Antimodernism is …

  • A respect for tradition
  • The rejection of progress
  • The belief that change can only be sanctioned if it protects or corrects existing institutions
  • An optimism towards the past and pessimism towards the future
  • Knowing that the past is fundamentally different from the future
  • Where we have no need to explain or justify the past: the past justifies and explains us
  • An awareness of the fact that it is easier to destroy than to create
  • The opposition to ideas of transgression and repudiation
  • An epistemological modesty: we know that there is much we do not know
  • The desire to protect and support our own culture
  • An appreciation of the importance of home; of the local rather than the global; of identifying with the familiar
  • An understanding that there can be no innovations in morals
  • Knowing that humans are not capable of perfection and that the attempt it not only bound to fail but dangerous
  • The understanding that a society has not purpose other than its own continuance. This is what allows individuals to flourish and prosper
  • Appreciating that change will always be unpredictable and uncontrollable
  • Knowing that we need fixed points to relate ourselves to. We need to put down roots and we need clear routes to follow
  • An acceptance of what we are, where we are, both collectively and individually
  • The knowledge that society depends on freedom and that freedom depends on order
  • The understanding that there are no hidden structures below everyday reality and no necessary outcomes
  • An unwillingness to question and an acceptance of the world as it is

 

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