The Word of Old: Tradition, Revelation and the Impossibility of Revolution (pt. 1)

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  1. Han Fei says:

    Excellent, as always. It is such a pity that your views do not see greater traction among the more intellectual part of the “counter-cultural” milieu. But we can perhaps work to change that in the future.

    One can make a predictable reply – abstract metaphysics is nice and all, but how will it help us to know what needs to be done? However I’ve come to realize that what needs to be done is more often than not, clear in plain sight. What is necessary is the power and the authority to do so, both in the internal realm and the external. Power and authority in politics have largely nothing to do with mere human conceptions of social control, which with few exceptions tend to be driven by the current rather than at the helm of its steering. This brings us to metaphysics. The understanding of this important, yet for most people, elusive truth has led me down a long path of re-evaluation of my life’s principles and the acceptance of the essential role that faith plays in shaping human civilization. We can’t fully detach religion from its historically established basis. It isn’t something we just “choose” according to our whim. It is a component of what constitutes a human being (or at least one deserving of that name) no less important than blood.

    The main source of attack against Christianity comes from those who see it as a “weak” religion that is contrary to the European spirit. The ceaseless supplication for outside grace and the penitent, humbling attitude are seen as unworthy of a true “Aryan”, heroic spirit, which finds its motive source for transcendence within the Self. Yet the examples of heroism in Greek and Norse mythology were always incontrovertibly tragic, eliciting that fundamental void all mortals possess – the knowledge of human fallibility is no Christian invention. Whatever glimpses of higher destinies opened to the heroic figures in these ancient poems invariably met a violent end under the ever grinding wheel of earthly Chaos. At least the Sumerian Gilgamesh lived long enough to pass on the tale of his woes to his children – his Germanic and Greek counterparts were generally not so lucky.

    An analogy would serve to better illustrate this point. What kinds of food does a person suffering from illness eat to expedite his recovery? Cream filled cakes, pork chops, ice cream and honey glazed ribs? No, it is likely he eats plain, easily digestible foods that assist the body’s healing. Similarly, Christ came at the mid-point of history to assist those who were ailing and sick, who essentially lost the health of the spirit in the mongrelized, cosmopolitan and carnal Roman world, not too dissimilar from our own. The Bible is anthropocentric for this very reason – you can’t talk about what grows in the garden when your own proverbial hut is on fire. To those men and women amidst whom He walked, He was a healer, teacher and a spiritual guide, much like perceived by most people throughout history. That He also essentially embodied the superhuman, sovereign and kingly qualities was something hidden from all but His most devoted followers. I am utterly convinced that there is absolutely no contradiction between the record of Christ’s ministry on Earth and that sublime ancient cosmic religion only barely glimpsed in humanity’s most ancient and sacred myths and passed down in verbal traditions. Those who try to juxtapose the two into opposing categories are making a distinction where none should be.

    Besides, many of the things the right loves, such as discipline, order, militarism, traditional gender roles, the family, harmony of ethnos and culture, the organic state, the social organization of the guild and pan-European unity all have their roots in the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches. As does the unrelenting, intellectually grounded opposition to masonic, liberal and Judaic worldviews. If one studies the subject carefully and diligently, one would more likely or not reach the conclusion that the only difference between Catholic social doctrines and those of Hitler lies in their metaphysical foundations.

  2. Lionel Chan says:

    Peace friends,

    The continuity and the completion of the Abrahamic in relation to the “pagan” and “passed down” before it is also possible using Quranic (if not Muslim) frameworks of understanding. It is arguable that it is a much less fraught with contradictions and dangers – the Eternal is not understood to be a Jewish man, no blood sacrifice is required for His forgiveness, loyalty to a particular passed down way is not binding in order to receive Salvation/Deliverance (even as blind acceptance of that which is passed down is not advised). And perhaps it has equal or superior worth against those that would see a split between certain revelations and that which came before it, simply by the principle that Prophets were sent to all Nations, and that all Nations are made different in certain essences for a Reason, and that all Prophets were equal in the message they conveyed (even if Jesus was the highest in terms of the miracles that were conveyed through him).

    Note that I understand that Islam as a religion, as opposed to the Quran, does instantiate something different to this principle. I am not here to defend this in any way,

    From another angle, what I understand of the essence of the “pagan” case (whether it be indigenous Australian, European or Chinese) is that whatever you may say about the problems of high Western Paganism near the end of its time, for which Christianity’s emphasis on the human, corporeal and personal did much to rebalance, these were simply not problems extant in other traditions (they did have others of course, unique to each). For that which “squarely elevates the human being in a very specific sense” as you say, but is not Christian, a read through Guenon’s “The Great Triad” will be very instructive.

    If this holds, Christianity as a universal is severely flawed. It is a specific solution for a specific problem amongst a particular class of a particular ancestral group. It itself is not Eternal, even though it can powerful point towards it for those that fit particular categories. This helps to explain why it’s attempt to instantiate its claim to universality over this particularity has been so devastating to traditions and peoples the world over, as well as to all our grounding in the corporeal as Western/modern/post-Christian (but shot through thoroughly with Christian assumptions, as Tom Holland makes an excellent case for) mental games become the required default lens by which to experience, perceive and understand the world.

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