Purity, Aristocracy, Transcendence

Ecology Viewed from the Right

“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)

Decadence is a defining feature of modern life, indeed a recurring aspect of human existence. It is a word that is often employed but rarely defined. Decadence, simply put, is the process and condition of decay, applied on both an individual and social scale. How one understands this decay depends upon how one conceives of a properly functioning organism.

For our purposes, decadence in the individual is the extent to which he has fallen from his true divine nature and given himself over to sin, which is merely another word for self-will: hence decadence covers all manner of traditionally objectionable behaviors and characteristics, including addiction…

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