According to a number of current reports, the current military escalation directed by the increasingly unhinged, dangerous, fascist President of the United States on civilian protesters is now known as “Operation Themis”. Yes, Themis, as in the ancient Hellenic titan goddess of divine law and order, the traditional rules of conduct first established by the gods themselves, counselor to Zeus, and one who helps bring law, fate, and good order to the world. This is obscene and blasphemous, but after the President’s forceful takeover of a church and eviction of its members and priest—who were engaged in treating the injured from earlier police brutality—all for the sake of a photo op with an upside-down Bible through the use of teargas and flashbangs, vile and horrific as it is, this is nothing new we wouldn’t otherwise expect from him.
So, Themis. Alright then. They want to invoke Themis? Then let’s fucking invoke Themis right and right now.
O Themis, lady of law and custom of the divine!
Let your law stand against the grandest crime
against the gods, hubris itself, in defacing your name
with their mortal, miasmatic horrors!
Aid us who too rise up and, with Nikē and Tukhē in tow,
bring us out of struggle and strife!
May we always honor your name and fane
in the fame and honor you deserve,
and may those who take it in vain toil in vain,
wailing in sorrow as you hold them to account
for their crimes against man and god,
all of us the children of Zeus the Father of All!
How dare they profane your name,
how dare they profane the honor of their brethren,
how dare they continue in their hubris and crimes
against divinity, divine humanity, and nature divine!
Themis and all the gods,
support us who must work to end this,
and aid us in this our work!
Yours is good, divine order;
it is for us to know ourselves and our proper place in it.
Woe to the transgressors of their bounds;
you set their own tormentors upon them!
For too long has good order been transgressed by callous wickedness.
Help us, help us, o kindly-minded Themis!
It’s rare I do a tweet-thread (which is what this prayer was done in) while lying in bed. It’s even more rare that I’m pushed to composing a fire-and-brimstone extemporaneous, prayer on the spot. As a result, I apologize for any crudeness or sloppiness in the prayer; this was more of an ejaculatory prayer than anything, but perhaps it’s that instant hot fire of righteousness that something useful can come out of it. Bonus points, too, to those who can catch the subtle reference in the final line. My apologies to my Twitter and Facebook followers who just saw this posted on those media, but this was too good—and too important to me—to not also share more centrally on my own blog.
How fucking dare they.
P.S.: Also, while you’re reading this, help encourage good law, good order, and good justice by supporting a good and worthy cause, especially one local to you! Here’s a masterthread on Twitter by the inestimable Molly Conger (@socialistdogmom) who compiled resources on who to donate to, what to sign, and who to call to help support the current protests and causes going on around the USA!
The Kindly Ones? Hoo boy.