The West Is Stirring | John Waters | First Things

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The people of the West are stirring in their slumber.

Source: The West Is Stirring | John Waters | First Things

In response to a recent “Manifesto” by “30 Pro-Europe Intellectuals” (informally sub-titled in many media reports, “Europe is coming apart before our eyes”), John Waters writes,

“It soon becomes clear that what we have here is not ‘30 Pro-Europe Intellectuals’ but ‘30 Pro-European Union intellectuals,’ an entirely different kettle of drummer boys…

“These intellectuals sarcastically dismiss Europeans’ current craving to ‘reconnect with their national souls.’ ‘Abstractions such as ‘soul’ and ‘identity’ often exist only in the imagination of demagogues,’ they declare.”

Must be nice to be able to so blithely dismiss the highest aspirations of not only Europeans, but humans, over centuries and millennia as “abstractions” that “only exist in the imagination”! But indeed, these so-called, self -defined “intellectuals” do seem lacking in both soul and identity, so it’s no wonder they find these things irrelevant or dangerous. In Waters’ words,

“The failure of the E.U. project is causally related to Europe’s retreat from its rich Christian heritage. That retreat has left a vacuum that economics, liberalism, and materialism have failed to fill. A bogus liberalism has attacked and all but destroyed the three fundamental pillars of human society in Europe: family, Church, and nation. Yet all three are capable of resurgence at any moment. Early signs of such resurgence are what scared the E.U. intellectuals into print.”

The irony is that these “intellectuals” think they are avant-garde, cutting edge. In reality, it is they – not those they mock and decry – who are the dinosaurs, lurching toward extinction. Europe – the ordinary people of Europe, replete with both soul and identity – is on the verge of a major Awakening; indeed, it has already begun. As Waters points out,

“A revolution is happening across the free world. It is not a revolution of the ‘Right,’ ‘alt-right,’ or ‘far right,’ but a revolution from the concrete center, from the places where working people live and work to build, fix, paint, and clean the world as their antecedents did for thousands of years. It is fundamentally a reaction against lies, intimidation, official stupidity, and political correctness.

“It is already sweeping Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Sweden, and the countries of the Eastern bloc. It is at the back of Brexit and Donald Trump. It may not be an ‘intellectual’ movement, but it is a movement rooted in a deep and ancient intelligence — the intelligence of the human heart — which has beat for several thousand years at the center of the greatest civilization the world has ever seen. 

“The people of the West are stirring in their slumber. Yes, Europe is coming apart at the seams, but not in the ways the E.U. intellectuals divine. What they call ‘the bonfire of our freedoms’ has already happened” – indeed, they and their ilk were the ones doing the burning – “and the people who make and fix things are building a new Europe in the ashes of the old.”

Viva Europa! May the new Awakening grow, burgeon, and flourish across that great continent and among its people, and beyond!

Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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