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Mythic Values/Folk Values

I have a theory that every social group has two sets of values: Mythic Values, and Folk Values.

The Mythic Values are the qualities of that group’s exceptional members, its heroes, the semi-mythical figures that everyone in the group more or less aspires to emulate.

For example, the Mythic values of Catholicism are about emulating Christ and the Saints, their self-sacrifice, their faith, their not-of-this-world-ness. The Mythic values of nerd culture center around figures like Nikola Tesla and Steve Jobs, the archetype of a Mad Scientist/Captain of Industry hybrid. Scientific knowledge, inventiveness, not giving a fuck about what the muggles think. The Mythic values of movement Conservatism are embodied in the archetypal cowboy and archetypal soldier. The physical strength, the physical courage, the combat ability, the sheer animal dominance.

Folk Values, on the other hand, are the qualities of that group’s average members.

Nerd culture’s folk values center less on scientific knowledge, more on nerd trivia. The key question is “how devoted a fan are you?” Are you an Old School D&D player? are you a Hardcore Gamer? Have you memorized the entire screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Conservative folk values are about liking country music and spaghetti westerns, and complaining about hippies, reciting the republican talking points. I haven’t spent enough time in Catholic communities to know what Catholic folk values are, but i suspect is has something to do with celibacy and Chesterton quotes.

In a sane world, we’d recognize folk values and mythic values as two separate things, and use them to differentiate the members of a community from the leadership of a community. But we don’t.

Instead…. we invest the practice of Folk Values with a… talismanic property. a kind of sympathetic magic, where the symbolic qualities of one thing are supernaturally transferred from one entity to another. Do you think wearing that ten gallon hat means you’d survive a day on the Frontier?

I am not a man of singular integrity. I didn’t realize any of this until circumstance forced me to.

It was kind of like… dreaming. like in some superstitious way I thought I was laying the foundation for something real. All I had to do was hold on to the Folk Values hard enough, and for long enough, and one day the Mythic Values would simply pop into existence within me. When the time came, I would suddenly transform into the man I wanted to be.

But of course the time never did come.

Once you understand on a visceral level that mourning John Wayne doesn’t make you John Wayne, you can’t really be a conservative.

You’re either a Soldier or a Civilian. A Cowboy or a Tenderfoot. A Hero or a Bystander. there’s nothing in between.

Once you understand on a visceral level that Fucking Loving Science has nothing to do with possessing scientific knowledge, you can’t really be a science nerd.

You’re either a Scientist, or a Layman. A Morlock, or an Eloi. there’s nothing in between.

Once you realize that there is no connection whatsoever between the folk values and the mythic values, so many cultural milieus become off-limits to you. But what’s more, you realize that… everyone around you is holding themselves to despicably low standards. Every subculture– or at least the ones with a lot of subcultural pride– starts to look like a bunch of puffed-up chest-beating macho bullshitters who’ve made a secret pact to never call each other out on their bullshit.

(“I’ll pretend that you posting all those Neil DeGrasse Tyson memes means you actually possess scientific knowledge if you do the same for me.” “I’ll pretend that you owning every Rage Against the Machine album means you’ve actually contributed to Anarchist politics if you do the same for me” “I’ll pretend that your encyclopedic knowledge of Clint Eastwood films means you’d survive a real world shootout if you do the same for me.” )

You start to realize that the act of sympathetic magic that makes participation trophies work is the same magic act that holds society together. The magic that says “You can be one of the Good Guys even if you’ve done nothing to deserve it.”


90s Rock Albums Turning 20 in 2016

  • Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop by Stone Temple Pilots (March 26th)
  • Evil Empire by Rage Against the Machine (April 16th)
  • Down on the Upside by Soundgarden (May 21st)
  • Bringing Down the Horse by The Wallflowers (May 21st)
  • Odelay by Beck (June 18th)
  • Dust by Screaming Trees (June 25th)
  • Tidal by Fiona Apple (July 23rd)
  • Unplugged by Alice in Chains (July 30th)
  • No Code by Pearl Jam (August 27th)

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging, the Wayne County Medical Examiner has determined, the Associated Press reports. Cornell was found dead in his hotel room last night at the MGM Grand Detroit following a Soundgarden show at Detroit’s Fox Theater, according to local police. A family friend, responding to a request to check on Cornell by his wife, Vicky, found Cornell lying on the bathroom floor with a band around his neck. Cornell’s spokesperson had previously described his death as “sudden and unexpected.”

With Soundgarden, Cornell shaped Seattle’s grunge movement alongside Nirvana and Pearl Jam. He also played in Temple of the Dog, a group featuring several Mother Love Bone members who went on to join Pearl Jam. In the early 2000s, he joined members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave, who released three albums. Soundgarden reformed in 2010, Temple of the Dog in 2016, and Audioslave reunited earlier this year for an event protesting Trump’s inauguration.

Read thoughts on Cornell from various artists here.

anonymous asked:

Mix tape title - I have an history exam and I don't know shit about it but there's no motivation to prepare for it


uhh here’s some songs that get me pumped whenever I’m anxious and/or need motivation to do something

1. I highly recommend Rage Against the Machine’s live album at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Bulls On Parade and Guerrilla Radio from that are my favorites. Very energetic.

2. Blind - Korn

3. Big Bad Wolf - In This Moment

4. Chop Suey! - System of a Down

5. This is the New Shit - Marilyn Manson

6. Take Me Down - The Pretty Reckless

7. Fucked Up World - The Pretty Reckless (I listen to this live a LOT)

8. King for a Day - Bullet in a Bible - Green Day

9. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ - Michael Jackson

10. I know somethin’ ‘bout you - Alice In Chains

Signs as grunge albums

Aries : Nevermind - Nirvana

Taurus : Rage against the Machine - Rage against the Machine

Gemini : Ten - Pearl Jam

Cancer : Live Through This - Hole

Leo : Core - Stone Temple Pilots

Virgo : Ok Computer - Radiohead

Libra : Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins

Scorpio : Bleach - Nirvana

Sagittarius : Superunknown - Sound Garden

Capricorn : The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails

Aquarius : Dirt - Alice and Chains

Pisces : In Utero - Nirvana