A Handbook of Traditional Living
Review: V. Caine
Vita est militia super terram
This book, though exceptionally small serves as basic introduction to the topic of Tradition, mostly coming from a perspective which is highly inspired by the Italian author, Julius Evola – Part One and Part Two of which were originally published under the titles Il Mondo della Tradizione and Il Fonte della Tradizione, and as such are deeply rooted in the soils of Italian heritage from which the seeds of these ideas originally germinated.
The book itself is well written and serves as a fantastic introduction to the topic, providing a lengthy exegesis of the cycle of ages and basic concepts which have come to be recognised as the core tenants of the philosophy broadly termed as Traditionalism.
After this metaphysical concepts such as the soul and spirit are defined, along with use of the terms esotericism and exotericism. This is immediately followed up Traditional models of governance, including reference to the rise of the Aristokratia (Rule of the Best) which is the correct form of the Traditionalist state model.
Of course, no introduction to the topic of Tradition would be complete without a section on initiation and a brief explanation of the subtle but very important difference between the path of contemplation and the path of action. Immediately following this, we see other important topics such as myth, symbolism and the Primordial Tradition explained.
The second part of the book dwells less on the theoretical side and more on the practical applications of how one should act in regards to state, kith and kin. It is more ‘political’ than the first half, instead of being ‘Traditional’ in the spiritual sense.
Overall, the book presents a basic introduction to Traditionalism for people who are not already familiar with more popular authors of the genre such as Julius Evola and René Guénon.