Remembering in a World of Forgetting: Thoughts on Tradition by William Stoddart

By William Stoddart

This e-book encompasses a wide-ranging choice of writings through perennialist writer William Stoddart that disclose the various fake ideologies of postmodernism (forgetting) and get in touch with for a go back to standard faith, in particular in its mystical dimensions (remembering).

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Collectivism means the generation of quantitative power from below. Its opposite is spontaneous submission to qualitative power from above. This latter involves individual responsibility and the ability to recognize legitimate authority. In the past, people submitted to the self-evident truths of religion; today they espouse, in mass movements, the outward trappings of religion. Khomeinîism and Qadhâfîism are cases in point. So are Serbian and Hindu and many other contemporary nationalisms. This form of collectivism may be called “denominationalism”.

25 Remembering in a World of Forgetting of which was “self-determination”, the first time these fateful words achieved prominence. The idea may have been well-intentioned—a safeguard against putative imperial oppression—but it has since become a dogma of the modern world and of the United Nations, and is the “philosophical” justification of almost all current communalism and ethnic conflict. To paraphrase the words of the late Professor John Lodge, often quoted by Ananda Coomaraswamy: from the four great empires known to the Tibetans to the present-day “United Nations”, quelle dégringolade!

The notion of orthodoxy is particularly important in a world in which the great religions have become explicitly aware of one another, and in which their adherents often live cheek by jowl. It is similarly important in the field of comparative religion. This point has been well expressed by Bernard Kelly: 43 Remembering in a World of Forgetting Confusion is inevitable whenever cultures based on profoundly different spiritual traditions intermingle without rigid safeguards to preserve their purity.

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