Sir Roger Scruton has died of cancer. Scruton was a titan of well-ordered wisdom in a modern sea of pseudo-intellectual sewage. He left us many works to read and learn from but most importantly he lived as an example of Christ’s admonition to “be in the world but not of the world.” Below is but one of thousands of wise writings from Sir Roger Scuton, requiescat in pace.
Conservatism starts from a sentiment that all mature people can readily share: the sentiment that good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created. This is especially true of the good things that come to us as collective assets: peace, freedom, law, civility, public spirit, the security of property and family life, in all of which we depend on the cooperation of others while having no means singlehandedly to obtain it. In respect of such things, the work of destruction is quick, easy and exhilarating; the work of creation slow, laborious and dull. That is one of the lessons of the twentieth century. It is also one reason why conservatives suffer such a disadvantage when it comes to public opinion. Their position is true but boring, that of their opponents exciting but false. – Sir Roger Scruton