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Death Cults in the Culture

There
is a growing obsession with death in what passes today for our culture. This
would not be a disturbing trend were it simply a fringe phenomenon. But it is
ubiquitous throughout the culture.

The first series I discuss here is “Dexter.”  I have watched the whole series (seven
seasons, from 2006 to 2013), but it was brought to my attention by Stephen
Coughlin in his “
Strategic
Overview: Understanding the Threat & Strategic Incomprehension in the War
on Terror,” p. 6, a synopsis of the salient points of Coughlin’s Catastrophic
Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad.
Coughlin writes in
“Strategic Overview”:
From Catastrophic Failure [p. 34], “The “Dexter
Standard,” was written to highlight the ridiculousness of the constraints
placed on counterterrorism
efforts to understand the nature of the threat.
It argues there should be no controversy regarding analysis of a self-declared
enemy’s self-identified warfighting doctrine and explains this through
reference to the Showtime series Dexter.
In the fall 2011 season, the plot revolved around a serial killer who acts in
furtherance of an idiosyncratic End-Times scenario based on the New Testament’s
Book of Revelation. Upon recognizing
this, inspectors used Revelation as
an essential analytical tool. The necessity of using Revelation was never questioned even as some inspectors were either
nominally religious or non-believers. No one suggested that only Christian
inspectors were qualified to investigate.
(I
review in part Coughlin’s book in “Interfaith
Bridges to Islam
” on Rule of Reason.)
Dexter” is
Dexter Morgan, a forensic specialist in blood spatter analysis working for a
fictive Miami police department. On the surface he is a calm, likeable fellow
and gets along with most of his police colleagues. But, in secret, he is a
serial killer. In fact, he is a homicidal maniac. He is a kind of vigilante who
kills serial killers, and causes them to vanish. The bodies of his victims,
each of whom is responsible for horrendous crimes and is ritually murdered by
Dexter, are wrapped in plastic and dumped into the ocean. The problem with
this, at least with me, is that once the serial killers have been “stopped,” no
one knows what has happened to them and whether or not they are still at large
and will strike again after a puzzling hiatus. Early in the series some of the
bodies are discovered by a diving class. The unknown killer is instantly dubbed
“The Bay Harbor Butcher.”
Their
crimes are rarely solved by the police. The public is left in the dark about
the status or demise of the killers. The police are left with big question
marks. Dexter chooses not to enlighten them. He continues to analyze crime
scenes and eliminate the serial killers.
My
second problem with the series is that Dexter admits that he is homicidal. He
likes killing killers. But his killing is done within the parameters of a
“code” established by his father, a former (and now dead) policeman. This
figure appears occasionally in flashbacks as a real character in the series,
but mostly as a ghostly embodiment of a “conscience” with whom Dexter has an
ongoing internal dialogue. This device is in addition to the intermittent
voice-over narrative of Dexter.
Dexter
confesses to an overwhelming urge to kill. He began as a child with animals and
graduated to killing men (and some women, particularly the nurse who allegedly
poisoned his ill father). It is something he says he cannot control. He is only
at peace when he has killed someone. His father taught him everything he knows
about tracking killers, capturing them, and finally dispatching them without
leaving a single trace of himself or of the victim behind. He adheres to the
“code” but sometimes questions his father’s wisdom, and sometimes his ghostly
father questions his adopted son’s contemplated actions.
Overall,
however, justice is not served, and
is not meted out by Dexter, whether or not the death penalty can be condoned.
The killers die – and many of them deserve to die – but because society is
governed by a system of laws, their deaths at the hands and knives of Dexter
are outside the law. The premise that society is a system of laws and not of
men is not present in the series. If it had been at the beginning of the series,
the series would not have lasted seven seasons, and Dexter would have been
brought to justice himself very early on. The series ends, however, with Dexter
getting away with his crimes, and sailing his boat into a hurricane and faking
his suicide. In the end, he emerges as a bearded logger in Oregon.
The series
was suspenseful for a while. But something else must account for it having run
for seven seasons. Critics loved or hated it, and critical opinion was divided
over the conclusion, when Dexter simply vanishes and does not retire his career
and moves to Argentina with his soul mate. However, do people feel so doomed in
today’s political and cultural environment that they felt a kind of symbiosis
or empathy with Dexter, and the series served as a kind of dramatic
objectification of their sense of peril?
I discussed
“The Walking Dead” in several other columns on Rule of Reason, concluding with “The
Walking Dead: An Obituary
” on April 11th,  and will not belabor the series here again.
See “Negan
and the Walking Jihadists
” from March 25th, and “A
Walking Dead Postscript
” from March 26th.
What
has astonished me is the enormous “fan base” of the series. When the Season
Six finale
of the series was broadcast on AMC earlier this month, there was
an almost universal outcry or expression relief. This fan base must number in
the tens of thousands. Fans either felt cheated of the introduction of their
favorite villain, Negan, or said that it was about time the TV series adhered,
at least in part, to the Robert Kirkman graphic
comics
series, which the author and his artists have been churning out since
2003 and are likely to for many more. Fans treat the Negan character as though
he were the Second Coming of Christ, or behave online and at personal
appearances of the cast like bobbysoxers once did at the appearance of Frank
Sinatra.
Negan,
according to one mainstream critic, is “charismatic.” Perhaps even hypnotic. Well,
at least he is to “The Walking Dead” fan base, whatever form the series takes. For
the fans, Negan is a “necessary” evil in their hierarchy of values. Negan is a “successful”
looter and killer; Rick Grimes, the “good” group’s leader, on the other hand, has
failed in virtually everything he’s ever attempted.
The debut
of Negan, the apotheosis of
pure, laughing, nihilist evil in the series, who apparently thrives on the
applause of his “Savior” gang as he obliterates the head of a victim with his barbed
wire bat, for the comics fans is for them is a cause for celebration. “Once he
was lost, and now he is found.”
The TV series
of “The Walking Dead,” which began airing in 2010, diverges radically from the
graphic comics.  It treats the Kirkman
comics as a buffett of story lines and adapts specific comics content for the
TV series.  In many ways, the TV series
hardly resembles the comics. The comics fans have never been satisfied with the
TV series, but they watch it anyway. To judge by the comments
left
on the various “Walking Dead” discussion blogs, their
devotion to the comics and the TV series has been literally religious. It is an
obsession with a very crude and second-hand story theme. It is hardly original.
There are countless novels and a quite a few dozen films and TV shows that
dwell on an apocalypse. What the producers and directors of “The Walking Dead”
TV series have done, along with Kirkman and his graphic comics, is string out
the zombie story and fill in the blanks wherever the principals wish. One could
pen a book on the numerous plot holes in the TV series.

