A Modern Mysterium

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The Enigma of Myatt And The O9A

A Modern Mysterium
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This 79 page work contains essays written in the past few years by various authors, and is divided in three parts. Which division reflects the nature of our controversial subject: the relation of the modern Occult group the Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) to the person – a self-declared satanist – who wrote under the pseudonym Anton Long, and what, if any, is the relationship between ‘Anton Long’ and a certain Mr David Myatt, former neo-nazi, former Islamist, translator of Ancient Greek literature, and now a reclusive mystic who has developed a mystical philosophy centred on virtues such as compassion, humility, and personal honour.

The first part deals with the O9A, with sections describing the nature and esotericism of the O9A as expounded by O9A practitioners and theorists, and thus provides an initiated – an informed, an insider – view of the O9A beyond the polemics and the propaganda of those modern self-described satanists who are or who were opposed to the O9A for whatever reason and from whatever personal motive.

The second part deals with the claim – the allegation – that ‘Anton Long’, author of most O9A material from the 1970s until around 2011, was Myatt; a claim made by opponents of the O9A, by some O9A supporters, and by sundry journalists and some academics who have studied modern Western esotericism and the ‘satanism’ propagated by Howard Stanton Levey, otherwise known as Anton LaVey.

The third part deals with the evidence which has been presented – including by some O9A supporters – which seems to contradict or cast doubt upon the claim that Myatt is or was the pseudonymous Anton Long.

The work should therefore allow the reader to form their own opinion of the O9A and of whether or not there is any merit to the claim that the pseudonymous Anton Long was Mr Myatt.

For ourselves, our opinion about the question of Myatt being Anton Long is divided. One of us finds the arguments in the Part Two essay David Myatt, The Septenary Anados, And The Quest For Lapis Philosophicus quite persuasive; the other two are inclined to agree with the conclusion of the essay The Peculiar Matter Of Mr Myatt And Mr Long, included in Part Three, that

“given the importance, the uniqueness, of Anton Long in creating and developing O9A Occult philosophy and praxises he remains – factually – something of a mystery to those associating themselves with the O9A movement and to those academics interested in the O9A, with assumptions and conjectures about his identity, and fallacious reasoning, having served to create and to perpetuate stories about him. Which mystery, which assumptions and conjectures, and which stories, are advantageous to an esoteric movement.”

T.W.S. Nexion
128yf
2018 ev


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It Can Sometimes Be Informative To Contradict

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

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It Can Sometimes Be Informative To Contradict

With the publication – within a month of each other – of two books dealing with the Order of Nine Angles {1} it was only to be expected that anonymous denigrators of the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA) and of David Myatt would take to their keyboards (physical or virtual) to yet again send forth into cyberspace their personal opinions about the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA) and/or about David Myatt. Especially given such statements as this from one of those books:

“There have been many rambling tirades regarding David Myatt lately. Many identify David Myatt with Anton Long (the ONA’s founder) despite the fact that he has denied this identification. Instead, some consider David Myatt to be an individual who moves from one ideology to another – a crazy man, praising Jihad and the supremacy of Islam after having praised Aryan supremacy and National Socialism, etcetera. From the perspective of Secuntra Nexion, we consider David Myatt to be an individual who embodies the archetype of the Magickian [Magus], the shape-shifter; an individual who has dedicated his life to a singular purpose, one which leads progressively to new liminal and threshold experiences; an individual who has experienced, in prima persona, myriad facets of life, and who has, as a result of his pathei-mathos, created invaluable works – works such as the Numinous Way, Reichsfolk, and countless texts of inspiration. Whether or not David Myatt is Anton Long remains irrelevant, as each individual will have to give this consideration in proportion to their own research and experience.” Corpus Secuntra, Telos . English edition: ISBN 978-1981879342 {2}

Most – if not all – of the anonymous denigrators of the O9A and of Myatt have three things in common.

First, they have no antinomian, heretical, publicly documented deeds under their real name. Thus, they have never, using their real name, publicly supported terrorism and thus been investigated by the security services of the country where they reside and feel secure. They have never, using their real name, been investigated by law enforcement for inciting someone to commit murder. They have never, using their real name, been investigated by law enforcement for running a gang of thieves. They have never, using their real name, incited political – revolutionary – violence and disorder. They have never, using their real name, harangued a crowd of hundreds of people opposed to their political views and in the process caused a riot. They have never, using their real name, been heretical – antinomian – enough to publicly deny the modern, the State-sanctioned, dogma of the so-called holocaust.

