T.S. Eliot believed that literature and tradition were of great value to the humane pursuits of politics, religion, and culture. Anyone who claimed to be progressive, but rejected the accumulated human wisdom found in civilization, was fooling himself—and making a terrible mistake.
The subsequent trajectory of the 20th century showed Eliot to be prescient. 20th-century generations favored innovation over tradition, what could be done over what ought to be done, and economic and political centralization over local empowerment. Yet even before these things led to the economic and political collapses of the early 21st century, the young adults of that century were questioning their grandparents’ prevailing wisdom—offering critiques and solutions that often coincided with much older ideas about human flourishing.
Humane Pursuits is run by such “Millennials;” young people who have the insights of their generation, experience in the public policy realm…and a belief that the West can yet turn itself around, if it will reexamine political problems in light of prudently applied permanent truths instead of dated technocratic fads.
To that end, Humane Pursuits seeks to apply the best of accumulated human wisdom to questions of culture and public policy.