To grasp the essentials of Odinism and its role as the spiritual guidance for our folk, it is advisable first to consider the development of our society and the way in which it arrived at its present sorry state. The struggle unfolding before our eyes is the age-old fight between opposite, racially-conditioned inner values, reflecting the endless conflict of race vs race, people vs people, nation vs nation: a conflict between alien Asiatic credos (in all their various forms) and Western Aryan tribalism with its ideals of personal responsibility and folk identity.
When man first emerged as homo sapiens, he lived in a tribal society in which all members of the tribe shared a communal life, enjoying together the good times when the gods favoured the hunters and the berries were plentiful, and the bad seasons when danger and hard work were the daily fare and food was in short supply. As man developed his skills and improved his living conditions, his society changed, but the tribal pattern remained. ‘The world was then divided into small communities’ (Aristotle), and in the words of Prof. William Graham Sumner of Yale (1844-1910): ‘The conception of primitive society that we ought to form is that of small groups scattered over a territory …. The size of the group is determined by the condition of the struggle for existence.’
The feeling of being part of a team, depending upon the group, often for life itself, and being responsible for the welfare of the tribe, was ingrained in the genetic patterns of each member of the tribe; as Sir Arthur Keith says: ‘There is a disposition or spirit in every man which leads him to extend his sympathy, his goodwill, and fellowship to the members of his group; he is also conscious of his membership and feels that his own life is part of that of his group.’ Thus man developed a dual standard, a code of amity towards members of his own group, while a code of enmity was adopted towards all others. In the societies of our ancient forefathers this dual standard became very strong, and tribal consciousness prevailed for centuries and is still kept alive in various regions of the West today. Unfortunately, it also resulted in much bloodshed between tribes or clans of essentially the same biological and cultural heritage, often killing off the most courageous and best endowed members of the clans, thus reducing the overall strength of the Northern European peoples.
But tribes and clans could also act together to form larger, more effective unions; and out of one such process there arose Rome. Growing stronger through internal consolidation and external conquests, Rome evolved from a tribal city-state to a Republic, and thence to an Empire dominating extensive areas of Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa. As a result, a diverse multitude of races, peoples and tribes came under the domination of an increasingly tyrannical and corrupt Roman power structure. The conquered masses seethed with rebellion, and Roman legions traversed the cosmopolitan Empire ruthlessly suppressing insurrections. And it was from the unrest in Roman-held territories in and around old Palestine that there was spawned a religious concoction known as Christianity: a protest of the down trodden masses against Roman authority.