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, …”


US Defence Secretary Mattis, President Trump, Feminism, Intolerance & Reading Lists.


This happened today! I hope the same will happen over here in Europe. One can hope:

In June this year a high school student over in the USA managed to get hold of the phone number of Defence Secretary Mattis, he then decided to send the man a message asking for an interview and funny enough he received a reply. This is an interesting read:Β

I’m also including a couple of reading lists. Ever since I read “The Art Of War” earlier this year I’ve realised that it is a massive drawback that the militant aspects of history is downplayed in terms of general education and popular culture. I’m probably one of few millennials to have experienced a school system promoting a classical-western-education platform – even though I obviously need to brush up on my philosophy and history after years of neglect. I also had the great privilege of growing up in a family possessing a very beautiful and well-stocked library, but I was little back then. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on some of these at one point:Β

I’m including this list as well since Mattis has mentioned it in several interviews. I had never heard of this before:Β

An article entitled “Harvard Law Professor: β€˜White Liberal College Graduates’ Are β€˜the Least Tolerant”Β is very interesting. I’ve seen how I’ve lost some followers when I’ve been liking conservative posts and I’ve actually been accused of bigotry myself due to what I retweeted after the most recent terrorist attack in London. There is very little tolerance from those on the left and this is greatly disturbing since these people don’t even bother to ask questions. All you get is either an accusation (read name-calling) or you’ll see that you’ve lost some followers or that someone has simply unfriended you. After expressing joy over Trump’s victory over in the USA I received a message from a well-meaning friend encouraging me to stay quiet as many people had been so hurt by Trump’s victory. I wonder how those on the Β left would react if Β those on the right behaved in the exact same way? I don’t think I have anyone on my friends list who likes the Trump administration, at least not openly. Yet it is said that Generation Z is more conservative in their views. I certainly hope so as ethnomasochism,Β anti-Americanism, anti-Europeanism or anti-western attitudes are terrible for our various nations. As a millennial I feel like a minority at this point.

On May the 14th this year I posted this text along with a picture on my Instagram: “If you have the resources or know someone who has the power to make things happen, then please help English churches that are falling apart due to lack of funds, etc; This is a country with a rich history, please help by either spreading the word or contributing, so that we can protect the heritage & integrity of this great nation. I’ve also included a map depicting where persecution of Christians is most common, let’s stand in solidarity with those who are killed, imprisoned & silenced in the name of Islam & Communism.”Β 

An older male who’s been a fan of me for years wrote in the comment section that my views were disturbing. Sadly I deleted this, I should have let it stand or taken a screen shot of it. I honestly fail to see why it is disturbing to protect ones cultural heritage or country or why it is wrong to post the picture of a map depicting hot spots for Christian persecution in the world?

Why on earth is this wrong? Why is it wrong to protect oneself? Why is it wrong to warn others?

To read the article I referred to further up, click on this:Β

Behold ChristineΒ Teigen acting like a fool. If you are going to criticise someone then please explain why you are doing so. I’ve tweeted that Merkel is treacherous, why? Well due to her inviting a whole bunch of potential terrorists into the EU, not to forget that it is too expensive for our nations anyway. Europe does not look good from a street level. Our continent is being fundamentally transformed. A leader should run around and be proud of their country, I’ve seen footage of Merkel refusing to wave the German flag. What is that all about? If she wants to change Germany then fine, but don’t come here and throw the rest of us into the abyss. Replacement migration is not ok.Β When you are a leader you have to put your country and your people first and then keep the peace with your neighbours. Why do those on the left attack European cultures and ethnic Europeans????? I think I have a good reason for tweeting about my dislike for Merkel. Here you got Teigen trolling the president of the USA:

You can read the whole story here:Β

I honestly think that Merkel is dubious. We are having serious issues over here. The internationally broadcasted terrorist attacks are just the tip of the iceberg. It might look silly to tweet something like this; but European populations are facing brand new problems we’ve never dealt with before. And it is not just one country or one isolated area, it is everywhere.

While reading an entertaining article written by a mother advising her son not toΒ marry a feminist, an article about “fierceness” as promoted by feminists activists caught my attention. This is particularly interesting to me since I’ve been thinking about this an awful lot myself. The article I’ve pasted in below link to an article written by David French over at the National Review called “Feminism Has A Ferocity Problem.” Read this:ΒΒ &Β

To end this rather short entry of mine; this one is called “Always on the Move: How Residential Mobility Impacts Our Well-Being” published by a site I certainly like the name of: “The Inquisitive Mind.” Since there’s been so much talk about the negative implications of moving I decided to read some articles about the topic. It was not very flattering what I found in terms of the long-term effects on kids :/ but it was nonetheless interesting. Read this:Β