Second, they cannot answer questions about the esotericism of the O9A, having never bothered to study the entire O9A corpus from Naos, to Hostia, to Perusing The Seven Fold Way. Thus, they have little or no knowledge of such topics as to what terrestrial location is associated with Yusra, and whether seven or nine geographically separate physical nexions should be used to “invoke the Dark Gods” and thus presence in practical ways the Chaos of The Abyss on Earth.

Third, they are not erudite enough to have written and published translations of and commentaries on esoteric texts such as the Corpus Hermeticum. They lack the learning to read foundational philosophical, esoteric, alchemical, and ‘magickal’ texts in their original language; texts such as those by Plato, Aristotle, and Iamblichus; texts such as Azoth Sive Aureliae Occultae Philosophorum and De Vita Coelitus Comparanda…..

Yet such deficiencies do not stop them pontificating about and denigrating the O9A and Myatt even though Myatt himself has publicly documented antinomian, heretical, deeds to his name and has written and published translations of and commentaries on esoteric texts, and can read foundational philosophical, esoteric, alchemical, and ‘magickal’ texts in their original language, as well as having developed a modern pagan philosophy (the way of pathei-mathos) and also – if indeed he is or was ‘Anton Long’ of O9A fame – created a comprehensive esoteric philosophy and esoteric praxis which rivals if not surpasses the ‘satanism’ of Howard Stanton Levey (aka Anton LaVey) and the ‘Left Hand Path’ devised by Aquino and manifest in ‘Setianism’.

That the opponents and critics of the O9A and Myatt cannot bring themselves to recognize Myatt’s achievements is only to be expected, for such tardiness is as indicative as it is amusing.

Perhaps it is because

“in the matter of the Order of Nine Angles, it is disliked – even loathed – because of its opposition to the ‘Ayn Rand with trappings’ Magian ‘satanism’ of Howard Stanton Levey, its opposition to the foreign influenced (the non-Western) cult of Aquino’s ‘Setianism’, and of course because of the O9A’s antinomian, ‘heretical’, support of National Socialism, holocaust revisionism, and of Muslim Jihad.

In the matter of Mr Myatt, he is disliked – even hated – by the savants of the Magian status quo (which savants include followers of the ‘satanism’ of Howard Stanton Levey as well as anti-fascists) not only because of his alleged links to, and his alleged founding of, the Order of Nine Angles, but also because his experiential life is one of practical opposition to everything Magian, from his thirty years as a neo-nazi activist and as a “principal proponent of contemporary neo-Nazi ideology and theoretician of revolution,” to his decade as an active supporter of Muslim Jihad, to his Western, ineluctably pagan, philosophy of pathei-mathos, and his recent translations of Western texts about hermeticism which restore them to the Western, pagan, mystical tradition.” {3}

Three Wyrd Sisters Nexion
February 2018 ev

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{1} The two books are the English version of Corpus Secuntra, Telos, published in December 2017 by Secuntra Nexion, and An Unfolding of Physis, published in January by “Beldam”, who describes himself as a “practitioner of the Sinister-Numinous Tradition.”

Secuntra is an Italian O9A nexion established over a decade ago which practices and which upholds both the “dangerous and extreme forms of Traditional Satanism” as promulgated by the O9A, and the modern heresies of National Socialism and Fascism.

{2} Here is the Italian version of the quotation from the Italian edition of Corpus Secuntra, Telos, ISBN 978-1545074497.

“Si è molto discusso della figura di David Myatt da molte parti in questi ultimi anni. Molti considerano David Myatt come essere Anton Long (ovvero il fondatore dell’ONA) anche se questi sino ad oggi ha sempre negato di esserlo, alcuni semplicemente un individuo che passa da un’ideologia ad un’altra, alcuni un pazzo che inneggia al Jihad ed alla supremazia dell’Islam dopo aver inneggiato alla supremazia ariana ed al Nazionalsocialismo, etc. Da parte nostra (Secuntra Nexion), consideriamo David Myatt come un individuo che incarna l’Archetipo del Mago, del Mutaforma. Un individuo che ha conferito alla propria vita uno scopo ed uno scopo che andasse lontano. Un individuo che ha sperimentato in prima persona le varies faccettature della vita ed una persona che ha creato come risultato del proprio pathei-mathos opere di valore come La Via Numinosa e Reichsfolk ed innumerevoli testi pieni di ispirazione. Che poi David Myatt sia o non sia Anton Long questo può essere considerato irrilevante e rimane una considerazione che ogni singola persona può fare per sé e conferire ad essa il giusto peso.”

{3} https://wyrdsister.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/it-can-sometimes-be-informative-to-chastise/


Is The O9A Satanist?

Order of Nine Angles

O9A

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Is The O9A Satanist?

For quite some time various self-described ‘satanists’ have questioned whether or not the Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) is a satanist group.

