Mickey Z. -- World News Trust
June 5, 2018
On Planet Patriarchy, males dominate. Thus, our decisions and inventions impact all forms of life 24/7. This series of articles will explore some of the “creations” spawned by the hearts and minds of men. Previously, it was firebombing and depleted uranium weapons and dam busting and torture (part 1) and nuking civilians. For article #6, it’s berserkers.
“Odin’s men rushed forwards without armour, were as mad as dogs or wolves, bit their shields, and were strong as bears or wild oxen, and killed people at a blow, but neither fire nor iron told upon them. This was called Berserkergang.” (13th century Icelandic poet, Snorri Sturluson)
Berserkers, according to The Internet™, are “a class of Nordic peoples who could be found preforming inhuman feats on the battlefield. Uncontrollable rage is the signature of the berserker.”
The term “berserkers” may derive from either (or both):
Any or all of this is true:
Vikings, in general, and berserkers, in particular, were both feared and revered in their time. They’re idealized and romanticized today -- along with an endless list of barbaric and sadistic male warrior cultures, e.g. Aztecs, Romans, Spartans, Samurai, Visigoths, Mongols, Ninjas, and too many more to list here.
Notably, we talk about them with the same tone with which we discuss today’s athletes, soldiers, movie heroes, etc.
Whether it’s Michael Jordan or a berserker, we (in the civilized set) utterly worship any man with the assassin mindset who will put on his game face and seem possessed as he tears your heart out in the name of no-holds-barred victory.
We name our sports teams after bloodthirsty killers (e.g. Warriors, Pirates, Raiders, Buccaneers, Vikings, etc.). From the thuggishly brutal world of prizefighting to the buffoonish realm of “pro” wrestling, popular nicknames include: Executioner, Ferocious, Macho, Bone Crusher, The Beast, Merciless, Body Snatcher, Hitman, and Undertaker.
As for pop culture, even the most cursory glance at common movie tropes is enough to recognize how deep an impact sadistic necrophilia has upon what we tellingly call “entertainment.” In addition, popular bands in genres like metal and hip-hop often co-opt and profit off the lethal, male supremacist warrior/take-no-prisoners motif.
The patriarchal terminology -- along with the awe and adoration -- we ascribe to historical berserkers is eerily similar to how we might today swoon over a ruthless fictional character like Rambo, a pro athlete/convicted rapist like Mike Tyson, or hundreds of best-selling, violent video game concepts. However, as usual, these high profile examples also serve to obscure the endless supply of real-life male criminals currently wreaking mayhem on every inch of the globe. Thanks to male pattern violence, “berserkers” are a 24/7 norm.
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From the hearts and minds of men: Berserkers (and other 'warriors') by Mickey Z. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at https://worldnewstrust.com/from-the-hearts-and-minds-of-men-berserkers-and-other-warriors.