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TOTAL ERASURE

It was C.S. Lewis who made the observation about the "modern" and "scientific" mindset that if one continued to "see through everything," one ends up "seeing nothing at all," and that there must needs be, at some point, some opacity if one is to see anything at all.  Were he alive today, he perhaps might have expanded that observation into a corollary: if one continues on a path of prohibitions, erasures, and cancellations in order to not offend someone, one will end in a place where one offends everyone.

Such seems to be the case with this little story out of New Jersey, where a local school board has decided to offend no one and may have ended by offending everyone (our thanks to K.S. and C.A.F. for sharing this story):

Merry ‘day off’! New Jersey school board erases holiday names from calendar to prevent ‘hurt feelings’ & faces petition to resign

That's right, the Randolph Board of Edgykayshun, in the latest folly to come out of Amairikuhn quackademia, has decided to erase mention of all specific holidays:

Members of a New Jersey school board may have thought they were ending a controversy over woke holiday renaming by removing all holiday names from the district's official calendar. Instead, parents are calling for them to resign.

The Change.org petition, which was launched against members of the Randolph Board of Education on Friday evening, met its initial goal of 1,000 signatures on Saturday evening. Randolph Township resident Thomas Tatem said that by replacing all holiday names on the school calendar with the words “day off,” the board members “disgraced our community and clearly do not have the best interests of our children in anything they do.”

The new school policy, which was unanimously approved by the board on Thursday, meant that every holiday – from Christmas to Memorial Day to Thanksgiving to Yom Kippur – will appear on the calendar as “day off.” 

The controversy stems from a decision by the board last month to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day. Christopher Columbus, the 15th century Italian explorer credited with discovering the Americas, is one of many historical figures whose legacy has been under attack in recent years because of conduct or views that are found objectionable under present-day standards of political correctness.

And that's the problem, because under the rubrics of political correctness, and to paraphrase St. Vincent of Lerins wildly out of context, absolutely no one, at no time, in any place, was ever perfect enough for "political correctness." There will be no end of this other than in sheer lunacy: Union Major General Joseph Hooker or 16th century Anglican bishop Richard Hooker will have to be "re-surnamed" to avoid offense to the female of the species, Robert E. Lee will have to be "re-surnamed" because his last name is pronounced the same as the Chinese surname Li, and Chinese people might be offended at being associated with the Confederate General. Lord Cornwallis will have to go, because his name doesn't begin to be inclusive enough to Indigenous Americans who gave Europeans "corn", and should be renamed to "Lord Maizewallis". We probably shouldn't speak of the Iriquois confederation any more either, because that might conjure bad associations with Jefferson Davis.

On and on it goes.

Now, I don't know about you, but it seems to be that all this might be a bit self-defeating... for the left. I'm not the slightest bit offended if, opening my date book, I see such and such a day marked as "the beginning of Yom Kippur" or "the beginning of Ramadan" or "the beginning of Lent" or whatever. I have a passing familiarity with all of them, and it's helpful to know if I'm suddenly not seeing emails in my boxes from friends named Mohammed or Noah or Patrick. "Oh... that's why" I might think to myself.

My point is, that by entirely erasing the "offending" day, one is also erasing a golden opportunity to teach: Columbus discovered the New World? That's a good thing. He had a low view of American Indians? That's a bad thing. As a result of his discoveries, the Spanish put an end to human sacrifice in Meso-America and Mexico? That's a good thing (even though it might have "offended" the cultures practicing those things). The indigenous populations were treated horribly by the Spanish viceroys? That's a bad thing.

And so on.

In a "multi-cultural" society like the USA, the end result of canceling any specific sub-culture for fear (note the word) of offending someone can only be that everyone ends up "offended" and no one culture is ever acknowledged for any good or bad contribution it made have made. Everyone is omitted, for all have sinned. And when societies cannot confront the good and ill in their chosen heroes, but rather choose to ignore and rewrite the record to fit some ideological and unobtainable, graceless perfection, they wither and die. Should we get rid of "President's day" because Abraham Lincoln held extraordinarily racist views? Should Russia completely erase that little "hiccup" called Communism, and all its adherents, from its history - blot out the names of Lenin, Trotsky, Orzhonokidze, Yagoda, Beria, Stalin, Khrushchev et al from its textbooks - because it might offend someone or because these people were lunatic genocidal maniacs who emplaced and perpetuated one of the most inhuman and anti-human totalitarianisms that ever existed? If they did, they - and anyone else not familiar with the record - would be unable to understand Russia now, and why it is carefully turning its back on that period, without trying to completely erase it.

