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Sentantiq’s “Rant on Classics and Politics”
Important for both Theosophists and Classicists

A late reaction to reading A Rant on Classics and Politics related articles on SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE from a classicist, and in reflection of my returned state to Political Apathy, on Losing Friends and Regret.

Chi K’ang Tzu asked Confucius about government. The Master replied, “If you desire what is good, the people will be good. The character of a ruler is like wind and that of the people is like grass. In whatever direction the wind blows, the grass will bend.” (Analects, 12.19)

Many things have been going on with me, where I am not, nor care at all to pay attention to the headlines, or any mention of “President Donald J. Trump.” If one thinks this just happened to be an awakening for me, have sorely missed anything I’ve written of, or said on social media, since early January last year. I got into many arguments, and lost many friends during that election in my support of right-leaning pundits and celebrities, and the Republican Party.

I truly see now, that I can understand, but on another side, no one understood how much I had approached those elections with a strategic mind, predicting exactly who would win, and why, by publicly pointing out on social media, the flaws I believed the Democratic Party and “the Left,” had. I still explain, but now to the Republicans, pinpointing exactly where they’re messing up, and how they will lose. No one wants to hear that. So, neither appreciates that — nor should — but I was correct about the last outcome.

Later, came being swept into the frenzy surrounding that election on the right, but kept trying to remind others, that I thought uniquely (or in my own way) about political thinking, and the elections.

There was a brief time, I considered anonymous profiles of pseudo-Classics’ lovers who were Alt-Right to think similarly to me, then quickly realizing what their real deal was (Classics at the Intersection: White Supremacy and Classics Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity), I soon got into arguments with these people, and being kicked out of groups left and right.


“The swing from apathy for political affairs to interested and involved, I realized how much Republicans and Democrats really hated each other. People desired to be tribal, and desired to fight, and tear each other to pieces…”


The swing from apathy for political affairs to interested and involved, I realized how much Republicans and Democrats really hated each other. People desired to be tribal, and desired to fight, and tear each other to pieces, and in a sadistic, insane way, I reveled in the chaos, and wanted to stop feeling like I was on the outside, and join in the fighting.

When I saw Democrat friends just assailing on Republican friends, whether they had Republican friends or not and they were just providing an echo chamber, at first, I really did not understand the culture. I had avoided it my entire time at university. Before that election, I had been Independent (still am) and center-right (no longer), but I sought identity, and friends. The Republicans accepted all ranges of diverse thought on the right into their fold, and so I tried to settle in it. I remember the first time seeing the MAGA Hat supporters at an event, and I did not know who they were, or where they came from. I honestly sneered, jealously at the very first sight of them, alongside my friend and her boyfriend. I defended Republicans as people, because they are, and I tried to step out of my comfort zone.

At events, I would converse with Republicans, Democrats, and Socialists, asking each of their perspectives. Over the years, I would get into many arguments, not just with Democrats — not Socialists — but mostly with Republican voters, conservatives, and the alt-right white nationalists, leaving me scratching my head at how honestly ignorant and naive I was, and as well as some of these people; or how victim and susceptible they were to propaganda. Sooner, or later, I was not only anathema to Democrat and Bernie-leaning friends, but began to lose charm with Conservatives. Sports journalist Jason Whitlock had explained in an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight in the early week of May 2018, that the African-American vote has been taken for granted by the Democratic Party, arguing that liberalism is “not working for us.”

“I don’t really like politics much at all, but if you just say I think Trump has a good idea here, you get kicked out of the black race,” the sportswriter told Tucker Carlson. “Kanye is saying I don’t agree with everything Trump believes in. Kanye, I’m sure, disagrees with Trump and the Republican party and conservatives on a lot of issues but he’s not willing to cast someone out of the human race just because he disagrees with him. If I cast everybody out that I disagreed with I would have no one.”

This is the exact mentality I had. I really disliked since youth, the idea that all Blacks had to count on was the Democratic Party, and so I felt the opportunity to rebel, but this was not the time, at all. I did not really realize how bad the Party was, and I thought it was just the stereotypes. There was no sense of choice. There is no sense of choice in this country, and it saddens me. It only took between four days after to a month in after the election victory of Mr. Trump, before I felt a deep regret for my actions toward old acquaintances, and how I handled people. The election brought out a ugly side of me I am glad to have seen, but this was not related to racism. As stated, I approached it differently, but it was still naive and ignorant on my part. When I had harshly ethered ISIS terrorists, I was assumed to have insulted all Muslims, and lost a couple Muslim friends I knew throughout college, who blew up on me in my comment section. I had wrote long before that, I had given up all religion, after they asked me my religion, and got upset, which made me assume, no one look at what I post.

What frustrated me, was that I had written this good, long post on ISIL or ISIS, and they did not even read it; which only confirmed more to me, that people really don’t read what I say. So, I just announced, it was best that if people had a problem with my opinions, they could alleviate themselves, by simply unfriending. Sooner, or later, I just avoided going anywhere around the places I used to go to avoid future stress.

