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March-April 1972

Why Odinism

People will say to us: Why do you want to form a new religion? Why not just revise Christianity a little, maybe purge the Church of some of the doctrines which admittedly have crept into the traditions of the Church and which are alien to Western man's original religious attitudes? - some kind of New Reformism -- a Neo-Reformation!
This may on the surface sound as a good idea, but patchwork like that will never be of any value; too many foreign concepts have penetrated to the core of the spiritual edifice of the Church -- it is more than mere revisionism we need.
The wish for a change in religious outlook is not coming from the top either. Of course, you hear of priests being concerned that they are losing the parishioners and their donations, and no doubt in all denominations there are many honest and upright ministers who are genuinely worried about the state of church affairs. But it is the ordinary people - - in particular the young - - whose :instincts and conscience are not yet corrupted, who wish the church were able to give them some relevant ethical direction. They know something is out of step with Reality, intuitively they feel something is missing some where, but they cannot get the hub of the matter into focus.
Then there are those who say: "Oh, but I don't believe in this dogma, --or that -- I have my own interpretation of Christianity." Well, if you are not following the teachings of the Church, you are not a 100% Christian (are you a 75% Christian then -- or only 50%?). I would suggest to you, kinsman, that if this is your attitude, what you actually are doing is walking in the footsteps of your ancestors. They had their own distinctive ideas about the nature of God which by no means carried less value than the "revelation-religions".
A much quoted remark by Tacitus gives Some indication of Western man's native religiosity; the old Roman historian noted that it did not correspond with their (the Indo-Europeans) ideas of the greatness of the deity to enclose their God within walls"; and in fact the Indo-European concept of religion is not hidden in cloisters and caves but arises from every aspect of Nature -- the beauty of trees, flowers, mountains, lakes, the ocean and the sky.

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The essence of Indo-European religiosity is the fusion of God and Nature -- the two cannot be separated, they are virtually synonymous. The logical deduction is then that if God and Nature are one, this world cannot be evil. Therefore all Indo-European peoples are "of this world" and lovers of Nature.
To instill such an attitude into the Christian Church today would be well nigh impossible: Odinists therefore maintain that we have to reach back into the past, to the original divine inspiration of our ancestors in keeping with the true religious attitudes of Western man. Only then will a positive Godliness ensue and we will have a solid foundation upon which to build a new morality.

To initiated eyes, everything
Everything shows signs of God.
Schiller [1]


In a pluralistic society such to ours, differences in temperament, in evaluation of moral issues and in general attitude towards many aspects of community life are inevitable.
For many years the Christian Church, being the accepted version of religion, has forced its opinion of right and wrong upon all the peoples with whom it came into contact even to continents where people lived in blissful ignorance of Yahweh, missionaries were sent, in order to preach the "good message."
To be sure, it was not done out of malice,but simply because the Christian mind cannot perceive that their special kind of morality is not acceptable to all mankind. It acts on the assumption that all peoples, regardless of racial and personal characteristics, place the same significance on facts and phenomena as the Christians do.
But it is most certainly a misconception that all the diverse groups of :people comprising the population of our planet can (and should) be mishmashed into one homogenous mass, thereby disregarding the individual, varied and distinctive dispositions, derived from a person's extraction.
Exactly because of these characteristic differences, it is an immature notion that there can be a universal concept of morality, of justice and of religion. Instead of this fiction, efforts should be made to bring forth an educated realization that differences do exist, and that men can have respect for and co-operation with other groups,having a different set of customs and adhering to a different persuasion, than those prevalent in their own group.
However,only when people are able freely to form groups and fraternities as they please, can and will they insist on the rights of others to live as they want, without uncalled-for interference by government and any other pressure group.
This type of fellowship does not need any regimentation or totalitarian enforcement and will flourish to the best advantage where men are mature and rational it is an attitude which is closely connected with the old Indo-European respect for the individual, which regards intrusion into other persons lives detrimental to genuine co-operation and is against the original Indo¬European moral code.


It's not the difference
between people,
that's the difficulty.
It's the indifference!