Such views and practices are  bad for everyone, because they prevent societies and cultures from confronting their mistakes and correcting them. It's in the confession and repentance of sin that genuine spiritual and cultural progress is made, not in its complete erasure.The "total erasure" is a demonic, not divine, "forgetting," enabling one to move from one vice to the next with perfect abandon. For the most part, one can only confess and repent of something that one remembers. And what is true for individuals is, in this case I suggest, even more true of societies. Completely erase the history, and one completely erases the bad along with the good, and prepares the ground for complete and total viciousness.

See you on the flip side...

 

42 thoughts on “TOTAL ERASURE”

  1. Agreed. Jesting is saner than jousting, except when one is the object of the thundering hooves of a steed bearing a dark knight lowering a lance of malice aforethought. Joust saying. Er, I mean, just saying.

    Ah, I am in the throes of a silly attack. Sorry about that.

    Directed to one whose name rhymes with halitosis. No offense intended. Your observations are sometimes obscure, but well sourced and often informative.

  2. Maybe we should embrace other cultures by celebrating their mass murderers? Genghis Khan day anyone? Hey, why not? They celebrate it in Mongolia.

    https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/mongolia/genghis-khan-day

    What he put in motion killed about 40 million people before it was over and that was when there was only 200 million on the whole planet LOL. How about a Pol Pot day? Stalin? Hitler? Mao? Insert your culture’s genocidal “heros” as you wish both past and present.

    1. The younger ones are only now building up their story, their history. Identifying those at work attempting to change a past prior to today’s youth one must both question their motivations as well as observe their actions. That dichotomy is quite profound.

      There are millions of younger that have taken on a different attitude toward today’s issues of concerns. Some adults call them lazy. But not so fast with that outward observation one would caution. Reactions to local activities, easily spread falsehoods-edited-for-effect, and those conditions uncontrollable by this upright simian type, make for a genuine self-esteem problem that those far fewer (often older) vying to control narratives and behaviours of the younger find themselves in the middle. It’s on every continent, too, and on one continent is a massive situation due to shear numbers. Their called “lying flat,” by their reckoning.

      One can not presume to think what they’re up to or are thinking about but it’s a movement, a motion ready to shift a geopolitical frame of reference in a big way with the means to go fast when they move. In some ways, they remind me of what John Lennon, of “Beatles” fame, found himself pondering in his “Imagine” album.

      Removing a past, true history, is not likely, if ever it has occurred. They’re not easily ignored, either. False by conjuring in the first place is tethered to a previous lie. The perpetrator often stumbles with bound ankles.The typical form of some current indoctrination tactics.

  3. To think, one just re-acquainted oneself with the days of the week beginning on Saturday. If it were not for this lengthy, linear, and imprecise language conundrum many people find themselves wrestling with, one might have offered a spritefully useful alternative to “day off” day, or bank holiday, or federal holiday, or (fill in blank here____) observance day. “Has ‘Day’ been re-defined yet?” By extension, day names are probably next. Some of them with colorful histories. “Has anyone been blamed for their birthday yet?” “Or for the previous day?” “Or maybe the day after The day, day?” “What day is it again?”

    To think, what word therapy has become. And one thought frivolous torts were obnoxious and idle babbling for cash rewards only to find out they’ve been routed by wordplay surpassing the holidays.

    “Who’s big idea was it to name holidays, holidays, and days, days, anyway?” Will they please raise their hand and explain? At any rate, they were not started on this side of the monitor. What a day, Grunt. Ready for the festivities of Saturday.

  4. Joseph the human sacrifices of the Americas and around the World at least in there way were out front. We give a legal political veneer to our acts of human sacrifice we call it capital punishment the death penalty but in its way, it is humans being offered up to the goddess of vengeance or justice. If you look at the way the execution is carried out if it resembles the way a traditional sacrifice then all it is a rebranding of an old ceremony.

    1. As for erasing the past that has been an ongoing project for the last two thousand years, the woke movement is only the latest cover for controlling the future by burying the past and mutating the present.

