When every church and social organization from the Roman Catholic Church to the Boy Scouts has been compromised you have to rebuild from the ground up. I know it has to be done but how do you start? Do you emphasize the religious aspect of the effort or do you concentrate on the family and cultural concerns? I guess eventually all of these facets come into play if you’re trying to reclaim your world but it is without a doubt a daunting task. Even the idea seems ridiculously ambitious. But from my point of view there doesn’t seem to be any other way forward. All the existing institutions and groups have surrendered completely. No other way forward exists except starting from scratch and creating something that hasn’t been deformed by the madness of the modern world. It’s going to involve selecting members one by one. Everyone will have to be vouched for ahead of time. Writing a charter will be important but what does it require? What does it forbid? It has to support activities that are important to families. It has to include activities that include different age groups. Children sports is a natural part. A women’s auxiliary would be an idea. But the leadership has to be adult men. Fathers and especially grandfathers have to step up and start contributing to keeping the culture alive. And eventually we’ll need a curriculum for after school teaching, sort of a Sunday School for traditionalists.
I’ll have to reread Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option” to see what practical information he includes for organizing a reclamation. I don’t know if anything will come of this or not but it feels like the only really important thing I can do to help this degraded culture we are embedded in. If anyone knows of information that would be useful pass it along. To be continued.