Western civilization needs a complete overhaul or it will fall apart one day or another. It has realized the most complete perversion of the rational order of things. Reign of matter, of gold, of machine, of number, it no longer possesses breath, or liberty, or light. The West has lost the sense of command and obedience. It has lost the sense of Action and of Contemplation. It has lost the sense of hierarchy, of spiritual power, of man-Gods. It no longer knows nature. It is no longer, for Western man, a living body made of symbols, of Gods and ritual gestures – a splendid cosmos, in which man moves freely, like a microcosm within the macrocosm. It has on the contrary decayed to an opaque and fatal exteriority, the mystery of which profane sciences seek to ignore by means of their little laws and their little hypotheses. The West no longer knows Wisdom : it no longer knows the majestic silence of those who have mastered themselves, the bright calm of the seers, the superb solar reality of those in whom the idea has become blood, life and power. Wisdom has been supplanted by the rhetoric of ‘philosophy’ and ‘culture’, the reign of teachers, of journalists, of sportsmen ; of plans, of programs and of proclamations. It has succumbed to sentimental, religious, humanistic contamination, and the race of men of fine words who run around madly exalting ‘Becoming’ and ‘experience’, because silence and contemplation frighten them.
The West no longer knows the State : the State-value, the Imperium, as synthesis of spirituality and royalty, as a way to the ‘supraworld’, as known by the great ancient civilizations from China to Egypt, from Persia to Rome and the western Roman Empire, has been overwhelmed by the bourgeois led misery of a combined force of slaves and traffickers. Europe is a big insignificant body, possessed and shattered by an anxiety which no one dares to express, whose blood is gold, whose flesh is machines, factories and arms, whose brain is a newspaper page – a shapeless body which tosses restlessly, driven by obscure and unpredictable forces, which crush implacably anyone who tries to oppose it or merely avoid its shackles. All this the praised Western ‘civilization’ has been able to do. This is the vaunted result of the superstition of ‘Progress’ – beyond Roman impartiality, the Dorian Hellas and all the other exemplary forms of the great Aryan primordial civilizations.
And the noose tightens everyday around those who are still capable of the great loathing and the great rebellion.
– Julius Evola