Why the ‘Reconquista Initiative’

The Reconquista Initiative 

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Why the ‘Reconquista Initiative’

The ‘Reconquista Initiative’. Without a doubt a rather strange and unusual name, even in a milieu like the internet, where unorthodox names abound. But given that this name was obviously chosen for a reason, it is thus sensible to ask what the name is meant to convey.

Historically, the Reconquista—when taken in its totality—was a time when Christianity was under severe siege in ancient Spain due to the invasion of that region by Islam. Christians not only lost their lands, but a large part of their cultural and social influence as well. Indeed, both culturally and politically, Christianity was attacked, pushed back, and rendered weak in most of Spain for centuries. For all intents and purposes, Christians who survived the Islamic onslaught in Spain were living in a type of ‘post-Christian’ land, and they did so for many years. And yet, small pockets of Christians remained. And not only did these Christians start to push back against their invaders, but they began to win. And through strategic alliances—sometimes with former enemies as well as with those who did not share their ideological views—and also through the possession of a long and patient view of history, Christians in Spain slowly retook what was once theirs. They reconquered Spain and made it Christian again. And though at the start of the Reconquista things may have looked dire, and though the Christians fighting at the beginning of that military movement knew that they would never live to see the total fruits of their labors, nor would their children or their children’s children, they fought on nonetheless, and in doing so, they ensured, that piece by piece, Christianity was returned to Spain. And though doing so took many centuries of time, it eventually happened, and a post-Christian Spain became Christian Spain once again.

Now, given this broad overview of the Reconquista, it should thus be clear that there are numerous interesting parallels to our present time. The West is, in large part, culturally and socially post-Christian. Indeed, for though the West’s moral and social order are still parasitically running on the last fumes of the broad Christian worldview, the West, in general, can no longer be considered wholly Christian in any meaningful or orthodox sense. And yet, just as it was in Spain, pockets of Christian cultural resistance remain. Poland, for example, is quite strongly Christian, as are areas of the United States. Leaders in Hungry and other European countries have also started to publicly acknowledge Europe’s Christian roots. And even in the most secular of countries, strong Christian sub-communities remain. So, while the Faith in the West has been pushed back and is on its heels, it is by no means defeated, and it still has the vigor to fight back culturally, socially, and intellectually. It can, in essence, make the West Christian again. Indeed, individual Christians, each supporting one another and each being willing to sacrifice for Christian Truth, can bring the Faith back to the West. And though such a thought may appear to be the dream of a fool or madman, the fact remains that the same would have been said of the Christians in Spain at the start of their Reconquista, for though they may have indeed seemed to be fools and knaves, they nevertheless embarked on their mission, and many centuries later, what was once thought to be little more than a hopeless dream was transformed into reality. And so, this is why the Reconquista is invoked at present, for it puts us modern Christians and traditionalists in the proper mindset and frame-of-reference for the task that has been laid before us: namely, the cultural reconquering of the West for the Faith. Furthermore, it provides us with a precedent which demonstrates that though our quest for Christian cultural reconquest may seem like a fool’s errand today, it can be reality tomorrow, regardless of what naysayers and non-Christians say. And so, to be a Christian in the West today is to be a Christian with a ‘Reconquista’ mindset: it is to accept that our goal will not be achieved in our lifetime, and it is to accept that we may have to ally ourselves with people that we might otherwise not wish to be friends with, and it is even to accept that on the long road ahead we will have to deal with setbacks and internal enemies, but it is also to realize that we are the first step in the cultural reconquest of the West.

At the same time, the use of the term ‘initiative’, a term which indicates being proactive and in control, is meant to instill in us a certain mindset for the battle to come; a mindset aimed towards realizing that in this cultural and social Reconquista, Christians must maintain the initiative in the struggle against their intellectual opponents, for it is, in large part, by maintaining the initiative and making your opponent react to you, rather than the opposite, that battles are won. And while maintaining the initiative can be combined with either offensive or defensive action—for you can still maintain the initiative on the defensive so long as your opponent is reacting the way that you want him to—it is critical to always be striving to make your opponent battle on your terms, not on his. And what this means in practical terms is that we Christian and traditional Men of the West need to stop accepting and using the terms and conditions of our cultural opponents, but rather stand strong until they use our terms. We also need to stop seeking false commonalities with our opponents just to appear nice and tolerant. Nor should we accept our opponents’ presuppositions when arguing with them. And we should stand firm to the truth no matter how unpopular or offensive it is. In essence, we need to be firm, stand our ground, and then punch back against our opponents, both in the cultural and the intellectual sense, until they are reduced to little more than an unconscious heap at our feet.

Now, this website, called the ‘Reconquista Initiative’, seeks to do all of the above in a way that stays true with what this author believes are his strengths: namely, cultural and philosophical apologetics. But unlike some other apologetics sites which argue and defend already well-known apologetic arguments—both in the cultural and philosophical arenas—what this site seeks to do is provide a sizeable portion of unique apologetic content which will, if successful, literally change the way the debate between Christian theism and other worldviews is conducted. And while it is realized that not many individuals are immediately convinced by purely intellectual arguments, the fact remains that philosophical argumentation does indeed have a great effect on a society, but that effect is usually only felt many years after the new philosophical ideas are articulated. Yet since it has already been made clear that this site understands itself to be part of a cultural and intellectual Reconquista for Christian theism, and thus it understands that the fruits of its labors will not be seen for many years (if at all), then there is little worry if the apologetic shift that this site seeks to accomplish tarries a while, as that is precisely what is expected. And lest all these efforts result in failure, then better to have fought and lost, then never fought at all.