  5. Well, some time back Saturnalia was renamed Christmass.
    The real problem in the US today is that the country has terminal cancer in the form of high up elements in the CIA and the FBI who follow directives from an over layer of money/power elites.
    To remove these elements would take a very powerful leader backed to hilt by a movement of people ready to go all the way to reassert the Constitution. It would take a suspension of normal legal standards.
    I don’t see any way it’s going to happen with modern surveillance and means for covert removal of enemies that the bad elements have easy recourse to.

    1. The problem is that the cancer to which you refer is spiritual. The symptoms to which you refer are merely the physical symptoms of a spiritual disease.
      Regrettably, we are in a spiritual war. There is no doubt that the cancer can be cured by spiritual means if enough of us recognise it for what it is and deal with it accordingly.
      So there is in fact a way!

      1. Yes we fight against power’s and principalities. I don’t believe they are human. They don’t have the joy of life, of nature, our connection with earth and living in freedom. It must be why they want to take it from us.

      2. >The problem is that the cancer to which you refer is spiritual.<
        Interesting take on it. I think it's run of the mill criminality in service of money and power. Things like this (Nazism, Communism, monarchies, imperialism etc.) historically are usually fought politically, legally, and with warfare as a last resort. But that's just my take.

        Can this problem be dealt with spiritually? They don't care about the Constitution, they start wars that have killed millions, it's possible they are behind a germ warfare project that is going on now.

  6. There is little point in conversing with insanity, in all it’s manifestations. At least so I have concluded after 80 years of intermittent jousting with variations. Resisting is another matter. I currently attempt to engage with only those who say what they mean and mean what they say. Sometimes truth is ugly, but necessary (like always). In recent times I have been reminded the importance of expressing appreciation to others for kindness, considerations of one form or another.

    Having said that, I admit to a personal h – a – t – e list consisting of pedos, bullies, criminals acting under color of authority, etc, – to include those who attempt to promote insanity as acceptable and normal. (Stepping down from soapbox.)

    1. In my dealings with Americans, I conclude, that they don’t respect natural authority so much. They joust, when they ought to not.

      By nature, I am very dangerous to oppose, and those, who do not understand that, live in a bubble, thinking there are no consequences.

      When God is the only authority, and there is no mediator in between, one would not try to stand under a tree, in a thunderstorm.

      Exposed court Jews on Scandinavian thrones are not accepted, and never will be. There are no compromises.

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/guxh06kpqxxk2o9/looney-tunes3.jpg

    2. > There is little point in conversing with insanity <
      Indeed. Especially in the case of critical social justice theory, which is the philosophical root of the current culture of hypersensitivity, the concept of "microaggressions," and the preposterous belief that words are the same as violence (of course, when it suits the cause, silence is also violence). The aforementioned theory posits that reason and evidence are literally arbitrary tools of oppression, so there is little hope of trying to oppose this nonsense with rational arguments or facts.

      1. Correction: There is little hope of using rational arguments or facts to persuade anyone who believes the nonsense theory. And therefore, as you say, little reason to converse with them at all. Innocent bystanders, however, may still be susceptible to the voice of reason.

  7. “The struggle against power, is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”
    – Milan Kundera, Czech Novelist
    [My immediate context to your word word “erasure”:
    Power is aiming to wipe out more inst1tutional memories.
    This is part & parcel to “changing the language”.

    To the post…

    “Their woke reason”, not to offend; is an obvious front,
    covering for their globalized reach of permanent power.

    Ops w/in ops, by the score;
    all spun by power grabbing platform information monopoly narratives,
    to enfold their prey into their carefully spun & filtered scripted cocoons.
    To cast spells, of a mythical global woke history;
    all not true, in any sense of the word.

    Running late…
    White Rabbit.

    1. It just keeps getting, more & more – beyond belief.
      Hurt feelings about holidays?
      Give me a break!

      Do they mean Memorial Day; celebrating the countless cannon fodder sacrificed for worldwide international banking cartel rule, secreted
      behind the globalized Bank of International Settlements[Wizard of Oz]?

      Do they mean, Columbus Day celebrating the deception,
      by the Venetians, of their discovery of America
      long before the agreed-upon-fabled holiday?

      They may have changed the holiday narrative,
      but “they” have not changed one iota;
      “they” still could care less about humanity.