(L.G. Geden)

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He who will not reason
is a bigot:
he who cannot is a fool:
and he who dares not
is a slave

Sir William Drummond

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Carbon Dating

It has long been believ6cfthat civilization began in the warm climate of the Tigris, Euphrates.and Nile valley regions,and slowly seeped northward to Greece, Rome and, many centuries later, finally into Northern Europe.
It has usually also been assumed that the first European monumental stone-built tombs, or the beginning of metallurgy came about as new ideas and techniques from the Near East were introduced to the "Northern barbarians". However,due to newly discovered radiocarbon testing methods, the archaeologists and historians have been shaken by a major revolution in our understanding of man's early past.
Archaeologists, following the accepted historical thesis "ex oriente lux - from the East came light" had thought that the architectural skill and social organizations, required to construct the impressive European burial chambers, such as the New Grange in Ireland, or the great tombs in Antequera in Spain, came from the East Mediterranean.
Five years ago the first indications arose that this historical thesis might not be correct. Archaeological finds in Spain, supposedly
at the receiving end of civilization, and in the East Mediterranean the assumed "homeland", cast doubts on the presumed connections. Contrary to these earlier beliefs, it now seems that copper metallurgy may have been invented independently in Europe,and the earliest stone buildings, the megalithic tombs of Western Europe, can definitely be dated several centuries before the pyramids in Egypt, thanks to an amazing discovery by Prof. C. H. Ferguson of the University of Arizona.
High in the White Mountains of California grow incredibly long-lived trees, the California bristle cone pine. The tree rings of this pine are now being used to check the accuracy of the important radiocarbon dating method, which up until now has been the essential basis for prehistoric chronology,and Europe's history has been dated in this way.
The tree rings mark the annual growth of the trees. By counting back, using both live and dead trees Prof. C. H. Ferguson has been able to build up a sequence, reaching as far back as 5000 B.C. Radiocarbon tests were then made on wood from these trees. The dates indicated by the radiocarbon method should have agreed with the known age of the trees; they did not. However, since the age of the trees, both live and dead, was known, the radiocarbon dates could then be corrected on the basis of comparison, and the corrected radiocarbon dating for European prehistory has quite astounded archaeologists.
Prof. H. E. Sues of La Jolla, California has compiled a calibration chart which is now being used to correct all previous radiocarbon dates as far back as 5000 B.C. This has dramatically changed the chronology of European prehistory.
All dates of prehistoric Europe up until 1500 B.C.have now been moved back several centuries, in some cases as much as 700 years, whereas in the Eastern Mediterranean areas the dates stand unchanged as they were arrived at by way of ancient calendrical records, and not by radiocarbon methods.
This means that the megalithic tombs of Europe were built more than 5000 years ago, which is about five centuries before the pyramids of ancient Egypt which stand at 2500B.C.
We also know now that "barbarian" Europe in the Balkans were smelting copper and casting it into useful tools well before 4000 B.C. At the same time, further west, "Europeans were erecting massive stone tombs, hewn out of huge slabs of rock,when in the Near East they were still using mud bricks.
The prehistoric barbarians in Europe suddenly seem very much more creative and imaginative than anyone had guessed.
European prehistory now, quite simply, has to be re-written, with a new respect for our ancestors, -- those creative barbarians who were building stone tombs and temples centuries before the construction of the pyramids in Egypt.

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Wherever Indo-European peoples have lived they have formulated their own religious attitudes, and one idea which all have in common, is the concept of Fate. No matter how widespread the separation of the various groups of our folk, or the difference in language, which in time made one foreign to the other, the prevalent idea of Fate goes back in the religious concept of our peoples at least six thousand years.
The concept of Fate must not be mistaken for fatalism, Indo-Europeans have always rather tended to raise the power of Destiny above that of the Gods. The three best known mythologies of our forefathers: The Greek, the Roman and the Nordic all have the same concept; the names are of course different, -- but Fate is always stronger than Gods and men.
There were three "Sisters of Fate", in Greek mythology they were called the Moirai, their names were Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos; the Romans called their three Fates the Parcae, the names being Nona, Decima and Morta, in Nordic mythology they were Urdr, Verdandi and Skuld.
One well known Saga in Nordic mythology is the Voluspo; it tells about the coming of the three fates. First it tells about the beginning of all things, then it relates how beautiful the earth was: it was always summer, the grass was forever green, the fields bore self-sown grain, time was not and the world was young; - this was the way things were -- "till thither came up giant-maids three, huge with might, out of Jotunheim". With the arrival of the "three giant-maids", we are told, things changed drastically, for from then on both Gods and men were subject for Fate -- or Destiny.
The three sisters were thought of as spinners, or weavers; one spun the life thread, the second measured the thread and the third sister cut it and thereby ended man's life.
In English literature there are several references to a word "'wyrd" meaning Fate or Destiny. But it seems reasonable to think that Wyrd originally was the name of one of the three sisters, the names of the other two having been lost over the years, although Shakespeare's Macbeth mentions "The three Weird Sisters".
The three Fates in all variations were connected with a well, a spring of holy waters and always they were close to a tree. In Nordic mythology the tree of course is Yggdrasil, the World Ash. The well near which the Norns lived was at the root of the World Ash, and one of their duties, besides measuring men's lived was to daily water the roots of Yggdrasil with the well's holy water, in order to prevent the roots from withering or dying.
This is just one example of the many thoughts our forefathers had in common. If we were able to dig into the past of other branches of our people, I'm sure we would find many similar patterns, by far outnumbering the differences. It is indeed a mistake to talk about Estonians and Frenchmen not being related or English and Belgians, or Germans and Americans. We are first cousins who have branched out to build different nations, with different ways and customs,but with spiritual values and concepts deeply rooted in the old Indo-European traditions and spiritual attitudes.

