Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8
Last night I found a video by the pseudonymous Millennial Woes, which video I can only describe as…lovely.
I’ll stop beating around the bush and just link it:
The channel author spends the first nine minutes reading aloud an article from The Imaginative Conservative depicting charity in the pre-war England countryside, and then the comments, interspersing his commentary in between.
The money shot is at 20:30, when, describing a world with a functioning social contract, he asks, “Is it not so nice?”
I think, sometimes, of all that’s possible with today’s technology. We are rich beyond rich. And yet…things seem to be going downhill.
“What’s happened here is that, starting with an absurdity, we have reasoned ourselves into nonsense. Our premise was that the purpose of economic activity is hedonism, ie, the satisfaction of human desires…But this isn’t the goal. The goal, believe it or not, is to become better people.” ~ Moldbug
Virtue is the first, last, and only real safeguard any system of government has. Even democracy works when it’s present.
And what is virtue?
Well, I’ll say it again: wise as serpents, harmless as doves. A good king is both a) good and b) a king.
Seriously, when you get time, watch the whole video. I don’t think you’ll regret it.