Cyrus Shrugged

Iran wasn’t always what we think of it nowadays, supposedly straight men walking around holding hands while heterosexual couples are jailed for displays of affection.  The Asians of Greek perception always had what we would nowadays determine backwards customs, particularly in regards the obscenity of nudity and the nature of clothing, but that would be a complete oversimplification. Ancient Asia was a diverse place.  Among its denizens, there had once been the Assyrians, even longer ago the Hittites, and then the Akkadians, and the Sumerians.  Contemporaneously there were the Egyptians, the Lycians, the Lydians, the Greek Ionians, but also other Indo-Iranian groups like the Medes and the Mittani.  These all just to name a few.  This was within an area running from the Asian coast of the Aegean all the way to India and all the way South to the Nile filled with vibrant and innumerable civilizations whether great or small, too many perhaps to be reckoned in the pages of Herodotus.

The Long Haired Achaians

We’ll begin with the very beginning, the discrimination that finally separated in the popular consciousness of the Greeks the East from the West.  We’re beginning with Homer; we’re beginning with the Iliad, the first work of what can be termed a Western Literature.  And while I could talk about the dramatic elements evident in the Homeric texts so utterly unlike its eastern contemporaries, I’m going to focus merely on the development of humanism.  Homer’s works were always popular fiction, not the cultic practices of priests for religious performances, but being popular fiction they reflected the popular interpretation of the nature of the gods.  And these gods were nothing like the god of the bible; in fact, they possessed human, that is anthropomorphic, qualities and they had a direct influence on human invents in which they seemed particularly invested.  Furthermore, the warriors on the field behaved with human pathos to the events they endured.  Indeed, it seemed finally that the poet found a subject in himself.

The End of Nights We Tried to Die

It’s been difficult for me, working entirely as an entertainer, to suffer without the capacity to make commentary on what I consider the most important issues of our time, which seem to frequently double as the most controversial issues of our time.  Truth is, I’m not professor and neither am I some well-read media personality, but there are a few things I’m knowledgeable about hailing back to a time before the career switch to “starving artist” better known as “sleeps in doorways.”  It is the fault of a post-colonial narrative that paints the breadth and scope of Western Civilization as something monstrous, as something terrible; it is the fault of people who know so absolutely little about it, and neither could they tell you very much about other civilizations either, owing to their permanently affixed red-red Marxist goggles that they employ categorically rather than as an interpretive tool.  I intend to do something of a miniseries about this, an elucidation of Western Civilization focusing upon important works of Western Literature to important battles that shaped the western world.  This will be my contribution to what should have been an orderly discussion.  I won’t make any pretense of being unbiased, if I Read More …