They misunderstood, but I understood then, that people I had lost, had not only misunderstood what I was addressing, nor had the patience, but did not really care about me. I deeply felt misunderstood, and my own social isolation, and lack of friends made it much easier to continue to say more things, that caused more lost of friends. I used to be a person with views friends liked to hear and appreciated, because it was detached from politics; but now I know I have alienated myself, due to others forming opinions about me during those periods. Actually, this entire year, I have been vocal against Trump, his administration and the Republican Party, but that was also throughout the year before. I am truly not a fan of the American Conservative, Trumpist thinking and the Republican Party any longer in any capacity, but this was way before the children and the cages, Kanye West, Spirit Cooking conspiracies, &c.


“Social Politics and the way I handled it ruined my relationships with people…”


Social Politics and the way I handled it ruined my relationships with people, so I am much more apathetic towards it, perhaps more than I was before that election; except when it now comes to the prospect in the popularity in ideas of the Democratic Socialists. In the end, I say, that whoever I lost, I cannot apologize to. All I can say, is that I am always changing, because I seek to improve in my knowledge, and find associations with persons, groups and causes in-line with my values. Clearly, years ago I was wrong, but my transition was always a work-in-progress.

There has been a decision not to cover today’s Politics at all any longer.

Concerning Politics — history and philosophy related to our subjects that do involve Politics, to understand the contexts, will remain to be published. But this is about SPIRITUAL WISDOM, FRIENDSHIP, and CULTURE foremost. We share things on social issues, that boldly express the Minervan way, e.g., an environmentalist on the importance of environmental policies, or something as simple as Beto O’Rourke empathizing and brilliantly explaining how NFL players not kneeling isn’t disrespectful. You will see us supporting things like that, not on a party affiliation basis, but on the basis of our philosophy and principles. It is everything in the symbolism, and the idea — the idea! If it offends, or rubs off an emotional Trumpist, so be it. We’ve seen his name everywhere for years now, and I can’t take it anymore. It feels like a nightmare to me. When the NFL issue first occurred, I wrote an article defending Kaepernick. When a theosophist in an uproar assuredly once accused the idea here of being ‘right-wing propaganda’, I ask, “what right-wing propaganda?” Where? Where do you see that anywhere on this site? I criticize the Theosophical Society. Who said I hated it, because I don’t. I simply argue exactly that as the author of A Rant on Classics and Politics put it:

“There is an erroneous and pernicious view that material from Greece and Rome is somehow of political or ideological content. This is a political and ideological view itself.

We welcome followers of all backgrounds, but we will not be cowed from expressing, implying, or amplifying viewpoints that come from the modern world.

The past is not an ideological blank slate innocent of political ramifications in the present. Our current identities are always being written and rewritten in dialogue with the past.”

Lastly, as stated before, the project on REPUBLICANISM has nothing to do with the American Republican Party, or Republicans versus Democrats, except the name. We’re truly looking beyond their squabbling, and have all this time. Now, only to get us to understand by producing better and more efficient content in our area of study and research.

I am amazed with those old friends and acquaintances who stood by me, and I survived with by the string of a hair. Thank you to those who criticized me, but helped me get back to my old and true senses, to find a new sense of understanding.

The writers of SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE express thoughts I have tried to explain, not to Classicists, but to Theosophists, yet the rant applies to us both. I really recommend reading it.

“In our time, Classics is being threatened by a familiar (but resurgent) enemy: a set of dangerous reactionaries who want to read their own disturbing ideology into the Classics as a form of cultural appropriation; it is thought that Classical precedent confers legitimacy upon their thinking. For that reason, we ought to carefully examine and attempt to understand the nature of this type of cultural appropriation…” (Sententiae Antiquae, Antiquity for Everyone: How Classics is Misappropriated for Evil Ends)

Neither Cowards nor Nobodies:
A Rant on Classics and Politics

On Sententiae Antiquae

“Lately a large percentage of this account’s followers espouse beliefs—or at least retweet ideas—that align with alt-right or extremely conservative viewpoints. At several points over the last year, some followers have complained about the political content of this account

There is an erroneous and pernicious view that material from Greece and Rome is somehow of political or ideological content. This is a political and ideological view itself.

We welcome followers of all backgrounds, but we will not be cowed from expressing, implying, or amplifying viewpoints that come from the modern world.

The past is not an ideological blank slate innocent of political ramifications in the present. Our current identities are always being written and rewritten in dialogue with the past.

This dialogue necessarily entails re-appropriation and re-interpretation of the past. The very act of excerpting a quotation and transferring it from one context to another is a reappropriation.

This account is run by human beings who exist in the world and time and have political viewpoints about the world and its ‘progress’ based on our own education and experience.

These human beings are also educators who believe that the past is misused to justify and perpetuate harmful ideas about the past in order to shape the present.

This account’s purpose is (1) to educate and entertain, (2) to offer real quotations with original text and information for context, and (3) to perform outreach to show how Classics still pertains to the modern world.

But it is also (4) to combat insidious use of Classical texts and (5) to act as a force of good in the world.

We do not idealize Greece and Rome. We study the past as a means to better understand our origins, our mistakes, the course and patterns of history, and what it means to be a human being. We do not want to replicate the past…” (read more Neither Cowards nor Nobodies: A Rant on Classics and Politics)

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