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The word "honeymoon" derives from a custom of the Norsemen. For a full month after a wedding the newlyweds each day had a sip of mead, which is a fermented drink made of honey. It was supposed to bring them luck and good health.

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"Talk little, do much,
be, rather than seem".

Count Schlieffen.

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Almost five thousand years ago the people who lived in the area north of the Black Sea began to develop a life-style which was to have an important impact on history We do not know the name of these
people, but archaeologists have call cd them the Ochre Grave, Corded Pottery, or Battleaxe Folk, from the graves and artifacts they have left behind. At the time these people emerged, the Sumerian civilization already existed on the Euphrates River, about seven hundred miles across the Caucasian Mountains.
Most of us have heard or read a great deal more about the Sumerian or later civilization of Mesopotamia than about the Battleaxe Folk. Of course, there is a lot more archaeological evidence about the former; also, we tend to be more impressed by stone architecture, art work or writings of a civilization than the humbler remains of an apparently more primitive people. However, it is not surprising that some archaeological, ethnological writers have indicated similarities in Battleaxe and Sumerian artifacts , especially as the axe-like tool for which the former are named, is an almost exact copy in stone of the Sumerian copper axe. Physical anthropologists have point to the interesting fact that the Battleaxe and Sumerians must have been racially closely related. Furthermore, ethnologists suggest that Indo-European religions show similarities to Sumeria, and philologists tell us that in many European languages the word for copper derive from the Sumerian. These points suggest a link between the Indo-Europeans and Sumerians which might quite probably have been through the Battleaxe Folk.
Whatever the relationship between the Battleaxe Folk and Sumerians may have been, it is certain that the differences were more important than the similarities. Civilization arose among the Sumerians because of the need for a fairly complex form of social organization. The Sumerians lived in a land which had little rainfall, but it did have a river. At first they tilled land which was watered naturally by the spring floods, but eventually they realized that they could utilize more land through artificial irrigation. This project required the co-ordinated efforts of many people. The priests assumed leadership , the irrigation proved successful and the material well-being of the people improved. However, the priestly class exerted their power to demand a portion of the surplus for the glorification and appeasement of the gods. Before long the priests paid more attention to wealth and status than to the welfare of the people and their rule became oppressive. --Often those who give leadership in the beginning wind up using their power for oppression; this was a problem then as it is today.
The society of the so-called "barbarian" Battleaxe Folk was simpler. They were no longer savages, relying on hunting and food gathering; they had learned to farm and keep flock, and their fields were watered by rainfall, not irrigation, which gave each man independence. However, these early farmers did not know about the fallowing and fertilizing of land, so occasionally the people had to move to find fresh land for crops as well as new pasture for the animals. This kind of semi-nomadism often brought conflict between the tribes over some important area of land. The Battleaxe Folk in time became rather warlike, and virtually every man had to be a warrior when the need arose. Consequently their leaders were rather great warriors than priests. In contrast to the Sumerians these leaders rarely retained their power for long periods of time and did not become despotic.
The barbarian life-style and spiritual qualities which appear very attractive compared to the early so called civilized life of the Sumerians. In fact, the descendents of the Battleaxe Folk and other people who copied them, preserved a vigorous

