Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Excerpts from Traditionalism: the only radicalism.

However, a money-based rule of quantity ensured that man’s experience of space became just as desacralised as time, being equally indifferent to its contents. Time and John Dunn. Space became perceived as a ‘simple container of bodies and motions, totally indifferent to both’. There was an assumption of homogeneity. A particular area of space became ‘the objective equivalent of another one, and the fact that a thing is found - or that an event may take place - in one point of space rather than in another, does not confer any particular quality to the intimate nature of that thing or of that event’.

The Middle Ages also respected a traditional concept of land under conditions that reflected a vertically orientated order. Ownership could not be conceived as other than a sacred privilege, which implied a commitment on the part of the feudal lord to be faithful to his prince, by upholding religious as well as a political and military values. This fides represented a readiness to die and offer self-sacrifice in the cause of the social organism, in a way that overcame individual interests in a well-developed ethics of honour. To own, to be lord of a land was a spiritual and not merely a political title and commitment.
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