Fußball ist tot
For many years in the wilderness of the mountain Paddy-Thustra embraced solitude. Finally, brimming with wisdom he decided to leave his exile and share the fruits of his sacrifice with the world of the ordinary supporter.
“I must descend into the depths: as you do at evening, when you go behind the sea and bring light to the underworld too, superabundant star!”
During Paddy-Thustra’s descent he encountered an old hermit who asked him what business he had with the football supporter. Paddy-Thustra replied that he loved the support and is bringing them the gift of his painstaking endeavours. The old man warned him that mainstream support will not take kindly to his offering, but will respond with ridicule and hatred. But Paddy-Thustra brushed aside the old man’s warning, and continued on his mission.
He soon comes upon Glasgow, where a large crowd is gathered, awaiting a trapeze performance by a famous green and white footballer. Seizing upon the opportunity to spread his wisdom, Paddy-Thustra begins by teaching the crowd of the tragic deceit of the Five Way Agreement.
“I will teach you how to reach your Sacred Destiny. ‘Old Firm Man’ is something that should be overcome. What have you done to overcome him? All creatures hitherto have created something beyond themselves: and do you want to be the ebb of this great tide, and return to the animals rather than overcome the Old Firm Man?”
Paddy-Thustra urges the crowd to reject the teachings of the Plc and instead create a new meaning; in which the natural instincts are seen as sources of energy to be overcome for the sake of self-realisation. This new meaning, Paddy-Thustra announces to be their Sacred Destiny.
The philosophy of the Plc repressed this aspiration by spreading the idea that to seek domination and dependence upon the Plc was the highest good. The individual was taught by the Executives not to overcome himself, but to deny himself, to embrace Old-Firmism for the sake of corporate profit.
“Once you said ‘Domination’ when you gazed across the Clyde; but now I have taught you to say “Sacred Destiny.”
The footballer’s quest is dangerous as he must walk a tightrope suspended over a deep, profitable, religious chasm. So too, in bringing about their Sacred Destiny, the supporter must assume a great metamorphosis, never remain stagnant, but despite their fear always live for the sake of Love.
When Paddy-Thustra finished his speech, the crowd erupted in laughter. Believing the fault to lie in his approach, he tries a different tactic.
“Football is Dying…It’s crippled by…the corruption of values.” He informs them that this decline is breeding, “the most contemptible man” : “The Old Firm Man”, the counter ideal of our shared Sacred Destiny.
“It is time for man to fix his goal. It is time for man to plant the Resolution of his purest hope.
The supporters soil is still rich enough for it. But this soil will one day be poor and weak; no longer will a high tree be able to grow from it…”
The Old Firm Man is the individual who gorges in consumption. In satisfying base desires, he claims to have “discovered happiness” by virtue of the claim that he lives in the most successful era of the club’s history.
But the superficial self-infatuation of the Old Firm Man conceals a deep-rooted anxiety On some level, the Old Firm Man knows that despite his pleasures and comforts, he is empty and terrified. He has nothing he can use to justify the pain and struggle needed to realise his Sacred Destiny. He ignores the toxicity of the Taig-Hun axiom.
In his soul Old Firm Man knows he’s passed up the opportunity to realise his ancient Sacred Destiny and fantanises about running away to the fertile financial soil to the hostile South.
The footballer begins his dangerous high wire crossing from the Tower of Hate to the Tower of Destiny. The courage of the lonely figure in green and white isn’t enough.
A mendacious executive intervenes and distracts him. The footballer falls to his death. The brave player’s attempt at self-transformation ends surrounded by the sneering, triumphalism of the Old Firm Man.
Dying in the arms of Paddy-Thustra the footballer senses the toxic vitriol of mankind. His final breath is silenced by the Old Firm Man’s wretched Banshee howls of “Taig and Hun.” Chants born in the darkest recesses of the mind, where the foulest of deeds are schemed and entombed.
During his ill-fated high wire walk and fall the footballer tasted the freedom of the Sacred Destiny. A freedom Old Firm Man will never experience.
Paddy-Thustra looks to the sky and sees an eagle soaring through the delicate innocence of the clouds, a snake is coiled around its neck. The snake and the eagle are secret accomplices, their eyes are fixed on the Sky and the hazardous terrain to the lucrative South.
When will the mainstream supporter see freedom’s light?
“It is the same with the human being as with the tree. The higher they climb into the height and light, the more strongly their roots strive earthward, downward, into the dark, the depths – into evil.”
With grateful thanks to the contribution and interpretations of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
The above by The Gombeen Man. firstname.lastname@example.org