By Frank Wilke
The term ethics (old Greek ethos) designates the habit, custom, usages and kind of sense of a folk. Thus the ethics is the science of correct or wrong acting and wanting (of an individual, a folk or a society) and struggles for the attempt of a clarifying of the elementary question, what good and bad is. Additionally that central, most-discussed subsection of philosophy, which concerns practically each humans, includes the terms of the individual human freedom, the social standards, the morality and the moral itself in general. Moral (French, Latin: moralis) means concerning the custom. The expression moral is used sense-related to ethics; describes therefore also, what humans consider actually with daily acting or they act humanly correctly after their conception of fairness, respect and attention. While one understands demanded acting by the term ethics occasionally only, the moralis is called the fact of practiced acting. The virtue (German: Tugend from Tauglichkeit =Fitness) is mostly closely connected with ethics and moral. It covers the good characteristics of the human nature, which are formed however according to the dominant opinion by culture, philosophy or religion. While modern philosophers tried to derive the origin and the reason of the ethics with thatmost different results of understanding, the reason, the obligation or the feeling, in the course of the development of the modern society, the terms of the moral and virtue decayed almost exclusively on expressions of the sexual range.
We live today in one strongly on laws, prohibitions and regulations adjusted society, whose difficult-to-understand measure of rules overwhelms reason-oriented humans completely. The value system and right feeling of our germanic pagan ancestors with their respect for life created by divine hand as the most important property appear by the new values of western capitalism as outmoded and become outdated. For us however those proved, pagan principles are the example of the high human development of our ancestors. The high-estimated singularness of the life generally was protected, despite firmly rooted faith in the rebirth, with hard punishment from a damage: personal revenge or an appropriate military money. Punishment of crimes on life and limb appeared, at least in early germanic time, to stand over the retaliation of misdeeds on material possession. If one hears today of suspending a newborn child, whose survivability was doubtful, then one recognizes contradictory cruelty. But in bad times one avoided so the risky enterprise, which endangered a surviving of the entire family or tribe.
The fatal spirit of the modern, western civilization with its strange right feeling contradicts completely the pagan teachings. The punishment of crimes at capital and property is today by far hard as of those which the soundness of the human life or the protection of nature endangers. We recognize injustice, however the modern society expects that one bends oneself the view of Roman-Christian right consciousness. As long as one does not recognizes and promotes however the ancient grown faith and character of our folks, it is also questionable, how our tolerance can be increased on the today dominant system.
The collective consciousness of the past generations can state without larger difficulties that the old, guiding culture of worthes with its immense knowledge of the eternal cycle of nature is near to the total decay. The high-holy virtues of bravery and loyalty, courage and honesty, generosity and hospitality, which inspired once the fate of our peoples and for propelled for achievement again and again, lost their fundamental meaning. The spirit of the time of capitalistically thinking and striving humans with its low, self-referred motives displaced a living together, which understood itself to grow since beginning of mankind only in natural way. Influence and meaning of the family and tribe federation shrink, where modern trend, urbanization and industrialization succeed. The affiliation to a tribe federation is today insignificant and the healing knowledge of the personal ancestors in the attack of the modern media world, which aims at diverson and consumer greed, will to a large extent forget.
The pagan human however defends the venerable foundations of the past epoch. In the protection and with the assistance of its family and tribe federation and protects he maintains and protects the original faith, thus also the own conception of custom, moral and law. The feeling beeing without roots and the discontent by lost protection and security, which accompany with the progressive new age, is strange to him. Therefore he all his power and strength can draw from nature. The loyalty, which connects him with family, people and divinity, leaves him to an irreplaceable member in a long traditional chain becomes, which is not a witness of a final past, but an eternal, alive Kraft, which can suggest and instruct our current world.
The source of all ethical basic values needed in the future rests under the debris of the past. Reason and feeling are tools for saving, however the simple, prejudiceless view of the legacy of our ancestors are sufficient, in order to complete the harmonious merging of each individual into a strong, healthy community. Loyalty, faith and self-determination will be our manuals. An unclear, halfhearted confession without firm root in the past is without each meaning. Who does not decode and honours the way of life and the faith term of the Germanic ancestors, can not make a luck-blessed step into the future.
The descendants of the germanic tribes has the great luck to be allowed to hold by the virtue and custom teaching of the EDDA, an inestimable work in their hands which with wisdom and sense of sharp tells of the spirit of the ancestors. Other folks have delivered writing works with similar correspondences. Thus we succeed in aligning our daily acting according to the characteristic behavior rules of the ancestors; we hear drastically of a knowledge collection concerning virtue and wisdom, measure and right of hospitality and naturally from the elementary experience of the love, which brought the old Icelanders in agency of all germanic tribes on pergament. With joy we become their wise sayings into our hearts chisels.
For a too long time a strange and lying faith term abused our soul strength. The faith and the obedience in a tyrannical, despotical and vengeful God were exhausted. The arguments of dominant power shrink and one of monotheistic religion, soulless science and modern temptations dominated mankind find the own, age-old cure, in order to renew the eternal bond in the equivalent relationship between nature and humans. The following generations will thank it.
Frank Wilke, Torgelow, Scheiding 26./08