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"The Gay Science"

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THE GAY SCIENCE is the book by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche containing Nietzsche’s infamous declaration that “God is dead.” This is bad enough, but it is actually much worse than it seems. For Nietzsche, the death of God was merely an afterthought. What Nietzsche portends in The Gay Science, and in much of his work overall, is the obliteration of all distinction between right and wrong. God’s death follows from this—for Nietzsche—much bigger and more important transgression. Nietzsche didn’t believe in God, so His “death” was anticlimactic. It was the ruination of morals that Nietzsche was really after.

 

In case anyone missed this point, one which Nietzsche repeats in many of his other books as well, just before publishing the second edition of The Gay Science Nietzsche released a hateful tome titled Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future. Here, as with The Gay Science, we again get the gist in the title. Nietzsche wants a world where there is no more right and wrong, where he with the strongest will may inflict all manner of horror on those without the hardened heart of the Overman.

It is no exaggeration to say that the “philosophy of the future” which Nietzsche darkly limned was National Socialism.

Who could miss the import now? It is no exaggeration to say that the “philosophy of the future” which Nietzsche darkly limned was National Socialism. This is what Nietzsche means by his glorification of Dionysius and the madness of the pagans. Nietzsche hates soundness of mind, for a sound mind is in danger of following the call of conscience. Nietzsche wants his conscience to die most of all. God will, Nietzsche hopes, die with it. What SS officer would not squeal with glee turning the pages of Nietzsche’s works? It is impossible to read Nietzsche’s sadistic celebrations of killing the weak and acting with unrepentant cruelty as anything other than preliminary hymns to Hitler.

And yet, despite these and a thousand other blaring tocsins in his books, Nietzsche’s broader meaning in The Gay Science seems to have escaped some of his translators. For, although some have tried rendering Nietzsche’s German into other phrasings, no title in English but “The Gay Science” will do. This is because Nietzsche is explicitly modeling his book on the troubadours, the Provencal singers who invented swooning love and promoted passion to a novel virtue. The gay science was what the troubadours called their madness. Flouting morality and decency was very much their game, and Nietzsche was only too happy—only too giddy and gay—to pick up where they had left off. The gay science had Nietzsche in its thrall because Nietzsche saw in it a sanction and a forerunner of the bedlam he craved in his diseased mind and blackened soul.

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In the year 2022, with the horrors of the Second World War some eight decades in the past, one might think that Nietzsche’s premonitions about a gay science, a deicidal end to morality, had been realized long ago. All that Nietzsche intuited has come to pass, one might say. The gay science has run its course. Dionysius has gone back into the shadows, and order rules once more.

I disagree. For in the third decade of the twenty-first century, we are just beginning to understand the gay science. It was not only the blackhearted hate of Hitlerism that Nietzsche gleefully foretold. It was what is happening in our societies today, every day. The war of all against all, and in particular of adults against children and all society against the weak of mind and will, is just getting started. Diabolical disorientation was once conspicuous by its difference. One could look at the Nazis and shudder, knowing that they embodied an evil set apart from the normal world. But today, one can find hardly anywhere or anyone untouched by what Nietzsche foretold. The gay science has conquered almost all. The gay science, the upside-down music of depravity and defilement, is the tenor of our anti-culture now.

The gay science culminates not in the brownshirts, in other words, but in the rainbow flag. Nietzsche may have foreseen the rise of Hitler. But he longed most of all for the wreck of all Western culture, a feat which not Hitler, but the gay science, has finally accomplished.

The celebration of sodomy preys on homosexual people and turns false compassion into the mechanism of societal dissolution.

Let me be very clear on this point. I do not mean, at all, that people who experience same-sex attraction are Nazis. It is the opposite. I mean that the celebration of sodomy preys on homosexual people and turns false compassion into the mechanism of societal dissolution. The gay science is the elevation of the passions by the troubadours, but translated into the modern language of rights and equality, inclusion and diversity. The gay science is the idiom by which societies convince themselves to commit suicide. The fuel for this all-consuming machine is the sin which society encourages the vulnerable to commit, and then celebrates after they have committed it. The gay science is pure hate, pure contempt for the human person. Recall the Democrat donor Ed Buck, who styled himself as a “Pride” supporter while killing gay Black men. It is the same-sex attracted who suffer most of all. This is precisely the point, for the gay science is transgression of the imago Dei as the baseline of human existence. More and more transgression, wider and wider the arc of defiance and hate, until a given society unravels, until all that was ordered comes spinning loose and flying off into a thousand flaming pieces.

