COSMOTHEISM, the religion founded by Dr. William Luther Pierce, gives true purpose, true direction, to our lives. Cosmotheists know that neither the “happiness” of the egoist or the vapid “helping others” of the Christian can provide useful direction to our lives. Those who chase “happiness” end up not finding it — and deep satisfaction eludes them. Their lives are empty and shallow — and they know it. Those who devote their lives to helping either random others, or racial aliens, are simply turning away from their kin and giving their life energies to those ever-ungrateful recipients, those even more confused and even more degenerate than themselves — to no real purpose whatever except to the weakening and destruction of their own kind.
But Cosmotheism shows us our rightful place in the Universe, and our urgent tasks within it. If you are ready for Cosmotheism, and accept the truth it represents, you will at last have a direction in life. You will no longer drift aimlessly. And you will be able to clearly see how our enemies have taken us off the Upward Path intended for us and steered us toward disaster and death. And you will be able to join your brothers and sisters in the struggle to get back on that Path, even though only yesterday you did not know that that Path or that struggle even existed. You will for the first time see clearly.
Cosmotheism is not for the many, but for the few — the few who will remake our civilization in the coming years; the few, who will, in William Pierce’s words, “determine the form and the spirit of the new order which will one day rise on this earth.”
Today we present the concluding segment of William Luther Pierce’s “Purpose in Life,” which first appeared in the print edition of National Vanguard in June, 1982. Unlike some of Dr. Pierce’s Cosmotheist works, it was never delivered in lecture form and was never recorded, so it appears here for the first time as an audio presentation. I will do my utmost to convey his meaning clearly. The following are the words of William Pierce.
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Purpose in Life (concluding part)
by Dr. William L. Pierce
NO INDIVIDUAL is complete in himself, but he is a part of a hierarchy of larger entities: his family, his nation, his race, the order Primates, and so on. The largest of these entities is the living universe of matter and spirit, of animate and inanimate Life. And the most fundamental process in the living universe is its evolution from the simple to the complex, from the inanimate to the animate, from the unconscious to the conscious, and from lower to higher levels of existence at each of these stages.
This is the purpose of Life, and it can become the purpose of the life of the individual man or woman who becomes conscious of it and who coordinates his personal goals with it. This fundamental truth has been stated in many different ways by many different men of our race over the years.
In 1913 an Oxford scholar, Allen G. Roper, wrote a prize essay on eugenics, in which he said it about as well as anyone has: “Organic evolution has changed our whole perspective. We see our wills as temporary manifestations of a greater Will: our sense of time and causation has opened out to the infinite, and we are learning to subordinate the individual lot to the destiny of the species.”
The German philosopher of history, Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), hinted at the same truth throughout his writings, though from a different viewpoint than Roper’s. Two of Spengler’s aphorisms illustrate this: “You are caught in the current of unceasing change. Your life is a ripple in it. Every moment of your conscious life links the infinite past with the infinite future. Take part in both and you will not find the present empty…
“This is our task: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us, this reality with which fate has surrounded us; to live in such a way that we can be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part of us lives on.”
It is the poets, perhaps, who have sensed, even more surely than the men of science and the philosophers, the purposeful nature of the universe around them and of man’s unity with that universe.
The Roman Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (39-65 AD), known to history as Lucan, was one of the first of these whose words have survived until our time, but we know that he only expressed what many before him had spoken and written. During his brief life Lucan wrote: “Is not God only the earth and sea and air and sky and virtue? Why further do we seek the deity? Whatever thou dost behold and whatever thou dost touch, that is Jupiter.”
More than 18 centuries later D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), the English novelist, essayist, and poet, wrote: “We and the cosmos are one. The cosmos is a vast living body, of which we are still parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great gleaming nerve center from which we quiver forever.”
The same feeling was expressed over and over again by the Romantic poets, of whom William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was one of the most eloquent: “…And I have felt/A presence that disturbs me with the joy/Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime/Of something far more deeply interfused,/Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,/And the round ocean and the living air,/And the blue sky, and in the mind of man:/A motion and a spirit, that impels/All thinking things, all objects of all thought,/And rolls through all things…”
The great German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) wrote: “When in the sphere of the Moral, through belief in God, Virtue, and Immortality, we do indeed raise ourselves into a higher sphere where it is granted to us to approach the primordial Essence, so may it be in the sphere of the Intellectual, that through the perception of an ever-creating Nature we make ourselves worthy for a spiritual participation in her productions.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), the greatest British playwright since William Shakespeare, spelled out with especial clarity the message that this “participation in her productions” is the only proper role in life for the best men and women.
The only thing which makes life meaningful for those exceptional few who have risen above a purely mechanical, unconscious, and animalistic existence, he pointed out, is the conscious service of the Life Force, as he called it: that all-pervading “primordial Essence,” to use Goethe’s words, that “deeply interfused…motion and spirit” which not only evoked Wordsworth’s poetry and which impels the universe, but which eternally strives toward its own self-realization through the attainment of higher and higher forms of life, higher and higher levels of consciousness.
