Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mutiny On The HMS West...

There are various ways of describing and understanding the unfortunate turn many in Western Civilization have taken over the past century. Comparing events to “revolutions” and the course of specific nations to the Titanic striking the iceberg are common (engaged in by this writer as well). But every now and then a new perspective may help better see the possible causations as well as the potential remedies/outcomes to our plight.

“History repeats itself” we are told and sure enough that seems to most often be the case. More than that, specific historical incidents seem to foreshadow events on a greater scale and era.
Such an event is the Mutiny On The Bounty. 
That mutiny, wherein a group of men from a civilized Western nation, having temporarily grown accustomed to a leisurely life of hedonistic nihilism on a tropic Island, rebel against their commander when faced with returning to a orderly and disciplined, (Western) way of life, has a general theme which can be applied to our current situation.

Though it is common today to lay part of the blame for our slide into ruin on the influence of outside groups who, through media and finance, encourage activities that harm us, it is not quite telling the whole story, nor is it reflective of the less glamorous parts of Western history.  That that influence is there is undeniable. However when we look at the way Western Men, born and raised in a strong and potent Western nation at the height of its power, behaved on their own, far away from outside influence, over two hundred years ago, in an era that openly recognized racial and class differences, we see men who acted not much different than some men do today.

The Bounty was to travel to Tahiti to obtain bread fruit plants which were to be taken to the West Indies to be used as a cheap source of food for the slave population. When The Bounty arrived the plants were not fully grown and so the crew had to wait for around five months for them to mature enough to be gathered. During this time the officers and crew were treated to a world of friendly natives, easy living, no responsibilities, no (immediate) consequences, free sex and plenty of free time. It was the antithesis to their own civilization of law, order and civility and they (or rather, some of them), apparently, embraced it cordially.

Naturally problems arose on the return trip when it was time to return to Western standards of behavior, self-discipline and morality. By that time around half of the men had “gone native”, including Master’s Mate and Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, who had fallen for a Tahitian woman named Maimiti.  Eventually, these men yearned so much for a return to the depraved (and ultimately destructive) life they had known on Tahiti, that they cast off all consciousness of law, honor, loyalty and discipline and mutinied on their leader, Lt. Bligh, abandoning him, and seventeen of the twenty one loyal to him, in a 23ft open launch with meager supplies and only a sextant and watch to guide him.

The mutineers sailed the Bounty back to Tahiti where they took supplies and natives (men and women) with them to seek a place to hide from the British Navy and justice, and live out a life of racial and cultural miscegenation.  This hedonistic utopia was, ironically, founded by people of low character and no qualms about disloyalty and lack of honor or restraint.  It’s not difficult to imagine how well that worked out.
Bligh addressed the temptations to which they had yielded in his published account of the mutiny in 1790, writing:

“It will very naturally be asked, what could be the reason for such a revolt? in answer to which, I can only conjecture that the mutineers had assured themselves of a more happy life among the Otaheiteans, than they could possibly have in England; which, joined to some female connections, have most probably been the principal cause of the whole transaction.
The women at Otaheite are handsome, mild and chearful in their manners and conversation, possessed of great sensibility, and have sufficient delicacy to make them admired and beloved. The chiefs were so much attached to our people, that they rather encouraged their stay among them than otherwise, and even made them promises of large possessions. Under these, and many other attendant circumstances, equally desirable, it is now perhaps not so much to be wondered at, though scarcely possible to have been foreseen, that a set of sailors, most of them void of connections, should be led away; especially when, in addition to such powerful inducements, they imagined it in their power to fix themselves in the midst of plenty, on the finest island in the world, where they need not labour, and where the allurements of dissipation are beyond any thing that can be conceived.”

The mutineers chose Pitcairn Island as the local of their multi-cultural utopia. Once there, they burned their ship. An act that can be seen as done not only to hide their presence there, but, arguably, as symbolically destroying their one remaining tie to their own civilization.
The general story is thus.

As to be expected the experiment ended with some of the Polynesian men murdering some of the Englishmen and the Polynesian women murdering several of the Polynesian men in revenge. Drunkenness, more murder, sickness and insanity ensued, leaving - eventually - a Mr. John Adams as the sole surviving mutineer (after less than a decade of settlement on the island) and leader of the remaining population of about nine women and several mixed race children (the leader of the mutiny, Fletcher Christian, is said to have been either murdered by a Polynesian or grown depressed, eventually committing suicide).

In other words the utopia they imagined in their darkened hearts predictably turned into a living hell rather than the heaven they had envisioned. A sort of small scale, predictable, turn of events, the likes of which are now playing out on a grander scale throughout many Western nations.
The descendents of that bunch (about 50 in total) are still on Pitcairn Island today. In fact, they even made the news back in 2004. Just google “Pitcairn“, “2004” and “trial“.

Lt. Bligh, on the other hand, made a remarkable 3,600 nautical mile journey (using only a sextant and watch in a small launch) back to a civilized European port in Timor, along with the men who had remained loyal to him, themselves, their civilization and it’s people.

No, there was no television or MTV or fashion magazines or left-wing newspapers out there on the Bounty in the middle of the ocean in the 18th century. Just White Western Men at a time when White Western Civilization, and pride in it, was at its peak.

Many of them, acting on their own part, chose to debase themselves in treachery, miscegenation and multiculturalism at a time when such acts were openly denounced.
Their motivations and actions were just that, theirs. (An outside hand can offer us a dagger, but it is bound up in the character of each and every Western man as to whether or not to expect it.)

And whereas around half of the men turned their back on their civilization and embraced the very same destructive behaviors we see about us today, it is important to remember that the other half stayed true and loyal. Cast adrift in an unfriendly ocean they demonstrated remarkable skill and courage (dealing with murderous natives and starvation) in their long journey back to Western civilization, back to home.

The Point?

There is no doubt that those outside groups who would wish us harm today have encouraged and cheered on that percentage of us who seek to mutiny against Western Civilization in favor of a multicultural hell. But the fact is it takes a willing participant to be led. And sadly there are not only all-to-willing followers amongst the disloyal, but leaders as well.

In the end we must be careful in our duty of defending the honor or our people, not to deify them or absolve them from the treachery that many of them so willfully engage in.

To be clear, this is not an advocacy of abandoning the resolve to expose the activities of those who might wish us ill, but rather a call for a little more focus on the inward development of the qualities that are needed for the difficult task of preserving and nurturing our people and their civilization back to a safe harbor. We need to once again champion the virtues which established our great societies but which have, of late, fallen out of favor.  And part of those virtues was the belief that every man is to, ultimately, be held accountable for his own actions regardless of circumstance or whatever outside influences might have swayed his behavior or actions.

It is indeed a question of character.  Some men have poor character and give heed to whatever impulse happens to strike them, while others remain true and honorable no matter how enticing the deceptive voice whispering in their ear is.

There has been a mutiny on the HMS West, and those who remained true to their own have been set adrift. 

But we must keep hope, for upon reflection of past events we can see the inevitable fate of each group based upon the path they have chosen.