I continue to be fascinated and captivated by Jack Donovan. I am waiting for his new book Becoming a Barbarian to arrive, and I will post a review of that once I have made my way through it. According to the top review on Amazon (taken with a gigantic grain of salt), Donovan is a bit sneery about intellectuals, and I am quite curious about this.
Donovan talks disparagingly about ‘intellectuals.’ Judging by the contexts he uses the term in, his definition of an intellectual is more or less a high IQ beta male in a tweed jacket with a bow tie, dispensing leftist b.s. from an ivory tower, or trading snobbish jokes at Upper Manhattan cocktail parties.
I am bit skeptical of this claim. I have no sense that Donovan disparages the Scholar – he is simply blunt about the fact that while the Warrior, the Poet and the Scholar are all men, two of those men ultimately bow to the other. The Warrior reigns. This does not mean, though, artists and intellectuals have no natural or ordained place in concepts of masculinity. Warriors without Scholars and Poets, quickly organize totally dysfunctional societies. The gang may be the most basic unit of society, but a gang that does not balance the triumvirate manifestation of masculinity – Warrior, Scholar, Poet – either in one man, or many, is not going to function very well.
Islam is the perfect illustration.
Whenever I write things like marital rape is not a thing or women shouldn’t vote, I invariably get commentators who ask how my opinion is in any way different from radical Islam (or just Islam, since there is no meaningful distinction). I have sneered at feminists too terrified of actual misogyny to call out the hatred Islam has for women. I have argued that hijabs are essentially rape fantasies for women, and that preferences for light skin and hair tones are natural paternity tests, particularly preferred by barbaric invaders, but I am coming to the realization that Islam doesn’t really hate women, or even have a problem with them. If anything, Islam might be a little more clear-headed about gender relations, when it comes to women.
Islam has a problem with men.
Here are some Muslims destroying musical instruments.
Muslims are fucked up when it comes to art. They don’t like cartoons, statues, books, poetry, photography, painting, dancing and they definitely do not like rock music.
Have you seen Bobby McFerrin demonstrate how the pentatonic scale is a part of human neural hardwiring? We don’t learn it. We know it. Music is part of what it means to be human. Islamic prohibitions against music are literally prohibitions against being human.
Watch this. It’s amazing!
And who are the greatest human musicians, writers, sculptors, painters, creators? Who are the artists who matter? Who achieve greatness? Who produce works that astonish, captivate and celebrate humanity?
Those would be men.
Sorry, ladies. Yes, there are a smattering of enduring female artists out there, but by and large, art is the province of men. Because they are good at it. Art is part of what it means to be a man. The Poet is an essential part of masculinity.
Islam hates the Poet. If the Poet happens to be gay, god help him, I hope he grows wings. I don’t think gay men are more likely to be artistic compared to the general population of men, although I do think the world of Poets has been more willing to allow gay men to flourish, succeed and contribute as Poets and nothing else. Islam hates Poets no matter what their orientation, because Islam is a political ideology, not a religion, and it wants to control, not express or experience what life has to offer.
Let’s talk scholars. Islam has contributed nothing of worth to the world for 5 000 years. And the Muslim apologists will be incoming with their shrieks about Arabic numerals in 3…2….1…. And when were those invented, pray tell? Richard Dawkins has already explained the failure of Islamic scholarship, so I’m not going to flog a horse that has been dead for, oh, 5 000 years?
But again, who are the scholars? Who are the brilliant? Who are the gifted, the possessors of dazzling minds that leap into unknowns and bring us the marvels of the world we take for granted?
Sorry, feminists. Again, yes, there are a handful of brilliant women here and there, but it’s mostly men who are the inventors, the scholars, the discoverers. Being smart is part of what it means to be a man. When Islam rejects scholarship, it rejects an essential part of masculinity and men.
Islam hates Poets and hates Scholars, leaving only the Warrior. But what is a Warrior without the counsel of his intelligence and innate sense of beauty and humanity? What is the Warrior without the counsel of other men who are Scholars and Poets? Few men are Warriors, Poets and Scholars. The Ideal Man is precious and rare. Hence, the gang. The gang unites the three parts of the Ideal Man and produces a highly functional unit that allows everyone to maximize their survival.
The Warrior without the Scholar and the Poet is a barbarian.
Barbarian. That is the word that comes to mind.
I wonder if I will think the same after reading Donovan?
Somehow, I doubt it.
Lots of love,