Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Modernity: growing up too soon in worldliness and sexuality; growing up too late in wisdom and responsibility
Wisdom, be attentive! This and the second quotation below are from Jeff Culbreath. Our culture now gives you the worst of childishness (not childlikeness) and adulthood and prevents the best.
If you want to talk about ‘traditional’ human life trajectories, they ought to try looking back further than 1960.

For one thing, the idea that children who live with their parents have not — for that reason alone — ‘grown up’ is highly un-traditional and unique to modernity. Nevertheless, it's true that moderns seem stuck in perpetual adolescence when it comes to social, intellectual and emotional maturity.
As I’ve blogged before, Jeff taught me the idea of having traditional closely knit neighbourhoods and towns where it really does take a village, not Mrs Clinton’s almighty state (the common thread between her seemingly anti-war stance in 1970 and her hawkishness today) but family and culture in which men and women can start being just that when their bodies tell them to. (Unnaturally prolong childhood when people are in their physical/reproductive prime -> lots of illicit sex. Duh!) All those grannies, aunts and cousins are built-in child care and the young men (not the silly modern meaning, not boys, but literally young, inexperienced men) can get a real job or at least be an apprentice with Dad, Grandpa or Uncle Jim.

I know: what if you want to be a doctor? The Amish are closely knit like that but don’t have them. (But our religion doesn’t prevent it.) You have to go away for a while to become one. Like how I knock distributists and hippy communes; capitalism has done more good than they ever will, as well-meaning as they — and ‘back to the old neighbourhood’ — are. Perhaps unlike the real old school there’s got to be some give for that libertarian cornerstone, individual liberty. But most of us libertarians agree with the palæos, with men of the right like Jeff, that this liberty isn’t a licence to be selfish. At least there’s the no-harm principle (your liberty ends where another’s harm begins). And right-libertarians along with people like Jeff and the late Edmund Burke would argue for local, natural authorities as good.

Steve Sailer, who mostly (but not always?) doesn’t like clannish traditional Catholic peoples (low trust of outsiders), says nuclear families among Anglos go back to mediæval England (which he says made the English build a great country because they had to trust people outside the clans but then you get statism including the moralistic Calvinistic kind the English Puritans took with them to America) but the point remains.

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