A World Joined In Part
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie…
…Yet there is a disaster which is already very much with us. I am referring to the calamity of an autonomous, irreligious humanistic consciousness.
It has made man the measure of all things on earth — imperfect man, who is never free of pride, self-interest, envy, vanity, and dozens of other defects. We are now paying for the mistakes which were not properly appraised at the beginning of the journey. On the way from the Renaissance to our days we have enriched our experience, but we have lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility.
We have placed too much hope in politics and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. It is trampled by the party mob in the East, by the commercial one in the West. This is the essence of the crisis: the split in the world is less terrifying than the similarity of the disease afflicting its main sections. [A World Split Apart]
Too often, we on the Right unquestioningly accept the thinking of the Enlightenment as the be-all and end-all of Wisdom. Though we may not want to admit it, we have made the crafters of it into Demi-gods, people who we say and declare possessed some kind of Knowledge that was unique in History and the most Enlightened in insight, profundity, and sagacity.
Too many of us are ever-ready to tout our allegiance at the Court of these Demi-gods. We have let our Pride in this reflected Glory blind us to the hard-won Wisdom that had accumulated before the Enlightenment. So many of us, if we are honest enough to admit it, believe that the World started anew in the 17th Century.
While the Scottish Enlightenment [and the Renaissance, too] were great steps forward in the real progress of Mankind, there was a downside, as Mr. Solzhenitsyn described so well in 1979, one that has led to The Present Crisis, which threatens to consume Western Civilization in the Flames of Barbarity.
The disease is Leftism and it has produced an overweening Vanity and Presumption, one that is deadly to the Soul of Man — especially the Man who seeks to Preserve and Restore the Good, for he makes his task much harder by his refusal to fight the disease that is tearing and gnawing at his Soul, seeking to devour it.
And he reduces himself to being the kin of Totalitarians who, like him, let their arrogant presumptions rule them. And that is Moral Treason — a Mortal Sin.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.