To Shaw, being fully a man meant transcending all those personal goals of happiness, success, and security sought so feverishly by others; it meant, he said in the preface of Man and Superman, being conscious of living and acting as a “force of Nature,” of “being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one”: namely, for the purpose of advancing the race the next step along the path to Superman.
The man who, more than anyone else, devoted his life to the enunciation of this single message was the great German teacher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). In his Ecce Homo he wrote: “My life task is to prepare for humanity a moment of supreme self-consciousness, a Great Noontide when it will gaze both backward and forward, when it will…for the first time pose the question of Why and Wherefore of humanity as a whole.”
Nietzsche taught that man’s consciousness of his role as a part of the Whole, of the Creator, was as yet a rare, incomplete, and uncertain faculty which would become fully developed only in the Superman: “Consciousness is the last and latest development of the organic and consequently also the most unfinished and least powerful of these developments.” (Joyful Wisdom)
Nietzsche’s message was one of evolutionary change, of man’s progress toward full consciousness, and he taught that the whole value and meaning of a man’s life lies in his participation in this progress, in his contribution to it: “Man is a rope, fastened between animal and Superman — a rope over an abyss… What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal…” (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)
A hundred generations, or a thousand, might be required for the crossing of the abyss and the coming of the Great Noontide (assuming that we do not end up at the bottom of the abyss long before that), but the going-across is something which is underway now. It is something in which the partly conscious few, the best men and women of our race, can participate now, can make the purpose of their lives now.
And if this era of uncertainty and disillusionment and pessimism, in which so many are questioning the meaning of their goals in life, sees more of these best of our race finding their way to a real purpose, to the only truly meaningful purpose, then everything is to the good.
It should be repeated, however: purpose in life is only for the few. The best that can be expected of most men and women is that they hold to personal goals which keep them socially responsible by giving them a stake in the future. As the disintegration of the society around them becomes more apparent, an increasing number of them are abandoning long-term goals and seeking immediate rather than deferred gratification — and this is accelerating the pace of disintegration.
But here and there are those who, jarred loose by today’s chaotic conditions from the conventional pursuit of happiness, will not simply grasp for some quicker and surer gratification, as predictably as a rat in a Skinner box or the average voter in a democracy. They will examine their souls and realize, perhaps with surprise, that for them pain and pleasure are not the ultimate determinants of the value of their lives; that what is of immensely greater importance is meaning; and that the finite life of the individual man or woman can acquire true meaning only when it partakes in the Infinite, only when it becomes a conscious part of the Whole.
Then for those growing few purpose supplants purposelessness, and personal goals acquire an absolute significance by being coordinated with the everlasting goals of higher life and higher consciousness.
The young man with career plans still must study diligently and work hard, choosing each step with care. Schooling, job performance, and personal contacts are still just as important. And money, prestige, and other amenities may still be concomitants of career activity beyond a certain stage of achievement. But no longer are these things the goal; they are in themselves a matter of indifference, and are valued only for their utility. The career goal itself has now become the use of the training, influence, resources, and capabilities acquired through the career in the service of Life.
The young woman with family plans still must concern herself with her health and attractiveness, and the search for the right mate becomes even more demanding than before: now she is looking not only for a companion, protector, and provider to become the father of her children, but also, more than anything else, for the bearer of the right genes to be mixed with hers and carried forward into the next generation.
She still has joy in her role as mother and teacher, but it is no longer a role entered into — as by so many women today — in order to indulge herself in the “experience of motherhood.” And no longer are children regarded as an interesting new hobby, or as an outlet for frustrated affection, to be petted, pampered, and adored, like precious playthings. They are her contribution to Life, and it is their biological quality and the qualities of character which she is able to reinforce in them through early training, not their emotional relationship with her, which have become supremely important.
The particular way in which a man or woman renders his service to Life must depend, of course, not only on the particular capabilities, inclinations, and circumstances of the individual, but also on the physical and spiritual milieu in which he finds himself. In this era of self-indulgence and egoism some will have the desire to live purposefully, but they will not have the strength to overcome fully a lifetime of bad habits and decadence; their service will necessarily be sporadic. Others may be able to serve steadfastly by themselves, making solitary contributions which advance the purpose for which they live.
More, especially in these times, will find their service — whether it be physical combat against the agents of decay or participation in an educational effort or the breeding of the next generation — far more effective as members of a community of consciousness, serving side by side with others who share their purpose.
However they serve, this growing few men and women of purpose, they are blessed with the certainty that, unlike the billions who live and die with no more sense of identity or mission than sheep or cattle, their lives have meaning; that they do not live and dream and struggle and suffer in vain; that their existence counts for something: for it is their consciousness and their purpose which will determine the form and the spirit of the new order which will one day rise on this earth, and it is their descendants who will take the next step within that new order toward the Superman.
(from National Vanguard magazine No. 87, June 1982)
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