Why do I think for myself?

Thinking. Always.

I experienced a spiritual crisis when I was twenty-one, one born of good intentions and poor analysis.

The fallout of this weighed heavily upon me for several years. Over that period I put away all scripture and external opinions and engaged in one of the most subversive activities ever to blight society: I began thinking for myself.

As a step in that process I boiled down to one sentence my own thoughts on God. My goal was to reach a statement which I could both embrace with complete integrity and reduce no further. That statement – refined over some weeks – became: God is the mind behind the universe.

I do not need to believe this statement because I know it to be true. If others do not know it to be so that is their business. But the fact that I do is mine.

The corrollary to this first principle was a policy decision. This decision was that – no matter what others might think, say or do – I would neither reject truth where I found it, nor accept as truth what could not stand up to the rigours of examination in the courts of my own intellect and conscience.

By adhering to these two precepts – a journey about which I may write another time, God willing –  I came both to reach and thoroughly test the proposition that the Qur’an (a scripture from outside my cultural background) is what it claims to be: a complete revelation from God to all mankind; that is, I tested the Qur’an and found that I could not reject it without rejecting the principles upon which my search was – and is – founded.

I also tested the religion of Islam, as commonly understood in terms of those doctrine and dogma whose priesthood arrogates to itself monopoly rights over the Qur’an and found I could not embrace its teachings without compromising the very principles which had prenticed me to the Qur’an for the reason that much of that religion is absent from and directly repugnant to the Qur’an.

I am not opposed specifically to the religion known as Islam – although I do not like the fact that people judge the Qur’an on the basis of what some of it does in the world – any more than I am opposed to any other organised religion. But it is unlikely that I would have read the Qur’an had I met prior to my reading of it the people who claim loudest to believe in it that I have encountered since.

Still, again, I am not opposed specifically to the religion known as Islam. I have an aversion to all social psychoses in which people coalesce in groups around centres of foolishness in the hope that they are right because they are many.

Islam has no monopoly on this phenomenon. As a part of my general awakening, I came to see that Western society is regulated on the ground by the pernicious tyranny of Cultural Marxism – a dogma so bilious, hypocritical, skewed, shadowy and vicious it grows daily more like its political counterpart, the deeds of which it will likely match before its winds blow themselves out. Islam as currently understood not only does not stand in any real opposition to the suspension of sense now current in the West, it makes a most natural bedfellow. I can only assume both to be products of the same factory.

Well-intentioned, unthinking people accept insidious and destructive ideas if those ideas can be made to gain purchase upon their minds through the misdirection of their innate inclination toward conformity and goodness. Subtle governance is often preferred by intelligent rulers. It is effective, self-replicating, self-policing and cheaper than most alternatives. It is achieved by sleight of hand; by a process of bait and switch, using the well-intentioned man’s good intentions against himself.

The usurpation of good first teachings by foul subsequent philosophies while claiming allegiance to the former is nothing new, of course. Christ preached the gospel of the kingdom of God whereas what passes for Christianity today is, in the main, a mystical death cult whose origins lie not with Christ but with Paul. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights were instituted to protect the citizen against government. They now serve to provide a fig leaf of moral cover for a governing tyranny which kills, tortures and entertains men into moral and economic turpitude. Yet the seminaries churn out legions of well-intentioned young men and women who honestly believe they are serving Christ, and the US military consists largely of well-intentioned young men and women who sincerely believe they are bringing something other than Tyranny 2.0 to the world.

The liberal lemming, likewise, repeats the slogans fed to him by Media not because he wishes to see the end of his race and culture but because he is a well-intentioned man, but one who hasn’t done due diligence on his doctrine. He would like the foolishness he regurgitates to be true. It sound so good, so fair, so obviously correct. But it is, in fact, none of these things. It is a lie – albeit a well-sounding lie – created by a Cultural Marxist agenda to destroy him, and one which has cleverly accessed and worked upon his need to feel he has the right answers without ever having to take personal responsibility for properly investigating what has been sold to him as righteousness.

The history of Islamic civilisation holds some of the same lessons for us. The Qur’anic revelation gave the backward Arab culture of 1,400 years ago such a shot in the arm that within a hundred years it was a world empire and racing ahead in the sciences and philosophy (and it is thanks in large part to the efforts made then that the Enlightenment in Europe became possible at all). Clearly, the Qur’an had turned a rabble into a world power and if something was to be done about it, that something must strike at the root. It was impossible to attack the Qur’an directly since written copies and full memorisation of the text were common. The Kissingers and the Brzezinskis of the day correctly understood that the way to ‘do an end run’ around the Qur’an was to commission a second body of literature which would effectively supplant the Qur’an, and that they could get purchase in the minds of the people for this supplanting literature by leveraging the respect for the name of the prophet which the well-intentioned common believer had.

