The Beautiful Sleep

July 27, 2009

 

In an age when many people do not believe in immortality, Paradise is truly lost. Or is it?

I like to question people about their views of life after death or, as the case may be, of non-life after death. Often, their ideas do not include a heavenly resurrection, but a state of long and lasting sleep. “I will simply fall asleep,” they say. “I will close my eyes and never wake up.”

For them, there is Paradise.  Heaven is a very strong anaesthetic and a firm mattress. Perhaps the ceaseless vitality and busyness of modern life makes the idea of doing anything after death unappealing. This is the perfect reward for a life well-lived, an eternal coma.

On the face of it, immortal sleep bears the marks of common sense.  Death resembles sleep.  It resembles sleep if one has never seen real death, if one encounters the end of life only in its doctored form, with none of the gruesome grimaces a fresh corpse displays before the mortician arrives. 

The truth is the idea that the afterlife resembles sleep makes less sense than the idea of some form of resurrection.  Both beliefs imply immortality. To be in a state of sleep, one must exist. To rest one must breathe. What sort of God would want to superintend an eternal state of dormancy? 

I would not mind sleeping forever. Good night and Farewell. God of Endless Bedtime and Heavenly Mattresses, grant me a blissful sleep. A night of dreams. Dreams of Paradise, not fire.

 

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The Decline of Matchmaking

July 27, 2009

 

“The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.” 

                                                                                        Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Such is the bygone world of Austen’s Mrs. Bennet, mother of the legendary Elizabeth Bennet, who ultimately lands the most grumpy and charming man in all English literature. It is rare, if not unknown, for a British mother to lavish attention on her daughter’s marital prospects today. Young women enter the wilderness of contemporary love on their own.

Karen from England writes:

Up until recently, marriages in Britain were all but arranged in name. Parents, relatives and friends selected people who they thought were compatible. Men could not date women without being viewed and vetted by their familes and usually fathers. Courtships were conducted under the beady eyes of parents and marriages were sanctioned or vetoed by parents. Marriages which were not approved did not happen and the couple had no choice but to split or elope. Care and guidance was given to the selection of marriage partners with the essential criteria being compatibility. Often parental pressure was considerable. This was abandoned in the 1960s with disastrous consequences. Women now go to bars, meet men they know nothing about, and before long they are applying for a marriage licence or living with them. Parents have given up vetting partners and allow their offspring to marry anyone in the name of romance. The Royal family have even given up maintaining their tradititions. Our own Prince William and future king is shacked up with the niece of a man who lives in a house called La Maison Bang Bang (House of Sex) from where he deals drugs and arranges prostitutes.If the marriage goes ahead, our Queen will be related to a drug dealer and pimp. One must ask if she intends to have him detained at her pleasure. The Queen of Norway has an adopted illegitimate grandson whose natural father is in prison on drugs charges, by vitue of her son’s marriage to a waitress.
 
Hollywood has brainwashed millions of Americans and Brits into putting too much emphasis on romantic love and lust. Judgment about a partner’s suitability to build a marriage has been suspended. This is why the divorce rate is so high and why royalty and criminals get to be related. I think that an arranged marriage system is required in the West so that people can select suitable partners and rebuild the family tradition. The current method does not work. The free-for-all that allows anyone to marry anyone, regardless of parental approval or tradition, is destroying family tradition, pushing up divorce rates and creating massive social instability.

 

The Fragile Male Income

July 27, 2009

 

Karen from England writes in regard to Why We Must Discriminate:

Men’s jobs are no longer secure as a consequence of globalisation, economic collapse and recession. Therefore women cannot rely on men as providers. This leaves many women with no option but to pursue careers and develop their own financial independence which provides them with a security net in the event of things going wrong. I think that family life and the issue of women’s roles cannot be resolved without major changes in society as a whole. Essentially that means reversing the cultural revolution and the process of globalisation.

Laura writes:

Karen makes an important point. The decline in the ability of men to support families is not due simply to the entry of women into the workforce. It is also due to globalization and excessive immigration. Families through working ever harder and thus destroying their own foundations have covered up and borne the brunt of the self-inflicted weakening of the economies of the West.

The answer to this problem is not for families to continue to destroy themselves. The answer is not for the majority of women to be both breadwinners and breadmakers. The solution lies in the rebirth of economic nationalism. “We are not a commonwealth of consumers,” Patrick Buchanan has said, but a nation of builders and producers, industrialists and farmers, information specialists and engineers. The American economy is a vast leviathan, potentially far more self-sufficient than we have allowed it to become, and the British economy is not to serve the world, but itself first.