Ancient Greek Myths – The Universe, The Gods, And Mortals told by Jean-Pierre Vernant.


Those who’ve experienced the elementary education offered in Southern European countries can consider themselves lucky, as you really get an introduction to the “Western Civilisation” perspective, rather than the post-modern version void of “the classics.” I remember how we had several volumes of history books for each school year, thick books as well, that offered way more than what my peers and relatives were presented with up North. I recall that the Italian public school system was four years ahead the Norwegian one which is quite something to think about. Even though that was the case there was little that was given away when it came to WW2 and these type of things, probably because of Italy’s role, I can only assume.

If you find yourself in a similar situation to mine, there will be a need for a brush up at one point or the other, which is precisely why I decided to check out the Greek Myths once again.

Some of it made me remember, some of it was new. It was an interesting read and a reminder of how people find new ways to express the same ideas and concepts. The idea of a death ray, for example, is nothing new, as “War of The Worlds” echoes the evil Cyclops who can grill you with their eye, the same can be said of Maleficent from Β “The Sleeping Beauty” , which brings to mind the story of the Golden Apple, thrown into the midst of a party by a disgruntled entity who was not invited, (indirectly or directly depending on how you want to look at it,) starting or laying the foundation for the Trojan War.

Jean-Pierre Vernant is an extremely gifted writer, the preface was stellar and the main text was impossible to put down. I would highly recommend this work!

It is especially interesting to notice how women are being portrayed. There is this popular myth out there that Christianity was created to oppress women in particular, like a vicious plot, since women were empowered under paganism. However, it certainly doesn’t come across as such, when reading how “sexist” the Greek Myths are/were; with the first woman being practically blamed for everything, much like Eve in Christianity. I have not read the Norse Myths yet, but female characters are apparently severely sidelined with male entities of war taking centre stage. This is of course very interesting when thinking about modern narratives…..I’m assuming that our current age of egalitarianism is unprecedented; at least that is the impression I have as of now; but I might come across something that will change my mind in the future.

Here are some cool quotes from the work; as always: I choose to highlight what I consider to be of interest, it is always best to read the original text in its entirety….

How women are described in Greek Mythology.

“Now, the stories show this Pandora, like her whole genos-the whole “race” of feminine women who descended from her – with a particular characteristic: She is always dissatisfied, demanding, self-indulgent. She is never content with what there is; she wants to be sated, surfeited.”

“…Pandora has a voracious appetite, she never stops eating, she must always be sitting at the table … But any household with a woman in it will develop that insatiable voracious hunger. In this sense the situation is similar to what occurs in beehives …”

“Similarly in the human households, on one hand there are the men, who sweat over the fields, break their backs digging the furrows, tend the grain and then gather it; and on the other hand, inside the houses sit the women who – like the drones – Β  swallow up the harvest.”

“Not only does she swallow up and exhaust all the resources, but that is precisely a woman’s main reason for seducing a man: What she’s after is the barn … she sings the young bachelor her big seduction aria because she actually has her eye on the grain stores. And every man – like Epimetheus before them, all agog, transfixed by her looks – every man falls captive.”

“Indeed, woman, the wife, is a fire burning up her husband constantly, day after day, desiccating him and making him old before his time.”

“If a man marries, his life will pretty certainly be hell, unless he happens on a very good wife, which is extremely rare. Conjugal life is thus and inferno – misery after misery. On the other hand, if a man does not marry, his life could be a happy one: He would have his fill of everything, he would never lack for anything – but at his death, who will get his accumulated wealth? It will be scattered, into the hands of relatives for whom he has no particular affection. If he marries it is a catastrophe, and if he doesn’t, it’s another kind of catastrophe. Woman is two different things at once: She is the paunch, the belly devouring everything her husband laboriously gathered at the cost of his effort, his toil, his fatigue; but that belly is also the only one that can produce the thing that extends a man’s life – a child.”

The greatest threat to men:

“Throughout the long journey to follow, at every moment, behind all Odysseus’s adventures with his companions, this forgetting – the erasure of any memory of the homeland, any desire to return to it – forgetting is the constant danger, the evil.”

How the mob is described in Greek Mythology.

“Men make too much racket. There is the ethereal, silent realm where the gods withdraw to think and gaze upon one another, and then there are these humans, jumping about and agitating, shouting themselves hoarse with quarreling. So from the gods’ standpoint, a good war every now and then solves the problem: back to peace and quiet.”

