Saturday, May 19, 2018

The New European Aristocracy

Victorian literature describes how upper middle class and noble families carefully educated their daughters to acquire social skills - how to organize a five o'clock tea party, play the piano, dance, riding, etc. - all to eventually land a good match. Prospective marriageable parties were carefully evaluated and discussed, and contacts were cultivated to be invited to parties and have the opportunity to meet advantageous alliances. In the initial years of the blogosphere (I was there!) it was debated how the European aristocratic genotype had been refined over the centuries and came to embody the highest in human intelligence, character, courage, etc. There was much lamentation about how their bloodlines were being debased, etc.

This talk has been totally muted. I wonder what they would write today about the English royal marrying a second hand 36 years old American mulatto actress.  I confess that I was taken by surprise by that Chicago Black preacher recycling saint MLK. His rambling sermon on L O V E being the universal panacea did not lift my spirit. Obviously, I belong to former times.

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  1. "There was much lamentation about how their bloodlines were being debased, etc."

    I can't imagine being the type of person who cares about other people's bloodlines.

    The psychology of the barbarian raider is different from that of the settled cultivator, since the days of Cain and Abel. The cultivator aims to prim and select carefully the traits of his crop that he finds most desirable, he builds a neat little wall around his property, and wears neat little clothes, and lives on a neat little street with other neat little people.

    And yet, it appears the farmers have won, and the raiders have lost the battle of history.

    The raider scoffs at this lifestyle, he lives by the sword and dies by the sword, his offspring are selected not by pencil-necked epicures, but by grinding stone of nature.

    Abel sacrificed for God a sheep, which God accepted and was happy with him, more so than with the flaxen of Cain. So Cain murdered Abel in a jealous rage. Nowadays the tables have turned, and all the flaxen-growers are rich and prosperous, whereas the formerly powerful and warlike herders are scratching out a living among rocks.

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    1. Abel sacrificed a sheep? Cain the hunter did it with flaxen?

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    2. "Cain, the firstborn, was a farmer, and his brother Abel was a shepherd. The brothers made sacrifices to God, each of his own produce, but God favored Abel's sacrifice instead of Cain's. Cain then murdered Abel, whereupon God punished Cain to a life of wandering. Cain then dwelt in the land of Nod (נוֹד‬, "wandering"), where he built a city and fathered the line of descendants beginning with Enoch."

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  2. May be Abel was trolling Cain so badly that he offered him in sacrifice.

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    1. The Bible is sparse on details.

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    2. It was a powerful curse that felled him.

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