Well, it seems that my post on Nominalism and liberalism has not been of much interest to anyone yet, so I have decided to write about something some people might find less intellectually demanding: morality. I previously stated in my first post that what Nietzsche called slave morality needs to decline in order for the West to have any backbone (and to prevent the extinction of ethnic European peoples). I still hold to this idea. In this post I will give one example of how one might find good moral instruction in a source some might find unlikely: anime.
As I began to get deeper and deeper into the broader nonreactionary movement, I began to encounter a mild fanaticism related to anime, particularly in the alt-right. Of course there was one mainstream Republican news reporter who mocked the alt-right back in January of this year calling it a movement of “childless single men who masturbate to anime”(I don’t actually know if Rick Wilson’s claim is entirely false!).
This, however, was an attempt to portray the Alt-Right in the worst possible light he could. After hearing about this I myself decided to start watching anime online in my free time and I stumbled upon a rather well-known series about a team of swimmers called Free! I watched the entire series, English dubbed, on YouTube. One of the most important things I gained from watching it was moral instruction regarding inferiority complexes: a) don’t let them control your behavior, and B) don’t make them worse in people who already have them. The character in this series with an inferiority complex, Rin Matsuoka, was constantly trying to be as good as Haruka Nanase (Haru), the main protagonist, and Rin’s childhood friend. Eventually, after a fight, the two were reconciled. Before this, however, the inferiority complex nearly destroyed Rin; it made him angry, and it was clear that he lacked self-respect. Finally Rin’s childhood friend, Haru came to aid him, and was eventually successful in doing so. Perhaps the best part about this was that Haru is not self-righteous and is recognized the weakness in his rival, Rin, without taunting him.
You should probably watch the series in order to get a full understanding of what is going on here, or you can go to this tumblr site which summarizes it well.
Watching Free! made me think of Aristotle’s view of theater, which was the closest thing he had to anime cartoons, that a good tragedy produces a catharsis in the audience. Free! is definitely not a tragedy, but up to the point that Rin is reconciled with Haru, that is the direction where it is headed. Perhaps the one thing I liked the most about this anime series was the lack of emphasis on good vs. evil; it was a refreshing break from our post-Christian (or should I say neo-Christian) slave morality in the West. Instead, all of the characters, Rin included, were unique people, each with personal character flaws. What was portrayed as good in each character was his discipline, self-control, as well as physical and mental virtue, and even, at times, self-creation of values; these traits are closely related to what Nietzsche would call noble, or master morality. Haru, whom I see as the ubermensch of Free! epitomizes these qualities the most of all the characters.