THERE IS NO deeper question than this: “What shall we do with our lives?”
The Jews and their money-driven allies have answers to that question for us, of course: They tell us to learn to please the rich or please the crowd — and so get paid; and so have plenty of “security” in the form of a pointless or even harmful “job,” a house twenty times bigger than anyone needs, thrilling vacations, a dazzling variety of synthetic booze and foods, lots of orgasms and new ways to get them, and plenty of “entertainment” — songs, TV shows, films, garbage mass-market books — that the Jews will be happy to provide to give us a quick emotional “fix,” to cover up the bleakness of our lives, and, of course, to give us plenty of overt and subliminal messages to help keep us weak and blind servants of their System.
But some of us, perhaps even almost all of us who have found this radio program, know that these answers which they give us are empty and false and designed to enslave us. Deep in our race-soul, we know there is something more, something far greater than anything imagined by the hamster-wheel runners and the gold-bedecked Jew. We know it when we behold the vastness of the Cosmos in the night sky. We know it when we examine the intricacies of the smallest flower. We know it when we look in the eyes of our children.
So — why are we here, on this mote of lava and water and stone and cloud, suspended in the trailing arm of the Milky Way, amidst trillions of other planets and stars and galaxies? What should we do with the very limited time we have, awakening when we are born from one infinitely long sleep, and when we die returning to another — with only some thousands of days separating the two?
One of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century answers those questions for us today on our program. As a kind of culmination of his works on Cosmotheism, a philosophy and true religion for men and women of European descent, Dr. William Pierce wrote “Purpose in Life” as an editorial for National Vanguard, then a print magazine, in June 1982. It was never recorded as a speech, so I will deliver it here in radio form, striving as always to be true to Dr. Pierce’s meaning. These are the words of William Pierce, never before heard in audio form, in his deeply significant “Purpose in Life”:
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Purpose in Life (first part)
by Dr. William L. Pierce
by Dr. William Pierce
WHAT THE LACK of any national purpose is doing to America as a nation is painfully evident to everyone willing to see. It may be less evident, however, what the lack of a meaningful purpose in life is doing to millions of the best men and women of our race as individuals. That is because most of these believe, mistakenly, that they do have purpose in their lives.
What they really have is a plan or program for attaining certain personal goals they have convinced themselves are worthwhile. For example, a young man may have decided in his late teens that his goal in life is to have a career in a profession which will provide him with both stimulating activity and security, with social prestige, perhaps with a certain degree of independence or opportunity for travel, and with enough income to own all those things which are generally believed to be desirable: an expensive, late-model automobile or two; stylish clothes; a nice home in the suburbs or a fashionable condominium in the city; and, eventually, an attractive wife to give him pleasure and companionship and to evoke the admiration and envy of his peers.
In order to achieve these goals he maps out a program: first get into the right college; then earn good enough grades for admission to law school or medical school or graduate school, as the case may be; then open a practice or find employment in congenial surroundings, where he can meet the sort of people who can help him with career advancement; and so on.
There are many individual variations on this theme, of course. For some the principle goal may be to secure employment which allows the maximum amount of free time to pursue some cherished hobby, whether it be skiing or beekeeping.
For a woman it may be the wholly admirable goal of bearing and raising four or five beautiful and healthy children, and her program might involve such things as diet-and-exercise regimens or vacations in areas of high bachelor density, in order to improve her chances of finding a desirable father for her anticipated children.
There is nothing inherently wrong with most of these goals. They are the sorts of goals that normal, healthy men and women of our race have always had. And the people who have them today certainly seem to be in better moral and spiritual condition, on the average, than those with no goals at all, who live only for the day. We must also rate them above persons with the vapid, ill-defined goals one expects a teenaged beauty contestant or television game show contender to admit to, such as “helping others,” or “finding true happiness.”
