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To continue with the theme “those who speak about race don’t have it”: I’ve written a long article about this before but the ideal I’m after is exemplified by TE Lawrence. In The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence speaks about “the English race”, “the Arabs”, and “the Turks”; he is aware as regards his racial background and about race as objective fact—however, his primary actuation comes from a boyhood steeped in Crusader legends and castles combined with an Ancient Greek cult of excellence and competition imbibed at school.

Lawrence embodies, in spiritual terms, what I mean by “Aryan”; as one man, he came to effectively lead the Arab peoples (a fact Arab historians remain embarrassed about to this day) and almost began to forge them into a nation. Lawrence embodied England and never converted to Islam—yet, as an outsider, he was able to come in and lead a totally alien race; and that was not just, or even mainly, because he knew about modern technology (such as the explosives used to destroy Ottoman rail lines). His success was possible for several reasons, not least his strict self-discipline that was itself derived from the Christianity his mother inculcated in him—although, as with all these things, Lawrence’s achievements were “in the blood”; even as a baby he crawled about and explored where he was not meant to go—so it is not that you can “just” teach someone to be that way, rather certain innate tendencies can be retarded or encouraged.

Men like Lawrence—illegitimate son of an Anglo-Irish aristocrat—made the British Empire; and Lawrence, with his struggles over his homosexuality, was actually a decadent type—he was the last gasp, almost turned against the Empire; so imagine what the more vital specimens were like. It is the “Lawrentian” sensibility that we want to cultivate; and it is a sensibility that does not come about from a “race forward” policy, race arrogance—hence race should be carried lightly, though not denied.


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