The Egyptian Parallel

It has been said that, “A wise man learns from his own mistakes, but a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others.” And of course, along that same vein there’s the old cliché, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” We’ve all heard these statements before. And, as self evident as these ideas are, they also share a common theme.

We are currently living in a world with a population approaching 8 billion people (if we aren’t there already). I don’t think anyone knows for sure, but I’ve seen estimates that upwards of 15-100 billion people have lived on the Earth since some arbitrary point in time, be it after the Great Flood of the Bible, the Garden of Eden, or whenever the first Homo sapiens is believed to have evolved from lower primates. Either way, it is clear that there is a lot of history behind us and a lot of human mistakes to learn from.

I believe with all my heart that Western man, or more succinctly, the European white race, is committing the grave mistake of not learning from history as it undertakes this “grand experiment” of multiculturalism and the cult of secular humanism. Both philosophies go hand in hand, and in fact, together constitute the new religion of the West. It is plain to see that our Christian heritage is being trampled underfoot as one religion is exchanged for the other.

Interestingly, there are historical precedents where massive paradigm shifts of religion and culture are concerned, and more often than not, the consequences are the same. One historical parallel stands out that I want to draw a lesson from, and that is the story of the 18th dynasty of Egypt and the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten. You may have heard of him. You’ve certainly heard of his son Tutankhamen, whose intact gold filled tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. King Tut was a minor pharaoh who died at a very young age, but his father Akhenaten, born Amenhotep IV, was among the most consequential kings to ever rule ancient Egypt.

Amenhotep IV, (which translates to the god Amun is satisfied), became ruler of Egypt around 1353 BC, at the peak of a period known as the “New Kingdom.” This was a time of great prosperity and a sort of renaissance of Egyptian culture that occurred following the occupation of the Hyksos around 1550 BC.

Despite this renaissance, the 18th dynasty in particular was one of great social changes in Egypt, where close to 2,000 years of culture and tradition were “experimented” with by various rulers. For instance, another pharaoh of note during this time was Hatshepsut, a woman who was co-regent to Thutmose III, but who ruled as pharaoh while Thutmose was a child. She is known for donning the garb of the male pharaoh, going so far as wearing the false beard that was the tradition for the male ruler. Indeed, these were interesting, non-traditional times in Egypt, which was an otherwise stable, slow to change and decidedly “unprogressive” society.

Not long after Amenhotep assumed the throne, he maneuvered to abandon the polytheistic traditions of ancient Egypt, with its pantheon of gods and supplanted them with the world’s first monotheistic religion, which upheld a new deity called “the Aten,” a sun-god. The traditional priestly class of Egypt found themselves powerless overnight and the capital was moved from the historic city of Thebes to the newly constructed Amarna. Amenhotep also changed his name to Akhenaten at this time, which means, “He who works for the Aten.

Aten

Akhenaten ruled with absolute power during his reign and all worship of the Aten was channeled directly through him. He alone could communicate with the Aten and no other worldly beings could assume the role of priest, save for his Queen Nefertiti, who was also divinely empowered. As you might imagine, this caused a great deal of strife, political turmoil, conflict, and dissension among the people of Egypt.

You see, change came too quickly and for the vast majority of the Egyptian people it was unwanted. Their polytheistic pantheon was tied directly to the predictable and orderly flood cycles of the River Nile, whose fertile black silt nourished their crops and guaranteed bountiful harvests year in and year out. Egyptians valued order and predictability above all other concerns, and chaos was to be the expected consequence of any deviation from that order.

The shift from Amun worship to Aten worship had taxed a heavy toll on the people of Egypt. The cost and burden of relocating the capital, the stagnation of the economy that this had caused, were all signs of impending chaos to the ordinary citizen. Indeed, if you need a modern example of this, one need look no further than the fall of the Soviet Union in the 20th century to find a perfect parallel of people being forced to abandon their religious beliefs in favor of a new morality (atheism).

Ultimately, with the death of Akhenaten (and, eventually Queen Nefertiti), his son Tutankhamen became pharaoh, abandoning his father’s religion and restoring traditional Amun worship, along with the pantheon of other gods, while also returning the priestly class to their previously held positions.

The resentments held by the Egyptian people are evidenced by how Akhenaten’s likeness was eventually vandalized in hieroglyphic depictions, monuments, and statues. All pharaohs have traditionally played down their predecessors in order to elevate their own prominence, but there is an especially resentful tone to how much vandalism Akhenaten’s legacy endured.

As the United States and its empire of satellite states moves forward into the 21st century, it is inevitable that this rapid attempt at destroying tradition, culture and the Christian religion will backfire. It already has, and the early signs are already here.

History has a funny way of repeating itself, doesn’t it?

-By Dixie Anon

4 comments

    1. Well, you know what they say, Mr. Swor: “sin makes one stupider, not smarter.” Or something like that. The only reason we still exist as a “nation” in our current state is because, as with the Amelekites of old, the iniquity of the Weimerican is not yet full. We may, however, rest in the assurance that the earth will eventually right herself. Always does.

  1. My fear is that the machinations behind our shifting culture are fine tuned well enough to make it so incremental as to never get the real push back that it deserves.

    Even in our circles, people resist “walking it back” on things they find suitable to their liking, even if they know they are harmful…Like smoking weed, or pornography, or rap music etc.

    It seems like shitlibs are pushing just as hard to accelerate their ideas as right wingers are pushing back to resist. (Or pushing with in order to help accelerate) … so this might be enough to jolt people in due time. We can only hope.

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