All to the soundtrack of Queen and the glitter and bunting of rainbow-colored pride. All to the sounds of the moans of the AIDS patient, to the wails of the mothers and fathers whose sons lie in early graves.

But one hears none of these notes of discord from the ranks of the gay scientists. One hears high-flown words, silky lies. This is largely because, like nearly all hate and misery in the past hundred years or more, the gay science comes out of the universities. Although the gay science has infected the fake-news media and the Deep State and Deep Church, the universities remain the main drivers of the gay science in the West.

One cannot have a reasoned debate with someone who believes, quite literally, that children must undergo genital mutilation in the service of gender ideology.

I was involved in an academic tussle recently, the subject of which is not germane to this essay. What struck me was that my opponents—an East Coast beta male and his harem of man-hating feminist Karens—all subscribe to the gay science. The beta male uses his Twitter page to direct women seeking abortions to funding for infanticide. His Karen harem embraces transgenderism as holy writ. This sad brigade speaks to one another in gay-science code. Voicing support for the dismemberment of children in the womb, the mutilation of the adolescent human body in the service of a hateful ideology, and the wanton hedonism of “pride” is how American academics virtue-signal to one another that they are committed members of the now-academia-wide safe space where the gay science hisses uncontested. They reassure one another daily, by means of obsessive tweeting, that they take no moral stance on any issue. In this, they are forbidden by the gay science. No morals, only false love. They chatter like devils in hell, and would surely turn on one another the moment any of them showed any weakness which the others might exploit. But for now, thick as thieves in the darkness of sin-shade, the gay science is their common and only language.

If you wonder why the universities produce nothing but hate and fear, loathing and violence, consider this little episode. The gay science is the inversion of rational thought. And there are, to my knowledge, none in mainstream academia who dare speak against the gay science. The mind is sacrificed to the will to power, just as Nietzsche instructed. One cannot have a reasoned debate with someone who believes, quite literally, that children must undergo genital mutilation in the service of gender ideology. No sane human being holds such views—and yet, it seems hardly anyone in a university is willing publicly to challenge them.

Screeching from Bedlam. Mad shouting from St. Elizabeths.

The only seeming way out of the gay science is to go along with the flow, to keep your head down and just nod with the madding crowd.

This mechanism of disorientation is visible in so many of the outbursts of hate which have come to typify the daily news. On July 4th, a standard-issue young American lunatic, tutored like his peers in the society-wide gay science, climbed a ladder to the top a building in Highland Park (a heavily Jewish suburb of Chicago) and strafed a patriotic parade with rifle fire. He then fled from the scene in drag. It turns out that he had been dressing in drag for a year before his killing spree. The gay science explains all deviancy.

The gay science will encapsulate and justify this transgression, too. A psychiatrist trained in the gay science will surely visit the cross-dressing lunatic in prison and talk him through his madness, helping him to adjust to the Dionysian Hell which Nietzsche unleashed on the world. Surely when the cross-dressing lunatic undergoes the inevitable taxpayer-funded sex-change operation in the penitentiary, another psychiatrist will guide him through the hormone treatments and ease him into his new she-body. (And yet a third psychiatrist will help the “doctor” who castrates and vivisects for a living to cope with his or her or zyr misgivings about such a line of work.) It will all be a triumph of the gay science. It will be transgression at the limits of technological achievement.

If Nietzsche were alive today, he would be a post-operative transsexual, too. And even that would not satisfy his yearning for yet worse and more shocking deeds. Nietzsche in dress and wig would be at the next Drag Queen Story Hour, looking for a kindergartner to molest. Nietzsche with the easy smile would be in Central Park at night, waiting for the strolling couple to rape and kill. And on and on. How gay.

But this is no strategy, and no help at all. For God is dead.

The only seeming way out of the gay science is to go along with the flow, to keep your head down and just nod with the madding crowd. Being as gay as everyone else is the key to peace in the post-Nietzschean West, one might think. But this is no strategy, and no help at all. For God is dead, and, as Fyodor Dostoevsky very cannily understood, without God and without any notion of a natural or moral law, the world is just as Nietzsche described and hoped for.

Here is how Dostoevsky relates the dreadful idea in The Brothers Karamazov, in a quote by the character Pyotr Miüsov recalling a declaration by Ivan Karamazov.

