Tradition

The Imaginative, Conservative Discipline of Memorization

By |2019-11-30T04:24:53-06:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Imagination, Permanent Things, Tradition|

Memorization gives honor to the past, both with our time, which is required for memorization, and with our attention, our willingness to make the past part of ourselves. It seeks the voices of truth, goodness, or beauty, whenever they first lived, and listens. At the risk of sounding trite, memorization is the imaginative, conservative [...]

“Concrete” Poetry and the Fall of Metaphor

By |2019-11-04T14:23:02-06:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Tradition|

Central to classical poetry is the concept of metaphor—metaphor not simply as a rhetorical device, but metaphor as central to the poem itself. Such use of metaphor is absent from modernist poetry. In a worldview that denies absolute truth outright or at least its knowability, nothing exists for metaphor to reveal. In my last [...]

The Past-Present

By |2019-07-18T12:54:06-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, History, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John's College, Time, Tradition|

The past is, indeed, a place in which to take refuge when it is necessary to pull back, to contemplate life, and to mull things over. The present is the phase for brisk deliberation, decision, and action; for being in that sleepwalking state in which we do, more or less surefootedly, the one thing [...]

Clarity and Obscurity: The Essences of Classical & Modern Poetry

By |2019-06-27T18:08:39-06:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Tradition|

As a sustained artistic school, modernism cannot endure. But classical art is eternal because the ideas it expresses are eternal. A resurrection of classical form does not represent a return to the past, real or imagined, but instead a return to sanity, a reorientation of the artistic eye back to its natural, fully human [...]

Barrett Wendell and New England Orderly Idealism

By |2019-06-26T10:32:44-06:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, History, Tradition|

Long after Barrett Wendell’s death, an elderly George Santayana remembered his former Harvard colleague fondly. “We were on the same side of the barricade.” Both he and Wendell loved the College with all its quirky traditions and sought to protect it from the academic innovations of President Charles Eliot. “We both desired to screen [...]

500 Pastas: Why America Lacks a National Cuisine

By |2019-05-13T13:31:08-06:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture, John Horvat, Tradition, Western Civilization|

Some American places have excellent local cuisines. However, the cultures that sustain them are dying, as they are in Italy with its pasta cuisine. We are losing our connection with the roots of cuisine because our culture is shattered, fragmented, and undermined by globalization. Paging through the food section of The Wall Street Journal, [...]

Virgil on Tradition

By |2019-10-10T12:29:32-06:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Aeneas, Civilization, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, Senior Contributors, Tradition, Virgil, Wisdom|

Citizens of the twenty-first century, learn from us to respect and honor your traditions. You seem so fascinated with novel, untried ideas that you often overlook the wisdom of the past. If we forget that legacy, we cease to be who we are. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other [...]

A Letter to the Seniors

By |2019-05-07T21:33:50-06:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Character, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot, Tradition, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

T.S. Eliot reaches into the unsaid, perhaps even into the ultimately unsayable, in a way that makes new possibilities present for those of his own time. Eliot comes out of the great tradition, the long conversation of the West, which is now your own earned inheritance as well. What will you do with it? [...]

Coming Home: Tradition and My Hometown

By |2019-09-02T10:54:09-06:00April 7th, 2019|Categories: History, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors, Tradition|

The beauty of one’s home, neighborhood, and community is easy to forget, especially in an age as transient and rootless as ours. Yet, it’s in the quiet moments or on a historic occasion in your hometown that you are pulled back to consider the things that surround you. “Coming home” is an important process [...]

Real Families Don’t Need Government Programs

By |2019-09-05T14:36:00-06:00March 24th, 2019|Categories: Community, Family, Liberalism, Marriage, Politics, Tradition|

Studies confirm that traditional families result in less delinquency, criminality, illness, drug use, sexual promiscuity and stress. The best family policy is carried out by the family itself. Those who need the “family” aid offered by liberal policymakers are not truly “families.” As the next national elections loom on the horizon, many liberal candidates [...]

Lent and the Divine Life

By |2019-03-28T15:34:35-06:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Tradition|

Fasting is far more than just an obligation or even a discipline; it is connected with the very mystery of life and death, of salvation and damnation. “Fasting is a medicine.” — St. John Chrysostom “The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” — Matthew [...]

A Brief Summary of Traditionalism

By |2019-03-07T16:19:47-06:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Government, Political Philosophy, Rights, Tradition|

The fundamental Traditionalist principle is that truth, which includes morality, is both knowable and unchanging. But is a traditionalist society possible in today’s day and age? The best way, I have found, to sum up my own views of society and politics is to call myself a Traditionalist. I was rather surprised to learn [...]