There is an archetype that I used to fear: the lonely shaman. The lonely shaman is essentially an individual who is able to reach beyond his immediate physical world and attain knowledge and wisdom, yet that knowledge ultimately causes him to become isolated.
I think this archetype always stood out to me by virtue of its horrific plausibility. If you’re a certain kind of person, it’s easy to look out and see the path of your life and recognize that, in one sense or another, successfully or not, you will always be on a path seeking more and more knowledge and a deeper understanding of the universe.
Yet at what cost does this knowledge come?
Man is a naturally social animal. From my perspective, it is impossible to divorce man from the social groups he is a part of, be it his family, community, nation, or historical lineage. The Doctrine of Fascism says, “Outside history man is nothing”, and this is obviously the case. A man alone on a island who had never known a society would have his interior life and spirit, but he would hardly be a man in the sense that we use the term.
So man’s groups define and create him. Paradoxically, we, who choose to recognize this have chosen a path that makes social life in the traditional sense absolutely impossible.
The gate to reactionary and nationalistic thinking is a filter that weeds out the weak: to take up the raiment of modern right wing thought makes you the satanic anti-Christ in the popular Western liberal paradigm. You are literally the problem. Extremely young children are taught to hate you. People openly discuss the fact that people that have your viewpoint are fundamentally sick. In the colloquial mindset you are barely human.
How people will see you if they realize you’re a right wing reactionary isolationist nativist who loves Western culture and hates political correctness.
The nationalist and traditionalist path is extremely difficult to embark on because it involves severing every single support system that culture normally gives to you. At every possible opportunity you will receive the maximum level of resistance from the “group” at large and almost no one will have any sympathy for you.
During the feudal period of Japan there was a term, “ronin”, for a samurai who had in some sense gone rogue. Ronin were masterless for one reason or another (sometimes they were encouraged to spend some time as a ronin, or their master died, or they actually defected) and they wandered the countryside, paradoxically a samurai with no clan.
I have always wished that there was an analogous class of knights who belonged to no one, but there is really no direct comparison that I know of. This would be the perfect metaphor for the reactionary thinker: a knight with no clan or faction, a paladin with no king.
It has only been extremely recently that there has been some reprieve from this blizzard: the general rise of nationalism in the West is definitely a cause for celebration, but in general it is a perpetual cultural winter in which we climb alone and up steep hills.
I think that this perfectly explains the way in which the dissident right gravitates towards social media platforms. We naturally move towards these things because we lack a social network of like minded individuals in real life and, more importantly, we are all used to leading double lives.
If you can find someone who’s successfully gotten their feet on the ground in terms of reactionary thought without losing a few friends, then you’ve successfully found someone who keeps their political beliefs a secret. If you’re bold enough to not treat the people in your immediate life like children and you tell them what you actually think, you will inevitably poison family relationships and watch friends you’ve known for years drop like flies.
This is basically the nature of the situation when you choose to stand for something in a society that is based on an obsession with the trivial and the degenerate.
We should not complain about this, as this is the path that we chose. Even if we did not choose it, it is the nature of the path, and it isn’t changing anytime soon.
One solution to this is the reemergence of certain figures and themes that can and have provided council to men who have been forced to walk a solitary path of virtue. In this sense Christianity is an excellent aid to the traditionalist Western man, as it obviously centers around the mystical nature of Christ’s suffering, his death, and his resurrection. This theme of the alchemical transmutation of suffering into something positive reverberates out from its founder into its saints, philosophers, and texts.
Pre-Christian religions and philosophers also address this. Aristotle said “For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first”. Where our friends and the truth diverge, we must choose the truth – this would no doubt be the position of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and any serious philosopher.
“Your friends don’t understand bro, but I do” – Aristotle
The Western occult path has always had an affinity with the secretive and reclusive man. Large books, alchemical tools, and amulets naturally conjure up an image of a secluded study or workshop: these things are obviously not for the eyes of the pubic. Occult work is a type of work that must be done in the shadows, it is a law of nature that there will always be secrets that are not meant to be known by the masses.
In a sense the reactionary thinker operates in a similar paradigm. The veil may be lifted one day and we will be permitted to philosophize openly, but for now we are resigned to form a type of invisible college whose fruits may be known, but not the process by which they are obtained.
I encourage you not to get discouraged as the quest for knowledge continues to isolate you from the zeitgeist and the people through whom the zeitgeist lives most fully. A stable of like minded friends is important to cultivate, but it is also important to recognize the reality that you will never be a normal person if this is the path you choose to go down.
The Gospel of Thomas is a non-canonical gospel that was found in Egypt in the 1940’s. It comes to us directly from early Christians. In it, Jesus has a short parable about the merit of discarding the trivial and seeking what is truly worthwhile.
“Jesus said: The kingdom is like a shepherd who had one hundred sheep. One of them, the biggest, went astray. The shepherd left the ninety-nine and sought after the one until he found it. After he found it, he said to the sheep: I love you more than the ninety-nine.”