"Ernest Thompson Seton has beautifully expressed the spirit of the Indian in the opening paragraph of his little book 'The Gospel of the Red Man':
The culture and civilization of the White man are essentially material; his measure of success is, 'How much property have I acquired for myself?' The culture of the Red man is fundamentally spiritual; his measure of success is 'How much service have I rendered to my people?'"I disagree with the idea that the culture and civilization of the White man is essentially material.
The culture of materialism is not the native culture of the White man. It is a culture imposed upon White man.
Neanderthals, the ancestors of Europeans, were practicing burial rituals as long as 300,000 years ago, and may have been the first humans to do so. These burial rituals indicated that traditional Europeans had a concept of reincarnation.
Anyone who knows pagan Greek and Roman culture and civilization would know that the civilization of the White man is not essentially material. Socrates was not a materialist; Pythagorus was not a materialist; Plato was not a materialist; Aristotle was not a materialist; pagan European religion (Nordic, Germanic, Greek, etc.) did not promote materialism; the pagan Stoics were not materialists.
A search of pagan White philosophy and religion finds little support for the idea that the culture of White man is essentially materialistic.
White man was forced to give up his original pagan culture by traitors who had embraced Christianity, which is in fact a sect of messianic Judaism, native to the Middle East, not to the native land of the White man: Europe.
The Christians persecuted and waged war on the indigenous people of Europe, forcing them to abandon their own native religion, their native soul, and slaughtering resisters, and as many as 4500 at a time. After that came the fires, burning "heretics" and "witches" at the stake, and burning books that would have preserved European pagan knowledge and would have proved that Christians lied over and over about pagan customs and beliefs.
Even under threat of death, Europeans refused to stop celebrating their high holidays such as Celtic Samhain (Halloween or All Saints Day), Germanic Yule (Christmas), and the Teutonic spring equinox festival of Eostre (Easter). These rituals are not materialistic; they arose from a deep spiritual understanding of reincarnation.
The Christians followed up their military and cultural "crusades" with 2 millennia of continual propaganda, derision and defamation of pre-Christian Europeans, programming European children to believe the complete LIE that before being "saved" by the Middle Eastern monotheist religions, Europeans were the most vile, disgusting, immoral, stupid and superstitious people on the planet. What psychological projection.
And Christians are still busy culturally conquering Asians and Africans and destroying their indigenous (non-Christian) culture. If the locals resist the advance of the Christian invaders, they are labelled terrorists or "intolerant" for wanting to protect their own indigenous culture. But its not the pagan polytheists who are intolerant; they only fight those who would destroy their own culture, in justified self-defense. Its among the monotheists, the Christians and Islamists that arise those who can not and will not tolerate any other culture anywhere on the planet, and want everyone to have one faith, one culture, even if they have to use the sword to get "conversions."
The Christian crusades against indigenous European paganism left the European soul in the spiritual desert for thousands of years, thirsting for the Truth. Hebrew desert religions just do not fit the European. This is why, once it is no longer forced on them, Europeans eventually give up on Christianity. If they don't become materialistic nihilistic atheists, they look for nourishment in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Sufism, and a myriad other other foreign religions. But none of these non-European religions really fit the European spirit. Their own traditions have been co-opted, corrupted, and concealed from their rightful heirs by the self-proclaimed "tolerant and loving" Christians.
Christianity is of desert origin, not the indigenous religion of the forest-born people of Europe, and it "fits" Europeans only insofar as it incorporates pagan religion and morality (e.g. Catholic or Orthodox ritualism). Just as computer hardware can malfunction when loaded with incompatible software, the European person will malfunction when loaded with incompatible belief systems. European paganism is the original compatible software.
The Renaissance was a revival of European paganism after the dark ages during which the European spirituality was oppressed and suppressed by Christianity.
In spite of being infected with a foreign ideological virus, White people have produced an enormous body of literature and music that celebrates non-material values; this is because White people have an inborn sense of spirituality, manifested in European folktales, music, and architecture. White people invented protection of wild places and appear far more concerned with protection of endangered species than non-White people.
Yet, for millennia and still today, White people, and especially White men, have been told that White ancestors were disgusting savages before adopting the foreign Christian ideology, and still disgusting afterwards.
Seton praised the Red man for organizing his life around service to his people – his ethnic tribe, his ethnic nation, i.e. Red people; but if a modern White man were to organize his life around the principle that all his actions should be service to his own people – his ethnic nation, i.e. White people – he would be called a racist or Nazi.
Because White people are told that White people and White culture are evil. So White people are not allowed to be "spiritual" via service to their people.
White people are on the contrary told that they must serve non-White people and adopt non-White culture and stop having White children in order to atone for all the sins of their ancestors.
This, White people are told, is "virtue": to hate, demean, and sacrifice White people, and destroy evil White culture and civilization, and hand the native lands of White people (especially Europe) over to non-Whites.
Is it any surprise then that, severed from their spiritual roots, told that they are evil incarnate, and dominated by a foreign desert ideology, White people turn to materialism?
If you don't believe that your people are worthy of existing, and you are punished if you want to serve and preserve your people, then why would you do anything to serve them?
This is the virus responsible for so-called "White materialism."
It is time for White men and women to ask: "How much service have I rendered to my people?"