So why are so many of these best of our people, those with normal goals and sensible plans for achieving them, in a state of spiritual distress today? Why has their suicide rate skyrocketed in the last three decades? Why are alcohol and illegal drug abuse taking such a toll of them? Why are the brown-skinned swamis and slant-eyed messiahs who are peddling freaky, Asiatic cults among them doing such a land-office business?
There are two answers to these questions, one fairly obvious and one a bit less so. First, most people’s goals do not exist in a vacuum, but are dependent on the social and economic milieu in which the programs for achieving them are to be carried out. A man whose aim in life is to spend as much time skiing as possible or who lives only to complete his collection of Civil War regimental insignia may not be greatly concerned that the world is falling apart around him, but the perceptive man with a long-term career program and the intelligent woman with serious family plans certainly are. And the more perceptive, intelligent, and sensitive they are, the greater must be their concern.
A personal goal which requires a large investment of effort and self-denial over a period of several years may be perfectly tenable in a stable society, but it becomes much less so in a society with a future as uncertain as ours has today. When people lose confidence in their ability to predict what the future holds for them, anxiety, inner turmoil, and even desperation rise right along with interest rates. These feelings may be repressed, even kept entirely below the level of conscious consideration, but they have their effect nevertheless.
It is not just that carefully made plans must often be changed to meet changing circumstances, or that planning has become more complicated, with every career plan requiring two different contingency plans to go with it; for many people the entire framework within which they have built their plans has begun to crumble, as they are forced to question the feasibility or even the value of the only goals which are meaningful to them.
Learning a craft or art which requires years of practice before it can be mastered certainly seems to be less justifiable in an era when society’s appreciation of excellence — and even the ability to recognize it — is in decline, and when both technique and public taste are changing so rapidly that one may very well end up as master of an anachronism, unneeded and unesteemed.
Even more corrosive of enthusiasm and ambition is the individual’s loss of appreciation and esteem for the society in which he is living. Most people with goals in life have more than a purely egoistic motivation for achieving them. A writer, an artist, or a craftsman, may want to become a part of a cultural tradition which he reveres; a man in public life may aspire to being remembered as a contributor to the greatness of the nation; even the most mediocre careerist generally has some respect and affection for his chosen profession, for its immemorial usages and customs, for his more accomplished colleagues — but much less so today than a generation ago, and undoubtedly even less so in the foreseeable future.
As for the most important profession of all, motherhood, any intelligent young woman must have at least some misgivings today about devoting her whole heart and mind and body to the task of bearing sons and daughters to carry on a family tradition when they reach adulthood and bring pride and honor to their parents. Not only have such nondemocratic concepts as family tradition and family pride fallen into general disfavor, while motherhood itself has lost much of the honor formerly associated with it, but more and more prospective mothers are having qualms about bringing children into a world which seems to have such a bleak future.
Misgivings about what the future holds seem to depend little on reason or ideology, with liberals and conservatives alike sharing them, but more on a generalized pessimism, which in many amounts to a gloomy foreboding, based on an instinctive or intuitive feeling that the world is badly out of kilter. In any event, every recent poll taken shows that the misgivings are very widely spread among the American public and are growing.
And is it not entirely proper that the pessimism should be rampant and that people should be filled with foreboding and should question their goals in such times as these? Would it not be a sign of a far worse sickness among our fellow citizens if the best of them were wholly oblivious to the ominous trends all around them and were able to pursue conventional goals with false certainty and baseless optimism?
The race still retains a modicum of healthy instinct, and that is good. But it will be much better if some of those who are now questioning their goals will take the next step, which is to become conscious of the fact that, beyond the life of the individual and his personal ambition and goals, there is an all-encompassing Life, and that Life has a purpose, which is its own self-evolution.
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THOSE WERE the words of the founder of the National Alliance and the founder of the new religion for men and women of European descent, Cosmotheism, Dr. William L. Pierce in the first part of his life-changing work, “Purpose in Life.”
We will continue next time with the concluding part of “Purpose in Life,” right here on American Dissident Voices.
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