“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” – Proverbs 3:13-18
Laziness comes in many forms. There’s of course physical laziness which leads to obesity and sickness, as well as spiritual laziness which leads to lack of morals and
worse, and then there is intellectual laziness. Intellectual laziness is not merely failing to think through the issues and accepting trite, silly, emotionally satisfying answers to serious problems, but also failing to educate oneself. In the –pro-steroid documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster, powerlifting legend Louie Simmons said something along the lines of “a man has no excuse to not be as strong as he possibly can.” I would say that a man also has no excuse to not be as wise and intelligent as he possibly can. Wisdom, virtue and intellect are forms of power in a world that is out to smite you and all that is good and right, so you best store up that power for yourself and for others.
It is our duty as reactionaries to trudge through often old and esoteric texts in search of wisdom. As a Christian I would of course say the Bible is first and foremost among all texts to study, but we also have a wealth of wisdom in other places as well, and it can be painful and boring sometimes to explore those places in search of gold, just as it can be painful to forge a legendary physique. However, we must dutifully apply ourselves. To be effective reactionaries – to convince others, to promote the cause, to learn how to obtain power and wield it effectively for righteous ends, we need to be learned men – we need to be noble. We have to go beyond just blogs and forums and to the source material. If you want your arguments to be bullet proof and you want to embolden yourself to be a mightier warrior of truth, you need to read men like Julius Evola, Sir Robert Filmer, Hans Herman-Hoppe, Bryan Caplan and even Benito Mussolini. It can be boring and you may need a dictionary close by, but educating yourself is one of the best things you can do to be an effective reactionary. Not all things which produce joy are always “fun.” A good body or a healthy family gives a man joy, but the work to achieve both can sometimes be very hard.
So my friends, my recommendation to you is that you pick a book on whichever aspect of Reactionary belief is intriguing you the most at the moment, whether it be government, economics, religion or even the roles of men and women, and find a book on that topic, and resolve to finish it. Don’t shy away just because the book might be written in 1680, in fact, I find that the older the book is, the more thrilling the read because it’s refreshing to see that you‘re part of a long heritage of wisdom and reason, and that your views truly are ancient wisdom and you have brothers in knowledge extending back hundreds and thousands of years. Just as we take rest days from the gym or from work, it is fine to take rests and hiatuses from studying the works of men like Dante Alighieri, but make sure you have a plan. Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.”