Rod Dreher’s musings on the atrocity in New Zealand are worth a read:
And so, Tarrant’s line — radicalization is the rational response to degeneration — played out in a different way in Mark Bollobas’s life. He moved to his ancestral homeland, where he would be poorer in material ways, but richer in many other ways. In my case, I propose the Benedict Option, and live in consciously countercultural ways, trying to be more and more like this in the face of this increasingly repulsive culture. For his part, Brenton Tarrant became a fanatical racist, fascist, mass murderer. Radicalism takes many forms. We have to resist the berserker form, but resisting it cannot mean pretending that the society and culture we are creating is good and healthy and worth defending. It’s not. I mean, for God’s sake, just look. I see Tarrant as a manifestation of the same diabolism.
It’s more radical to work to build the kind of culture that is life-giving, and to create new forms within which it can be lived out, than to give your life over to murdering innocent men, women, and children. This is true whether you are an ISIS terrorist, or a white nationalist terrorist. Those devils bring nothing but pain and death. They are no solution.
Toward the end of the essay, Dreher embeds the video from a 2004 song by the French Canadian band, Mes Aieux, called “Degeneration,” that better captures the sense of Dreher’s point than these tagged-in videos usually do:
Basically, the theme is that we’ve sold out our heritage, culturally, in a way that leaves us spiritually poorer and with less connection to each other and the world around us. Personally, I find that narrative difficult to dispute as truth, but concepts like “heritage” are fraught with danger, these days. Everything has been tainted by identity politics and race huckstering.
The lost heritage bemoaned in the song is the ability to work hard and improve the lives of one’s family over generations. That had been sold out in a generation, leaving the young with only a culture of dependency.
This is an eminently fixable problem, without bigotry and certainly without violence. That references to recovering our heritage have been tainted with such things is an indication of our social sickness.