With the passing of this year’s Black Friday (so named because this grotesque celebration of material excess and denial of the previous day’s theme of gratitude and familial connection is a black mark on the history of humanity), my mind has been on the degeneration of Western Man. I am not as pessimistic as many about this though, for I believe it to be but a trend that will be reversed with the continued passage of time. I subscribe to cyclical notions of history, like those espoused in books like The Fourth Turning. One cyclical theory of history that I think has some merit comes from the Hindu tradition, but was made most well known in the West through the works of Baron Julius Evola: The Yuga Cycle.
The Yuga Cycle postulates that history passes through four great stages (Yugas) before the cycle starts itself all over again. The theory also claims that the age we live in now is the Kali Yuga, the last Yuga in the cycle. The Kali Yuga is known as “The Age of Vice”, for as the cycles wither and wind down, so too does human virtue, intellectual capacity, wisdom, and other markers of the nobility of humanity. In proportion, greed, anger, depravity, and sin will increase and become ever more prevalent.
Signs you may be living in the Kali Yuga include, but are not limited to:
- Large migrations to countries that grow wheat and barley
- Unreasonable rulers will impose large tax burdens
- Lust will be seen as socially acceptable and sex will be seen as the point of life
- Addictions to drugs and alcohol will be commonplace
- Leaders will no longer see it as their duty to promote spirituality or to protect their subjects
If I remember correctly, there’s an old saying that posits something along the lines of “All those who live in the Kali Yuga either deserve to be there or were sent on a mission” (Some poking around tells me I owe a quick H/T to Avenging Red Hand here). Bear this in mind as I go on a brief tangent for a second.
You may be familiar with Spengler’s 11th universal law, that of gender parity: “The men and women of a time deserve each other”. I agree with this, though I think its scope is a bit limited here. It strikes me that the underlying principle here is involved enough to be applicable across a wide range of social phenomenon, not just gender dynamics. In every time and place, the men and women of a society deserve not just each other, but also the culture that defines them and the government that rules over them.
Every social phenomenon we have right now, we deserve. In other words, if you exist right now, (and if you’re reading this right now, you probably do) you deserve to be in the Kali Yuga. It’s unpleasant for all of us, but we do not decide the time and place of our existence. What we do choose is our actions. We still choose what skills to develop, how we apply those abilities, and to what ends we are utilizing them.
The Kali Yuga will not last forever. We will almost certainly not see the end of it, though. Does this mean we should succumb to the zeitgeist of the age and give ourselves over to the debauchery and destructive behaviors of our kin?
I reject that notion. I believe in “Fighting for a Forgotten Glory”, not “Surrendering and bending over for the spirit of the age”. Though it may never come to pass within my lifetime that I get to inhabit in a society ruled by noble Aristocrats, that holds the proper respect for ancestry, and is filled with strong, K-selected individuals, I would want my progeny and my descendants to live in such a world. In order to achieve that end, our current social structure will either have to be fled, altered, or undermined and replaced.
I won’t pretend to know which of those paths best achieves this end. I have a very basic idea of how the future of the West will play out, but it seems most prudent to hold off on deciding upon a course of action until I’ve got a better idea of the details. Plotting, scheming, and strategizing may not be considered the most noble activities by most, but they have a useful purpose, and they’ll be an enjoyable intellectual pursuit.
That’s how I plan on riding out the Kali Yuga and paving the way for the betterment of humanity.
(On a final note, if you wish to read some of Evola’s main works, head over to The Patrician’s Library)