“… the gods shift over to men the responsibility for decisions they shy from, the same way they sent them the misfortunes or baleful fates they wanted to avoid for themselves.”

How the Greeks identified gender….

“He sees some fifty girls there; Achilles does not stand out among them. Odysseus opens his sack and displays cloth and needlework, clips and jewels, and forty-nine of the girls crowd around to exclaim over his trinkets. But one of them hangs back, indifferent.

Odysseus then takes out a dagger, and that pretty little girl lunges for it. Outside the walls a battle trumpet blares: panic in the women’s quarters, the forty-nine girls dart away with their bits of frippery, while just one – with a dagger in hand – heads for the marching music.

Odysseus has unmasked Achilles just as Nestor unmasked Odysseus – and Achilles in turn is ready to go to war.”

“Identitarians” Β according to the Greeks:

” … Those who embodied the unconditional attachment to the unchanging, who proclaimed the need to preserve traditional values against whatever is other from themselves, against whatever questions them or forces them to see themselves differently – these “identitarians,” the Greek citizens confident of their superiority – are the very ones who topple over into absolute otherness, into horror, into the monstrous.”

Just like the Vikings described men of the East as effeminate, well so did the Greeks.

” … Pentheus harbours the idea that a monarch’s role is to uphold a hierarchical system in which men take their proper place, women stay at home, foreigners are not let in, and Asia – the East – is considered to be populated by effeminate folk in the habit of obeying a tyrant’s orders, whereas Greece is populated by free men.”

How feminists are described in the Greek Myths…

” His mother snatches up her son’s severed head, sticks it on the tip of a thyrsus, and marches about in delight with the thing, which in her delirium she imagines to be the head of a young lion or bull impaled on the end of her pike. … she boasts of having been hunting with the men and like a man, of showing herself to be even better at hunting than they. With that mob of demented, blood-spattered women, Agave goes over to Dionysus, who is still garbed as a priest.”

How Warriors are described by the Greeks:

” Cadmus does as instructed … sows the dragon’s teeth. Hardly has he finished than from each tooth springs up a warrior – already full grown and armed in military gear, with helmet, shield, sword, lance, leg guards, and breastplate. Once up and out of the ground, they eye one another with contempt, snarl, and hurl challenges the way men do who live for slaughter, warfare, and belligerent violence – soldiers through and through. Cadmus understands that they could easily turn on him.”

When offered immortality Odysseus turns it down, since he values his family way more, not evenΒ his encounter with Achilles can change his mind:

“Odysseus had visited the land of the dead; there among the spectres he had heard Achilles say how dreadful it is to be dead, how this phantom with no life or consciousness that a person becomes – this nameless shade – is the very worst future a man can imagine. And now, after his long journey and all his ordeals, Calypso offers him the chance to be immortal and to stay forever young, no longer to fear death and old age.”

“What Achilles says in The Odyssey is the opposite of what The Iliad proclaimed: that Achilles had the choice between a short, glorious life and a long life without glory, and he had never hesitated or doubted for a moment: He would choose a glorious life and heroic death in the flower of youth, because the glory of a short life ending in a fine death was worth far more than anything else. Now he says exactly the opposite: Once a man dies, given the choice he would rather be a poor louse-ridden peasant alive in the most benighted backwater of Greece than great Achilles in the world of the dead.”

What Odysseus sees when he visits death:

“They form a vague mass of beings who used to be individual persons but can no longer be distinguished. From that mass swarming past him there rises a terrifying, unidentified sound. They have no name, they do not speak; it is chaotic noise.”

The island of the sun god.

“The place does belong to the sun, that all-seeing eye.”

Sirens at work:

“But meanwhile, even as these beauties are revealing the Truth with a capital T … their island is ringed by a mass of corpses, flesh decomposing in the hot sun on the beach. These are the bodies of all the men who succumbed to the Sirens’ call and died. … What they say to Odysseus is in a sense what will be said of him when he no longer exists, when he will have crossed the frontier between the world of light and that of shadows, …”


Capitalism & Evidence Against The Myth That Only White People Are Guilty Of Colonialism.


