Vercingetorix and the “Nowhere Man”

I was driving to work in a pouring rainstorm.   The radio was on, but I was not listening to it very closely when “Riders on the Storm” by Jim Morrison and the Doors came on the radio.  The line, “Into this world we are born- into this life we are thrown” caught my attention.   The line was suggesting an external locus of control that at times all of us seem to feel. A later line, “There is a killer on the road” was hinting at the dangers of life.  I was now listening to the radio.

Beatles in Search of Meaning
Beatles in Search of Meaning

The next song in the playlist was “Nowhere Man” from the Rubber Soul album by the Beatles.   The song was released in 1965.    For those who were not there, the sixties were a time of the  implementation of movements designed to bring about the destruction of western culture.   There were political kidnappings, assassinations, bombings and riots.   Many of the foot soldiers of change in the sixties are in positions of leadership today in politics and academia.  Not surprisingly we are experiencing a second wave of attacks against traditional western culture, one from which we might not recover if they get their way.   I was now listening to the lyrics.

He’s a real nowhere man,

sitting in his nowhere land.

Making all of nowhere plans for nobody.

Doesn’t have a point of view,

know not where he is going to.

Isn’t he a bit like you and me?

 

Nowhere man please listen,

you don’t know what you are missing.

Nowhere man, the world is at your command.

He’s as blind as he can be,

just sees what he wants to see.

Nowhere man can you see me at all?

 

Nowhere man don’t worry,

take your time don’t hurry.

Leave it all till somebody else,

lends you a hand.

Doesn’t have a point of view,

knows not where he’s going to.

Isn’t he a bit like you and me?

 

Nowhere man please listen,

you don’t know what you’re missing.

Nowhere man, the world is at your command.

He’s a real nowhere man,

sitting in his nowhere land.

Making all his plans for nobody.

Making all his plans for nobody.

Making all his plans for nobody.

(Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)

The song begins with “nowhere man” in a “nowhere land.”   In other words, there is a sense of a loss of personal identity within a culture that has lost its meaning (nowhere land/western culture).   The non-person’s plans or reasons for existence have no meaning, because traditional culture itself had been rendered irrelevant.    “Nowhere man” is now a human corporate resource or a consumer.   The individual is spiritually lost and exists only to produce for the corporation and consume.   His points of view (self-identity) are issued to him by the true powers behind the scenes.  “Nowhere man” has never looked inward and acquired his own self-worth.  (Note that the Beatles went to a foreign traditional culture to find meaning.   Being outsiders, they were ultimately disappointed.)

“Nowhere man” is blind to the reality of his own existence or lack thereof. The lyricist urges “Nowhere man” to discover who he is and take command of his own existence.    A traditional culture exists to ensure and enhance the existence of its members as a “group,” not as a loose confederation of individuals going different directions.    Individual members of the group exist to ensure the survival of the group as a whole. People need other people to survive therefore, the survival of the group is more important than the survival of the individual; who will eventually perish if alone.

To the writer, a healthy culture is similar to strong rope.    Individual fibers are woven together into a strand (individual family from generation to generation).   The individual strands (families) are then twisted together to make a rope (community) creating something of great strength.   If the individual family unit breaks down, then the strand will not be continuous and will be weak. The individual piece of fiber has little strength or meaning outside the strand.  Family is everything, you are a continuation of your ancestors and your children are the next fiber in your strand.   An over emphasis on “the individual” weakens the culture over time because the fiber will not properly weave into the strand.    It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure the continuation of your strand.    In reality, at times, individuals will be required to sacrifice themselves to ensure the continuation of the strand and the rope.  But one must see something greater than one’s self.

Vercingetorix Before Caesar
Vercingetorix Before Caesar

The example of Vercingetorix comes to mind.   Vercingetorix (King of Great Warriors) was the king of the Arverni tribe of Gauls. Vercingetorix was able to unite the Gauls in resistance to their impending subjugation by the invading Julius Caesar.   Initially Vercingetorix was very successful against the Romans, however he was eventually defeated by Caesar at the battle of Alesia.  Caesar agreed to spare the Gauls if  Vercingetorix personally surrendered.    Vercingetorix rode into the Roman camp alone on a beautiful white horse in full armor.     He fearlessly rode past the assembled troops to Caesar, where Vercingetorix dismounted.  Vercingetorix removed his armor and prostrated himself naked at the feet of Caesar, where he was arrested.

Vercingetorix was imprisoned for five years under deplorable conditions.   In 46 BC, Caesar had Vercingetorix removed from prison to be displayed during Caesar’s triumph in Rome.    They cleaned Vercingetorix up and placed his armor on him, but it hung loosely on the emaciated king who could barely stand.    After Vercingetorix was paraded through the streets of Rome, he was ritually strangled.    It was an inglorious end for a great king, that placed the welfare his people above his own life. Vercingetorix’s sacrifice was not forgotten and today there is a statue of Vercingetorix at the battlefield of Alesia.   The inscription on the statue reads:

Gaul United,

Forming a single nation

animated by a common spirit,

can defy the universe

 The Return of Vercingetorix
The Return of Vercingetorix

Vercingetorix was not a “nowhere man” in a “nowhere land” existing only to feed the global corporate machine.   Vercingetorix knew who he was in the scheme of his people, he knew his own true worth and the worth of his people.   We must return to our true culture, true roots and be strong again. Multiculturalism and globalism is what Caesar offered the Gauls. We must accept the mono-culture of the new Caesars or like Vercingetorix, resist.

Ves Heil,

Tryggulfr

 

 

 

 

Author: Tryggulfr

I am an asatruar, to be specific an American Heathen, so it is from that perspective that I view the world. Ves Heil, Tryggulfr