“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.” — so declared Nietzsche to the world in his “Science of Joy,” a statement to be later popularized via “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”. Yet most people misunderstand the message Nietzsche conveyed and thus atheists and nihilists use that declaration as a message of triumph, when in reality it was a statement of despair.
Before we continue with this article, we’d like for the reader to understand what we will be talking about when referring to God in this article. In the previous articles published on NOOSE we have occasionally talked about the Ultimate Truth and the Cosmic Order – the central core of the Fascist Worldview. These same things can be understood and expressed in a number of ways, depending on the conceptual and symbolic language/narrative employed, thus they have also been referred to, for example, as the Absolute, or, more commonly, as God. What all these words have in common at their core, regardless of the narrative employed behind them (be it an abstract spiritual force, a host of pagan Gods, or the Christian God), is an understanding of a spiritual force that pervades and rules supreme over all. It governs all of life and gives it structure and order, from the physical laws of the universe to the intricate nature of the Human condition. Ultimate Truth / Cosmic Order / The Absolute / God(s) are expressions of that spiritual force by different means, which are not the subject of this article. Thus we aim to simplify the narrative presented in this article by referring to them all simply as God, not necessarily specifically the Christian or any other God, but nevertheless not excluding them either.
The deeper nature of these narratives and their correlation is something that will be explored in depth in a series of articles that will be published by IronMarch at a future date. This article, however, will be focusing on the issue of mankind losing its connection with that spiritual force, the consequences of that, and what it has to do with the Fascist Struggle. Thus, let us continue with the article proper.
“God is dead” is a statement of fact, the fact being how mankind has lost its connection to the spiritual world (for if we can no longer perceive God, he might as well be dead to us), which ultimately leaves us stranded in the desacralized, material world without a guiding light towards which we could orient ourselves – with no objective, absolute law ordained from a higher source. Nietzsche did not, in fact, celebrate this state of affairs, but was horrified of it and thus sought a solution – Nietzsche was not a nihilist, but to the contrary, an anti-nihilist, seeking a solution to nihilism as a problem that mankind faced in the absence of God.
As much as he may have had his qualms with Christianity, it nevertheless presented such a guiding light to men, without which we are but rudderless ships lost in a storm. Where else could man turn to, in such a state of affairs, other than himself and his own strength? When men lose their connection with God they can do nothing else but rely on themselves – thus the man-centric conception of the world is born, which is exactly what Nietzsche had contributed to, by promoting Will to Power and the Übermensch, fine additions to what Oswald Spengler defined as Faustian culture, all things associated with the nature of Titans.
In many ways Nietzsche comes to mankind as an earthly counterpart of the Norse God Heimdallr, who blows the Gjallarhorn to signify the beginning of Ragnarök and the coming of a host of Chthonic/Elemental forces (e.g. Fenrir, Jörmungandr, the Jötunn giants, etc) that would wage war against the Gods. Whereas Heimdallr warns the Gods of the start of Ragnarök, Nietzsche comes to mankind with a message that the Twilight of the Gods has already arrived – we are living it. The world of man has been submerged into the “waters“. However, at the exact same time it is Nietzsche that promotes the coming of the Elemental Giants (Titans) via his concept of the Übermensch – man as a law onto himself.
The Bronze Age is also marked by the unleashing of the principle proper to the warriors’ caste, namely, pride, violence, war. The corresponding myth is the Titanic or Luciferian revolt, or the Promethean attempt to steal the Olympian fire. The age of “giants,” or of the Wolf, or of the “elemental beings;’ is an equivalent figuration found in various traditions and in their fragments preserved in legends and epics of various peoples.
-Julius Evola, Mystery of the Grail
“Twilight of the Gods” and “God is Dead” are one and the same notion. They are different narratives for the same event of mankind losing its connection with the spiritual world, ushering in materialism, nihilism, rationalism, atheism and other concepts that lie at the heart of modern degeneracy and decay, associated with Faustian, Titanic, Promethean and Luciferian themes, unified in a simple formula: Man must become his own God and take control of God’s creation. Such a man is an Übermensch – a Titan.
The true message of the Norse myth, along with many other similar traditional narratives, warns mankind of its inevitable downfall into ignorance of the Higher Order of life as ordained by God. This ignorance would force man to find a new absolute law to orient himself towards, and he would inevitably place it in himself. Man becomes the end in of himself, thus his own desires are of the utmost importance, his own mind and ego are the ultimate judges of his own conduct.
Let us map out the timeline of the Death of God:
- Mankind loses sight of God and is left bereft of a guiding light.
- Mankind begins to look inwards and cultivates the man-centric worldview. This stage is best embodied by the Enlightenment Era. This is the Luciferian/Promethean aspect, where man begins to place value in himself above all else, including God. These processes are tantamount to Lucifer’s revolt against the Christian God and to Prometheus stealing the Fire of the Gods from Mount Olympus, bringing it down to man.
- Once this self-obsession is cultivated, it is directed outwards against nature/God’s creation as man attempts to subjugate everything to himself. This stage is best embodied by the Industrialization Era. This is the Faustian aspect, where man uses his own reason, will power, science and technology to manipulate the world around him. Here we witness the birth of Titans, the Nietzschean Übermensch, driven by his Will to Power.
