Moving Ahead from the Vantage Point of Tradition
I intend to bring about through this article my thoughts and reflections relating to what I consider the organic development of society. For most of my Catholic audience reading this article (specifically those from a Traditional bent) will know about the concept of an Organic development within the liturgy. Namely the concept that the Mass has room for organic growth and similarly that within this growth, the Mass builds upon the great Traditional gestures, theological implications, language and many other things which has given us the Mass which we have today. This Organic development is thus in hermeneutic continuity for it allows the Mass to slowly developing while keeping in continuity with the Old.
It is in this article which I will bring about the concept which I shall consider and call the Organic Development of Society. Just as the Mass for Catholics has an Organic element to it, I will argue that society has this or at least should have this certain organic element as well. In society we shall move forward within the vantage point of Tradition. There are many questions which are brought about in regards to society such as technological change and how such thing should be implemented. This also ranges from other tough questions such as those related to morality, custom, society, and various other aspects of a societal setting.
Society regardless of what the new problems are, needs to preserve tradition. Tradition in a societal sense does not mean being absolute inflexibility and being unable to adapt to face new problems or even old problems which may be made more complex in a modern world. Rather Tradition and thus the Organic development of society once again means moving forwards from the vantage point of Tradition. There are many other ways in which this can be phrased. Another way to express such idea could also be stated as applying old-world solutions to new-world problems.
There is a common trend to think that new is always better. Many ideas (most of which came about Post Enlightenment and in modernity) have given us this perception. Because of Hegelian schools of thought, for example, there arises the view that the past is always understood in light of the present. This mentality naturally leads to an outlook that new is always better.
Traditionalists including myself are for that reason in great contrasts with modernists and others including those holding on to Hegelian schools of thought. In contrast we traditionalists believe that the present should be sought in the light of the Old. It is by looking at the great solutions of the past and similarly by holding on to the great institutions, values and outlooks which made Western Civilization great that need to be implemented.
I am hoping that this may not be the last and only article relating to this subject which I will write about. This is a specific subject which I have greatly thought about and which I am planning to expand upon later in the future. The reality though is that in one way or another society just as the Mass for Catholics needs to have an organic growth and we have seen the destructive effects of radical change including the various destructive revolutionary changes which has plagued society for the last centuries in the modern world. Similarly this is true in regards to a great disservice and destruction that has plagued the Catholic Mass by those who have wanted to change it radically to something that it is not.
I am interested in what readers of my website have to say and add to this topic. In what ways do you think we can apply Old World solutions to New World problems? In what can we learn from the great past civilizations through the past centuries such as those of the Medieval which greatly developed and founded the beginning of the Western Civilization that we have?