A response to VFR’s tenth anniversary

In the entry on VFR’s birthday, Buck writes:

I’ve spoken before about how important discovering VFR has been to me, to my confidence and my late and struggling development. Nowhere exists a more focused, yet so broad and deep, compendium of thinking and resources about man’s nature and what transcends it. VFR has pulled the world together for me into something manageable, in the sense that events are no longer flying off into space (my mind) in a hundred directions; they are now all tethered to something that I can actually begin to understand and be confident about.

VFR, though, is a double-edged sword. It cuts through the debris of human history and modern histrionics, strips man bare and exposes us for what we are; what we will always be when constrained only by other men, when we stand and act alone. It’s the other edge of the sword, which, after exposing me for what I am, leaves me unsure about what’s next. Even as you, Lawrence, deftly slice through events here, gently paring back the dying, diseased cells to point out what is yet alive and healthy inside. I have yet to accept that there is something important that I can actually do, other than keep paddling up stream with others; even as you and others consistently encourage, that there is only One Way to get out of this alive.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 21, 2012 11:27 AM | Send

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