Why Middle Earth Remains Unrivaled

This Friday a biopic of JRR Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, will hit theaters. I am skeptical about the film, but it is hardly undeserved. Plenty of storytellers, JK Rowling, CS Lewis, George RR Martin, Stan Lee, George Lucas, have constructed fictional worlds that are remarkably insightful and immersive. But Tolkien remains in a class of his own, a genius without par.

Society Doesn’t Exist

Culture and context matter. However, they are extraordinary complex things that apply pressure to individuals in unique ways. When someone is so general as to attack “society”, assuming that a uniform societal pressure exists, they are oversimplifying to the point of being unhelpful, they are revealing their ignorant of specifics, or they are too lazy to be precise with their speech.

The Origins of White Identity and Racism

I am seeking to understand first, how “Western Civilization” became a distinctly Western European phenomenon, and how the form of civilization practiced by white people in Western Europe became something different from other cultures and racial groups. I then want to understand how this identity became something negative and how non-white people became seen as not only different but inferior.