Enablers


The first part of the track is steep, and one that my fresh horses at dawn can hardly climb. In mid-heaven it is highest, where to look down on earth and sea often alarms even me, and makes my heart tremble with awesome fear. The last part of the track is downwards and needs sure control. Then even Tethys herself, who receives me in her submissive waves, is accustomed to fear that I might dive headlong…You will not easily rule those proud horses, breathing out through mouth and nostrils the fires burning in their chests. They scarcely tolerate my control when their fierce spirits are hot, and their necks resist the reins. Beware my boy, that I am not the source of a gift fatal to you, while something can still be done to set right your request! –Ovid, Metamorphoses


The above excerpt is from Ovid’s wonderful classic about Greek mythology, perhaps one of my favorite sources for metaphors and parables of character outside the Scripture. One of the things I have noted the more trips around the sun I make is the inability of the English language to truly capture and quantify the range of emotions humans exhibit. Ovid tells the story of Phaethon, the son of Helios (the sun god) which represents one of the more well known parables about hubris. Contrary to the story of Icharus however, Phaethon was motivated by more than just a desire to excel or an overestimation of his own abilities. Insecure about his own position as a demigod and challenged by his friends, he sought assurances from his father Helios. Helios made the fatal error of granting Phaethon whatever wish he wanted, and one can imagine a Marlon Brando figure drinking campari or Disaronno grudgingly granting his son’s request. Without the ability and skill to do so, Phaethon took Helios’ chariot (the sun) and proceeded to just about kill life on earth by losing control of it. Zeus steps in to handle the disaster and strikes Phaethon with a lightning bold, killing him and bringing the whole goat rope to an end.

painting-phaethonThe story is interesting because despite the focus on Phaethon by Ovid, there are several more layers to the story that echo in life. The most obvious of lessons is intersection of hubris, incompetence and colossal insecurity to result in disaster. The more subtle lesson however is that of the enabler, Helios. Helios knew exactly how difficult it is to do his job, describing in agonizing detail to his son how perilous it is. Yet at the end of this he relents and proceeds to allow this disaster to run its course. The alleged results of this ill-fated experiment resulted in the Sahara desert and drying various rivers up. One can imagine the death toll from such catastrophic ‘global warming.’ The resolution of the matter happens when Zeus steps in and takes corrective action, which today would be seen as extreme, but the Greeks saw as fitting punishment for one who aspires to be that which he is not. We all know Phaethons, but disaster strikes when people become willing accomplices to idiocy and enablers like Helios.

The success of a community, organization and even a family unit is not the elimination of those too incompetent, arrogant or ignorant to even know they posses such character traits. Rather, it is those who are not those things to recognize the consequences of indulging such an individual. Whether because of senility, magnanimity or apathy, choosing to ignore such a thing, let alone promote it, is a dereliction of duty. I reserve the highest scorn not for those too stupid to know better, but those who do and passively allow such a person to wreak havoc. The immediate gratification of not being the ‘bad guy’ in a given situation ignores the long-term affects an incompetent egomaniac can have on your friends, allies, employees and family. In my professional life the Helios’ are what keep me up at night, those competent people who suffer a catastrophic lapse in judgment, often times leading to their own firing in addition to whatever Phaethon-esque character they allowed to drive the project. In my world, good intentions and $3.50 will get you a cup of coffee. You are judged  by your results and the part you played in getting those results.

DQTh8PXsOvid, or the unknown Greek who came up with the original tale, brilliantly described human nature’s tendency to mimic Newton’s 1st law of motion. Helios was nowhere to be found while Phaethon was busy torching the planet, and intervention arrived only after a crisis had happened and half a continent was on fire. Zeus steps in and deals out harsh punishment to the offender, resulting in Phaethon perhaps being the first human to ever reach terminal velocity. In our weak and effeminate society, often the Zeus of the situation instantly becomes the ‘bad guy,’ the ‘____-ist’ or ‘____-phobe’ because the rubric we use to judge actions is largely based on emotion. Even within the liberty movement has this attitude pervaded the discussion, far too many are content to sit back and criticize while declining to do much else except throw stones at their betters.

Ultimately, the real moral of Ovid’s story is not one of hubris by a fool. It is the enabling of fools by those who know better, resulting in disaster. Oft times resulting in harsh measures having to be meted out to correct the situation. The Phaethon’s of the world are not going to be reasoned out of their ignorance and pride. Perhaps if they survive a sufficiently jarring encounter with reality, but often not even then. What will derail the liberty community, and whatever other communities are important in your life, is either being or tolerating those who enable such bad actors and allow them to claw their way to the levers of power. Whatever the emotional satisfaction, you will regret it. Helios knew the perils, knew the sheer ineptitude and inadequacy of his son and ignored the logical result of such a decision. The Phaethons, Icarus’, Custers and Bernies don’t scare me, it is the myriad of enablers behind such people. The Phaethons will read this and not understand a word, it is simply who they are. I’m speaking to the Helios’ of the liberty movement that suffer fools far too willingly. A Zeus will come, and it’s going to hurt.