At this stage man essentially becomes the “perfect animal“, the “king of earthly beasts” so to speak. Yet this state of affairs cannot last for two major reasons. First of all, when man places value and ultimate authority within himself he can negotiate with himself and thus compromise on anything. Man cannot negotiate with a Higher Order, but he can always negotiate with himself, which is what we can witness today as people rationalize their shortcomings and degeneracy. Secondly, man becomes a slave to his own mechanical creations by means of which he exerted his dominance against nature, which helps further degenerate mankind. Man grows lazy, complacent, compliant, and his Will to Power withers away, leaving something even less than animal, something subhuman. This is the era we find ourselves in now. The Fall of Titans.
However, just as Mankind was warned of its downfall, so it was likewise foretold of its restoration by means of coming to know the Higher Order of life once again. All traditional narratives talk of how in the last and darkest age after the Death of God there would come Heroes who would dispel the darkness and restore God’s Law on Earth.
The last age is the Iron Age, or, according to the corresponding Hindu term, the Dark Age (Kali Yuga). This age includes every de consecrated civilization, every civilization that knows and extols only what is human and earthly. Against these forms of decadence there emerged the idea of a possible cycle of restoration, which Hesiod called the heroic cycle or age of heroes. Here we must employ the term heroic in a special, technical sense distinct from the usual meaning. According to Hesiod, the “generation of heroes” was created by Zeus, that is to say, by the Olympian principle, with the possibility of reattaining the primordial state and thus to give life to a new “golden” cycle.
-Julius Evola, Mystery of the Grail
Through the reconciliation of the Titan and Hero archetypes, who are cut from the same cloth, the titanic Will to Power would be directed towards the restoration of the Cosmic Order and thus it would be converted into a Will to Truth.
Heracles earns Olympian immortality after allying himself to Zeus, who is the Olympian principle, against the “giants”; according to one of the myths of this cycle, it is through Heracles that the “titanic” element (symbolized by Prometheus) is freed and reconciled with the Olympian element.
The titanic type – or, in another respect, the warrior type – is, after all, the prime matter of which heroes are made.
-Julius Evola, Mystery of the Grail
It is the overcoming of the Nietzschean Übermensch, granting Nietzsche’s legacy a positive connotation.
Freeing the doctrine of Nietzsche from its naturalistic aspects, one sees that the “superman” and the “will-to-power” are not real except as supra-biological, and, we should say, supra-natural qualities. Then this doctrine, for many, can be a path by which the great ocean can be reached – the world of the solar universality of great Nordic-Aryan traditions – from whose summit the meaning of all the misery, irrelevance and insignificance of this world of prisoners and lunatics can at last be grasped.
-Julius Evola, Heathen Imperialism
It is the appearance of what Savitri Devi called Men Against Time, those who fight for the Eternal in the world of change, counting Adolf Hitler as one in their number.
The saviours in the worldly sense of the word — those who set out to perfect not merely men’s souls but men’s collective life and government, and international relations — are what we call men “against Time.” And they are necessarily violent, although not always physically so. They may be, — in fact, they should be, — personally free from the bondage of Time, if they are to act with the maximum of foresight and efficiency. But they have to take into consideration the conditions of action “within Time” to live “in” Time, also, in a way.
-Savitri Devi, Lightning and the Sun
It is the coming of the Wildes Heer – the Wild Hunt, heroes sacrificing themselves in battle to aid Odin in Ragnarök
First of all, as is well-known, Valhalla is the centre of celestial immortality, reserved mainly for heroes fallen on the battlefield. The lord of this place, Odin-Wotan, is presented to us in the Ynglingasaga as having shown to the heroes the path which leads to the place of the gods, where immortal life flourishes. According to this tradition no sacrifice or cult is more appreciated by the supreme god, and none produces richer fruits, than that sacrifice which one offers as one falls fighting on the battlefield. In addition to this, behind the confused popular representation of the Wildes Heer this meaning is hidden: through the warriors, who, falling, offer a sacrifice to Odin the power is increased which this god needs for the ultimate battle against the Ragna-rökkr, that is, the “darkening of the divine”, which has threatened the world since ancient times. This illustrates clearly the Aryan motif of the metaphysical struggle.
-Julius Evola, The Metaphysics of War
It is, indeed, the coming of Fascists and National-Socialists – the last Heroes of the cycle, the last Titans who turned their Will to Power into a Will to Truth. We practice what is described in Buddhism as, negation of negation: in our opposition to the forces that denied God’s Law we reaffirm it once again, restoring the Cosmic Order in human affairs. It is the path of restoration on a civilizational and racial scale, rather than the path of individual salvation, yet the latter will follow suit with the former.
Such is the true essence of the Fascist struggle – to deny the forces of decay, involution and degeneracy and in that denial restore all the positive aspects of the human condition. It is nothing short of a Holy War, a spiritual and physical Crusade against the forces of materialism, secularism, atheism, rationalism, humanism, egalitarianism, hedonism, relativism, utilitarianism, nihilism, i.e. the powers of ruin that only seek “nothingness, nothingness without end“.
Thus, to Nietzsche’s desperate cry of “God is Dead!” we will give our roaring and triumphant battle cry: “God is Dead – LONG LIVE GOD!”