@Potemkin , and others;
On another part of Cyberspace I was told I had to decide on being a ''Tory'' or a ''Whig'', a ''Reactionary'' or a ''Revolutionary'', I guess.
Do I have to decide? Or do I simply allow myself a vantage point which best reflects reality as I see it, in all it's faceted glory?
Is Christian Tradition against antibiotics, electricity? Is it against a political and socio-economic system being organized which it's organizers think best for society at this time? What is this ''Modernity'' which I rail against if it isn't about the times we live in as such?
The ''Modernity'' which I am steadfastly against is as old as this fallen world. It's a mindset which is set against the God in which I believe in, a worldview which is entirely concerned with material things, wants and needs, to the point of exclusionary hatred of God and even one's fellow man, a worldview of Rebellion. It's the foundation upon which Capitalism and the Bourgeoisie were built (probably multiple times, before the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Babel, and today in our age. Again, Rebellion.
But what about Revolution? Isn't that necessarily ''Rebellion'' too? Not quite.
All Revolutionaries have been Rebels against God and Man, partaking of that spirit which wrestles against that which Is, but Revolution is different, clearly showing the hand of Divine Providence at work to elevate the society as a whole. They know not what they do, and they often fail in everything for which they themselves plan personally, but somehow mysteriously change the very nature of things in the world, except human nature.
Is America or France or Russia what their Revolutionaries wished to bring about? Somehow I think not. But I also suspect that these Revolutions are still ongoing.
Another facet of their strange existence is that Revolutions as opposed to mere Rebellion come about in an absence or abdication (voluntarily or involuntarily) of Sovereign rule by the Monarchs of the lands which go into Revolution. This is by war being waged upon their subjects exactly as upon a foreign power being invaded, abdication of a Monarchy one cannot ethically abdicate from in the midst of war, attempted flight to foreign enemies of the Revolution which one had earlier tacitly supported, etc... Leaving a new government to develop organically from the people.
For Rebellion is actually ''Counter-Revolution'', where the Rebellion against man part of the rebellion against God and man is expressed by ''you work and i'll eat'' as Abraham Lincoln put it.... The freedom to kill and plunder and enslave others so they can work like industrial robots or domesticated animals, every single damn time when you look and reflect upon it. The writers of this song put it best;''White is the Army and Black is the Baron, They want to restore the old Tsar's Throne...''
Aye and the Landlords and Capitalists too.
So I challenge someone to go back if they dare and show me where my Belief as I expressed It at the beginning of this thread, is a Tradition that leads to exploitation and reaction. It doesn't. It saves souls and lives and societies, transforms the human person both individually and collectively; ''Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'', and ''Love thy neighbor as you would yourself''.
Nobody seems to hold back from themselves much, after all. It comes down to Egoism versus Altruism on the political and social plane, does it not? For Revolutions result in Republics, which are for the Common Good, while Rebellion strives for Private selfish ''good'' at the expense of others.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.