Midvinterblot (Midwinter’s sacrifice), Carl Larsson, 1915
Grindslanten (The gate coin), August Malmström, 1885
Jämlikhet I (Equality I), Markus Andersson, 2009
The Wanderer above the Sea of Frog, Caspar David Friedrich, ca. 1818
I recently heard from a friend who on his travels to China met a Taoist practitioner who cried when he began to explain that there was no one left in all of China interested in Taoist practice and philosophy.
The Far East is revered for it’s deeply held spirituality, yet it is little discussed how the atheistic Neomarxism of the country coupled with its obsession over economic development has served a final death blow to indigenous Chinese spirituality. Christianity, admittedly, is spreading, but some of that is due to Chinese attempts at Westernization.
This is the side of modernism that is little discussed, but is in fact it’s core value. The sweeping, all devouring “progress”, which is simply a change in mindset from the valuation of quality to quantity. It is a move from the spiritual to the material, the infinite to the finite, the self sustaining community to the all consuming self. It is base materialism, which, like a cancer devours all that falls outside it’s narrow atomistic worldview. It is this that we, as Radical Traditionalists seek to resist.
Riddaren rider, John Bauer, 1914
Saint George and the Dragon, Paulo Uccello, ca. 1470