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nomadic life-style, which posed a continuous threat to civilization as late as seven hundred years ago.
But even more important, the descendents of the Battleaxe Folk were to have a profound and beneficial effect on civilization itself.
Who were the descendents of the Battleaxe Folk? There are no direct written records, but archaeologists, ethnologists, and prehistorians have discovered some clues. We know for certain that the Battleaxe Culture spread throughout Northern Europe around 2,000 B.C. Although the influence of other peoples in the immediately following bronze age period was strong, especially in Western Europe; by 1,800 B.C. the Celtic, Italic and Greek tribes were appearing in Central Europe, the Italian and Greek peninsulas respectively . Not later than 1,600 B.C. far to the east, the Aryans were poised for their dramatic invasion of Northern India. We know definitely that there were common cultural, linguistic and racial characteristics among these people. They were the Indo-Europeans. The chronological and geographical implications are strong and furthermore there is anthropological evidence that all of them were descendents of the Battle axe people, though with some other mixture, especially in the West.
The roles of these and all later Indo-European peoples like the Persians, Romans, Germans and Slavs are central to world history itself,. These people built not one, but several civilizations of which our own Western civilization is the latest, and perhaps the greatest. When we compare Persian, Aryan-Indian, Greco-Roman and Western civilizations we note many differences, but when we look back to the roots in the barbarian past, the profound similarities are obvious. In the earlier stages the peoples who built these civilizations manifested the qualities and aggressiveness and a vigorous desire to overcome all obstacles, whether material or human, individual independence combined with loyalty to family and tribe, ad the need for individual achievement and enhancement of status. These qualities which all members of Western civilization should cherish, are an inheritance that we can trace back to the late stone age and the Battleaxe Folk. Surely we owe these people at least as great a memorial as we do the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Sumeria. -- Modern education does not give them this recognition, but we feel that if we neglect these ancient Indo-European values, we leave human dignity behind.



Thinking for oneself is always
arduous and is sometimes painful.





Thor is the hammer-wielding son of Odin. He is the big, boisterous owner of Mjolnir, the hammer which only Thor is able to use and, never mind in which direction he flings it, -- always it comes back to his hand by itself.
Thor represents energy -- power; the names of his two sons mean"courage" and "strength" and the God himself stands for the unconquerable spirit which was part of our forefathers' nature.
He is also the great slayer of the World Serpent, Jormungand. The World Serpent was the monster which surrounded the homes of Gods and men and with its power of Evil was threatening to stifle and strangle all that was good in the world.
At the final battle, brave Thor throws himself whole-heartedly into the last confrontation with the vile monster and kills the evil fiend. He pays for the victory with his own life, but he saved Midgard, the home of Men, from the giant; and -- so the Saga tells, ever after men were able to live on earth, peacefully and without fear.
This is what makes Thor so dear to our hearts.


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The Credibility Gap

We have for some time been favoured with two philosophical trains of thought, existing side by side.
One maintains that man should be "good and virtuous" and if society is built and governed by virtuous man, it will be good. However, when this turns out not to be the case, it is blamed, not on the philosophy but on the men in office. "They must be wicked", says this school, "the people they govern must be bad and they deserve punishment", i.e. if the social organizations do not function properly , it is because of defects in the character of the persons belonging to the society.
The other train of thought does not accept anything but facts, and will not regard as essential anything which does not conform with the facts known to it. These are the people who declare that men are not able to chose between right and wrong, but are shaped by their environment and are therefore not accountable for their actions, which they cannot do anything about.
In our system of things both may be true in a sense. Those members of society who are economically less fortunate will find themselves in situations where "the environment is more powerful in shaping them than they are shaping their environment"; whereas the more well-to-do may be able to make a choice, good or bad.
It is also true that those people who find themselves on the lower rungs of the economical ladder and would like to change the social structure, are usually those who are the most powerless to do so.
Both ideas, however, are based on the false premise of reward and punishment: If you are good you will have work, and thereby earn money to fill your needs, and you will be happy. If you are unemployed and unable to buy the things needed for yourself and your family, there must be something wrong with you, and this is your punishment for being bad.
This is of course ridiculous, as if it mattered whether the person who produces your butter or paints your car is good or bad in a moral sense; what matters is proficiency.
What people lack is not work. Why should they work more than necessary when they have, or could have machines to do the work for them. We should by now have passed the idea of "by the sweat of your brow shall you eat your bread."
Some say they would not know what to do with more leisure time, others say that there would be more crime. These arguments do not hold water, since Labor is trying to cut working hours and the crime rate is the highest ever.
Unfortunately, the situation is not going to get much better until people begin to realize that all progress in the production apparatus, together with the natural resources of the earth, must be regarded as the common heritage of all individuals in a democracy. The degree which at the present time has been reached in skill and science is accrued profit ont he work and inventions of previous generations, and therefore the property of all members of society.
The implication is that each and every one is a shareholder in the riches of the community; a further implication is that in a "just society" every shareholder should have his part of the profit, not as a hand-out, but as his cumulative birthright.
Does it sound socialistic? It is not, it is a realistic acknowledgment of the achievements of the generations before us, the results of which there fore do not belong to a few selected members of society, but are property of ALL. In any business all shareholders get the same dividends, why should not the members of "Enterprise Society" be entitled to the same consideration?
Does it sound fantastic? It certainly is not. Society is able to to produce many times over the amount

