Ought we, therefore, not to refrain from despair over the prospects of the West, not just because despair is a sin, but because our despair will tend to frustrate the cure that might this very minute be working its way through the dough like yeast?
Kristor clarifies the distinction between despair and 'pessimism' which may be simply a realistic appraisal of what is needed.
What I hope to get clearer, for myself and others, is a recognition of what is needed, not a socio-political change but A Great Awakening of some kind.
And I commented:
There's an element of pride in despair. Because we cannot see a way out, we conclude that there is none.
But if the cause is just, does it really matter whether it is doomed or not? Aren't we called to keep on fighting the good fight, and not concern ourselves so much with how it's all going to end?
We should not seek to know the future. Instead, we should seek to know the good.
If there is to be a "Great Awakening", might it not be a turn back toward contemplation of the Good, and away from strategizing and calculating what will "work"?
Coincidentally, Gornahoor also has a post today, describing the "tactics of the occult war:"
Yet, those who can only understand in terms of facts, material causes, and visible leaders still think at the level of brutes. Even worse, many men, wishing to be seen as intelligent, deliberately cultivate this view, thereby blinding themselves to any deeper understanding.
Let no one be deceived into believing that this is a simple matter. Even among those who desire to, or claim to, follow Tradition, there are many who fall victim to the tactics of the occult war, including some whom I have known personally for some time and would have expected a bit more insight.
Evola describes this War, at its most fundamental layer, as the battle between the forces of Order and the forces of Chaos. This necessarily assumes, without question or dispute, that there is a Cosmic Order, which we have been calling Logos and obviously a force behind that Logos, which we have called Providence, in accordance with Guenon and other Traditional and Hermetic authors. Hence, two requirements are imperative for anyone who wishes to consciously engage in this War.
1. He must understand the Cosmic Order
2. He must align his Will with the forces of that Order
The dimension of depth is the province of the Spirit, apart from and beyond any physical or material considerations. Obviously, then, to begin such an engagement, the spiritual warrior must first of all wage that battle in his own consciousness.