Leben wie vor 100 Jahren – Filmbildsendung – Florian Schmitz – YouTube

I may have shared this previously, but even if I did, it’s worth a re-visit: Florian Schmitz seeks to live, to the greatest extent possible, according to the model of his forebears of c. 1900. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for this young man! I wish there were a version of this video with English subtitles.

It is of course true that “you can’t go home again”; alterity (the state of being other or different, otherness – particularly with respect to the differences between our present age and earlier times) is a real thing. However, sometimes you can bring the best parts (or at least, adapt or interpret them) of the past into the present.

Sometimes, perhaps often, we should!

Lack of respect for, and connection with, the past, our traditions – Tradition itself – is a major piece of our present malaise. A tree cut off from its roots cannot be healthy, and will soon wither. The same is true of a culture or society. And we in the West are increasingly cut off from our past, our traditions, our cultural heritage: and not accidentally; all too often, intentionally, as part of a focused program of social engineering.

What this young man is doing is an act of creative rebellion against the modernist / post-modernist machine, and I salute him for it.

Update / Nota Bene: A friend of mine advises me that it is possible to get a translation by adjusting one’s YouTube settings to “Close-captioned,” set subtitles to German, and then select the translation function to English. The resulting machine translation is clunky, imprecise, and a little hard to follow, but it allows a non-German-speaker (like me) to get at least the gist of what Florian is saying. Many thanks, Angela!

H.P. Lovecraft: “Agrarian feudalism” | WrathOfGnon

Source: WrathOfGnon : Photo

H.P. Lovecraft is best known, when he is known at all, as an author of classic occult horror fiction – Call of Cthulhu and the like. Yet he was in fact quite the traditionalist, as this quote makes clear: indeed, as one commentator has put it, “his fiction about the terror of the great beyond is less of a fantasy and more of a warning.”

J.R.R. Tolkien was less extreme in his writings than Lovecraft, but expressed a similar warning, when for example he spoke of the Dwarves of Moria, who “delved too deep, and woke the Nameless Horror,” or when he spoke through Gandalf, counseling that “it is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.”

We contemporary humans tend to think that the fact that we have the ability to do something is in and of itself sufficient justification to attempt it. I strongly suspect that neither Tolkien nor Lovecraft would agree with that viewpoint.

At any rate, I quite agree with the quote pictured above.