In the Realm of Ideas— Not Only the Old and the New, But Above All the True and the Perennial
(Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira)
Many, on reading my “self-portrait,” will have had an objection:
All this is anachronistic and incapable of taking root in the world we live in.
The facts say otherwise. In the field of ideas there exists not only the old and the new, as evolutionists would have it, but above all there are the true, the good, the beautiful, and the perennial, in irreconcilable opposition to error, evil, and ugliness.
And not only have significant sectors of modern youth remained sensitive to the verum, bonum, and pulchrum, but they have also engaged in a resolute march of expansion.
The tradition of the perennial is not death, but life—life today and tomorrow.
In no other way can the patent fact of the repercussion of the various TFP’s among the freshest youth of our most-new continent be explained.
I intend to be not merely a defender of the past, but a participant—with others—in influencing the present and preparing for the future.
I am certain that the principles to which I have dedicated my life are as up-to-date today as ever and that they indicate the path the world will follow in the coming centuries.
The skeptics will smile, but the smiles of skeptics were never able to hinder the victorious march of those with Faith.
Plinio Correa de Oliveira