Pulp Fiction Philosophy: Part 2

THE BIG 3

Confrontational Warrior Culture is something unique to the Indo-European warrior peoples of the West. Married with Christianity (for it is indeed, already a Christian principle), it has created all of the achievements of Western Civilization.[1]

But just what is Confrontational Warrior Culture, you ask? 

To understand it, first we’ve got to understand the Warrior part of the culture. 

Confrontational Warrior Culture comes from 3 groups of Warriors: 

  • The Ancient Greek Hoplites
  • The Ancient Roman Legionnaires
  • The Ancient Germanic Barbarians. 

And even though these Indo-European blood brothers both fought and befriended each other at different stages of history, they all had one thing in common. 

They love to fight!

They love nothing more than to test their strength against a worthy opponent, and find great joy and fulfillment in the battle. But they do it in a special way that is “Confrontational”.

And so we come to the second part of the culture we’ve got to understand, Confrontation itself!

GUNSMOKE!

An example will the meaning of “Confrontation” explain best. 

Think back to the old Black-and-White Westerns like Gunsmoke you watched with your grandparents.[2] 

Marshall Matt Dillon goes out into the street to face the bad guy in a fast draw show-down and blasts the bad guy away. Up front, clean, noble, and honorable. Like a man.[3] That is Confrontation.

In fact, the word “Noble”, translated into English from the Greek word “Kalon”, translates literally into a “Warrior who fights Confrontationally”! [4]

In the end, it creates a Warrior that is, as Wilhelm Gronbech described, “generous, brave, fearless, quick-witted, stern towards his enemies, faithful to his friends, and frank with all.”[5]

And it is very different from the other Warrior Cultures around the world with which you are probably familiar. Because to truly understand what Confrontation is, you’ve also got to understand what it’s not. 

FISH IN A BARREL 

Confrontational Warrior Culture is the exact opposite of what we call Predatory Warrior Culture.

Just what is Predatory Warrior Culture, you ask? 

Predatory Warrior Culture is stab-in-the-back, shooting fish in a barrel style of fighting, and all the torture and mutilation that goes with it.

Predatory Warrior Culture does these things because the powerlessness of the fish juxtaposed alongside the all-consuming power of the human with a gun makes them feel powerful. 

But the Confrontational Warrior takes a different track.

The Confrontational Warrior believes that he who is strongest can beat the best! That’s why the Confrontational Warrior doesn’t shoot fish in a barrel! They’re just fish who can’t shoot back!

So the Confrontational Warrior does the exact opposite of stab-in-the-back, shooting fish in a barrel style of fighting.

He doesn’t seek out the weakest, most pathetic, helpless victim he can find that he’s got a sure chance of beating.

No, he seeks out the roughest, toughest Predator on the entire frontier to beat to punish him for his misdeeds!

THE WARRIOR’S ART

So there you have it.

A Warrior Philosophy based on the Classical Western Civilization’s Greatest Minds and the Ancient Warrior Code of the Confrontational Indo-European Peoples. 

But what kind of Art illustrates such an ethos?

We call it Pulp Fiction!

And together we are bringing about a Pulp Fiction Renaissance!

Bibliography

[1] For an extended discussion of this topic, see Barrett, Richard and Lafond, James. “Richard Barrett and the Crackpot Mythologist Discuss Our Collective Narrative Depth.” 2020. Retreived 12, February 2021, from https://www.jameslafond.com/article.php?id=12571.

[2] See the 1975 quote from Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith “Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp Western as romanticized by [Ned] Buntline, [Bret] Hatre, and [Mark] Twain. It was ever the stuff of legend…Matt Dillon…Miss Kitty… Doc Adams…and Chester…were our Zues, Aphrodite, Bacchus and limping Mercury.” Quoted in Smith, C. (1975, September 01). Legend Goes Down The Tubes. Los Angeles Times, pp. 39-51. Reproductions of Pages 39 and 59 can be found HERE and HERE respectively.

[3] See Gunsmoke’s intro perfectly illustrating the Confrontational Warrior Ethos of the West HERE

[4] Barrett, Richard and Lafond, James. “Arete and Agony: Richard Barrett and James Discuss the Conceptual and Spiritual Aspects of Aryan Warrior Culture.” 2020. Retrieved 01, January, 2021, from https://www.jameslafond.com/article.php?id=12244.

[5] Gronbech, Vilhelm.. The Culture of the Tuetons. London, England. Oxford University Press, 1931. Pg. 6.

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