 

JJ

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10 thoughts on “Enablers

  1. Sometimes demigods do the best they can to work with whatever. Timing.
    Not really supposed to be scalable. Stuff happens.

    Easier when death with honor is just nasty weather.

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  2. E.G.
    Following Muslim Killer Cop Shooting, Mayor Betsy Hodges Calls on Muslims to File “Hate Crimes”
    PAMELA GELLER — JULY 23, 2017
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    n the wake of the Somali Muslim cop who shot dead an unarmed woman in cold blood, Mayor Betsy Hodges urges Muslims to file hate crime claims.

    Here on Facebook, she directed Muslims on how to file hate crimes:

    To the Somali community: I want you to know that you are a valued and appreciated part of Minneapolis. I stand with you and support you. The
    strength and beauty of the Somali and East African communities are a vital part of what makes Minneapolis so strong and beautiful. I am grateful to be your neighbor.
    This week a Somali police officer, Officer Mohamed Noor, shot and killed a woman under circumstances we don’t yet comprehend. Justine Damond’s death was tragic and awful for everyone. And I want to be very clear that Officer Noor, a fully trained officer in the Minneapolis Police Department, won’t be treated differently than any
    other officer. Justine’s death is a tragedy for our city. We cannot compound that tragedy by turning to racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. It is unjust and ridiculous to assert that an entire community be held responsible for the actions of one person. That will not be tolerated in Minneapolis. If you are experiencing discrimination, you can file a
    complaint at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/civil…/discrimination-complaint

    Mayor Betsy Hodges changed Police Department Policy to recruit and hire Somali Muslims, says “that effort will continue.”

    It was Mayor Betsy Hodges who instituted hiring policies in the police department to prioritize the hiring of Somali Muslims. This at a time when more than 22 young men from the community had left the state to join al-Shabab in Somalia, and roughly a dozen people have left in recent years to join the jihad in Syria, including the Islamic State group. In November, nine men were sentenced on terror charges for plotting unsuccessfully to join the group and fight in Syria. Separately, a 20-year-old Somali-American went on a stabbing rampage at a shopping mall in St. Cloud last September, wounding 10 people before an off-duty police officer fatally shot him.

    Muslims are not a special class, superior class. That is the sharia. This is America.

    Hodges said “that effort will continue. The Somali officers on the force are seen as community role models, and are among the success stories of the immigrants in Minnesota.”

    Below, note the ISIS salute, clueless or complicit?

    The ISIS one finger salute.
    Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller

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    1. Bets Hodges is at best a dihimmi enabler and at worst a crypto convert to the deathcult of the genocidal child molester mohammed. Either conditions are utterly unacceptable in a civilized setting/world.

      The ‘one finger’ salute that moslems portray didn’t start with isis; it originated with ‘mo’ as his way of virtue signaling his dominance via his fake prophet hood and belief in a totally nonexistent entity called ‘allah’.
      Consider it the ‘gang sign’ of “team mo”.

      My ‘one finger’ salute to her and moslems the world over is totally different!!

      Just finished reading the kindle edition of “The Red Cliffs of Zerhoun” by Matt Bracken; taking a leaf from it, Betty and her beloved scumolis should be fed some ‘devil ham’ and then have their mouths duct taped, hands zip tied and then dumped headfirst into the Great Lakes..it’d be the most constructive thing to do with them all!! BFYmTW!!

      Yours in Daily Armed Infidel Liberty via anarchy!
      Northgunner III

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  3. “The Phaethon’s of the world are not going to be reasoned out of their ignorance and pride.”

    In my experience, the Phaetons take great pride In their Ignorance. And want it to be celebrated.

    Well written, well reasoned post. One that starts the hairs standing on the back of my neck….

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  4. The liberty “movement” is full of people who criticize any and every idea put forth, while adding nothing positive to the discussion.
    When anyone points this out, they are then the reciepient of unwarranted criticisms.
    Most do nothing but complain about things by posting rants in online comment forums.
    Nothing is done to advance the return to liberty, other than complaining on the interwebz.
    There are some small groups of people here and there who are actively working to better their communities, make sure they are prepared for whatever the future may bring, and who keep themselves in decent physical shape.
    These groups don’t have farcebook pages or twatter accounts. You don’t hear about them because they are busy working to make their communities a better place and to attempt to restore some of the liberty we have
    lost by electing local politicians with the same ideas/ goals.
    There will never be any cohesive nationwide liberty movement, nor should there be at this point. Restoring liberty has to start locally, then move to county, state, and finally fedgov.
    There doesn’t need to be national groups or a national movement- that’s how you get idiots in power.
    If you have idiots in power in your local group- then you need to start over and form a new group.
    At this point- the liberty movement is hoing nowhere.
    It’s comparable to monkeys at the zoo flinging shit at each other.

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