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of goods and services it does now, and with fewer man hours, if only the voters could demand of their elected representatives that they take full advantage of the degree to which the skill and imagination of the people, working within the production system has risen.


(Based on an article, printed in VALKYRIE/65,a Rhodesian Odinist publication)

The celebration of Easter more or less coincides with the Spring Equinox. It was undoubtedly the most cheerful of the major Indo-European festivals and had neither the intensity of feeling, engendered by Yule nor the poignancy of the Harvest or Autumn Equinox. This was the time when the snow melted, the rivers thawed, the warm sun caused Nature to put on her new green mantle trimmed with the first Spring flowers in fields and forests. So the Spring festival at once celebrated the end of the long winter and the beginning of a new year of activity
Each season, each activity, each celebration of course had its own special God or Goddess. The celebrations in Spring have always been associated with fertility, because of the close connection with the life-giving Sun, the warm rain, the coming-alive of Nature after the long winter sleep. So it was in all the world, and the old Gods therefore had many names. In Assyria the Fertility Goddess was known as Ishtar, and the Babylonians paid tribute to the Goddess Astare, both names pronounced "Easter".
Among the Indo-European peoples the Goddess of Spring also had many names. The Teutons called her Ostare or Eostra, the Anglo-Saxons knew her at one time as Erce, the Angles on the Continent worshipped her as Nerthus. The Nordics identified Spring with the Goddess Freya (Frigg) in whom the Romans saw their Venus; -- both were reputed to be very beautiful with the result that we still celebrate them once a week on Friday (Freya's day) which the Romans knew as "dies Veneris."
Since Easter is basically a celebration of the warm, life-giving Sun it is not surprising that in many places the lighting of new fires is included in the main Easter rites. In Germany fires were lit on top of every mountain; in the Frisian islands and Lowlands bonfires are still lit as a welcome to the Sun. On a particular day, usually around Easter, people in Northern Germany, Denmark and England climbed a hill top before dawn to witness the rising of the Sun. At the beginning of the Spring plowing it was the custom in Anglo-Saxon England to make
a small cake, dedicate it to the Gods and bury it at the end of the furrow as an offering which would bring fertility to the soil.
Rather than take upon itself the almost impossible task of obliterating Easter, the Christian Church took the easier course of accepting it into its own ritual calendar, but re-casting it in a suitable Christian form. This created no great problem for the story of the resurrection of Christ, -- itself of pre-Christian origin and closely connected with the Spring rites of the Levant, lent itself readily to a take-over of the old Indo-European festival. The flowers in the churches and the green and yellow vestments worn by the priests symbolize the mighty Sun and the renewed fertility of Nature.
It is surely a matter of deep satisfaction that, for all the Christian trappings, we have never really denied the Goddess of Spring her rightful dues.



"Labour is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labour, and could not have existed if labour had not existed first. Labour is the superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration".

