Monday, April 27, 2009

Tradition, Globalization, Civilization, and Conservatism

From the Greg R. Lawson Blog

Spengler, or David P. Goldman, examines the competitive nature of many Chinese and contrasts that with what he clearly believes to be a slothfully indulgent West. I do not subscribe to all of Spengler’s ideas, but his general thesis that civilizations die by no longer valuing their future posterity, while new, hungry civilizations rise, is a sobering thought experiment for those convinced of the possibility of manmade utopias at the end of the rainbow.

Civilizations, in fact most civilizations, die. Only those that are still relatively young seem to still be alive and even as they live, they struggle. Competition is ceaseless and once the will for competition ceases to exert its gravitational pull, lethargy is spawned.

To be a conservative is to recognize the limitations of man and be willing to even take pride in some of the very things that make him parochial. This doesn’t mean we should remain standing in one place forever with feet of clay, but it should sober us to the prospects of what is the best that can happen in this world ... A conservative must defend what has been great, because to defend what “may be great” is a leap of faith more difficult than believing in God and far more likely to sow seeds of bitterness when the inevitable disappointment saps that once youthful vigor. At that point, a rootless, existential ambiguity consumes those once well meaning hopes.

Tradition is posterity and the cumulative total of history’s lessons. Losing tradition will kill civilization.

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