Some are of the opinion that it is but only in a limited way, trumpeting as they do some fairly recent (post-2011) O9A texts which state among other things that satanism, for the O9A, is just a “necessary novitiate pathei-mathos”, a practical experience which the initiate learns from and then moves on from.

Many other self-described ‘satanists’, however, are and have been of the opinion that the O9A is not satanist, basing their opinion as they do on how satanism was described by Howard Stanton Levey (the Yahodi; aka Anton LaVey) and then by his followers and admirers. Which Levey-type satanism is basically labelling as satanism what is egoistic, masculous, plebeian, and mundane, where everything supernatural and occult is seen as just useful psychodrama and/or as theatrical props designed to bolster the egoism, the pretensions, of each and every self-declared ‘satanist’ who arrogantly believe they have or they can develop the ability to master, to control, everything (supernatural and otherwise) and anyone. In addition, Levey-type satanism – like the much-vaunted occultism of both Crowley and Aquino – is awash with Hebraism; with ‘demons’ and entities from medieval Hebraic grimoires; with the Hebrew kabbalah, and of course with myths and legends about a Hebraic Satan.

A Novitiate Pathei Mathos

In respect of the claim that satanism – a satanism described for example in the O9A text The Black Book of Satan, first published in 1983, and as described by Anton Long in texts such as Toward Understanding Satanism – is just a novitiate pathei-mathos, one has to bear in mind the O9A’s Labyrinthos Mythologicus and thus the fact that their Labyrinthos Mythologicus is:

“designed to test and confuse – to perplex – novices, aspirant candidates, and those curious about the O9A. Designed to challenge their assumptions about the O9A and about satanism, sorcery, and esotericism in general. To encourage them to arrive at their own conclusions about – to develop the intuition, the Occult skills, to acquire the pathei-mathos, to discover – what the ONA is, and is not.”

Thus, in regard to satanism, readers will find many ONA texts promoting satanism and stating that satanism is the essence of the ONA, while they will also find some other texts stating that satanism is just “a causal form”, just a noviciate pathei-mathos.

Which certainly has confused many of those – such as self-described Levey-inspired satanists – who have opined about the Order of Nine Angles, although had they the nous to study the O9A corpus in detail they would have understood that what the O9A mean by satanism is quite different – radically different – from what Levey and his followers described, and thus from what most self-described modern satanists accept, as ‘satanism’.

O9A Satanism

To appreciate what the O9A mean by Satanism is to understand why one of the five fundamental principles (traditions) of the Order of Nine Angles is “the way of defiance of and practical opposition to Magian abstractions.” {1}

The O9A in their Glossary of ONA Terms (v. 3.07) state that:

“The term Magian is used to refer to the hybrid ethos of Yahoud and of Western hubriati, and also refers to those individuals who are Magian by either breeding or nature. The essence of what we term the Magian ethos is inherent in Judaism, in Nasrany, and in Islam. To be pedantic, we use the term Magian in preference to the more commonly used term Semitic to describe the ethos underlying these three major, and conventional, religions, since the term Semitic is, in our view, not strictly philologically correct to describe such religions.”

Furthermore, the O9A have their own understanding of Satan, described in their text The Geryne of Satan {2} which states that “as originally used and meant, the term satan refers to some human being or beings who ‘diabolically’ plot or who scheme against or who are ‘diabolically’ opposed to those who consider themselves as ‘chosen’ by their monotheistic God.”

Since those who “consider themselves as ‘chosen’ by their monotheistic God” are the Jews it follows that the O9A consider the archetype of Satan to be the archetype of opposition to Jews, to Jewish influence, and of course opposition to monotheistic and essentially patriarchal religions such as Judaism, Nasrany, and Islam. Which naturally explains why the O9A has its code of kindred honour, why it has always supported National Socialism both in theory and, via Insight Roles, in practice; why they support holocaust revisionism; why they have their Vindex mythos {3}, and why their Mass of Heresy {4} includes the following declaration:

“Adolf Hitler was sent by our gods
To guide us to greatness.
We believe in the inequality of races
And in the right of the Aryan to live
According to the laws of the folk.
We acknowledge that the story of the Jewish ‘holocaust’
Is a lie to keep our race in chains
And express our desire to see the truth revealed.
We believe in justice for our oppressed comrades
And seek an end to the world-wide
Persecution of National-Socialists.”

It is no surprise, therefore, that the O9A has published texts such as The Error of Egoism: Magian Occultism, Satanic Subversion, and The O9A, included as that text is in the seventh edition (2015) of their Definitive Guide To The Order of Nine Angles: Theory and Praxises. {5}

In addition, the O9A with its Rounwytha tradition, its Sapphic nexions, its code of kindred honour, is disdainful of and in ‘satanic’ opposition to the Magian patriarchal, masculous, ethos, which still dominates the Western world.