“I will tell you instead, gentlemen, another interesting and rather characteristic anecdote of Ivan Fyodorovitch himself. Only five days ago, in a gathering here, principally of ladies, he solemnly declared in argument that there was nothing in the whole world to make men love their neighbors. That there was no law of nature that man should love mankind, and that, if there had been any love on earth hitherto, it was not owing to a natural law, but simply because men have believed in immortality. Ivan Fyodorovitch added in parenthesis that the whole natural law lies in that faith, and that if you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be lawful, even cannibalism. That’s not all. He ended by asserting that for every individual, like ourselves, who does not believe in God or immortality, the moral law of nature must immediately be changed into the exact contrary of the former religious law, and that egoism, even to crime, must become not only lawful but even recognized as the inevitable, the most rational, even honorable outcome of his position. From this paradox, gentlemen, you can judge of the rest of our eccentric and paradoxical friend Ivan Fyodorovitch’s theories.”

This is a clear-eyed exposition of the gay science. Once there is no moral law, and once God has been killed as a consequence or else reduced to an anti-scientific fairy tale useful for keeping reluctant apostates in line, then the gay science takes hold, and the falcon turns in an ever-widening gyre. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

Strike up the cymbals, Dionysius. Pour out the wine. Lead along the women and the satyrs with their panpipes. Throw all that is good and decent onto the flames.

In Madison, Wisconsin, a “pro-choice” devil firebombed a Christian pro-life outreach office in early May, just after the illegal leak of a draft of the Dobbs vs. Jackson majority opinion which would go on to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

In a gay science world, there is no one left who will keep order, for all are corrupted. At a “Pride” parade in England recently, police officers, firefighters, and nurses and doctors working for the National Health Service twirled and sashayed through the streets, accompanied by transsexuals and transvestites tricked out as demons, princesses, and all other manner of carnivalesque. Police officers patrolling the event wore rainbow-colored epaulets and rainbow-themed makeup, even though on duty. They were supported, of course, by the mayor of London, who encouraged those responsible for enforcing the law to throw the law in the face of God and man alike. To call on such as these for “law enforcement” is simply to invite more criminals to take part in a crime.

The rot reaches everywhere. In Madison, Wisconsin, a “pro-choice” devil firebombed a Christian pro-life outreach office in early May, just after the illegal leak of a draft of the Dobbs vs. Jackson majority opinion which would go on to overturn Roe vs. Wade (a 1973 decision written in the devil’s own handwriting and stamped with the gay science seal of the Sexual Revolution). It was one of a string of firebombings of pro-life clinics, Catholic churches, and other Christian houses of worship.

(The Highland Park shooter staked out the local Chabad synagogue on Passover prior to gunning down the July 4th paradegoers—evildoers never have any trouble knowing where to find the good they will defile.

On July 3rd, just one day before the lunatic rampage in Illinois, another crazed Roe supporter vandalized a Catholic church in Madison. Surely this will not be the last hate crime in Madison. But let us be frank and admit that the city leaders are not going to prioritize these investigations. The Democrat establishment are exactly the anonymous “Jane” group claiming credit for the terror. I speak from experience when I say that you would be very hard pressed to find, among the Madison professors, any who will publicly condemn these acts of terrorism. Why? Because the professors support it. They preach the gay science for a living.

How many men and women of conscience do you think remain in gay science towns after the woke revolution and the rainbow-ization of what used to be law enforcement agencies?

As in England, so in Wisconsin. Will the Madison police find the culprits? Not likely. The police statement about the anti-Catholic, pro-infanticidal terror attack put the words “pro-life” in scare quotes, as though the phrasing was offensive to the police spokespeople. And when I checked the Madison Police Department’s Twitter feed for additional information about the incident, I found that the Madison police, like their British counterparts, had also decked their department out in rainbow-colored anti-Catholic hate decorations. “Violence and hate will never be tolerated in Madison,” the Madison Police Department said in a statement released after the Dobbs ruling. This is a curious thing to say when one’s organization is publicly devoted to the gay science, the subversion of all morality and the death of the Living God.

No word from the Madison police on whether they have any leads in the May firebombing of the pro-life group. Or the vandalization of a Catholic church. Perhaps if they asked around at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Gender and Women’s Studies Department they might find some clues. But I’m not holding my breath.

This is the gay science. Transgression is the new and only law. These past two years, police officers with Christian and Jewish beliefs have fought against immoral and illegal vaccine mandates. Many left the force. (That was exactly what the vaccine mandates were designed to accomplish.) So, how many men and women of conscience do you think remain in gay science towns after the woke revolution and the rainbow-ization of what used to be law enforcement agencies? Only gay scientists are in uniform in Democrat-run, gay-science cities now.