“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil. You have to eliminate it…” says Michael More* in “Capitalism: A Love Story.” I would say that human beings are inherently dysfunctional with a penchant for evil if the circumstances are right, depending on the individual of course. There is little doubt in my mind that most people can transform into savages if their life depended on it. As my brother proclaimed during one of our discussions ” we have a choice, it might not be a comfortable choice, but it is still a choice.” A choice isn’t only valid if it’s easy…. Makes me think of those who claim that “democracy doesn’t work” if they don’t get things their way. There would be something seriously wrong with elections and referendums if the outcome was the same every single time. Sometimes the aftermath is good and sometimes it is downright disastrous.

Eliminating personal responsibility by blaming an evil external force in the form of an economic and/or a belief system is something that I’m reluctant to support unless we are talking about a religious war doctrine or brutal, systemized political oppression, like the industrialisation of death for example or military tactics disguised as a holy text. Some systems enable more atrocities Β than others, that cannot be denied, but these edifices of dysfunction are still constructed by humans whoΒ ultimatelyΒ have to pull the triggerΒ themselves. Β When I came across an article about “militant pagans” I officially gave up … especially when the self-explanatory “not all” argument was brought up…….It seems like conflict is one of the most predictable staples of human behaviour, just like self-preservation. If I would benefit and empower myself by doing so-and-so, strengthening my position, it is plausible to believe that I would only abstain if morality and/or a conflict of personal values would get in the way. How does that work with sociopaths, psychopaths or within a culture with no strong moral incentive?

I maintain that the single most dubious aspect of “extreme” capitalism today is the lack of patriotism involved and a general lack of concern regarding overall national longterm consequences of ones choices. The whole idea of being “looked down upon ” due to a breach in the code of conduct is not entirely a bad idea if the behaviour in question has severe negative re-percussions for your country. When do you ever see a modern western leader accused of treason? Or prosecuted for treacherous activity? Or sent away in exile? When do you see people being rightfully shamed as a result of having acted “dishonourable?” Today we have a “trigger” culture where “offensive” statements will land you in trouble online, with ill-placed mandatory Hitler comparisons and bountiful name-calling. We have a generally indulgent culture where a politician guilty of an affair apparently is meant to faze us. As long as something can be twisted to look like misogyny or racism you can consider yourself dead politically. There is no content or substance in other words, as those who start deadly and meaningless conflicts not intended to enrich or protect their people walk away free from repercussions. Nobody really questions how people build their fortunes either….fame for the sake of fame is worshiped.

I believe our general culture is a source for numerous problems. Β When we have a globalist mindset for example it is nothing but detrimental to western countries due to our labour unions and regulations. The only way that globalism wouldn’t kill us off completely was if all workers worldwide had the same rights and we all had the same living standards…but that doesn’t seem particularly feasible, not that I would be interested in living under a “one-world-government” either. The only way that that could possibly work is through a massive totalitarian 1984 government unlike anything anyone has ever seen.

I remember I witnessed quite a discussion years back between a liberal peaceful activist and an economics students, where the economic student claimed that the only way for western workers to become relevant again was to go down in minimum wage. I couldn’t believe my ears. This guy was serious though as he argued that our workers couldn’t compete with the 3rd world.

Years back I saw a documentary called “The Corporation” where a CEO explained that they were not at all exploiting foreign workers, no, what they were doing was charity. By employing people they were giving them a ticket out of the slum. They were building up 3rd world countries. I don’t doubt that the CEO in question actually believed himself to be of a charitable character but in terms of “building up other people’s countries” I fail to see why it should be in the west’s interest to turn ourselves into “has-beens.”

An interesting read that I cannot recommend enough is: “The Wealth And Poverty Of Nations” a book which explains why ” some are so rich and some so poor.” The section dealing with the Spanish Empire was particularly telling, informative and relevant to our world today. The Spaniards thought of themselves as so posh and superior since they outsourced nearly all of their manual labour. Eventually they found themselves in a destitute reality and this coupled with the fact that they had given away their power of knowledge meant that they were literally owned financially by other nations. (If I remember theΒ sectionΒ accurately, which I’m pretty sure I do as it certainly made anΒ impression on me).

Sounds like China anyone?

Speaking of which….people on the left love to play the broken record that Europeans are the only people to blame for colonialism and empire building…SMH…. they also love to claim that colonialism still lingers on today due to, you guessed it right, evil capitalism…. It is referred to as neo-colonialism….a fun fact though is that China is now the major player on the African continent….

…..and they are being criticised for it as well…since they seem to lack the European flair for charity…..behold material that will kill any argument with a white-hating cultural-marxist: