Peoples perish because they are degenerate and for no other reason Rather he was an nineteenth century European telling his peers that the nations of Western Europe by virtue of their superior racial stock had the right to colonize the rest of the world. It is the same with odours; his inordinate desires are satisfied with all, however coarse or even horrible. Ethnographers were studying the social and culture practices in primitive societies. Thus in our blood is mingled at the same time the sanctity of kings, who are the mightiest of men, and the awful majesty of the gods, who hold kings themselves in their power ” Suetonius, ” Julius,” p. In this passage, Gobineau argues that racial differences are permanent. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
We sometimes manage to take away their arms, and prevent them from doing harm ; but we do not change their nature. Nothing remains ; the civilization is dead. Fest , who wrote a biography of Hitler, describes Gobineau, in particular his negative views on race-mixing as expressed in his essay, as an eminent influence on Adolf Hitler and Nazism. I will give it the better part, and assume that it will conquer. A rare glutton by nature, he shows far more discrimination in his choice of food.
It is therefore degenerate. Only a few tax- farmers were pleased. Was the fall of the Phoenicians due to the corruption that gnawed their vitals and was disseminated by them over the whole world?
What of the later ages? In a letter to Count Anton von Prokesch-Osten in he describes the book as based upon “a hatred for democracy and its weapon, the Revolution, which I satisfied by showing, in a variety of ways, where revolution and democracy come from and where they are going.
This is to reason merely by the light of nature.
I have already mentioned that as nations become greater, more powerful, and more civilized, their blood loses its purity and their instincts are gradually altered.
In any case the final result would have been exactly the same. As soon as further elements are added, the vast difficulty of harmonizing the whole creates a state of anarchy.
Gobineau was an aristocrat and was writing for the intellectual elite of Europe. We cannot admit that the institutions thus invented and moulded by a race of men make that race what it is. HE tends to mediocrity in everything; he understands easily enough anything not too deep or sublime. In France, intermixture of race has been far more common and varied. Its Spanish part consists of mulattoes, of whom I arthug say nothing.
Has the attempt ever succeeded? In the world to-day as well as in Palestine of old, the prophets of bliss are the false prophets ; the prophets of evil, to-day as of yore, are the true ones.
The first is fully respected only by those races which can never raise themselves above the elementary completeness of the tribal life, while the power of the second, on the contrary, is the more absolute, as the racial units on which it is exercised are more capable of development. If it were, the military power and commercial prosperity of a nation would have to vary directly with the purity of its morals ; but this is by no means the case.
It would be unjust to assert that every mixture is bad and harmful. They fail to notice that these are virtually the only examples that can be given of such a exsay. Hotze’s translation was published in as The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Raceswith an added essay from Hotze and appendix from Nott.
Return to Book Page. The Iran of Zoroaster has held no secrets from the searching eyes of Burnoufand the Vedas of early India take us back to events not far from the dawn of creation. This great capital, this Tower of Babel, broke with the past — the past of Flanders, Poitou, and Languedoc — and dragged the whole of France into ceaseless experiments with doctrines that were oh out of harmony with its ancient customs.
Ostara Publications; 3rd ed. It is certain that no civilization falls to the ground unless God wills it ; and when we apply to the mortal state of all societies the sacred formula used by the ancient priesthoods to explain some striking catastrophes, which they wrongly considered as isolated facts, we are asserting a truth of the first importance, which should govern the search for all the truths of this world. I have just taken the example of a people in embryo, whose state is like that of hjman single family.
Finally, from the union of white and yellow, certain intermediary peoples have sprung, who are superior to the purely Finnish tribes as well as to the negroes. What he desires to eat, to eat furiously, and to excess; no carrion is too revolting to be swallowed by him.
Not that the past is itself without stain. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. This is a higher rung on the ladder of civilization, and is not necessarily passed inequlity all the tribes which have been able to reach it ; many remain at this stage in cheerful stagnation.
A people may often go on living and working, and even growing in power, after the active, generating force of its life and glory has ceased to exist. The imprudent conduct of his mistress all but cost Pericles himself very dear ; we remember the tears he shed in open court, tears which would not of them- inequaliy have secured the acquittal of the fair infidel.
While its very restlessness urges us on to a kind of historical chemistry, it also makes our labours easier.
Finally, he is equally careless of his own life and that of others: And yet these are, on the whole, the best regulated and most fruitful periods in the history of ourselves and our neighbours.