It is our shared traditions that bind us together, and it is to those traditions we must look for our revitalization. Remembering that there is something good about the world that was will lead us to remember that there is more goodness to remember.
Professor Esolen demonstrated faith and virtue in a time when the value of both are laughed at and mocked.
Today we continue our month long celebration of the poetic work of Professor Tolkien. We have looked at a somewhat random assortment of his shorter poems, and we have also had the sheer enchanting joy of reading the sublime madness of Tom Bombadil. Today, the theme is honor and lament. An astute reader of Tolkien … Continue reading Tolkien: Deep Roots Are Not Reached by the Frost
The modern world is stuck in a dysfunctional loop. It began long ago to pursue those things that ruin the soul. The soul, accordingly, began to fall into ruin, and man in response sought more of the same, all the while believing that the reason he had not yet received the happiness he was promised was because he did not have enough of the thing in the first place.
To embrace the truth is to embrace not only tradition, but to submit oneself to the reality that one is not his own god, that there exists something higher than him – a Greater Good. Unfortunately, this flies in the face of the individualist culture that has built up over time.
I do not believe that we shun our traditional ideas and beliefs because of their impracticality. I think we shun them because we know that what we have mocked and ridiculed actually is the proper order of the world, and we have simply drifted so far away from it as to hate it.
One may accurately consider nostalgia a sort of restlessness for a sense of belonging, comfort, or peace. We are all longing to go home.