Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The Symbolism Of Notre-Dame Burning

My thoughts on the burning of Notre-Dame Cathedral:


There's an old legend in Britain which tells the story of a Scottish king called Robert The Bruce, sitting in a small hut, or cave, the legend changes, but at any rate he was on the run from the English and hiding in the cave he sat watching a spider. The Bruce was tired of losing, tired of being on the run. And as he watched the spider he noticed that the spider was struggling as well. The spider was trying to attach one cord of its web to a more distant section of the cave roof but couldn't reach. So it swung back and forth building up momentum until it eventually managed to attach the web and so had a good foundation to build on.

 The Bruce took from this a moral lesson in Will and determination, never give up.

 As Bruce sat in the cave watching the spider the French had recently finished construction on Notre Dame cathedral which took them 100 years, like the spider they never gave up. 

 But what energized them? where did the will and determination come from? in an era before cranes, modern construction equipment and electronic devices the scale of Notre Dame beggars belief. Why did they do it?

 In Spenglerian terms medieval Europe was spring time for European civilization, like a seed which had been planted, watered and fertilized, all of the component parts needed were in place for a new life, or new civilization to burst through the earth and, well, Be.

 Cantebury Cathedral, Notre Dame, Cologne and Chartres Cathedral were all completed within a hundred years of each other. Around, give or take, 800 years ago from now. So what we see is that at this particular era in time European Christian civilization was beginning to express itself, we were knowing who we were within this paradigm which was primarily spiritual. We had entered the cultural era.

In this time of intense activity we see the groundwork being laid for what will become the greatest civilization in human history. The plant is bursting through the soil. There's no self doubt here, no relativism or confusion.

 What's being forged is the moral, artistic and metaphysical architecture that will inform what it means to be a European as we've understood it through history. Or what some, mainly German philosophers would call Faustian Civilization. But the tragedy of Faust was that he sold his soul for material greatness, and we see European man selling his for material greatness through the Enlightenment. 

 The civilization changes, what was once small but deep and spiritual, through science and materialism, becomes wide, expansive, but shallow.

 Western civilization has become so wide and shallow that we see it breaking apart and disintegrating before our very eyes, like a sheet of ice on a lake.

 But there's a cruel irony here, scientific brilliance has allowed Europeans to maintain and protect buildings and art from the earlier, more dynamic period. So our people have an illusion of permanence, but the problem with that is we're long past the spring and heading into deep winter. The plant has bloomed and now all that remains is decay, parasites and rot.

 I saw Richard Spencer remark on Twitter that Notre Dame had burnt but the monuments to modernism and Neo Liberalism still survive, but just take a moment to consider one of the most prominent in France:

Notice that the entire purpose of the structure is to tell the world that it has absolutely nothing at its core, just a void, just emptiness.

 At the centre of a cathedral lies the eternal and spiritual manifesting in the material world, but when you sell your soul to materialism and science what you get back in return is a void, just like Faust.

What we refer to now in modern times as culture is a mixture modernist garbage and what remains from our own culture phase of civilization, the illusion of permanence is that while something Notre Dame still exists nothing too fundamental can change, these buildings act as security blankets keeping a nervous child warm. And when one iconic touchstone of European identity goes up in flames there's the horror and realisation that absolutely everything has changed.

 I have no doubt the French authorities will repair Notre Dame, build a new spire, use the most sophisticated technology to rebuild it. But all that means is that Globalism's Mass Man can wander around an artifact munching Big Macs for another few centuries. 

 What I want to see is the European spirit reforged, the seed planted again.

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