Don’t worry; and messages from readers

Since some readers get concerned when the site is inactive for a whole day, please know that there’s nothing new to worry about, but I was away most of the afternoon on a visit to the doctor’s office and otherwise I’ve been too uncomfortable to blog.

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Malcolm Pollack writes:

Thanks for posting that. I can assure you that a great many of us do indeed worry when there’s no activity on the site for a day.

Nik S. writes:

Sorry Lawrence, I am worried, mostly for selfish reasons, and I apologize for that. The thing is, you have one of the greatest minds on the planet and there is no replacing you. It’s not as if you were a corporation — no one could, or ever will, take your place. There will be others, with other thoughts, but there will never be someone like you. That is why I am worried. Frankly, I wish you would live forever.

January 11

Patrick H. writes:

Dear Lawrence,

Don’t worry? But I do, and will. One of the most remarkable things to emerge from the last few weeks is the incontrovertible evidence of how much how many care about you in a deeply personal way. I’m one of them. I care about you personally. I mean you, Lawrence Auster. Not because we’ve gotten drunk together (we’ve never met), and not because you saved me from those Nazi parachute-frogmen commando/terrorists that time in Malabar, and not even because you look so dang cool and old-school like nobody’s fool.

The things is, you are loved. I am sure that much of this love is personal and immediate love from people who know you, maybe even for the kind of reasons I listed above (most probably the Malabar rescue from Nazis, which I’m sure you’ve done for many, and not just in Malabar). But there are many who, like me, know you only through this site and your writings on other sites. And yet … we love you. I mean the actual L-word too. Why this is so is a something of a mystery to me—why this love should have such a strong personal element to it. But I do have a theory.

When Gandalf returned to the companions of the Ring as Gandalf the White, Aragorn looked upon him in wonder and said, “You are our captain and our champion. Where you lead, we will follow.”

I believe that to be true of you, also. You are the captain and champion of the new traditionalist right. You are the one person, the one man who has consistently been right earlier and more often than anyone else. You are the Rock of the Right. Somehow, no matter whatever nonsense is spouted on our side of the divide, you have always been able to see to the heart of things, cut through cant and illusion, and sum up pithily, with suitably dry traditionalist wit (you are a very funny man, despite what some dunderheads have bleated about you), exactly what the situation of the world is today. I offer as proof the latest in a long line of your phrases justes: “It’s their country now.”

Perfect. That’s just perfect.

You are our captain, our champion. Not just an intellectual influence, but palpably, obviously, immediately … our champion, our captain. Mine too.

O Captain! My Captain!

Which is why I will be participating in the intercessory prayer for you. I speak with utter selfishness when I say I want you to live for a long time. We need you to live for a long time, all of us. I just do not know what I would do without you and your writings, without VFR.

So, my dear Lawrence Auster, may you live long and prosper. I’m with Mister Spock on that one. That will be my prayer for you. May you live long and prosper, Lawrence Auster, who is loved by more than he knows.



LA replies:

If heart-felt expressions of gratitude, admiration, love, and caring can heal a person of deadly disease, I am already healed! Thank you for this. It comes as a blessing.

William Higgins writes:

I just wanted to say “amen” to Patrick H.’s comment.

May the strength of Christ be with you.

PS: Not to turn your attention to me, but I run a Facebook page on which I post photos, motivationals and such. Many of them are inspired by VFR and some are quotes from your blog. I hope you don’t mind.



Gintas writes:

I have deep gratitude for the things I’ve learned from you. Finding your site was a turning point; you put together, as no one else had, many of the pieces I knew, and more, you put them together into a coherent story. And since then, I have interpreted events in the context of this story.

Both of my parents died of pancreatic cancer, my mother in April 2011. Soon after that, in June 2011, was your first specific mention of pancreatic cancer. I have been praying for you, and will continue.

January 12

Stewart W. writes:

Although I have never been a very religious man, you can be assured that I will participate in the intercessory prayer in my own humble way. I must echo many of your correspondents in saying how personally I have taken your illness, and how concerned I have been that you regain your strength and soldier onward.

At my age (I was born in the mid 1960s) I don’t have too many people that I consider mentors, but in an intellectual, moral, and spiritual sense, you’ve been at the top of the list for several years now. This of how remarkable that is, given that materially your influence is as no more than a collection of ephemeral phosphorescent dots on a glass screen. The power of your words, ideas, and presence is great indeed to be able to translate through this medium in such a personal way.

Over the last six or seven years, your blog has awakened my mind and spirit in such a way as I haven’t felt since college, if even then. You’ve taken my nascent traditionalism and shaped it into something coherent, real, and profoundly meaningful. For that, you have my eternal gratitude, and as I continue into my journey into Christianity, you shall always be in my prayers.

Richard K. writes:

Although I’m not a religious person in any traditional sense, please know that I am praying for you along with others. Your contributions are invaluable to those of us out here looking for both guidance, and for the knowledge that we are not alone in our views.

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