Monday, May 23, 2016
How much can a system-philosophy change without destroying itself?
I think conservatism can offer more radical or revolutionary change, or transformations, of old systems and philosophies than conservatives think it can. But it might be going too far to speak of “creative destruction,” which is usually only destruction. It's not “out with the old, in with the new.” I would argue that St. Thomas radically transformed old Aristotle while retaining him, and Jesus radically transformed Judaism while retaining it.
How many truly great radical thinkers have come out of school tests, quizzes, study groups, or even expert mentorships? Most of the new technology geeks, entrepreneurs, and humanities nerds completely ignore biological human nature in their worldviews. What great wisdom or knowledge can come from that?
Inoculating too much of the new with the old can destroy the old. But I think we can fuse the old with the radically new, which is what creative deep-conservatism requires. We humans still retain the reptile and fish brain along with the new cortex. That tends to be how natural evolution works.
The Twofold Path in theological materialism is a retention of the very old Involuntary Inward Path of traditional religion, while radically transforming it in the Evolutionary Outward Path. The Inward Path leading to the symbolic experience of the God or Father Within---which was the central ascetic goal of traditional religions---is retained but transformed radically in the Evolutionary Outward Path of material evolution to real Godhood.
Theological materialism strains the old system a bit at first, but then smoothly harmonizes with it. Modern life, science, evolution, can this way be included in religion, whereas modern culture is destroying religion and reducing the world to only indulgence and debauchery.