As I’ve covered elsewhere in the blog, my views of “organized” religion have been shaped (at least in part) by my having grown up in so-called “Pennsylvania Dutch Country”.
That region brings the whole “geography of religion” thing into stark visibility, to the point where the only way anyone could fail to “notice” it, would be if that individual tacitly assumes that the Cosmos “ends” at the border with Maryland.
Oh sure, people subconsciously acknowledge the existence of other places (Ohio, Kansas, California, Mexico etc. – but up until (comparatively) recently, that area had somehow managed to remain one of those (overwhelmingly “White”) regions where the fabled “Melting Pot” simply hadn’t “melted” anybody all that much.
For one thing, the actual indigenous population of that region (the various so-called “Indian” tribes) had – as per S.O.P during the “settlement” of this continent – either been “accidentally” exterminated (by European diseases for which they had no immunity), forcibly resettled, or simply slaughtered en masse if they attempted to resist – after which the ancestral lands of such “savages” were opened up to “settlement”, by populations who – by any rational criterion – were the dregs, failures and “Drop-outs” of “White” Europe.
We can all attempt to pretty this up, but the fact is: in the overwhelming majority of cases: “Immigrants” – whether “legal” or “illegal” – wouldn’t leave their “homeland”, unless something had gone disastrously wrong.
Whether we’re talking about Irish immigrants fleeing the Potato Famine, or the myriad of other European immigrants whose desperate desire to escape grinding poverty is euphemistically described as a desire for “opportunity” – in the vast majority of cases, the ancestors of “White” Americans
invaded (er, I mean “Settled”) this continent for exactly the same reasons immigrates (both “legal” and ilegal) do today.
Typically, they are attempting to escape one (or more) of the following:
- Political/religious/”ethnic”/tribal brutality
- Class/caste-based brutality
In any case, the desire to emigrate is not typically motivated by mere whim.
Having said that, it is sometimes motivated by delusion.
Pennsylvania “Dutch” country is infested with two Ethno-religious subcultures which are (virtually) unknown anywhere else: the Amish and Mennonites.
Now the weirdly counter-intuitive thing about the above two groups is: the more overtly primitive, isolated and inbred group (the Amish), actually originated as a splinter-sect of the (slightly) less primitive, isolated and inbred group (the Mennonites).
(Don’t get me wrong: I actually have something of a “soft-spot” for Mennonites: in particular, one family. However, that doesn’t change the underlying reality of their particular subculture.
As a rough (but accurate) simplification, the Amish (mostly) don’t use any technology developed after the mid-19th century in their non-business affairs (IE: they are the only reason the local Wal-marts “need” hitching-posts).
They’re not stupid enough to refrain from using otherwise-forbidden technologies during business ventures, however. (Another tacit confirmation of the Libertarian claim that Capitalism erodes ethnic/religious idiocy).
The Amish resort to weird bullshit like this:
The use of the “community phone” or “phone shanty” was permitted beginning in the 1950s, when more Amish were forced to go into businesses and hotels to use phones for emergency purposes and to contact doctors, dentists, veterinarians and food dealers. This community phone building, which often resembles an outhouse, is typically built at the end of a farm lane and shared by several neighboring families. The objective of this concept was to allow access, but maintain distance. Hence, the phone is not in the house and the number is unlisted, to be used essentially for necessary outgoing calls, not socializing.
(Notice how the “tourism” pukes take pains to put a “positive” spin on what any sane person would regard as an idiotic delusion laced with hypocrisy.
(TL;DR: any “Englisher” – Non-Amish – who permits his Amish “neighbor” to use his telephone/consents to driving any of the inbred, cultic fucks around in a motor-vehicle etc. – is functioning as the equivalent of a shabbos goy:
By doing so, he or she is actively profiting off of hypocrisy, by enabling such “neighbors” to get away with violating their STUPID FUCKING TRIBAL TABOOS, if and when such idiotic taboos prove to be “impractical”.
This permits – hell, even encourages – inbred cultic pseudo-cultures (such as the Amish and Hasidic Jews) to never face the consequences of actually living up to their stupid taboos.
(Hint: IF owning a telephone is “wrong” for the “reasons” invoked by such inbred, pinhead trash, then your “English” neighbor’s ownership of a telephone is “wrong” for exactly the same reason.
In principle, I see no difference between an Amish guy side-stepping the Amish prohibition against telephones in the house by using his “English” neighbor’s telephone – and somebody hiring a hit-man to commit murder, instead of committing the murder him-or-herself.
If it’s wrong “for you”/your “tribe”, why is it NOT wrong “for them”, too?
Moreover, doesn’t sidestepping tribal taboos of this kind amount to a tacit endorsement of exactly the sort of “cultural relativism” anti-Leftists are always complaining about?
More in the next post…..