Good intentions not only are not the solution, allowed to run unchecked they are a large part of the problem. Islam is neither unique nor particularly interesting in that regard. It is simply another mouth to feed at the table of those half-digested truths which make and keep men sick.

We are ruled by psychopaths. The psychopath is very pleased that most people are well-intentioned. It gives him a back door into our defences and a fulcrum against which he can leverage his agenda. So good intentions are not enough. The road to hell is paved with them. Gushy feelings and an ill-defined sense of happiness at belonging to a group are no substitute for due diligence.

I do not trust our so-called leaders. In fact, I do not recognise them as my leaders. They are just a tax-collection agency for the ruling elite and a hassle I would rather not have to deal with like traffic congestion or the possibility of thermonuclear war. If you want to trust them, go ahead. But read up on democide first. Governments killed more people than foreign armies in the twentieth century. And we have to add soft-kill weapons to the list of iniquities ranged against us today by those who believe they have a right to rule us and who employ junior psychopaths to study us so they can do it better.

I fully understand that we are manipulated by experts. I do my own homework and I have no pre-existing obligation to trust those who claim to know no matter what uniform they wear or language they use, be it the expensive suits and practiced NLP mannerisms of Western politicians or the long beards, vapid logic and endless honourifics poured upon the name of a prophet of the mullahs. No. I was born alone. I will die alone. I will think for myself.

While all things change, this mechanism of control – the use of good intentions against men who are not vigilant – is a historical constant. And I for one have seen enough of what men do in the world to be neither surprised nor indignant that thinking men lay such traps, or that unthinking ones fall into them.

The fine and worthy documents which were once the cornerstone of the American Republic are now daily mocked by the actions of polished hypocrites and usurpers to the point that a suit for corporate interests occupies the White House, rule is by dictate, lies are the currency of control, and torture is commonplace. The regime still mouths the verbiage of the Constitution when it is expedient, but everyone knows it is nothing more than words. When it comes to actions – that which most truly makes up a man’s religion – America is shown to be a tyranny run by a banking cabal, not a constitutional republic.

Likewise, the Qur’an, a book which birthed a civilisation and made it the light of the world at a time when Europe was in darkness, is today employed merely to shoehorn other texts into the mind, its original purpose long forgotten. The place of the Qur’an in the Islam of today is no more than that of a litany, a pretty song held to be pleasing to God. The Traditionalist’s actual religion – what he does, not what he says – is based on the non-Qur’anic literature from which his tradition derives.

This is not so say that I think all grassroots Traditionalist Muslims are bad people or that everything in their religion is wrong. I don’t think that any more than I think all individual Americans kidnap people, dress them in orange clothes and torture them.  Some Traditionalist Muslims exhibit refreshingly high morals. I have particular respect for those women among them who demonstrate in their dress and bearing true femininity, and are prepared to act as a bulwark against the onslaught of depravity fed to the masses via Media. I know that many Muslims are aware of what I call realpolitik and are sophisticated when it comes to reading betweent the lines of mainstream propaganda. Regular prayers – on whatever basis kept – certainly have value for those who perform them sincerely. Charity and fasting are doubtless Qur’anic ideals. But however laudable I may regard these qualities and actions to be, they do not disguise for me the fact that many utterly unQur’anic positions are intrinsic to the theologies which form the bedrock of their religion.

To one who accepts the Qur’an, the Qur’an itself can be the only legitimate basis for theology. As one who understands this, it soon became clear to me that there is little to be gained by trying to reason with those who have been shoehorned into the secondary literature. It is like trying to reason with someone who thinks that salvation lies in government, that voting will change things, or that the government they vote for is anything other than a front organisation entirely bent upon serving the interests of the ruling elite. Whatever personal qualities such people may have, it is clear that in terms of realpolitik and – if I may put it thus – realmetaphisik, they are dead.

I do not blame people who confuse repeating downloaded data with thinking for themselves. I understand. While its heights are exhilarating, thinking for oneself has lows which can make it a scary, lonely business.

But I choose thinking for myself. And I would rather take my own hard-won lows and highs to God than another man’s prescribed certainties.

About the Author Sam Gerrans

Sam Gerrans is an English writer and speaker with professional backgrounds in media, strategic communications, and technologies. He is driven by commitment to ultimate meaning, and focused on authentic approaches to revelation and Realpolitik. He is founder of Quranite.com and author of The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation where his consistent, Qur'an-centric hermeneutical methodology is applied to the text of the Qur’an in its entirety. Read more...

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