The Sinister-Numinous Tradition

In recent years – post-2011 and following the retirement of Anton Long from active involvement with the Order of Nine Angles – various O9A texts have been released which detail (i) the aural traditions regarding Internal Adept and the transition to and beyond The Abyss on the Seven Fold Way {6}, and (ii) the hermetic and pagan (Greco-Roman, and Western) antecedents of the Seven Fold Way and of O9A esoteric philosophy {7}.

In essence, the Seven Fold Way of the O9A is – to use terms adopted by Myatt in his Vindex mythos – profoundly Faustian, Promethean, Thorian. That is, embodying the ethos of the West sans any Hebraic influence. But it is also futuristic, or rather Aeonic, given who and what the individuals who go beyond The Abyss are and do, living beyond the Magian, the patriarchal, abstractions of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ just as the mythical Satan did and just as all pagan Magisters – both male and female – have always done.

Thus, as someone relatively recently wrote:

“the O9A is indeed satanic since every O9A person, whatever O9A way they follow or espouse, is a presencing of those forces that would, if left unchecked, lead us in practical ways to that individual apprehension and that way of living which are beyond good and evil, beyond the light and the dark.” {8}

Conclusion

Given their historical understanding of satan – and thence their definition of the term satanism – it is my opinion that the O9A, with their holocaust denial, with their adversity to the Magian ethos, with their Vindex mythos, with their exeatic (Faustian) Seven Fold Way, and with their championing of National Socialism, are most certainly a satanist group.

In addition, O9A satanism – based as it also is on the principle of kindred honour (another of their five core principles) – also debunks, and is opposed to, the egoistic, the materialistic, so-called ‘satanism’ of Howard Stanton Levey, the charlatan, indebted as his ‘satanism’ is to Hebraism and manifesting as it does the Magian patriarchal ethos.

JB
(T.W.S. Nexion)
2017 ev

{1} The principles are stated in their Glossary of ONA Terms (v. 3.07) dated 123 Year of Fayen.

{2} Available from: https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/geryne-of-satan/

{3} qv. https://regardingdavidmyatt.wordpress.com/mythos-of-vindex-part-one/

{4} Given its contents, not only is possession and publication of the text of the O9A Mass of Heresy illegal in many European countries (and in some other countries, such as Canada) but performance of it is also illegal in such lands.

{5} This guide to the Seven Fold Way is currently (Jan 2017 ev) available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/217306180/The-Definitive-Guide-To-The-Order-of-Nine-Angles

{6} Refer, for example, to texts such as Enantiodromia – The Sinister Abyssal Nexion (Second Edition. 2013 ev)

{7} qv. the 2016 pdf compilation The Esoteric Hermeticism Of The Order Of Nine Angles, which contains articles such as the one titled ἀρρενόθηλυς, and which is currently (Jan 2017 ev) available at https://omega9alpha.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/the-esoteric-hermeticism-of-the-order-of-nine-angles/

{8} R. Parker, The Satanism Of The O9A In Esoteric Context. e-text, 2014. The article is included in Definitive Guide To The Order of Nine Angles: Theory and Praxises, qv {4}.


Article source: https://wyrdsister.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/is-the-o9a-satanist/


A Different Perspective

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The essays which make up the document titled Regarding Western Paganism And Hermeticism {1} seem to me to point to a truth which is both relevant and controversial.

The document is relevant because of how our Western culture is mis-understood even by many native Europeans, and also because that culture is under attack by those – now often government supported – advocates of a ‘multi-cultural society’ with public advocacy of one’s own native culture being (if, that is, one is of European descent) frowned upon and even in some European lands outlawed because deemed by certain governments to be “hate speech”.

The document is controversial because it describes a culture which most modern political advocates of Western culture – of Western ‘civilization’ – will be unfamiliar with, fixated as so many of such political advocates seem to be with the mistaken belief that Christianity is the embodiment of that culture.

However, as described in that document – and in the texts referenced therein – Western culture is essentially pagan and derived from the culture of ancient Greece and Rome with Christianity thus understood as a Hebraic intrusion.

The document thus provides an entirely new – perhaps even a heretical – perspective on Western culture as well as referencing texts, such as David Myatt’s Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos and his Tu Es Diaboli Ianuas which, with their focus on such things as καλὸς κἀγαθός, metaphysically evolve Western paganism beyond “mythoi and anthropomorphic deities (theos and theoi) to an appreciation of the numinous sans denotatum and sans religion.” {2}

There is a cultural revolution in the truths embedded in Regarding Western Paganism And Hermeticism and in the texts referenced therein. But whether such truths can replace the prevalent and mistaken belief that Christianity is somehow the embodiment of Western culture remains to be seen.

