Those of us who seek to preserve the Good, the True, and the Beautiful are aware, as the old saying goes, that “there be dragons” in the world who seek to destroy the invaluable inheritance that is Western Civilization.
Perhaps this has never been truer than it is today in our hyper-polarized world, where conservatives are now often branded “haters” and even “traitors” and “insurrectionists” by those who want to throw overboard the Permanent Things and build a progressive utopia.
At The Imaginative Conservative, we seek to preserve the American Republic and the Western Tradition on a daily basis, through the publication of essays that reflect the best of conservative thought, past and present. Since our inception more than a decade ago, our 8,100 essays have been read more than 23 million times.
We recognize that Western Civilization has been far from perfect, but also that it manifests so much of the Good, True, and Beautiful whose source is our Creator. It is also the source of its own reformation. As Imaginative Conservative co-founder Dr. Bradley J. Birzer has put it:
Every generation must judge the inherited goods—spiritually and materially—from the perspective of prudence, the classical virtue of choosing good from evil. When each generation receives the gifts of previous generations, it must reform, abolish, or pass on what has been given. It judges inherited goods by the norms of good and evil. Does the inheritance leaven or crush the dignity of the human person? One must judge by the lights that Providence has given each person.
“Fairy tales,” G.K. Chesterton tells us, “do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” We too can fight the dragons in our lives with joy and hope.
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