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Creating Your Own Light in the Darkness


This is a guest post by William Rome.

Whenever I’m asked which historical period I’d like to live in, I say, without hesitation, the late Victorian/Edwardian era. The end of the 19th century was the last long, bright summer of the West before civilizational winter set in along the trenches of the Western front. In that era, men were masculine and women were feminine. The multi-headed hydra of communism was largely an intellectual vice of malcontent eastern European Jews. Endless adventures were awaiting in the American West and European empires overseas. English literature was in a golden age as giants like Wells, Wilde, Kipling, and Chesterton were writing. Exciting new technologies were being created seemingly every week.

Then the lights went out in 1914 and we’ve been living in the darkness ever since.

The symptoms of this have been analyzed to death in this part of the Internet. We know what they are. Instead, I want to discuss is how we can defy the darkness. How we can live with a spark of that stamped-out brightness.

Technology is the key to accomplishing this.

As Roosh and Matt Forney have shown, international travel is easier than ever. You just need to hop on a plane and go. They have also shown that if you have enough Internet savvy, you can make a living doing it. If you’re a student willing to take out loans, travel is just as easy. Some of my fondest memories from the two summers I spent studying in Europe. Aaron Clarey may think I’m a fool, but those memories were worth the debt I accrued.

Even here in the States, there is still plenty of adventure possible. Hop on your motorcycle and you can have a hell of a time, as Clarey has shown. The road trip is an American institution and one I have indulged in gluttonously. Most recently, I drove from upstate New York down to Alabama and New Orleans, then back up to Cleveland and home here in Albany. The stories from that trip have entertained more than one listener. There may be no more new worlds to discover or continents to conquer, but we can still taste a morsel of the adventures our ancestors knew thanks to trains, planes, and automobiles.

Art is another area where technology has been a godsend. Again, Roosh and Matt Forney demonstrate this. If you’re a writer, you don’t need to deal with the PC cultural gatekeepers. Simply write and self-publish. If what you’ve written is worth reading, you can get it into the hands of bloggers in your target audience who will expose it to said audience. Technology has especially been a boon to filmmakers like me. Digital cameras, computer editing programs, and websites like YouTube have made being a filmmaker the easiest it’s been since the early days, when anyone competent enough could put together and sell a one-reel short to content hungry nickelodeons. Pick up your pen or guitar or camera and start creating.

Now say you’re someone who can’t stand the darkness. You are someone who gets sick to your stomach thinking about the current state of our civilization. Well then, the Internet is something to master. My good friend Hunter Wallace is using the internet to spread his ideas and organize in meatspace. The League of the South, the organization to which he belongs, has been organizing successful rallies and protest for their cause on the net. Used intelligently, it is the most effective tool for standing up against the Masters of the Universe since Gutenberg built the printing press. You don’t have to settle for impotent passivity. You can fight for your family, faith, and folk like your heroes once did.

Just because our civilization is sliding closer to the dust bin of history doesn’t mean we have to push the broom. We can still seek grand adventures. We can still create great works of art. We can still fight the good fight. We have the technology to do so.

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  • Ted Cunterblast

    The late 19th century was a good time. As you’re probably aware, there are plenty of fans in the Steampunk subculture that celebrate the literature, art, clothing, and lifestyle of the late Victorian era.

    Hey, Clarey thinks everyone’s a fool. But just look at the guy. lol

  • Technology has changed the world we live in by leaps and bounds! Unfortunately many people do not see the tremendous opportunities that the Internet brings. The ability to live anywhere in the world and I think the best ability the reason to learn the internet is the ability to make a living.

    Matt has done it, Roosh and even Victor Pride! And of course many more in the near future!

    Modern civilization is like a big vacuum in that very few things are new and improved. Most are just cough ups from the past made new again. No originality, no great expectations just boring!

    I hate darkness and like you William I look back into the past history when Men were expected to be men and not women! As the present continues into the future it saddens me how bad civilization has become! Maybe us internet savvy guys can flick that switch and turn the darkness into light.

    Just something to think about!

    Great Post William!

  • Chaki Kobayashi

    From our privileged vantage point, I can see how it would seem beautiful to live in the late 19th century. However, we don’t think of all the bad, of all the work you had to put in just to survive. No electricity (unless you were rich), which means chopping enough wood to last the winter and burning it perpetually to survive, not bathing for days/weeks/months because it would involve heating a fucking vat of water on a fire and taking a bath. None of the modern conveniences we take for granted. Paved roads, airplanes, buying cheap food and drink. Big, bushy, smelly vaginas. Blah!

    We are in the golden age of mankind right now. It’s never been easier to achieve happiness, freedom, whatever kind of life you can imagine. Plenty of people are doing just that, and way more are scheming to find a way to do it. The world has never been more accessible for so cheap. We’ve never before had the learning opportunities we have now. We’ve never before had access to information like we do now. We quite literally hold the cumulative knowledge of humankind in our pockets.

    There is no other period of history I’d rather be in than this one. We’re unbelievably lucky.

    P.S. Matt – FYI, it was a real pain to post this comment. It required a Disqus verification that took 10 mins.

  • I’m not a fan of Disqus, but installing it was necessary to cut my site’s load times down. The standard WordPress comment system was hurting my blog’s SEO.

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