Friday, January 29, 2010

Avatar and the Myth of the Noble Savage

Avatar and the Myth of the ‘Noble Savage’

Avatar and the Myth of the “Noble Savage”
By Hank Wolf

I will admit to being a fan of movies even though Hollywood films have a tendency to promote themes that are harmful, or even downright hostile to the interests of our people. Consider the fact that Eli Roth’s disgusting torture movie, “Hostel” and the equally twisted and ultra-violent revenge film “Inglorious Bastards” were lauded by critics, the ADL included, and media circles alike. On the other hand, Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”, an elegant artistic achievement depicting the love and forgiveness of Christ, was derided by these same people and lambasted as “anti-Semitic”.

In recent weeks, James Cameron’s 3D hit “Avatar” has ended up being somewhat of a sensation. There were, to be sure, many aspects of the movie I found enjoyable. The visuals were, to be frank, quite amazing. But like many Hollywood movies, it was packed with highly questionable thematic elements that bordered on a bizarre propaganda overload. Without spoiling too much of the plot for potential moviegoers, the main character of Avatar is a crippled former marine who goes to work for an evil corporation on the utopian planet of Pandora. The Eurocentric corporation is trying to extract a mineral from the planet, and in doing so, decides it must “ethnically cleanse” the Na’vi, the race of gigantic blue hominids that inhabit the planet.

Meanwhile, the marine becomes involved in a scientific-ambassador program that neurologically links him with a lab grown Na’vi body (an Avatar), and he immerses himself in their utopian native culture. He gradually learns their ways, and realizes that their world is far better than the life led on Earth. In the final scenes of the movie, he fights alongside the Na’vi in a cataclysmic war against the humans, and in a climactic battle scene, the villainous head of the corporate army asks the hero “how does it feel to betray your race!”

Like previous films with a White hero fighting alongside the oppressed natives such as “Dances with Wolves”, “Avatar” had racist, anti-White undertones. Only this time, instead of horses there were flying creatures (plus free 3D glasses). Ironically, Avatar was criticized as being racist by the media—not because of its clandestine negative portrayal or European civilization, but because the hero was White! Apparently having a White hero is beginning to be a little too much to handle anymore, even if the character is portrayed as hero for betraying his own people.

Actually the film is a not-so-subtle hate film against Europeans. Third Worlders will invariably identify with the Na’ vi people being exploited and genocided by Europeans. It is true that the movie has a subtle racial strike against the non-Europeans by saying it takes a European to lead them, the worst aspect of the film is its impact on the vast number of European-American audiences that see the film. The real target of the film is not simply to inflame non-Whites around the world, which of course it does, its real target is to destroy our own people’s will to preserve our heritage and freedom.

Having the hero be a White man who betrays his own people sends a not-so-subtle message to millions of Whites both young and old. If you really want to be a good guy, a hero, you have to do the right thing and betray your race and fight on the side of the other races. Of course, with massive immigration and high birthrates of non-Europeans into every European homeland, it is we who are being ethnically cleansed, not some Third World tribe. In fact the highest birthrates in the world are in non-White nations, while Europeans are being reduced to a minority in their own homelands. Their demise is not some evolutionary cleansing by a more advanced people, but the elimination and replacement of a great people, not by some sort of excellence or demonstration of ability – other than the ability to make a lot of babies.

One of the most troublesome aspects of the movie in my mind, and the motivation behind this article, was how the film propagated the myth of the Noble Savage. In a nutshell, the ‘myth of the Noble Savage’ is the belief that the mind of man is a blank slate at birth—pure, noble, spiritually connected to nature, and naturally caring toward other creatures. It is modern society, the environment, and European civilization in particular that lead to violence and debasement of this once innocent blank slate. In the real world, heredity, not the environment plays the key role in human and animal behavior, but that is beside the point at the moment. Is lack of medicine, literacy, the beauty of the higher arts, the advances of sciences really such a wonderful thing? Are we to prefer illiteracy and superstition over intellect and enlightenment?

Nowadays, it is often not worth it to spend too much time dissecting a movie. We have become accustomed of what to expect. But with “Avatar”, the media has admitted to some of the negative effects of this film that are important enough to address. A CNN article titled “Audiences experience ‘Avatar‘ blues” ( mentions several cases of people becoming depressed and in some cases suicidal after watching it. This is probably more widespread than reported. According to the report, the breathtaking, artistic depiction of the planet Pandora has made people long for an unattainable utopia and become depressed and pessimistic, especially when they are presented with such a negative portrayal of our civilization.

It may come as a surprise to many people, but I believe that this sort of pessimism is precisely the desired effect that the director and the Jewish dominated movie industry have in mind. They simply do not want people to think positive thoughts about European culture and our world as a whole. The purpose is to demoralize. The propaganda in the movie may have been subtle, and even indirect at times, which makes it more difficult to counter, and the conditioning all the more effective.

Obviously, movies are just that. Movies. They are often designed to implant ideas in people’s minds and we should always be aware of that, no matter how much a film may move us. Movies should be a hobby, a diversion, and a source of enjoyment. I for one try not to take them seriously and this especially goes for movies churned out by Hollywood. But, the danger of films like Avatar is not its overt propaganda; it is the effect of the film on a subconscious level. As reported, even though the “hero” wins in the end, Avatar is ultimately depressing because of the flickers of self-hate it instills in many. It is depressing for me because as I watched the film, I realize that this fictional film is one more blow against our own sense of self-preservation as a people.

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