In Germanic culture,
Ginnungagap is described
as the void of nothingness,
and all potential,
where all life sprang forth,
perhaps as a big bang type theory.
(The first big bang, or one of many?)
Was it the beginning?
I won’t go into that,
but it’s the Norse creation myth of Glfyaginning,
where the hot fire of Musphelheim,
meets the cold ice of Nefelheim,
in the middle of Ginnungagap,
this black hole,
which waits for us,
each time we close our eyes,
sleep, and perhaps even die.
Dr. Stephen Flowers suggests
in his wonderful book Runelore
(Samuel Weiser, 1987),
“An Odian does not seek the mystery of dagaz
at the center but rather at the extreme borders.”
Dagaz, the 23rd of 24 runes in the Elder Futhark,
which is the letter D, but also stands for day/night,
to be very superficial about the meaning.
To find out more, I suggest you purchase Edred’s book Futhark,
which is a great place to begin learning about runes
as there is unfortunately a lot of misinformation on them online.
William Blake is one of the greatest poets and painters ever.
Born in England, in November 28, 1757,
in Soho, London, Great Britain.
He was a huge influence on me growing up,
and has obvious Germanic influence,
perhaps via Anglo-Saxon tradition,
since he was English, but I’m only guessing.
In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,
Blake suggests that: “Without Contraries is no progression.
Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy,
Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence.”
Think about it. If we all had the same opinions,
felt the same way, for Gods sake,
we would be mindless robots, or dare I say, zombies.
A difference of opinion is expected,
demanded even, by whatever
has put us all together in this puzzle.
Even if you attend the same school,
come from the same region,
Hel, even if you have the same parents,
still you absolutely have differing opinions somehow.
There are no two people whom are exactly the same,
nor should there be expectactions for that to happen,
it’s ridiculous to even consider the possibility.
That aside, humans have their own opinion,
regardless of their upbringing,
to whatever large or small extent.
Why can’t modern folks comprehend that?
I always took pride in the fact
that I at least try to see things
from a different perspective.
How does the bum on the corner feel,
having to beg for food?
Was he a victim of a war,
that left him unable to deal with loud noises,
due to his PTSD from an I.E.D.,
and so now must beg on a street corner,
where society mostly leaves him alone?
(At least hopefully, if it’s negative).
Don’t judge a man or woman
until you’ve spent a day in their shoes.
Am I always right?
Hel no, of course not. No one is.
In fact, being wrong is crucial to human development.
Without being wrong,
first off we would probably
be so bored of life,
well honestly I can’t even fathom
the consequences of such a world.
Being wrong is a great and valuable teacher.
We need to be wrong, more so,
we need to see the error of our actions
and thoughts, so that we can grow from our mistakes.
We learn very early on in life,
the point of history class is so
that we don’t repeat history,
and instead, learn from it!
Well, how in the Hel is that possible,
when we get rid of history,
to try and ‘cover our tracks’,
as if a certain part of history didn’t happen,
and that will make it all better.
Doesn’t that make it worse?
Isn’t that offensive to every being
that took part of that time in history?
Right or wrong, good or bad, it happened.
In Germanic culture,
the present moment is built upon the past.
The past is set in concrete.
That’s why history is so important.
You can’t just pretend, and suddenly
an alternate reality pops up
in which that part of history is wiped clean,
and some new, greater achievements took place.
People need to get over themselves,
and this ridiculous need
to share how offended you are by everything,
which has really exploded lately,
in truly insane proportions.
The removal of Confederate monuments,
are you even kidding me?
First of all, I’m guessing that most of these folks
which are complaining about the Confederate flag,
are not very enlightened in history to begin with.
Leaving that to someone else,
as there is plenty of places one could be enlightened
on the subject, if they were so inclined.
Remember, “to the victor, goes the spoils.”
In this case meaning that who wins,
gets to write the history books,
or re-write them in some cases.
First off, I am not a Republican,
definitely not Democrat.
I am a conservative person,
although I keep an open mind.
Again, life has gray areas.
It just does.
Nothing is perfectly labeled,
especially us human folks.
Sure, it’s easy to pretend that’s true,
but it’s simply not.
I figured I would mention that,
before you read on.
Recently some extreme left virtually attacked President Trump
because he ‘didn’t know the start of the American Civil War.’
Ironic, because the folks who thought themselves
to be all high and mighty,
were actually wrong about the ‘truth’.
Oh sure, they know the ‘truth’,
that the history books would teach them.
To the victor, goes the spoils.
The winners get to write the history books.
Of course it’s not going to have a fair view.
You’re talking about a war that was fought
brother against brother,
father against son, uncle versus nephew.
It should never be forgotten.
Why? First of all, if you’ve read
any of this article, you will hopefully
remember that pretending to forget
history, doesn’t fix it, doesn’t make it
go away, doesn’t do anything really.
Nothing good at least.
Things are never as clear and simple as they seem.
Are you telling me, that from 1865,
at the end of the American Civil War,
that everyone was completely racist,
until finally in 2017, we got ‘salvation’,
when we ripped down some Confederate monuments,
took down Confederate flags,
and stopped American Civil War museums
from being open, since there isn’t any artifacts?
What a great victory,
we have covered up history.
Yeah, that’s a good idea.
As with other stories I read,
liberals are painting themselves akin
to Isis, in a sense,
ripping down their statues,
trying to cover up, ‘forget’ history,
instead of learning from it, and asking how,
why did people feel this way, or did they?
What really was the beginning of it all,
that started the bloodiest war
in American history,
on American soil?
(Perhaps besides Wounded Knee,
or any other slaughtering of Native peoples,
although some of that happened
outside of an officially recognized war).
Just because an opinion isn’t popular,
doesn’t mean you’re wrong.
Just because facts aren’t popular,
doesn’t make them false.
The adverse is just as strongly true.
I’m not suggesting people shouldn’t use their voice.
Just remember, there are people you know,
friends, family, neighbors,
fellow countrymen and women,
that voted for the other guy,
whether it was Obama, Trump,
or any other president, or senate member.
All I’m saying is, there will always be
a difference in opinion.
People should be allowed to speak freely.
If we lose that, what next?
If a comedian can’t make fun of
this, that, or the other;
if a writer can’t talk about
something that’s “too taboo”,
That leads us toward a dark
and dangerous place, my friends.
I would much prefer having friends,
and fellow countrywomen and men
who are free thinkers,
who prove me wrong,
so that we all can grow
in whatever direction we do.
Disagreements are natural,
and opposites attract.
(To whatever end).
James Allen Chisholm’s English translation of the Havamal says:
“Let a man not be boastful about his wisdom, but watchful instead.
The wise and silent are seldom harmed when wary in the hall.
A more trustworthy friend, a man cannot have, than understanding.”