Luminar Podcast: On Forgetting Fairytales

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  1. Han Fei says:

    This is an act of absolutely monstrous evil and I’ll explain why in a moment. Reading news like this daily fills me with despair. I find it increasingly difficult to find and purchase unabridged versions not only of classical children’s literature. For that matter, almost any new edition of a classical work is suspect in my eyes to frantic bowdlerizing and censoring by authors who seek to “subversively” change or reinterpret the original message they contained.

    How did the West sink so badly? Within just 30-40 years, the humanities went from a serious and honest study of the classics to a complete insane drive to destroy human heritage and history. How can a person, after reading the entirety of a beautiful work handed down from the past have nothing on his mind but to desecrate it? One must not have a soul to do this.

    The reason why this is so abominable is that the origin of these fairy tales doesn’t just lie in a single country or a single time period, but is often shared by all known cultures and goes back to long before recorded history. Many of the commonly read fairy tales are not the products of medieval folklore as we are led to believe, but form the remnants of the constituent origin stories and belief systems of peoples dating back MILLENIA. They are the closest image of the original Tradition that we have left, and it’s no wonder that they are taught at the entry stage of intellectual development. Behind a simple metaphor or an image, lies what we would call an important key, a symbol to uncovering our historical identity as a species. For centuries these stories served as a way to prepare the young mind for more serious and contemporary subjects of formative study, such as philosophy and the Scriptures. Destroying them destroys the very historical consciousness of humankind, and with it the possibility of forming the soul in many people.

    To be fair, the subject of interest that these people are destroying sit in empty libraries no longer frequented by children, but usually by middle aged men who stand aghast amidst the ruins. The modern child today from a young age spends his days on facebook, instagram, youtube and pornhub, all which serve to far better facilitate the human product expected by modernity than the efforts of these zealous culture warriors. But even the scraps that fell on the wayside for those who still potentially have the mouths to feed on them are picked clean. In the eyes of these people, nothing must slip past the cracks and even the existence of such stories is seen as a possible threat coming from the “outliers” of society.

    Fairy tales are the first step in this. Soon everything, from Plato to Maupassant will be subject to a similar treatment.

    • A. D. says:

      I agree with all this. It disturbs me too. This ”recontextualisation” is slowly spreading like an insidious fungus.

      As a child fairy tales and reading were the central pivots of my life, and thankfully my children were young just before the digital onslaught and they too were immersed in fairy tales. I do see some relatives make a great effort to teach their children old stories still, and even the smallest children love the traditional works, the more scary, the more portentous, the better!

      The people who tear apart these stories looking for sexist tropes and lack of diversity are dangerous morons, but they have the positions of policy makers now. Destroying civilisation casually from their desktops.

  2. J says:

    Mythology in general – fairytales included – was recognized by CG Jung as blueprints for archetypes and their activation in humans.
    Archetypes are foci of psychic energy resting in the collective unconscious, that relationship you have with the universe but are not conscious of.
    Once activated, by a conscious focus or drawing into relationship, these archetypes are sources for energy, for action.
    In essence, that’s exactly the purpose propaganda hopes to serve.

    All else aside, why would there be a war on our mythology ?

    • A.D. says:

      If people are socially engineered to go against all innate gender differences then men will be too emasculated to get it up, and women will be too selfish for the sacrifice that motherhood requires. My potted theory. 🙂

  3. J says:

    Interesting A.D. as I believe somewhere St. Augustine proclaimed that that situation exactly would herald the Second Coming.
    Well, maybe not exact with your reasons but the overall halting of human procreation.

    • A. D. says:

      Never heard that J.

      Well there does certainly seem to be a big surge in anti-natalism among younger folks. Am reading and hearing in chats more people talking about children as if they are an awful prospect. I have heard them being described as annoying, expensive, that they ruin your lifestyle, are an environmental load the earth can’t afford, etc. It’s a bit weird and nihilistic. Maybe it’s a passing fashion.

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