Abraham Lincoln



Much has been said about the "silent majority." The only pertinent consideration however, is the question: Why is the majority silent? I believe there are two aspects of the main reason.
First of all, our Indo-European ancestors did not consider it proper to reprehend their friends; as brave and bold as they were when facing their foes, just as restrained were they when dealing with people within their community. Even if they had good reason to feel angry or offended, they were admonished to keep calm and avoid fights between kinsmen.
Neither was it thought manly to complain, lest somebody might think you were paltry or petty-minded; it was therefore frowned upon to show signs of annoyance or displeasure.
This has by some been mistaken as indifference or coarseness. It wes neither; both attitudes originated directly from the religious outlook of the period before the acceptance of Christianity. The Indo-Europeans of that time accepted life's harshness and unfairness with a spirit of heroic serenity: "The great-gift of the Gods was readiness to face the world as it was", and with a realistic confidence that if you proudly confronted your destiny, the Gods were on your side.
One of the important tenets with which most Christian denominations agree is, that man shall be patient he must endure whatever comes his way, the more resigned he is, the dearer is he to Yahweh.
When Christianity became the religion of the West, this particular aspect of the Christian belief was merged with the old Indo-European attitude of "come what may".
The result of this fusion is the basis of the well known "put up or shut up" attitude so common these days -- and more often it is "put up" as well as "shut up". Just consider how the impotent populations of all nations of the West are putting up with the semantics of their political and spiritual leaders!
This, I believe, is the main reason for the silence of the majority -- However, signs, healthy signs begin to appear, showing that many people realize the cause for this unnatural spiritual deadlock; -- citizens are more outspoken, -- they are getting angry; still, there is no method in the madness;but understanding the intellectual reasons for this suicidal reticence is the first step on the road out of the present impasse.
Up from your knees, kinsmen!

Beware the fury
Of a patient man.




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should this year be celebrated on Saturday, Mar. 18. Odinists are urged to mark the day in company of good friends, with a lass of cheer and a warm welcome to the lovely Spring time.
It would also be a good opportunity for making plans ahead -- not the summer vacation, although this is always pleasant, but rather a determined effort to find out how YOU are able to contribute to the Preservation of our Culture, to the Protection of the West, to the Propagation of Odinism.

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In Matth. 7.3. (The Sermon on the Mount) you can find one of the oldest truths in the history of man; it is said: "Why do you look at the straw in your brother's eye, but do not consider the rafter in your own," meaning of course that you can easily find fault with other people, even your brother and kinsman, his actions, his Hays and his ideas.

Havamal expresses the same senti-
ment with these words:
A paltry man, and poor of mind,
At all things ever mock;
For never he knows,
what he ought to know,
That he is not free from fault.

The same thought, phrased in various ways, is often set forth in literature and voiced in speeches.
Kinsmen, isn't it about time we begin to realize the truth in these old sayings, and act accordingly? It is so easy to mock, to snicker, to be sarcastic; but all we, who are working towards the same goal, must stand together. We might take different routes, but as long as we are working for the same end result, we should support and help, rather than hinder and harass.
Let us for once have UNITY in the WEST, -- let us ridicule those who are distorting our culture, let us pester all who are hostile to our beliefs, but let us join spiritual and intellectual forces with kindred souls and form, if not a union then at least a Confederacy.


At the present time the alternative is not between change and no change, but between a change for the better, or a change for the worse.

C. H. Douglas.



An organism must be true to its own inner law of existence, or it will sicken and die.



When I attended high school, our history teacher began every class by quoting an old saying which went as follows: "A nation without a knowledge of the past, is like a ship without a rudder." To describe my belief in Odinism, I would like to change this saying to read: "A man without a knowledge of his cultural heritage, is like a ship without a rudder"
You, as a human being, did not just arrive on this earth out of nowhere. Your whole being, both body and mind, carne from the past. Your physical appearance and mental temperament are both products of the heritage from your ancestors.
And no matter what people you descended from, your ancestors' intelligence and long hard struggles gave you something else. Something far greater and far more valuable to you than your appearance or temperament. That something is the traditions and way of life of a particular culture. A culture whose traditions and life-style evolved from the life-outlook, or soul, of your ancestors and kinsmen.
Since you, both body and soul, are reflections of your parents and forefathers, their instinctive reaction patterns to life are also yours and the culture they evolved is one which reflects their, and hence your basic nature. A culture which you are a part of, as a single tree is a part of the forest. A culture that like a parent, gave you birth.
And, as this culture is really "you" multiplied many fold, your dreams and ambitions in life are also the dreams and ambitions of the culture-soul. And without a knowledge of your cultural heritage, you cannot have a true knowledge of yourself, or of your destiny.


Update References:

Footnote 1. America First Books Editor's Note: The repetition of "everything" looks strange. My guess is that this is a misprint, and the real quote should read something like:

To the initiated eyes, everything
Everywhere shows sings of God
Friedrich Von Schiller

Unfortunately I was not able to find this quote in an online search. If any readers can find the correct quote, please send me an email with the address provided in my contact section.



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