In everything we see the acceleration of hate and evil. Former television star Bill Cosby was arrested, tried, and convicted for sex crimes. But it turns out that he was just a pioneer. For sex crimes are part of the curriculum in elementary schools now. Your local public school “teacher” is initiating your children into the gay science as we speak. The gay science is the war of all against all. Mickey Mouse is the back-alley flasher. Perhaps the children straggling out of the public schools will go on to serve on the USNS Harvey Milk and bombard the Russians into getting with the gay science program.

Consider that master of the gay science Anthony Fauci. Fauci is a psychopath improvising a role as a bureaucrat physician.

When terrorists (who, yes, also come from a culture mired in the gay science) hijacked airplanes and flew them into fields and buildings twenty-one years ago, a typical American professor called the murdered innocent thousands “little Eichmanns”. This was a serious misreading of the gay science, however. For the transgression which consumes our land and our world does not operate like Eichmann did. The gay science is not premised on bland acquiescence in a systematized death program. In fact, the gay science makes us, not little Eichmanns, but little bin Ladens. In city after city after city, the gay science turns Americans into terrorists who take their teachers’ and professors’ advice, live their truth, express themselves, subvert the dominant paradigm, and follow their bliss. Shooting after shooting after shooting. Just as every abortion is a liberation, so every bullet-strewn slaughter is a celebration of individuality, a boost to the self-esteem. How gay is the cross-dresser who baptizes the world in violence! How original is the gay scientist who chooses the time and place of the Dionysian worship! There are no organization men and women working under the sway of the gay science. Like Nietzsche, every gay scientist is a lone wolf entrepreneur.

Consider that master of the gay science Anthony Fauci. Fauci is a psychopath improvising a role as a bureaucrat physician. He has many Nazi qualities. But he is no Eichmann. He is bin Laden. He is an artist of despoil. Fauci has preyed on the weak and the poor—in India, in Africa, in America, and in many other places besides—with real flair. He has as much panache sartorially as bin Laden did, and is as soulful in the eyes. He is a lord of transgression. A Picasso of death in African villages, in Indian towns. He does not serve any system; a system serves him. There are no Eichmanns in Fauci’s office. Let us give a creative genius his due.

And then there is the gay science in the Vatican, the transgression against the Most High from the heart of the city that used to be the physical and spiritual capital of His pilgrim Church on earth. Rome has lost the Faith, but has learned in its place the new good news of the gay science. American ambassadors to the Vatican hung a rainbow flag out their window in June. The Vatican made no official protest. (Perhaps Vatican officials were busy at a gay orgy. A Kentucky Catholic Church rolled out the rainbow carpet for an LGBTQ “mass” in honor of at least two mortal sins (sodomy and pride). The Vatican made no official protest. The Kentucky bishop said nothing either.

The Pope's LGBTQ advisor is Fr. James Martin, a man with, in Martin’s estimation at least, veto power over God. Sodomy is off the sin list—thus spaketh Fr. Martin. This is the gayest gay science of all.

But why would the Catholic hierarchy dare complain? Pope Francis overruled Archbishop Cordileone when the latter denied Holy Communion to High Priestess of the Gay Science Nancy Pelosi. Not that Francis needed to be subtle—his LGBTQ advisor is Fr. James Martin, a man with, in Martin’s estimation at least, veto power over God. Sodomy is off the sin list—thus spaketh Fr. Martin. This is the gayest gay science of all.

Or maybe not quite. The globalist musician and meddler Bono congratulated the pope for, as Michael Matt reported, “encoding Great Reset principles into the Catholic Church’s canon law.” Perhaps this, and not Fr. Martin’s auto-apotheosis, is the gayest of gay science. But it hardly matters, for the morrow will bring a more hateful transgression, and the day after that something more hateful still. The gay science is relentless, and remarkably consistent.

The gay science is also dead wrong. God is not dead and the moral law has not been repealed. The gay science convinces mankind of both delusions, however. This is just as Nietzsche would have it. But not only Nietzsche. For behind all gay abandon, encoded in Dionysius’ song, is the raspy whisper of the gay scientist whom all rapturous transgressors serve.

--Jason Morgan is associate professor at Reitaku University in Kashiwa, Japan

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Jason Morgan | Remnant Correspondent, TOKYO

Jason Morgan is an assistant professor at Reitaku University in Chiba, Japan, where he teaches language, history, and philosophy. He specializes in Japanese legal history. He’s published four books in Japanese and two book-length Japanese-to-English translations. His work has also appeared at Japan Forward, New Oxford Review, Crisis, Modern Age, University BookmanChronicles, and Clarion Review.