      This paradox of perfection: i.e., to seek a perfect Union, is pure illusion.
      Anybody w/common sense, can come to the same perfect conclusion.

      I’m for called a spade, a spade[using the metaphor].
      A rat, a rat.
      And, a traitor, a traitor; not, the President.

      The real purpose here is to rewrite history
      as “they” want the next generations to see it.
      Through platform monopoly filters; like the Ministry of Truth: Google.
      Or, through Facebook filters; using their Libra to pay for bogus histories.

      It’s all about them.
      Not about us.

  8. Oddly enough, the school boards aren’t offended by the erroneous re-writing of history … I wonder if they even know?

      1. It astonishing to note how many are trying to use “Nineteen Eighty-four” as a technical manual rather than accept it as a fictional novel for which it was written. The time of its writing, 1948, was certainly a strange time of its own.

          1. Considering that general time frame there was a lot of jockeying for political position, land takeovers, civil warring, and just plain healing and damage control. An aura of confusion, too.

        1. Fiction? George Orwell/Eric Blair was MI6, which has a front organisation called The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Anyone – particularly any American – who has not read (former MI6 officer) John Coleman’s book on the subject (“The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations: Shaping The Moral, Spiritual, Cultural,Political And Economic Decline Of The United States Of America”) would probably find it worthwhile to do so:
          https://famguardian.org/Publications/Shaping_The_Decline_Of_USA/Shaping_The_Decline_Of_USA-Coleman_John.pdf

          1. May as well add “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health,” (May 1950) by L Ron Hubbard to that list. Post WWII was a tumultuous time of discovery as well as damage control for mind, body, and soul. It also brought with it those in the background seeking to control while taking advantage of worldwide disruption and an opportunity to best position their self seeking futures. They remain red tinged and are quite apparent today pushing their weight around. Many geopolitical roots sprouted after 1945. 1946 – 1947 – 1948 (Nineteen Eighty-four) – 1949 (1945-49 Chinese Civil War) – 1950 (Dianetics), to name several history points of note. Vulnerabilities needed to be overcome and a lot of damage control implemented.

            Arable lands remain contested real estate no matter what continent and harvesting the seas, an adjacent component to lands, a similar contest. Shifting wordplay by changing definitions and re-arranging oratories may be old news to the initiated, but boy can they be an ear full of motivators fresh from the manipulators latest trial and error of opportunity.

            The “three letter agencies” (foreign and domestic) pride themselves in making the affairs of others their business of disruption, to monitor for outside disruption coming into a sovereign nation, and to have some idea of a plan to thwart the other guys plans of take over. Talk about an old and moldy dichotomy of this upright simian type toward hegemony. In one’s opinion, wasted resources, time, and lives by the millions. One difficulty is that much of one’s youthful years can be wasted Being an intense groupie of the latest guru in disguise before recognizing there are still things that need to be done. Like living, for instance, instead of following a trodden path to someone else’s ruin. Not recommended.

  9. Just shows you that the godless authorities are using the Satanic ideologies of scientific materialism and cultural Marxism to attack all cultural expressions, all religions, and the Churches. We need honest to goodness pushback and we need underground institutions.

    1. GENESIS is starting from scratch, making new calendar. Fixing the year. Fixing the cross. Dividing the corners of the world. Natural geometry is 1-2-4-8-16-32-64 etc.

      The ancient twelve divide is an old compromise, adapting year to practical moon cycle. Jacob mounted his wives twelve times, to fill the zodiac.

      In contrast, the rebellious Isaacs, in Assyrian captivity, returned to natural geometry, because the zodiac belly-flopped, and was considered flawed thinking.

      Out of natural geometry, that is heathen, comes the Scythian resistance, against the Assyrian empire:
      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/mw33eogfihtmnbe/adonai-yoga.png

    2. Keyword here is “underground”.
      We need underground “everything”.
      The powers to be are in a way entitled to their “game” – sheeple will follow them, obey and give their energy away.
      Fine and well.
      *we* need our “breakaway civilisation”.

      1. It’s really difficult to be “underground” on the internet. Community is tough these days with everyone having their head down and totally engrossed by something, that I’m certain must be totally fascinating, on their phones. The world is separating, or rather tearing into two segments, two paths are being forged … and all that comes with that. It’s ugly and painful … but, so is birthing.

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