Conservatives need a simple message. Try: We are the future.
Conventionally, most people including most conservatives have tried to style us as people “standing athwart history, yelling stop.” And while that described their immediate task, it missed the big point.
Liberalism is a detour into delusional thinking. It represents not a forward motion, but a journey back toward the days before civilization itself… disorder, lack of hygiene, criminality and no infrastructure or social organization.
The idea of civilization is that we can adapt to reality by understanding reality. The idea of liberalism is that, thanks to civilization, we can stop paying attention to reality.
We all know what happens when you stop doing what makes you succeed. You stop succeeding. But it is human frailty that makes people want to stop doing what is necessary and instead focus on themselves. The human ego wants to be the center of attention, and to have itself be acclaimed as universal and absolute.
But when this happens, societies fail. Paradoxically, this is a trap for successful societies: the more you succeed, the more you create people who take that for granted, and no longer want to do what is necessary to keep society succeeding. (That, by the way, is not “work more”; it’s paying attention to reality.)
With liberalism comes a rejection of reality itself. People want to make themselves into reality. The point of “equality” is that each person can do whatever they want, even if it’s in total denial of reality. Especially if it is; otherwise, they wouldn’t need equality. Equality is a popular marketing gambit because it makes everyone feel good.
In other words, liberalism is a love of the Self.
Conservatism, on the other hand, is love for life itself. Reality comes before humanity. And humanity perfects itself by understanding reality.
To love reality one must love it on its own terms. This is transcendence: an appreciation for the beauty of its function and what it enables us to do. This requires understanding how appearance is not reality, and appearance is both subjective and seems to be universal and absolute. This is the origin of human projection.
To start down this path, one must begin with nihilism: nothing in life has inherent meaning. We can choose to survive or not, and to prefer good things or mediocre things. But if we love life, we begin to assign meaning to what works and more importantly, what works best.
The function of life is objective, but it is our choice to select to be functional. We are defined by our choices and rightly judged based on them as well. Those who choose perfectability — the triad of “the good, the beautiful and the true” — will find themselves rising above others, because these things are in synchronization with the goals of the system we know of as life and the cosmos.
But for others, life may have different goals. They may want the self to prevail over the obligation to the good, the beautiful and the true. Once again, we are judged by our decisions, and not by other humans only; reality judges us by showing us the consequences and fruits of our choices. Some are destined for first-world societies, others for third-world.
Others will choose other paths. Homosexuality for instance does not lead to reproduction, so it becomes a dead-end path. Excessive selfishness leads to isolation. Extreme hedonism makes family and long-term planning impossible. These paths are equally valid on a subjective level, but on an objective one their results are equally predictable.
To find meaning in life, we must meet it on its own terms. We must see the genius of its function, and thus find beauty in even the ugliness. With this, we rise above our own reactions and can see life on a complex level, where those who know only their own reaction exist in a one-dimensional world comprised of their reactions alone.