Monday, February 20, 2017

It is the revival of the West, not the destruction of the West, which theological materialism affirms

The Traditionalist School, from Rene Guenon and Julius Evola to Aleksandr Dugin, made the fatal mistake of turning back to spiritualism and rejecting most of the history of Western material philosophy.

Platonism/Vedism connected reason and faith, which the Middle Ages affirmed, but then Descartes and the Enlightenment separated reason from faith, leading to Nietzsche who said only the will-to-power was behind reason/faith, which postmodernism affirmed. Then the neo-traditionalist school of Dugin moved back to spiritualism, essentially rejecting Western philosophy and science, saying that man could be in the world but not of the world. A hierarchy of values put materialism (and the West) on the bottom of a hierarchy reaching up to priest-kings and to a non-material God or Being abstractly defined by spiritualism.

Philosophers on the Right or the Left could have followed after the Beyondist science of psychologist Raymond Cattell and the sociobiology of E.O.Wilson, but they essentially turned their backs on Western science and went back to the Vedas and Plato's anti-materialism. Unfortunately they took many Western thinkers with them, who now condemn the West.

The philosophy of theological materialism did not take that fatal non-Western turn. Materialism is the vehicle by which we evolve to supermaterial Godhood, and science, religion, art, and politics can aid in this sacred evolution. It is the revival of the West, not the destruction of the West, which theological materialism affirms. It is the conservative reformation or transformation of religion, not the rejection of religion, and not a turning back to life-denying spiritualism, which theological materialism affirms.

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