Cycles, Cultural Entropy and Faith

Our English correspondent Seneca III offers these thoughts on the dire times that lie just ahead for us.

Cycles, Cultural Entropy and Faith

by Seneca III

The historic course of all civilizations is cyclic in nature. Over a period of three to four hundred years, on average, all of them return to a similar common starting point, a point always defined by a darkness of the collective soul and a loss of moral fortitude. It is there and then that an inevitable movement for a return to old ways and meanings begins to form.

Imagine if you will a civilization’s chronological pendulum completing a vertical ellipse rather than just an arc at the bottom. At the superior apogee, twelve Noon in the cycle, the pendulum almost pauses at a point of stability before beginning its inevitable descent, accelerating slowly at first, even imperceptibly, but ever faster as the gravity of cultural entropy increases its velocity until it approaches the inferior apogee, Midnight, where then it begins its at first rapid but ever-slowing climb back into the light.

It is there, at Midnight and immediately before and beyond, that chaos rules, and with it comes a time in human affairs that does indeed try men’s souls; a time where dawn remains but a hope beyond an unseen horizon, where the night people are well about and yet to be put to the sword and where is found the formative crucible within which men and women, bound by strength and tradition, gather together and stand firm against the depredations of barbarism.

But such spiritual evolutions are never easy to form or prosecute with certitude, for if they were they would be worthless; thus, nothing is ordained for such warriors on the winds of time other than that the rectitude of their actions will define both their corporeal and spiritual fates. Hence those who do elect to stand firm, their physical and metaphysical faces streaked with the blood, sweat and dust of the battle that is roiling about them, will need to possess a depth of courage and conviction that comes only to the truly observant, having been built upon an unassailable foundation of Faith and its accompanying determinants.

— Seneca III, Middle America, 20th June 2017

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19 thoughts on “Cycles, Cultural Entropy and Faith

  1. I kind of do not see the cyclical nature in the story of the Ancient Greece. The Greek miracle just sprang out of amorphous darkness, lived some hundreds years and died. No other cultural episode returned to the Greek ideals completely or in a cyclical way. The Greeks were hardly even remotely paralleled and never surpassed.

  2. This time around Seneca, the nadir will end with Jesus’ return as He will then truly be the Lord of heaven and Earth, much to Satan’s chagrin. BTW, Satan will be confined to solitary so there won’t be any more of the cycle that you described that had been the modus for the past 4,000 years.

    • I hate to be a spoilsport, but just because many of us are aware to the dangers of islamic theocracy, that does not automatically mean we are true believers in Christ.

      Many have predicted Christ’s return ever since he was crucified. While I agree with much of christian morality, I have no desire to replace islamic domination of my life choices with christian domination. And such talk risks alienating many who are not religious but otherwise would have reason to feel aprehensive at the inroads islam has made into the west. Anyway, this is my opinion, which is posted by the tolerance of the Baron & Dymphna…

      • The main difference between Islam and Christianity is that the former is compulsory while the latter is voluntary. Most all of the evil in this world can be attributed to Satan’s encouragement of humans to be at their worst, which ranges from getting a woman pregnant and then abandoning her to her own resources to driving a vehicle into a crowd with the intent of killing as many people as possible (Sura 8:18). With Satan in solitary and Jesus in charge to make certain that the wheels to come off the bus is a blessed circumstance that I am looking forward to. I have had quite enough of Murphy’s Law and I want Murphy locked up so he can no longer wreak the havoc that he has be for the past 6,000 years.
        As for the favor that Islam is being shown by the elite, it is disgusting and tantamount to a call to arms, which may come sooner than we would care to have. We have already seen what both Islam and the radical left is capable of. I do not relish the prospect of having my hands full defending the rather sizable household God has given me, and I do not like what is on the horizon one little bit. BTW, if I give you my word, I will keep it to my own hurt, and have as a matter of personal ethos. Just try to say that about a muslim, a radical leftist or a member of the elite. I doubt that you would be able. That is what Seneca bemoans the loss of, people who are good to their word and are the foundation that a civil society can be built upon.

      • Christianity, or the morals it espouses, has affected most of us. This morality will be the determination for survival of the West.

  3. I don’t see any cycles in Muslim culture. In the 7th century a bunch of barbarians has come across an ideology and is in living hell ever since, and bent on spreading the contagion. They had a strawfire of a peak in the 10th century when they allowed some older Indian texts to be translated and try to pass it off as their own ever since. Their collective fighting power has seen ups and downs, but there haven’t been any detectable cycles in their moral depravity. Only funny thing is, they see us in the same way. We all know how this ends, we just don’t know who will win this round. One side has the means to fight but not the spirit (we), the other side has the spirit but not the means (unless WE equip them). Very unstable situation.

    • K-

      I would add that many achievements of the ‘Islamic’ Golden Age were actually carried out by Christians, Jews, and pagans living in the territories they conquered.

      Their best thinker, Averroes, is a pipsqueak compared to Aristotle, Plato, Confucius, Buddha, etc. Don’t even bother trying to find the Islamic Mozart, Da Vinci, Newton, etc. – they don’t, and never will exist!

      • It applies to all the Muslims who are not Arabic, which are about 80% of Muslims worldwide, as I recently read somewhere. Ever since being conquered, none of them shows significant periods of blooming, either. Just darkness and primitivity. Oh, they love modern weapons, but not modern thinking.

  4. Attributing decency in people to adherence to the Christian belief is a common misconception. Some people can tell right from wrong, good from evil and some cannot. Cultural environment can encourage or discourage this ability but that’s about it.

  5. Beating Islam is the easy part. It’s our leftist progressives that have infiltrated into every cranny of our civilization that are the true dilemma.

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