June Boyle
2018 ev

{1} The work is available here: https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/paganism-compilation-2018.pdf

{2} David Myatt (2018). From Mythoi To Empathy. The essay is included in https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/two-essays-v1a.pdf


Western Paganism And Hermeticism, Second Edition

De Vita Coelitus Comparanda

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A second edition of the compilation Regarding Western Paganism And Hermeticism is now available. It includes an additional article On Native Egyptian Influence In The Corpus Hermeticum, and an additional appendix, A New Pagan Metaphysics.

The compilation is of recent articles about Western paganism and hermeticism, indebted as those articles are to Myatt’s translations of texts from the ancient Corpus Hermeticism and his post-2013 writings such as his book Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos. Myatt’s thesis in that book is that Western paganism is essentially the classical paganism of Ancient Greece and Rome and represents the ethos of the culture of the West, which ethos the Hebraic religion of Christianity supplanted.

Regarding Western Paganism And Hermeticism
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Contents:

° Preface
° Re-discovering Western Paganism
° An Insight Into Pagan Mysticism
° Regarding Myatt’s Hermetica
° The Divine Pymander
° Myatt’s Monas – A New Translation of Corpus Hermeticum IV
° On Native Egyptian Influence In The Corpus Hermeticum.

Appendix I – Concerning ἀγαθός and νοῦς in the Corpus Hermeticum
Appendix II – A Review Of Myatt’s ‘Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos’
Appendix III – A New Pagan Metaphysics.


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The beginning of the twenty-sixth chapter of the book De Vita Coelitus Comparanda by Marsilii Ficini published in 1489 CE. Quomodo per inferiora superioribus exposita deducantur superiora, et per mundanas materias mundana potissimum dona. [How, when what is lower is touched by what is higher, the higher is cosmically presenced therein and thus gifted because cosmically aligned.]


Reading Myngath

David Myatt

David Myatt

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Reading Myngath
The Apologia of David Myatt

If the reader of Myngath expects a conventional autobiography then they will be either disappointed or consider the work somewhat bizarre.

Many – perhaps most – autobiographies appear to be consciously crafted in order to project, through the medium of words, a particular image of the author and an image which appears to be consistent because past events in the life of the author are often made to appear as if they were the genesis of, or support, what the authors want the reader to believe about who they are and why they have done what they have and/or now have the beliefs or the opinions that they do.

The lives, however, of most notable individuals are not so simple as many of them would like us – via such self-penned deliberate, cause-and-effect, narratives – to believe.

In the case of Myatt what we get is – as the sub-title of Myngath and the introductory brief Apologia inform us – “some recollections of a wyrdful and extremist life” which were a “concise aural recollection to a friend, recorded and then transcribed” and which conciseness was because, according to Myatt “it is the essence of this particular life, recalled, that in my fallible view is or rather may be instructive, and I have tried to present this essence in a truthful way and thus be honest about my failings, my mistakes, my past activities, and my feelings at the time.”

The important phrases here are “aural recollection”, “some recollections”, and “honest about my feelings at the time.” For Myngath is a brief explanation, hastily given to someone (and probably edited by Myatt before publication), of how Myatt himself felt at certain times of his life, how he believes he finally came to reject the extremism that dominated his adult life and develop his philosophy of pathei-mathos.

Which explanation is also an apology for both his extremist deeds and the selfishness so evident in his recollections of his private life. Which may explain why he chose a brief Apologia in preference to a lengthy Introduction; why he inserts some of his poems into the text, and why he added three appendices; with the poems for example expressing his feelings in a way that a wordy explanation might not.

What all this amounts to is that Myngath is not an ordinary autobiography but rather a series of impressions of Myatt at various times in his life. The enthusiastic unconventional schoolboy; a rather naive teenager getting involved in right-wing politics; the violent fanatic setting up a criminal gang to fund a political cause; the rather amoral convict running rackets from his prison cell; the selfish lover; the romantic dreamer and poet; the rather boyish somewhat mischievous Catholic monk; and the extremist turned humanist philosopher for whom “a shared, a loyal, love between two people is the most beautiful, the most numinous, the most valuable thing of all.”

The impression that emerges was succinctly expressed a few years ago by an academic: an impression of an “extremely violent, intelligent, dark, and complex individual.” {1}

Understood as a series of impressions of the life of an individual with rather interesting and diverse experiences – from childhood on – Myngath is a worthwhile read, if only because it places the opinions of so many others about Myatt, from anti-fascists to journalists to various academics, into perspective as being very simplistic. For such a complex man with such a diversity of experiences cannot be so easily pigeon-holed and as two-dimensional as they have made him and make him out to be.

