The Great Westmen:

Literature and Music

What is an Epic ?

       In this video I try and give understanding to the epic, how it is structured and its affect on Western Civilization. The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome dominated our world, and left their imprint upon us to this day. Art, architecture, drama, philosophy, political structures, science, engineering, poetry, and so many more things are the legacy that Western Civilization and the classical world has left to us. In the epic, the narrative is focused on the exploits of a hero or demigod who represents the cultural values of his race, people group, or religious group. The hero’s success or failure will determine the fate of that people or nation.

       Other than just to read an epic myth, why bother reading the epics? Epics require us to be disciplined. They expand our ability to think and reason, where in today’s world of Facebook and 140 character tweets, we compress our vocabulary along with our ability to think. The classics will expose us to a new expanded vocabulary, methods of expression, oratory, and rhetoric.

       Project Gutenberg (public domain eBooks)

       The Iliad of Homer

       The Odyssey of Homer

       The Aeneid of Virgil

       Prometheus Rising by Jason Kohne
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Hello, my name is Joseph Montag. I happen to have the same last name as the protagonist in the novel Fahrenheit 451. In the novel, Montag works as a fireman that destroys the cultural memory of his people by burning books. If the book were written today he would also be tearing down statues. Realizing his folly, he has a change of heart and instead of destroying the cultural memory of his people, he begins to save it.

     As a Westman I endeavor to preserve our cultural memory and educate fellow Westmen as to the accomplishments of Westernkind. I feel it is important to keep our story alive and focused upon the marvelous achievements of us as a people. I never realized that the depth and breadth of our achievements was so wide and deep until I came to White wellbeing and began investigating what was hidden from me in plain sight. I had become deracinated and disconnected from my people. Now I am shaking off my White noir, taking pride in Westernkind and reconnecting with my people at multiple levels, both online and in real life.

     I like researching and studying the stories of individual Westmen because it puts a human face on it and exposes the bond of kinship we all have to those Westmen that came before us. I hope these stories help you better understand and connect with Westernkind, with the Westman inside of you. It is our story, it is in us all, and each of us writes a new chapter everyday.