Brian James Waugh:
"This commission is an unusual one, in that the client approached me with a small photocopy of an Edward Burne- Jones drawing which he saw in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The drawing was part of an overall design that Burne-Jones did for William Morris who had been commissioned to produce stained glass for the Vinland mansion built in Newport, Rhode Island, for Catherine Lorillard Wolfe. The theme of the windows was the 3 norse Gods… Odin, Thor and Frey."
My last statement above reiterates the idea (mentioned early on in this essay) that there are conflicts of interest between human groups. I take this to be a truism, but in fact it is a controversial claim today. The ideal of multiculturalism, after all, is that of a society in which different groups happily coexist and have no fundamental conflicts of interest. But this ideal rests upon a breathtakingly shallow view of what “culture” consists in.
The liberal “celebration of diversity” is in fact a celebration of culture only in its external and superficial forms. In other words, to Western liberals “multiculturalism” winds up amounting simply to such things as the co-existence of different costumes, music, styles of dance, languages, and food. But the real guts of the different cultures consist in such things as how they view nature, how they view the divine, how they view men and women, and how they view the relative importance of their own group in the scheme of things. And it is by no means clear that members of cultures with radically different views on these matters can peacefully co-exist.
Unless, of course all cultural differences are eliminated save the purely external, via the transformation of all peoples into homogenized, interchangeable consumers bereft of any deeply-felt convictions. This is, in fact, the hidden global capitalist agenda of multiculturalism, now being cheerfully advanced by useful idiots on the anti-capitalist Left.
"The Germans do not think it in keeping with the divine majesty to confine gods within walls or to portray them in the likeness of any human countenance. Their holy places are woods and groves, and they apply the names of deities to that hidden presence which is seen only by the eye of reverence."
We lost our soul because we lost the sense of the shared values that formed the ancient “wisdom” of our peoples. We have to revive the soul of the Hyperboreans and “redefine” God. For the sacred is not to be found outside of us, but within us. For God is not of heaven, but of the Earth. For he does not wait for us after death, but offers us creation and life. God is not supernatural and not transcendent. On the contrary, he is Nature and Life. He is in the sun and in the stars, in the day and in the night, in the trees and in the waves. God is born with the flowers and dies with the leaves. God breathes with the wind and speaks to us in silence and the night. He is in the dawn and the twilight. And the mist. And the storm.
God is incarnated in Nature. Nature blossoms on Earth. The earth perpetuates itself in Blood.
We have known, since Heraclitus, that life is a struggle and that peace is only death. Our religion is first and foremost a cult of heroes, warriors and athletes. Ever since the Greeks, we celebrate differentiated and unequal men. Ours is a world of struggle and decision, not of equality. The universe is not an end but an order. Nature differentiates, separates, establishes hierarchies. The free and strong-willed individual becomes the centre of the world. His greatest virtue is his pride - the supreme vice for the alien religion. In our tragic conception of life, struggle is the supreme law. Only he who undertakes dizzying ventures is authentically human. A single chain of peaks links Prometheus with Siegfried.