
For normies, seeking solace in the idea that “here” is somewhere different than “over there” is effortless. Not only does it comfort their normalcy bias, it also acts as a promotional piece meant to sway you into ignoring the elephant in the room. Often this is so they can continue to cash in on whatever scam they’re running. In reality, “here” is almost a meaningless buzzword for them that conceals something far more dangerous than it appears at first glance.
What’s the true danger?
By the time it arrives “here,” whatever threat it is, it will probably be too late to do anything about it, if you haven’t already.
Outta time, outta luck.
And it doesn’t really matter what the “it” is that we’re talking about. Violence, economic ruin, or tyranny. If your definition of “here” is right in my own house and right up in my face, by the time you see it, you likely won’t have any time to stop it. And preparing will be a foregone thought as you submit to whatever cards circumstance has dealt you. Say what you will, but personally, I don’t like to be at the total whim of happenstance when it comes to my life.
Still, male normies are by definition common men; they are at the mercy of whatever society thrusts upon them. In our moment in time, that means lazy, apathetic, deprived, and often cowardly attitudes. And like a drunk driver headed home, they’ll always be slightly irritated by anyone trying to spoil their fun. For them, consequence and responsibility are foreign words, as are sentiments like forging your own path or seizing the day. And they can only imagine the world by viewing it through a dim glass of stupid indulgence. The inevitable car crash, somewhere, sometime, is only a “doomer’s” dream.
Still, the way to avoid ending up like them is to consider the big picture. And to pay attention to the details of our historic moment and the lessons of the past. But you also have to be aware that trends, whether of violence or ruin, continue on in the direction they’ve been running unless someone or something stops them. And at least in our society, there is very little political will and almost no cultural desire to stop the trends we’re seeing.
The normies, drunk on propaganda and nonsense stories, can’t or don’t want to see the wall approaching.
If anything, the appetite “right here” and now among normies is to promote those very trends of destruction that we see all around us. The normies don’t want to stop the car and have the drunken ride come to an end, even if we are, by every indication, all about to run off the cliff at a hundred miles an hour.
Either way, the ride comes to an end sooner or later.
So, really is it so hard then to see that these trends will probably grow exponentially? Why would they stop if everyone is completely bought into them? While normies play along in their fake pandemic game, which they are most certainly not actually afraid of, who will prevent these society-wide problems from arriving “here” at the steps of your community?
This is why Hemingway made famous his phrase about bankruptcy. And we could equally apply it to the bankrupt morality of our times but also to the clear failure of our institutional players, from politicians to religious leaders and business owners to philanthropic executives, to mount any opposition, let alone come up with any real solutions. In Hemingway’s observation, below, you see exactly how you can always predict what the normies will do and how it will all end.
“How did it all go so very wrong?” they’ll ask one day.
“Gradually, then suddenly.”
Or put more bluntly: no one wants the joyride to end, which is how you know it will most certainly end in all too predictable and devastating tragedy. It’s not a matter of when or where; the gradual decline is over.
Today, for uncommon men, it’s a sudden matter of here and now.