It is commonly said that you can get used to anything. That little aphorism is being put to a stress test in Europe and the rest of West as we move into the third decade of the 21st century. In his latest essay, Michael Copeland discusses this sad state of affairs.
The New Normal: A Warning
by Michael Copeland
“I’ve found my mittens! I’ve found my mittens!”, cried Charlie Brown, “Now where’s the pie? You always get pie if you find something lost.”
This little incident, from a well-loved cartoon character, expresses how the infant learns, by experience without comprehension; by osmosis, as it were. A pattern is experienced, is perceived as cause and effect, and is thereafter relied on. It is a built-in response. In the small child’s world things are automatically normalised. The infant is programmed to accept patterns. Small children in German extermination camps played among the corpses. They knew nothing else: that was their normal. It is only later in life that the mind begins to question things.
Normalising is what we all do without thinking about it. It is not only a childhood support mechanism, it is an adult’s process of coping. As road traffic becomes ever heavier we do not sit trembling and incapable at the wheel just because conditions are no longer as they were before: we adapt. Our subconscious minds continually make the adjustment for us: the new outlook is programmed in, and the old one erased. This happens by autopilot, which takes the load off our conscious minds. When looking at old films it suddenly becomes apparent quite how much has changed, and how we have taken it in our stride as we have gone along.
In recent decades we in the West have had a great many cultural changes inflicted upon us by our Dear Leaders. We have been obliged to adapt. Some changes, though, have been too great: these have powered what the media call ‘White Flight’, in some cases better described as ‘Drive-out’, that has emptied many neighbourhoods of their historically indigenous inhabitants. Conditions have been changed so markedly, and so beyond our control, that we have been obliged either to accept them as accomplished, albeit without our consent, and begin to have mental problems, or to leave for life elsewhere. For the younger generation, who have not known the extent of the difference, acceptance is easier, and probably more subconscious.
First there is one niqab. That is a surprise. Next there are more: then there are many. After that they are not a surprise any more: they are the new normal. It has become unsafe for pensioners and women on their own to venture out in the evening, so they stay in: the new normal. Now we hear of schoolgirl genital mutilations, and next in ever growing numbers. Though the legislature has made it a crime, there have been hardly any prosecutions: it is the pattern. Now we hear of polygamous marriages, and official blind eyes or legal excuses used to justify lack of action against them: that is how it is now. Next we hear of child brides juggling a housewife’s duties with school: same again. It is against the law but little is done about it. The danger in all this is the silent shrinkage of expectations, the self-suppression of moral objections. Here is yet another child sex gang and the trafficking of under-age sex slaves. It is not news any more. Here is yet another ‘honor’ killing. Oh yes, they do that, don’t they. Another hand grenade? That is how it is: that is why we don’t go out any more.
In Belgium firefighters attending New Year’s Eve celebrations were accompanied by police. The public sector union representative, Eric Labourdette, protested:
We are going to have to escort firefighters. Is that normal? Not at all!
We are in Belgium, not in a state of war!
Actually, according to the rules of Islam, Belgium is in a state of war. This is basic Islamic teaching. The West is Dar al Harb, the Realm of War. War against non-Muslims, kafirs, is Islamic normal. Get used to it, Europe.
“Islam has always been a religion of war and conflict,” said the late Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Caliph of the Islamic State, and PhD in Islamic Studies.
Bit by bit, ‘gradualism’, a Muslim Brotherhood strategy, like Drive-out, is eroding Western culture. We are induced to normalise things that are not at all normal.
It is more serious than that, though. The process is undermining and destroying the law. The state has failed and failed to uphold the law. In a far more surreal way this continuing state failure is an alarming new normal. We are left with a dispirited population, drained into apathetic defeatism and barely able to muster their inner moral outrage because they have been so persistently betrayed. It is no recipe for social satisfaction, let alone cohesion.
As the historian Lars Hedegaard said, governments are no longer able to control the problems they themselves have created. In a bitter confirmation of this he has since had to move to a secret location under police protection. A bogus delivery man, presumed to be a Muslim, shot him on his own doorstep but narrowly missed. That is Hedegaard’s dire new normal.
Daniel Greenfield explains perceptively,
The establishment has no plan except to continue doing its thing while pretending that nothing is wrong.
Ever adjusting, in polite silence, to yet another erosion of our standards is folly and reprehensible. All these successive New Normals come at our disadvantage and are destroying our culture and identity.
Time to stand our ground. Time to speak out.
For previous essays by Michael Copeland, see the Michael Copeland Archives.