And so, the long and short of it is this:  this site is called the Reconquista Initiative because it not only seeks to be part of the cultural and intellectual Reconquista of the West, but also because it seeks to remind Christians and traditionalists in the West that we are indeed in a Reconquista, and so not only must we plan for a long struggle, but we must also strive to continuously maintain the initiative during the cultural and intellectual battles which will soon be upon us. And so, God willing, let us join together and start the cultural and intellectual Reconquista today.

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How to Find Your Passion & Purpose

The Reconquista Initiative

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How to Find Your Passion & Purpose

Motivational speakers and others like them often advise us to “follow our passion”, sometimes telling us to do so as a full-time vocation and sometimes just as a hobby. Indeed, such individuals routinely claim that we should do whatever we can to work toward our life’s main purpose and ultimate goal. And while for a Christian, the ultimate purpose of life is the same as that of any other Christian—namely, to follow God’s will and make it manifest in our daily lives—it is true that each of us, as individuals, do have particular gifts and capabilities which allow us to fulfil God’s will during our earthly existence in unique ways. So the idea of following our personal passion is a sound one. And indeed, great joy can be had when the activities that we perform on a daily basis are also the activities that we truly enjoy performing.

But while many people tell us to follow our passion, one thing that I have often found lacking is any advice concerning how to find out what our passion might be. Indeed, while people will tell us to follow our passion, there is often little advice for how a person is to establish what his passion is. And while, in most cases, a person’s passion is simply intuitively known to him, the fact remains that for some people—and perhaps especially for younger people still uncertain of their future—having a means to help determine what your passion is, would be a great asset. And having had some experience in this field, and also just in case you have not done so yet, let me thus offer you three strategies for finding your passion and purpose in life.

Strategy 1 – Refusing a Billion Dollars:  First, imagine an activity that you engage in for which you would be willing to forego a billion dollars. Indeed, imagine that someone was willing to offer you a billion dollars right now but to get it you had to completely stop doing a certain activity for the rest of your life, and you, loving that activity so much, would literally be willing to turn down a billion dollars just to keep doing that particular activity. Now, whatever that specific activity would be, it is most likely your life’s passion, and so doing that activity is your purpose. For me, for example, my passion is apologetics and philosophy, and one of the ways that I realized this was when I came to understand that I would truly refuse even a billion dollars if it meant that I could never write on philosophy or apologetics again. Now some might think this insane, but that is besides the point, for it is my passion, not yours. After all, I would consider it insane, for example, to refuse a billion dollars just so that I could keep practicing and playing music, and yet I think that there are a good number of people who love music so much that they would refuse even a billion dollars to keep playing. And so, whatever the answer might be, the “Billion-Dollar” test is one of the ways to help you find what your passion is.

Strategy 2 – Death and Regret:  For the second strategy, imagine that you have just been diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer; in fact, you are going to die tomorrow—morbid, I know, but death helps clarify one’s thinking. Now ask yourself: What is the one thing that you would really regret not accomplishing in life? I am not talking about spending more time with your family or visiting a country that you always wanted to visit, I am, rather, talking about what is the one task, linked as it is to a specific activity, that you would truly, genuinely, and primarily regret not having completed in your life at that point. Again, whatever that task is and whatever activity it stems from, that is a good indication of where your passion is. And note that this particular “test” can work for you at any point in your life. Thus, even if you have accomplished a great deal of what you had previously taken to be your passion, this test can still help you determine what your current passion is going forward.

Strategy 3 – Early to Rise:  Now, finally, imagine that you are in a situation where you have to work the entire day, at a job that you don’t exactly enjoy (and pretend that, at this time, you have no family). In fact, for work, you have to rise at five in the morning and you work until you go to bed at ten in the evening. Thus, the only free time that you could even possibly have comes from sacrificing sleep, rising two hours early, and working on some personal activity from three in the morning until it is time to get ready for work at five. Now, in such a situation, is there any activity that you feel so strongly about doing that you would indeed get up and work on it from three in the morning until five? If so, then again, that is a solid indication of where your fundamental interest in life lies. Truly, if you would really be willing to forego sleep and work on something from three in the morning until five, even though you had a full day of work ahead, then this would indeed be an indication of what activity your passion and purpose in life was. And, as an example, in such a situation, note that I, personally, would not be willing to get up so early to play video games or to practice cooking, but I would be willing to do so to write on apologetics and philosophy, and I have actually done so for real. Thus, again, this was a good indication of where my true passion was.

And so, the long and short of it is this: it is indeed valuable to pursue what you are passionate about, but to do that, you must first find out what you are genuinely passionate about, and the best way to do this is to imagine yourself—or even really place yourself—in situations where great sacrifice and suffering are involved in order to do a certain activity, and yet, even so, you determine to do the particular activity anyway. For if you are genuinely willing to make great sacrifices, and thus forego certain pleasures, in order to complete some activity that you simply cannot live without doing, then you will have found what your passion is and what your life purpose is too.