Empty Days

Tuesday, June 22, 2004



Tradition and Reality.

What is particularly interesting is to observe to just what extent those relying on the traditional religious perspective are unable to apprehend the woes actually undermining this world of ours. They claim higher ground of millenial authority - refering to Thomas Aquinas or St-Augustine - yet this searching for ready-made answers in a past long by-gone serves them not: it makes them blind to what the world around them is really made of - in essence, it blinds them to themselves, for they too are children of this world and not that of Aquinas or Augustine.

The inability to apprehend reality while hiding behind the stale shield of once-mighty ideas examplifies the blindness of such critics. They see the rot and can't understand what causes it - all the while claiming mere abandonment of tradition.

But, dear Sirs, restoring tradition "as is" is certainly not the magic answer to this reality of ours. Before claiming salvation you might perhaps want to take a naked look at what this reality is made of, what you yourselves are made of - and you will easily see how your supposed answers do not and can't apply.

A willingness to be blind and well-hidden from himself is the first characteristic of the traditionalist.





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