Monday, March 03, 2014

Ignoble Savages and Tenured Apes

I have barely any time this morning, so I can only lay a foundation for the insultainment to follow.

Noble Savages provides fascinating insight into the Stone Age savagery out of which civilization evolved, and the tenured savagery to which it has devolved.

I'm not sure which type of sadistic violence is more harrowing, that which takes place among the higher -- which is to say, pre-Chávez -- primates of Venezuela, or in the ivy-covered jungles of academia.

"When Napoleon Chagnon arrived in Venezuela’s Amazon region in 1964 to study the Yanomamö Indians, one of the last large tribal groups still living in isolation, he expected to find Rousseau’s 'noble savages,' so-called primitive people living contentedly in a pristine state of nature."

But "instead he discovered a remarkably violent society. Men who killed others had the most wives and offspring, their violence possibly giving them an evolutionary advantage.

"The prime reasons for their violence, Chagnon found, were to avenge deaths and, if possible, abduct women. He spent years living among the Yanomamö, observing their often tyrannical headmen, learning to survive under primitive and dangerous conditions" (Professor Backflap).

But in the archaic environment of academically correct cultural anthropology -- a malignant leftist fantasy world of crude neo-Marxism, soul-destroying deconstruction, tenured superstition, and hostility to science -- such observations, let alone conclusions, are Impermissible. Thus,

"When he published his observations, a firestorm of controversy swept through anthropology departments. Chagnon was vilified by other anthropologists, condemned by his professional association (which subsequently rescinded its reprimand), and ultimately forced to give up his fieldwork."

The one thing I can criticize Chagnon for is being more than a little naive about academia. You see, those tenured barbarians obviously evolved from the Stone Age ones. In fact, this is true of all of us. We all carry the prehistory of man, not just in our genes, but in our psyche (one way of looking at "original sin"). The more one is aware of this, the less likely is it to overwhelm us, either covertly exerting a malign influence or hijacking the ego altogether.

But the first thing that occurred to me in reading the chapters about the ordeal with his fellow anthropologists was that the latter were behaving exactly as the savages he had studied in the physical jungle: they were paranoid, vengeful, sadistic, and homicidal. They were out to kill -- no, not his body, but without question his ideas and his career.

Instead of doing anything -- up to and including murder -- to ensure the survival of their genes into the next generation, his credentialed assassins were willing to destroy a man -- to symbolically murder him -- so as to ensure the survival of their memes -- their precious ideas -- into the next generation of idiot college children. Same tune in a different key.

In fact, Chagnon became quite ill amidst the controversy, due to the stress of fending off these barbarians. I'm sure he would say that the incredible struggle of living in the jungle -- one time for 17 straight months -- was a cakewalk in comparison to having to deal with the violent barrage of tenured kooktalk.

For me, the more interesting question is why the left behaves in this way. Again, it is a truism in psychoanalysis that -- to express it as simply as possible -- we are composed of higher and lower selves, and that the lower can never be eliminated (because it's really one self that gets split in two for a variety of reasons). Rather, the task before us is to integrate it, hence the commonality I see between religiosity (especially the Judeo-Christian stream) and psychological development.

Indeed, for me, the Incarnation implies that Jesus truly embodies and integrates the complete human spectrum, from the lowest to the highest -- hence, for example, his easy interaction with prostitutes and even the IRS, not to mention the full post-Crucifixion descent into hell. Take the latter literally or figuratively, but the principle is the same: Jesus is a bridge spanning all degrees of human existence, rejecting none.

But we should never be surprised to find someone who pretends to be living on one of the higher rungs secretly living on a lower one. Take a Bill Clinton, who pretends to be adept at policy wonkery when he's really in it for the phallus wankery. Like the Yanomamö, it all comes down to accumulating women and avenging slights. If you should cross the Clintons, one way or another you will end up f*cked.

Sorry to leave you with that crude image, but this barbarian has to pretend to be civilized and get ready for work.

8 Comments:

Blogger Brazentide said...

we are composed of higher and lower selves, and that the lower can never be eliminated (because it's really one self that gets split in two for a variety of reasons). Rather, the task before us is to integrate it, hence the commonality I see between religiosity (especially the Judeo-Christian stream) and psychological development.

Like economics, the only way the left knows how to integrate higher is to drag it down to the lower.

True cultural evolution is the sole territory of religion. In that arena, Politics serves up placebos at best (and poison at worst) while Science can give us distractions.



3/03/2014 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

... to symbolically murder him -- so as to ensure the survival of their memes ...

Very astute. I noticed this among the militant atheists, but I couldn't understand it. They could never be "alpha males" in the real world, but they can be in their closed environments.

3/03/2014 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

It's kind of OT, but this reminds me of the manosphere game stuff that seems currently popular, like Vox Day's "Alpha Game" and "Return of the Kings".

It's a reaction, I guess, to feminism and the feminizing of males. It kind of ticks me off, though, to think about guys like that on the prowl with my granddaughters out there.

3/03/2014 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

I'm not sure which type of sadistic violence is more harrowing, that which takes place among the higher -- which is to say, pre-Chávez -- primates of Venezuela, or in the ivy-covered jungles of academia.

In terms of body count, I'd have to guess academia is worse. At least the tribes of Venezuela are limited in scope and influence...

3/03/2014 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Mushroom - yes, they have a rather reptilian view of humanity. Everyone in their view is reduced to a set of base impulses and motivations. There is no room for transcendence, merely the possibility of "gaming" the system.

3/03/2014 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

"... he expected to find Rousseau’s 'noble savages,' so-called primitive people living contentedly in a pristine state of nature."

But "instead he discovered a remarkably violent society. Men who killed others had the most wives and offspring, their violence possibly giving them an evolutionary advantage."

Surprise!... to who?!

The default mode of the unreflective left is still that of the thesis of Rousseau's original screed of 250 years ago... holding that Western Civilization is apriori evil, and it still dictates their assumptions that the natural, uncivilized savage would naturally be found parading about the bush exhibiting traits of nobility, non-violence and reasonability -which are, and can only be, traits that are developed through the development of a civilization seeking to rise above savagery!

Worse still, they still assume that returning us to that 'state', would somehow sanctify us and rain nobility down upon us, and that such movement (which all leftist approved art seeks to glorify and urge us towards) would achieve Progress, rather than Regress, by reverting our society to savagery.

Mindlessly following the musings of a 250 year old psychotic pervert, the modern left makes 'conservatives' seem like reckless change-addicts.

ProRegressives. Pure and simple.

3/03/2014 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger Van Harvey said...

"For me, the more interesting question is why the left behaves in this way."

Perhaps because the opportunity to elevate every person's inner Mr. Hyde to a position of highest 'respect', where no urge will be denied or frowned upon, is a temptation not to be denied.

Perhaps even the embodiement of temptation.

3/03/2014 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Skorpion said...

@Mushroom:


They could never be "alpha males" in the real world, but they can be in their closed environments.


It's the nerd/techie's equivalent of the drunk lout who HAS to prove he's The Toughest Guy in the Room everywhere he goes. The difference is that the "tough-guy" has the guts to risk an actual ass-whipping with his antics.

3/03/2014 01:39:00 PM  

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