“The
Walking Dead” offers a moral conflict to most viewers and readers. In fiction,
moral conflict is necessary and a guide to successful living. But in “The
Walking Dead” the conflict is one in which evil wins, spreads its poisons, and
triumphs. For those enamored of the literature of the past, and for whom their
lives and their values are of paramount importance, evil and misery are not of
metaphysical importance. But, to judge by the reactions to “The Walking Dead”
and its finale (and on what is to come in the next season, and the popularity
of the graphic comics), evil is a necessary condition for living. It is “entertaining”
and welcome as a mode of surcease from the pathetic lives of readers and viewers.
(Parenthetically,
the societies established and sought after by Rick Grimes and others are
demonstrably collectivist in nature. The survivors live off the residue of a
collapsed civilization, but do not attempt to replicate a productive one. Whether
it is Grimes or Negan establishing a society, it is basically parasitical on
the corpse of a better world. That the TV series would begin to take a “left
turn” should not be surprising.

The stress is all on “family,” and “giving,” and
“sacrifice.” People who are too “individualistic” are not to be trusted.)

Islam is
a death cult. That has been demonstrated for one and a half millennia. At this
point, there would be no need to cite any one
of the numerous Koranic verses to
prove that Islam requires every one of its adherents – jihadist or passive – to
live by Allah’s whimsical diktats to better follow the road to Paradise, where,
upon arrival, all restrictive and confining bets and rules are off and the “afterlife”
would become one eternal orgy of wine and women and rivers of honey and trees
that drip raisins. At least, that is what is promised men, especially those who
become “martyrs” by killing Jews and infidels and die in the process. What’s in
it for Muslim women has never actually been detailed or laid out. There have
been plenty of adlib jokes about a pious Muslim woman’s reward in the great
Cloud Bank in the Sky, but neither the Koran nor the Hadith have much elaborated
on those prizes.
But Islam
is a death cult. In Islam the whole purpose of living is to die. And also to cause non-Muslims,
infidels, Jews, and others to die. Especially infidels, because everyone
(except Jews) it is claimed was born a Muslim, and those who stray from the “Eternal
Word” and the “true” faith are guilty of “infidelity.”
All one
really needs to understand Islam and how to live by it is the Secret Magic
Decoder Ring (supplied by Ovaltine) to translate the pretzel-like and often
incomprehensible  language of the Koran
and Hadith. Just follow the advice of Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan in his Road to Paradise.

So,
what is an Islamic “Paradise” like? Dr. Khan explains it all.
“The description of Paradise which the Muttaqun (the
pious believers of Islamic Monotheism) have been promised (is that) in it are
rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed, rivers of milk of
which the taste never changes, rivers of wine delicious to those who drink, and
rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure); therein for them is every kind of
fruit, and forgiveness from their Lord.
And what
about those poor devils who strayed? They shall:
…dwell forever in the Fire and be given to drink boiling water so
that it cuts up their bowels?” [(V47:15) The Noble Qur’an]
That
cutting up the bowels of the damned part sounds very messy. Looks like a job
for Negan. But, it won’t be a cakewalk to earn a place in the Divine Disco.
The Road to Paradise is full of hurdles and pits, and not so easy
to go through it![1] It needs great patience, self control, and to
avoid all evil deeds such as illegal sex, illegal talk (like backbiting,
telling lies, etc.), illegal foods and drinks; and to perform regularly
compulsory congregational prayers, fasting, Jihad (holy fighting in Allah’s
cause), and to give obligatory charity (Zakat), and to perform Umrah and Hajj.
And to insure that devout Muslims
understand the score, Khan beats a dead horse:
All glory and praise is to Allah, the One to Whom all dignity,
honor and respect are due; the Unique with perfect attributes, Who begets not,
nor is He begotten. He has no equal but He is the All-Mighty, Omnipotent. He
sent His Messengers and Prophets to guide humanity towards Monotheism, to
worship Him Alone, the only One Worthy of worship, and to warn them of the
eternal dire consequences of polytheism, associating partners with One Allah
and the worship of creatures.
What Islam promises is a
causeless existence. To reach that state, one must first die, but, before
dying, one must deny everything that is promised in Paradise. Go figure. It’s
the old carrot-and-stick routine writ large.
In a philosophical and moral
vacuum, it’s the fools of the world who rush in: those obsessed with death as a
means of escaping, or snuffing out, life.

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