All political movements are fleeting. Once a movement has achieved its goal of bringing a discussion to the forefront of society, it becomes obsolete.
Political movements that have served their purpose seem to go one of two ways: They either fizzle out or they are hijacked by nihilists (virtue signalers) who leech off the glory of the victorious and the brave by masquerading as one of them in order to extract value from ignorant people. The actions of the true victors are idolised in the zeitgeist for a while after the victory itself … and it is here that the nihilists seek to mimic them.
Involvement in political movements can be exciting and highly stimulative. We are bombarded with memes, tweets & videos that slate the other ‘side’. It can be alluring to slip into identifying with one over the other. But a focus primarily on the ‘team’ aspect rather than on the ideas themselves leads to corruption because the principles of either ‘side’ are not rooted in first principles.
For instance: ‘Traditionalism’ is not a principle to identify with. Some traditions are brutal and barbaric and should be abolished. Likewise ‘Progression’ is not a principle to identify with either; We have tried-and-tested methodologies that have produced the greatest civilisations on earth, and thus should remain in use.
To clarify, I am fully supportive of camaraderie. This essay is not to put down the sense of Unity that comes about when a politcal campaign is justly succeeding.
If we withhold our urge to identify with either side and instead remain focused on the ideas themselves, we are sober in the face of propaganda. We are in far less danger of being sucked in to the manipulations of the nihilists and will waste far less of our precious time contending with them. We will have the inner resources to hold secure psychological boundaries with them.