By Shaun Yeager
Depression is a word that constantly comes up in general discourse and is now regarded as nothing more than an attention seeking statement, which for all intents and purposes, isn’t far wrong (for the most part). Due to the insidious pact between pharmaceutical companies and psychiatric practices it has become a subconscious lifestyle choice to possess a therapist. When you watch American dramas and sitcoms you gaze upon physically and psychologically healthy characters, yet they still have therapists, they still take a Xanax or two when they find themselves alone and the inevitable ambient soundtrack of pure melancholy descends on them like a loving wife.
As radical dissidents of the present society, we are hyper aware of the power media has over human behaviour - it’s ability to potentially shape the entire nature and purpose of human thought and action. Almost an entire generation was brought up by television. They came to believe that depression was fashionable, some subconsciously, others consciously. Although there are some who genuinely struggle to maintain that chemical balance among the neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine) as well as more complex and potentially spiritual implications. The narrative that is sold by psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and pharmaceutical conglomerates is that chemical imbalance is the sole cause and that this can be fixed by various antidepressants. But this is simply not true. The rate of suicide would not have increased among the population had this in fact been true. Today’s psychotherapists and psychoanalysts work with pharmaceutical companies to exploit the population by offering what are, for the most part, false diagnoses, so they can prescribe the antidepressants pharmaceutical companies pump out. They in turn keep the pseudo-science of psychotherapy looking authentic. It is a nice little system they have going which ruins and costs the lives of thousands, if not millions.
This trend has resulted in the normalization and blanket diagnosis of depression in today’s world. Evidence of this is in the ‘holiday’ known as World Mental Health Day, which encourages open dialogue on issues of mental health. Everyone pours their heart out on social media and the newspapers, and various academics offer ‘solutions’. These ‘solutions’ usually consist of talking to a ‘professional’ about their issues. But beneath this veneer of compassionate understanding rests the well-oiled machine of supply and demand. World Mental Health Day is essentially a market research tool. What more effective method exists for psychotherapists to scout for potential victims (clients) than an entire day where open dialogue is heavily encouraged?
My view is that the psychological state we call ‘depression’ is actually the psychological state of man without purpose, without anything to live or die for. We were born among the ruins of our civilization’s past glories, into a world where god(s) are dead and there exists no fundamental purpose for existence. Because the avenues of the transcendental, that which is above, have been shut off from most people due to the social ostracism which comes with believing in anything which cannot be conveyed by language and goes against the current agenda, they begin to look inside themselves and are inevitably lead to the self-destructive corners of the human mind, and still they find no answers. With the door to the only possible room from which to obtain even a modicum of purpose slammed shut and the open room full of meaningless clutter yielding no results, the clock of psychological stability begins to count down until it reaches its culmination of sheer melancholy and the individual’s life ends, either by their own hand or someone else’s (law enforcement, gangs, serial killers, psychiatrists by proxy).
Jonathan Bowden said that we are a people who are hard-wired to believe in both the physical and the metaphysical, and that you cannot have a society where death has no meaning because life has no meaning. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. The meaning in question comes from a concoction which is two parts fanatical and two parts spiritual/religious. Even something as ‘simple’ as a woman finding purpose in her child fits this category. The physical aspect is the child and metaphysical aspect is the fanatical love she has for her child.
Benito Mussolini once said that war is to man what maternity is to a woman. But what does this mean? Well, it means that a man is more likely to find purpose in war and its various manifestations because the very Nature of man is destructive and violent. Whereas a woman is more likely to find purpose in motherhood because the Nature of woman is for the most part comprised of nurturing qualities. I want to add an additional condition for man finding his purpose in war and that is that he must be engaged in a war with real meaning, a war for the survival of his people, Fatherland and/or faith, not the wars for another people’s expansion and economic benefits like the ones America wages for Israel in today’s world.
If we continue with Mussolini’s statement we can determine that in order for man to have a chance at finding purpose he must strive to experience struggle as often as possible, to simulate those transcendent aspects of war. But anyone can create struggle for themselves; the hard part is finding real meaning for that struggle.
I had a friend who tried almost every religion and ideology, both Western and Eastern, only to find that they didn’t bestow upon him the meaning he needed. That was until he found National Socialism. He told me of how depression is not like it is depicted in the film and television industry or even by attention seekers of the social media variety. He said that having depression is like constantly having a flesh-eating scarab on your body that slowly eats away at you until you heal and the process begins all over again. It makes you tired and injects a poison of paranoia into you, a very specific kind of paranoia which makes you believe you are pushing people away. You already believe you have lost them so you subconsciously isolate yourself and a self-fulfilling prophecy occurs. As this process continues, you even stop wanting to make friends and romantic relationships because what is the point if you are just going to lose them? Several days later, you usually heal and are back to your cheery talkative self, ready for the cycle of torment to begin again.
He said that because National Socialism has struggle (the very thing needed for man to find meaning) at the forefront of its worldview it helped him cope with depression. And because it has community, brother/sisterhood and engagement with Nature as intrinsic values it assisted even more. He came to believe that the torturous mercy the scarab showed at the end of the process was a wonderful thing because he was able to continue to function for a time and experience the beauty of Nature and its borderline religious events with his racial brothers and sisters. That is not to say that he still was not prepared to put that on the line for the worldview of National Socialism, because in his realization he permanently took National Socialism into himself. In fighting for National Socialism and everything it entails (Nature, Race, Fatherland, Ancestors) he was also fighting for himself.
You are probably wondering how a biological worldview like National Socialism includes that metaphysical/spiritual part which is necessary to address the issue of depression. Not only is struggle itself held as an almost transcendental entity, but the people and the Fatherland are, too. Furthermore, the very texture of the National Socialist way of life was formulated by Adolf Hitler, whom most National Socialists, at the bare minimum, regard as their father-figure. With the more spiritually-orientated National Socialists, this extends into the realms of him being the avatar of certain gods like Vishnu and Woden.
My friend’s later belief in the ways of our pagan ancestors only further strengthened him against depression, but had it not been for National Socialism and its life-affirming worldview, and for its ability to manifest real meaning in what is regarded by modernity as the worst aspects of existence, which it believes must be eradicated at all costs, he would not have been there to tell me that story.
I can honestly say that I have never believed more in the final words of the Last Testament and Will of Adolf Hitler:
‘After six years of struggle, which in spite of all reversals, will go down in history as the most glorious and most courageous manifestation of a people’s will to live.’