What Monasticism Can Teach Us about the Protection of Purity

Monasticism is about renouncing the world. Essentially it is about isolating oneself from the world – it is based on isolation. I would say isolationism and monasticism are intimately tied. Monasticism works, for instance, to keep vows of celibacy. There is an underlying feeling that the world is impure, and that the monastic needs to distance himself from this world in order to achieve purity. I feel that monasticism is fundamentally about purity. Monasticism shows that isolation does work to preserve or achieve purity. This truth is denied in the liberal world, but it is so important because there can be no purity in this world without some degree of isolation.

Monastics fight against the temptations of the world and intuitively feel this can best be done by avoiding these temptations – in other words, isolating themselves from those temptations. This offers a wonderful insight into how one ought to preserve racial purity: One should isolate oneself from other races, to a certain extent, in order to avoid temptation. When it is not practical to isolate oneself socially, one should try to achieve isolation in some other way. Jews practise isolation for themselves. They do manage to achieve this somehow, and that is why they can preserve their racial purity even when they have ‘intimate contacts’ with other races. Jews, although they do interact with Gentiles, prefer to interact with other Jews: They try to make sure they interact more with other Jews than Gentiles, and so they are always seeking interactions with other Jews.

Jews are very focused on Jews. They place high value on interaction with other Jews. Jewish self-focus takes religious proportions. It is their way to isolate themselves from the world around. They regard themselves as pure, while they regard the Gentiles as impure. Although I do not at all share this Jewish sentiment, I think it is very important to grasp this. China practised cultural isolationism in the past, but this ended up damaging China. It seems that China did not take the right approach to preserve its purity: Whilst you seek to preserve your purity, you need to stay competitive by noticing the world around. An entire race of people can essentially practise monasticism on a racial level: They can renounce the world, though not stop paying attention to the world, whilst developing a higher racial self-focus. Monastics learn to focus more on themselves – this is part of the isolation that they practise. Conclusion: We can isolate ourselves through self-focus.

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