Myngath was, for me, also somewhat annoying, in that beneficial way that annoyance can sometimes be, since it intrigued me sufficiently to read more of David Myatt’s later (post-2011) writings and left me wanting to find a well-researched, objective, and detailed biography of him. The writings were easy to find, but such a biography has yet to be written.

J.B.
July 2016
(Revised 2017)

Myngath is available
(i) as a pdf document from Myatt’s weblog: https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/myngath-2/
and (ii) as a printed book published in 2013, ISBN 978-1484110744

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{1} Raine, Susan. The Devil’s Party (Book review). Religion, Volume 44, Issue 3, July 2014.


Suffering, Honour, And The Culture Of The West

David Myatt

David Myatt

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Suffering, Honour, And The Culture Of The West

A theme of David Myatt’s post-2011 writings – and of his philosophy of pathei-mathos {1} – is the question of human-caused suffering leading him to ask whether we humans have changed significantly, en masse, such that such suffering is less now than in the past three to four thousand years. Which question led him to write

“if we do not or cannot learn from our human culture of pathei-mathos, from the many thousands of years of such suffering as that culture documents and presents and remembers; if we no longer concern ourselves with de studiis humanitatis ac litterarum, then do we as a sentient species deserve to survive?” {2}

A century after the mechanized slaughter of the First World War which killed millions of people and injured millions more, and seventy-three years after the slaughter and suffering of millions more people in the Second World War, human-caused suffering continues around the world. War and armed conflict and destruction in the Middle East and Africa and elsewhere. Terrorist attacks in Europe, America, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Meanwhile humans, individually and in small groups, continue to kill, rape, and be brutal and violent and oppressive toward and injure and cause suffering to other human beings in hundreds of thousands of attacks every year all around the world.

As Myatt wrote in respect of the suffering caused by war and armed conflict,

“it is as if we, as a sentient species, have learnt nothing from the past four thousand years. Nothing from the accumulated pathei-mathos of those who did such deeds or who experienced such deeds or who suffered because of such deeds. Learnt nothing from four thousand years of the human culture that such pathei-mathos created and which to us is manifest – remembered, celebrated, transcribed – in Art, literature, memoirs, music, poetry, myths, legends, and often in the ethos of a numinous ancestral awareness or in those sometimes mystical allegories that formed the basis for a spiritual way of life.

All we have done is to either (i) change the names of that which or those whom we are loyal to and for which or for whom we fight, kill, and are prepared to die for, or (ii) given names to such new causes as we have invented in order to give us some identity or some excuse to fight, endure, triumph, preen, or die for. Pharaoh, Caesar, Pope, Defender of the Faith, President, General, Prime Minister; Rome, Motherland, Fatherland, The British Empire, Our Great Nation, North, South, our democratic way of life. It makes little difference; the same loyalty; the same swaggering; the same hubris; the same desire, or the same obligation or coercion, to participate and fight.” {3}

While in regard to humans killing, injuring, being violent toward and preying on other humans he asked,

“Must we therefore be resigned to suffering, to misery, to injustices, to the iniquity, to the continuing iniquity, of selfish, hubriatic, individuals who bully, rape, scheme, subjugate, manipulate, injure, maim, and kill? Reassured by judicium divinum or – perhaps – hoping, trusting, in the pending justice of some judge, some government, or some State?” {4}

Myatt writes that his

“fallible answer to the question of how to deal with the suffering that blights this world [is] the answer of a personal honour. That is, for each of us to gently try to carry that necessary harmony, that balance, of δίκη, wordlessly within; to thus restrain ourselves from causing harm while being able, prepared, in the immediacy of the moment, to personally, physically, restrain – prevent – others when we chance upon such harm being done. This, to me, is Life in its wholesome natural fullness – as lived, presenced, by the brief, mortal, consciously aware, emanations we are; mortal emanations capable of restraint, reason, culture, and reforming change; of learning from our pathei-mathos and that of others.” {4}

His “fallible answer” may seem to many to be somewhat idealistic given the reality that those (to use a Myattian term) with a bad or rotten physis are not going to suddenly change their personality or are congenitally incapable of learning from ‘the culture of pathei-mathos’. But understood in the context of his philosophy the answer is logical given Myatt’s analysis of what the actual problem is or might be. An analysis which reveals that his philosophy is far from idealistic and in truth is rather radical, for in respect of the causes of suffering he writes in one memorable essay that

“It is almost as if we – somehow flawed – need something beyond our personal lives to vivify us; to excite us; to test ourselves; to identify with. As if we cannot escape the barbarian who lies in wait, within; ready to subsume us once again so that we sally forth on behalf of some cause, some leader, or some ideal, or some abstraction, or as part of some crusade. As if we human beings, as Sophocles intimated over two thousand years ago, are indeed, by nature, and have remained sometimes honourable and sometimes dishonourable beings, able to sometimes be rational, thinking, beings, but also unable to escape our desire, our need, our propensity, to not only be barbaric but to try to justify to ourselves and to others our need for, and even our enjoyment of, such barbarity.

