12 December 2011

Historical Perspectives - Old School vs. New School

My perspective regarding life and history has recently been called "antiquated." I actually delight in that. I consider it a badge of honor, much preferable to the ever-changing, sand foundations of fads, trends, and plastic philosophy. I recently came across several quotes which dovetail nicely into this debate:

It wonderfully suits the Zeitgeist by appealing to the sempiternal yearning to smash idols, which inevitably afflicts a noisy segment of the race.  The itch to fling dead cats into sanctuaries usually does more good than harm.  In this instance, it also affords a limitless appeal in a smug way to the political-correctness wowsers. ~ Civil War historian Robert K. Krick
And . . .

Academia is the foster parent of the entire Woodstock generation, culturally orphaned from their WW II fighting parents whose shoes they never could fill. - John Kelly

And . . .

Truly it has been said that there is nothing new under the sun, for knowledge is revealed and is submerged again, even as a nation rises and falls. Here is a system, tested throughout the ages, but lost again and again by ignorance or prejudice, in the same way that great nations have risen and fallen and been lost to history beneath the desert sands and in the ocean depths. ~ Paracelsus

 And . . .

In essence, the conservative person is simply one who finds the permanent things more pleasing than Chaos and Old Night. (Yet conservatives know, with Burke, that healthy 'change is the means of our preservation.')" -Russell Kirk

 And . . .
Nobody can make a tradition, it takes a century to make it.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne [Which is why moderns disdain tradition. They're impatient by nature and need constant change to satisfy their ever-searching, yet never-finding souls . . ."ever-learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." ~ Apostle Paul]

 And . . .

. . . ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. ~ The Prophet Jeremiah

 And . . .

We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.~ 12th century theologian and author John of Salisbury

Speaking of Robert Krick, I recently came across this post at Civil War Memory which I'd recommend - even though I disagree with much of what Kevin writes in the post:

Peter Carmichael on Robert E. Lee or Why Robert K. Krick and Michael Fellman Will Never Agree

For the same reason Kevin Levin and I will never agree - Old School vs. New School, to boil things down to a very simplified statement. These two schools are represented, respectively, by Krick and Fellman. (I trust there's no doubt which school I'm from.) I do, however, agree with some words contained in Professor Peter Carmichael's essay title: "Truth is Mighty & Will Eventually Prevail", quoted in Kevin's post. Carmichael at least sees the divide and has made commendable attempts at reconciling that divide. He's reached out here, as well as at Civil War Memory. Though his efforts are commendable, I see little hope for success at bridging the differences. Both sides are suspicious of the other's motives. I'm more than suspicious, I'm convinced - at least in most cases.

Other posts readers might want to consider in this debate:

Just some food for thought.

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