Monday, April 11, 2022

Two realms.....................

 In the realm of tradition, truth is something that precedes individual human beings, something we inherit and must hand down, in turn.  We can discover truth and reason about it, to be sure, but we can't change it.  In the realm of progress, however, truth is what individuals or groups can articulate or build on their own, through scientific inquiry and their acts in history.  Truth thus becomes an ongoing project, a malleable thing.  In our realm of progress, tradition is viewed as not only antiquated and inefficient, but as an impediment to achievement.

     But what if that confidence of the modern world is an illusion, the product of a determined resolution not to confront the fundamental dilemmas of what it means to be fully human?  Or what if beneath the moderns' complacency lurks a deep soul-soreness?

     Pick your favorite negatively trending social indicator—loneliness, alienation, addiction, polarization, etc.—and the dire message is the same: the realm of progress can't fulfill our soul's yearning or satisfy our urge to put ourselves right with the sacred.

-Sohrab Ahmari, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos

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