Or perhaps the stark truth is that it is we men who are flawed or incomplete and who thus need to change. As if we, we men, have not yet evolved enough to be able to temper, to balance, our harsh masculous nature with the muliebral; a balance which would see us become almost a new species; one which has, having finally sloughed off the suffering-causing hubriatic patriarchal attitudes of the past, learnt from the pathei-mathos of our ancestors, from the pathei-mathos of our human culture, born and grown and nurtured as our human culture was, has been, and is by over four thousand years of human-caused suffering. A learning from and of the muliebral, for the wyrdful thread which runs through, which binds, our human pathei-mathos is a muliebral one: the thread of kindness, of gentleness, of love, of compassion; of empathy; of the personal over and above the supra-personal.” {5}

In a later essay he is even more forthright, stating that

“it is men – unbalanced in physis – who have caused and are responsible for wars, invasions, and the deaths and destruction and suffering that results, just as most violent crime and murders are caused by men. And it is they, of course, who have – also for millennia – dominated and manipulated women (or tried to), who have raped women, who have physically abused them, and killed so many of them, and all because some men cannot control themselves lacking as they do the virtue of honour.” {6}

In regard to how he arrived at this conclusion he derived it as he derived most of his philosophy from his own pathei-mathos, from his own practical experiences extending over some four decades.

“As I know from my outré experience of life – especially my forty years of extremism, hubris, and selfishness; my terms of imprisonment, my experience with gangs, with people of bad intentions and with those of good intentions – it really is as if we terran men have, en masse, learnt nothing from the past four or five thousand years.” {7}

He is therefore not being idealistic or academic in an ‘ivory tower’ sort of way or basing his argument on statistics or on theories or ideologies propounded by others. He is instead writing from life having analysed his outré, his exeatic, his diverse experiences using ‘the human culture of pathei-mathos’ as a guide and it is therefore on that basis that his conclusions should be understood, judged and appreciated.

It is on that basis that in 2012 he wrote that

“the uncomfortable truth is that we, we men, are and have been the ones causing, needing, participating in, those wars and conflicts. We – not women – are the cause of most of the suffering, death, destruction, hate, violence, brutality, and killing, that has occurred and which is still occurring, thousand year upon thousand year; just as we are the ones who seek to be – or who often need to be – prideful and ‘in control’; and the ones who through greed or alleged need or because of some ideation have saught to exploit not only other human beings but the Earth itself. We are also masters of deception; of the lie. Cunning with our excuses, cunning in persuasion, and skilled at inciting hatred and violence. And yet we men have also shown ourselves to be, over thousands of years, valourous; capable of noble, selfless, deeds. Capable of doing what is fair and restraining ourselves from doing what is unethical. Capable of a great and a gentle love.

This paradoxy continues to perplex me. And I have no answers as to how we might change, reform, this paradoxical φύσις of ours, and so – perhaps – balance the suffering-causing masculous with the empathic muliebral and yet somehow in some way retain that which is the genesis of the valourous.” {7}

It is clear from his later writings that from 2012 on he pondered upon that paradoxy and arrived at a tentative and, in his words, a fallible answer. Which pondering he describes in some detail in his lengthy five part essay, published in 2013, titled Questions of Good, Evil, Honour, and God, and in which essay he gave voice to his doubts about the current solutions to the problem of personally-caused suffering – such as believing in judicium divinum (divine justice) or “trusting in the pending justice of some judge, some government, or some State.” In a poignant passage he asked in respect of those personally causing suffering whether it was wrong for him

“to still feel the need for someone, some many, somewhere, to somehow in some way forestall, prevent, such deeds by such persons as may unjustly harm some others so that there is no waiting for the divine justice of a deity; no waiting for some Court somewhere to – possibly, and sometimes – requite a grievous wrong. No waiting for that promised idealistic idyllic future society when we humans – having somehow (perhaps miraculously) been changed in nature en masse – have ceased to so grievously, harmfully, selfishly, inflict ourselves on others.” {4}

He then presented his fallible answer, which was that

“of a personal honour. That is, for each of us to gently try to carry that necessary harmony, that balance, of δίκη, wordlessly within; to thus restrain ourselves from causing harm while being able, prepared, in the immediacy of the moment, to personally, physically, restrain – prevent – others when we chance upon such harm being done.” {4}

Myatt thus championed not only personal self-defence and “valorous defence of another in a personal situation” but also “if our personal judgement of the circumstances deem it necessary, lethal force.” {8}

In respect of the question of suffering he therefore advocated something both quite practical, and quite radical at least the lands of the developed nations of the West.

