The terror attack on a mosque by some white supremacist numbskull sickens me to the core. These people were doing nothing wrong. All they were doing was worshipping their god in their way. Why commit this heinous act?
Much of the heathen community is concerned about the terrorists use of “Valhalla” as a means of stating his intended destination upon his death. I totally agree that his, and much of the white supremacist organizations out there, use of our sacred symbols is disgusting. Heathenry has no room for bigots and racists. However, my biggest concern is how callous the human race has become. This type of stuff should not be common place, but it’s becoming so at an alarming rate. Why? What has made humanity so callous and so narcissistic? Because let’s face the facts about this terrorist, he did this while live streaming via a GoPro and that my dear readers is a sign of narcissism. With the increase of social media and streaming technology, this has become possible to live stream such wanton disregard for human life. Should we ban such technology? No, of course not, but everyone should be asking this most important question: why have we human beings become so callous? This is indeed an uncomfortable question to ask, but it needs to be asked and answered. If we are expected to have a conversation on race, a conversation on guns and so forth, why are we not having a conversation for the root of everything that ails our modern society: human callousness?
I hope to the gods that the victims of this horrible act are comforted and are given justice. I hope that New Zealand is merciless in their doling out of the law against this terrorist. And I hope, from all this tragedy, we human beings can become less callous and start loving each other regardless of our so-called differences. We are 7 billion people living on Mother Gaia, none of us are going anywhere. Therefore, we need to learn how to cooperate and get along with each other or we are doomed as a species.
Being someone of South American descent, I was never raised under the auspice of race or racism. In fact, I was raised color blind. I know, the term “color blind” is now considered covert racism, which is absolute nonsense. My parents didn’t want me to recognize nor prejudge a person by the way they looked, but rather by their character. Throughout my childhood anyone darker than me I just saw it as that, just a tanned human being with no label other than their given name. The mind of a child is an amazing thing in life and the ability to accept people as they are is born into us. For example, my mother worked at an animal shelter whom had a co-worker that was black. Once in awhile, I would go with my mom and the black woman would bring her children as well. We’d have a good ol’ time just playing and being kids. Not once did I think of them as anything but fellow children. It wasn’t until high school that the idea of people being separated based on “race” (I use that term in quotations due to the fact that there is only one race, the human race) due to ones melanin content was actually a thing. To me, basing what “race” someone is based of the melanin content of ones flesh is ridiculous. It’s nothing more than evolutionary by-product that has ZERO bearing on who you are as a person. No one, by virtue of their abundance, or lack there of, of melanin make them superior nor inferior. The dream that Martin Luther King Jr. had was of a world where our differences no longer mattered. However, today we have begun to reverse our progress in “race” relations towards neo-segregationism where the idea of a “black only showing…” of a movie is something to be applauded. No, nothing that divides human beings is never a good idea. I’m sorry, but that isn’t progress, it’s regressive.
Throughout my adolescence my father, who is of Spanish (originating in the Canary Islands), Italian (both a mix of northern and southern Italian) and French, always made it a point to remind that due to our Italian and Spanish heritage that we have North African(Moors/Berbers) blood pumping through our veins. And from mothers side of the family we have English, Irish, Welsh, German, Dutch, Swedish and Native American blood. So, I’m not exactly pure anything, I’m a mutt. My mother made sure to remind me of that as well. We’re not pure anything. Having these ideas surrounding me growing up made any sense of pure anything really to me and became even more alien when you realize that in human history with the migration out of Africa of our early ancestors and the successive invasions by different groups of people, the idea of pure anything becomes ridiculous to even contemplate. Anyone who figures they’re pure anything, especially here in America, they obviously have no sense of human history. Also, keep in mind, if “race” truly mattered mutts like me wouldn’t exist. Since we do exist, that only means there’s no genetic difference between all of us human beings and the lie that racial supremacists have been fed is an absolute crock of shit. I do get pride in your ancestors and I think that’s great, but when we use our ancestors as a means of puffing up our delusional superiority, that’s when it becomes a problem.
So, why do we do this to ourselves, allow ourselves to be separated by petty and silly labels that truly have no meaning. We aggravate our lives with these lies of “race” even though science shows otherwise. If humanity is to have any future it needs to start deconstructing the lie of “race” and start realizing that there is one race, the Human Race. If a conquering alien civilization came to Earth, they wouldn’t see white vs. black, but rather all a bunch of humans that should be conquered and nothing more. The superiority of your “race” would mean nothing to an advanced and aggressive species. You can call me a covert racist, like I’m sure some might want or even a “race” traitor, none of that matters because I feel my convictions are right and once people start to get their fetishism over “race” we humans might actually make a decent species for once. You want change? That’s where it begins.
