The Hellenic Ideal of Perfection
by Michael Medeiros
from a speech given at a meeting of the Boston Unit of the National Alliance
Mental brilliance. Who can claim such an honor? Someone working in physics who is able to apply complex mathematical formulas to solving some of life’s problems? Someone whose oratorical skills make it seem as if listeners are dancing on top of every word that flows from his mouth? A master craftsman who can look at a piece of stone or wood or an empty lot, and, with the help of wrought steel create masterpieces that leave people in awe? Someone who can take blank pieces of paper and some ink and create a novel of such moving quality that you cry when the protagonist cries and laugh when the protagonist laughs and are scared, happy, angry as the protagonist feels these emotions? Someone who can do the same armed only with a video camera and a script? (illustration: Arno Breker's You and I)
Yes. “Brilliant” need not necessarily apply only to those whose individual IQs equal the combined IQs of three average Africans. No. One who has gone above and beyond his or her peers in a given field is, indeed, brilliant. One who can work magic with ink, or earthen materials, or frames of video –- in addition to complex mathematical formulas –- is brilliant.
Gauss, Wagner, Riefenstahl, Cicero, Homer, Dostoyevsky, Bach, Nietzsche, Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Schopenhauer, Michelangelo, Solzhenitsyn, Raphael, Breker, and on and on. These are examples of mental brilliance.
Physical beauty. When one’s bodily proportions are just right; when there is no physical sign of laziness or complacency; when one’s stature and gait gives others respectful pause; when one can make another “lost” in his or her eyes; when the tantalizing curves of a woman make a man’s heart ache with desire -– that’s beauty. When combined with the practical and essential ability of self-defense, as well as overall athleticism, you have the ideal of physical beauty.
The Greeks idolized the latent beauty of their people -– our people. Painters painted it; sculptors sculpted it; philosophers pondered it; bards sung of it -- the beauty of our race was unsurpassed then... and nothing’s changed since.
Complete beauty is more than skin deep, indeed; but physical beauty is easy to witness, and is a truly wonderful thing.
Spiritual nobility. Holding the front declaring “victory or death”; rejecting materialistic and temporary temptations in order to stand by one’s word and commitment; dashing into a burning building to save complete strangers not to mention loved ones; coming to the aid of someone who’s about to be robbed or raped, despite the perpetrators being more numerous and armed; risking chastisement, imprisonment, and even death in order to spread Politically Incorrect truths; living by the words, “Do right, and fear no one”; devoting one’s life to our all-important Cause.
Our history is full of examples of those to whom the words “noble spirit” were very much appropriately applied. The men of the Alamo; the soldier and cop in the field; firefighters and paramedics; Political Prisoners such as Chester Doles and Ernst Zundel; Dr. Pierce. Individuals who have risked, and in some cases, outright sacrificed it all in order to do right: There you have the epitome of spiritual nobility.
It is not all that uncommon to witness those who are the embodiment of any one of the above qualities –- Da Vinci, Faith Hill, a local priest, for example. It is remarkable to witness those who can claim two of the categories for their own -– Galileo and Dr. Pierce come to mind here. It is the total embodiment of all three categories, however, that we in the National Alliance are striving to help our people achieve one day. Our people were on the path toward achieving such excellence several decades ago, within a pan-European group that heroically fought for a Europe free from the twin plagues of Communism and Capitalism. But, it was not meant to be -- at least back then.
While it’s true that genetics plays a large role in the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of a person, each of us can still maximize our potential in each category -– indeed, as members of the National Alliance, we must maximize our potential.
We can endeavor to learn how the interaction of atoms affects our lives, and think of ways to turn that knowledge into something useful; we can spend time reading and studying and learning new things instead of watching television; we can hone our oratorical ability by giving speeches and debating; we can practice the arts, and hone our craftsmanship by fixing up our homes; we can write essays for National Vanguard. We can each maximize our mental potential.
We can learn self-defense, and practice it every day or two; we can lift weights; we can run a mile a day; we can avoid junk food, cigarettes, and alcohol; we can practice good hygiene. We can each maximize our physical potential.
We can absorb the works of Pierce and Simpson and Strom; we can appreciate and strive to emulate the deeds of great men from our race’s past; we can do right and fear no one. We can each maximize our spiritual potential.
The Higher Man of Nietzsche’s philosophy is one who overcomes himself. We can each reach our maximum potential in mind, physical beauty, and spirit. If we are to one day apply the science of eugenics to our people, then we as members of the National Alliance must first apply the rigors of excellence to ourselves. If we become strong enough now, then there is a chance that one day our descendants will fully embody the ideals of mental brilliance, physical beauty, and spiritual nobility.