The Practicalities of Personal Honour

As befits his decades of personal experience of the practicalities of life – thirty years as a violent political activist and propagandist, ten years as a Muslim activist, several years leading a criminal gang, among other experiences – Myatt was aware of how the governments of the nations of the West disapproved of individuals using their own judgement in regard to employing lethal force with many outlawing the carrying weapons enabling effective self-defence and the “valorous defence of another in a personal situation.”

In reply to a question asked of him in 2015 he wrote

“how – or even can – societies in the West and around the world promote the virtue of empathy and personal honour, and if they could, would they want to given how most such societies (especially those in the West) are based on law and justice being the prerogative of the State? In respect of empathy at least, there is – as I suggested – the solution of Studia Humanitatis; that is, the solution of educating citizens in what I have termed the culture of pathei- mathos.

But since personal honour means that individuals should have the right to bear and carry weapons, and be lawfully able – in the immediacy of the personal moment – to use such weapons in self-defence and in valorous defence of others dishonourably attacked, it is most unlikely the governments or politicians of modern Western societies would even consider such an honourable solution to the problem of suffering. Indeed, they seem to be moving toward even more restrictions on individuals bearing and carrying weapons; moving toward severely punishing those who use weapons in self-defence or even in valorous defence of others dishonourably attacked.

That is, that there is in many Western societies a desire, by governments and politicians, for more control over their citizens, for more interventions, at home and abroad, in the name of ‘security’, and for the use of force to be lawfully restricted to those – such as the Police or the armed forces – who are appointed and who serve on the basis of a chain of command which stops with some government representative or some politician or some military leader responsible to one of the foregoing.

Thus, while I personally strive to uphold what honour demands in the immediacy of the moment, most people – even if they agreed with the principle – would be wary of doing so, given current laws in a country such as Britain. Or, more probably, they would consider it an unnecessary and possibly a retrograde thing to do.” {9}

Although in the same reply he admits that his “own preoccupation in respect of personal honour may be somewhat misplaced” it is clear that regardless of such and other diplomatic language he personally supports the right of individuals to carry weapons for use in self-defence and in defence of others dishonourably attacked even though many Western governments have, fairly recently (in the last one hundred years), deemed the carrying of such weapons to be illegal despite the fact that the carrying of such weapons for such purposes was for thousands of years an acceptable cultural and ancestral custom among the peoples of the West.

Which perhaps – and yet again – places Myatt on the side of our ancestral Western culture. An ancestral culture whose metaphysics and ethos he has not only described in recent (2017) works of his such as Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos and Tu Es Diaboli Ianua but also and importantly evolved, beyond mythoi and thus beyond named gods and goddesses.

A Western culture exemplified, according to Myatt, by καλὸς κἀγαθός. That is, by those who “conduct themselves in a gentlemanly or lady-like manner and who thus manifest – because of their innate physis or through pathei-mathos or through a certain type of education or learning – nobility of character,” {10} and which nobility of character is manifest in “the virtues of personal honour and manners” {10} and which Western culture was also – according to Myatt and contra modern ‘political correctness’ – manifest in a natural and necessary aristocracy composed of those who possess nobility of character and who thus exemplify καλὸς κἀγαθός.

Rachael Stirling
February 2018

{1} The book The Mystical Philosophy of David Myatt by Wright & Parker is an informative guide to Myatt’s philosophy. The book is available as a gratis open access pdf document here: https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/myatt-mystic-philosophy-second-edition.pdf
{2} Education And The Culture Of Pathei-Mathos. 2014.
{3} A Slowful Learning, Perhaps. 2012.
{4} Questions of Good, Evil, Honour, and God, Part Five. 2013.
{5} A Slowful Learning, Perhaps. 2012.
{6} Questions For DWM. 2015.
{7} Blue Reflected Starlight. 2012.
{8} qv. The Numinous Balance of Honour section of the chapter The Way of Pathei-Mathos – A Philosophical Compendium in Myatt’s 2013 book The Numinous Way of Pathei-Mathos.
{9} Questions For DWM, 2015.
{10} Tu Es Diaboli Ianua. 2017

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Further Reading:
Tu Es Diaboli Ianua
(pdf)
Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos
(pdf)