One of my favorite Asatru groups, The Asatru Community posted an article written by the supposedly progressive website Think Progress titled The Religion of Choice for White Supremacists. It illustrates the same stereotypical nonsense that Christians today use to demonize our Heathen faith, that it’s filled with primarily hateful minions of neo-Nazis and other white supremacy groups. As someone who s half Hispanic, I have to say I take offense to the misrepresentation of our Heathen faith. First off, ThinkProgress is supposed to be a progressive site which means progressing past creating hateful stereotypes and mocking minority religious faiths. For example lets look at this line:
“It’s a comic book religion in a lot of ways,”
Really? That’s the same nonsense that conservative Christians have said to me many times. Taking up this mantle of trying to discredit a valid faith is a low blow and only shows the similarities that ignorance of certain instills. It’s much like how Donald Trump has tried to discredit the Islamic faith. So, in order to further demonize a faith that some on the Left feel is catering to white supremacy they need to stoop into the cesspool that is Donald Trump?
I understand bringing awareness to the bastardization of Asatru by filthy racists, but the article smacks of painting a picture of a faith with a really broad brush. Not all Asatruar are racists and not all Asatruar are white. Perhaps an interview with non-racist Asatruar might have helped expand the minds of the authors of this hideous, hateful article. Instead, they only cite white supremacists, which are only a minority in our Heathen faith. If you replaced Islamacists with white supremacists and replace the cited material with quotes from jihadists ThinkProgress would be all over the article saying it was Islamophobic and offensive. In this case, I think it’s proper to state that perhaps ThinkProgress has a tendency towards Asatruophobia. How else do you explain such a ridiculous article that is offensive in its own right? How do you explain the one sidedness and ignorance that is displayed? Asatruophobia. The same phobia that monotheists tend to be infected with.
I am a half Hispanic Asatruar and I am proud of my religion and thankful for the Gods calling upon me. This is something that, unless experienced, many won’t ever know nor feel. I don’t feel that I’m special because I felt the Gods calling me, it’s just an exhilerating feeling to feel the Gods walking nearby in the wooded groves or feeling the thunder rumbled the ground and believing that it’s Thor striking the anvil with mjolnir. Call me silly or insane, so be it. I’m not trying to convert to my belief system. This is how my soul feels. It’s simply a connection with the Divine, which is something anyone can feel deep in their soul.
In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?
In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years? – Stephen Hawking
I’ll do my best to answer this question posited by Stephen Hawking back in 2006.
First and foremost, humanity must recognize it’s kinship by disposing of the idea of race. This very thing is the greatest barrier that plagues our species. We are blind to our close relation to each other and deny the fact that the human race is only one race and NOT an amalgamation of races under the umbrella of the Human genus. Race is nothing but traits produced by evolution within a given environment and nothing more. It’s sadly held in sacrosanct these days all over the world, but it’s a disease and who in their right mind holds a disease as an idol? It’s a disease that infects the mind, blinding human beings of their potential. Potential is destroyed because once you apply that ridiculous label of “white”, “black” and etc. you pigeonhole yourself and everyone inside and outside of your “race” expects you to be something within the parameters of that “races” limited scope. Once you discard “race” like garbage, you are free to wander the landscape before without any borders or restrictions. You no longer have to worry about someone saying “You’re acting white/black/Asian/Hispanic….etc.” because it will no longer matter because it is no longer sacred. Therefore your full potential can be unlocked.
Humanity has always been divided by it’s tribalistic nature and still is tribalistic today, but today people actually want that to remain because it is profitable to them. What they don’t understand is that it’s helping pull our species towards extinction because all of the resources and energy needed to progress humanity is being wasted on petty things like racial division. Despite our divisions we have done amazing things in the areas of science, philosophy, art and so forth. Now, I dare you to imagine what we could do if we were united once and for all as the Human Race. That is the crux of my answer and why it is absolutely important to overcome race all together. Once we discard race we will heave ourselves over the wall that has separated humanity and come together to figure out solutions for everything that ails our species. Everything will come into play once we are united and nothing can stop us but ourselves.
This is how we progress in the universe.