Many people hear the word "Tradition" and they take it to one of two bad places: (1) warmed over white nationalism or (2) spacey New Age doctrine.
It is neither. Tradition is the idea that (a) an informational order of existence comes before matter; (b) idealism and materialism are joined in this primal state; (c) this leads to a condition of what we might call "monism," in which both matter and information influence each other; (d) this creates a spiritual state that obeys rules identical to those of nature; (e) these rules have been long discovered, enshrined in an unvocalized and unsymbolized truth known as Tradition, and we can inherit this truth through esoteric practice and abandonment of the exoteric, personality-focused, and ego-dramatic modern world.
Here are the essential guides:
* Traditionalism, from American Caesar by William Manchester
* Aldous Huxley - The Perennial Philosophy
* Julius Evola - Men Among the Ruins
* Foundation for Deep Ecology Mission Statement
These represent in total about six hours of reading and should be read in the order presented.
Nihilism is the philosophy that we live in a relative universe and absolute, inherent or universal truths do not exist; they are projections of the human mind. Dualism is also a projection of the human mind, and a desire to keep ourselves separate from the world by constructing a spiritual realm which is opposite to nature. Liberalism is a materialist form of dualism.
* Nihilism, by Vijay Prozak
* What is nihilism?
This is not the kiddie "nihilism" that consists of having no values except your own selfish desires. That is another form of consumerism, and is nihilism in name only. That nihilism has a belief which is presumed to be inherent, but which is human constructed, and therefore is as false as any human projection.
Humanity obeys a Bell Curve. 1% or fewer think with strategic logic; 9% can follow general ideas; 90% can do what they're told. Most religions and most non-religious therefore follow the same curve, which is that 90% of them are the "default" human spirituality which amounts to I do whatever I want, you support me, and I'll support you doing whatever you want in theory
. It is a socialized form of a lynch mob and represents a post-totalitarian system that destroys all empires. 9% will have a general grasp of religion but will cling to a few core concepts and thus become increasingly disconnected as context changes. 1% of the religious leaders, writers and thinkers will be able to convey a coherent idea that is not limited to a particular place or time.
It is thus not surprising that most "traditionalists" and "nihilists" are confused, to the same percentage as most Christians, Jews and Muslims are.
The origin of all traditionalist philosophies is in India with the Vedas. It is worth familiarizing yourself with the philosophy behind them; most people translate this into a fetishism for details so they have an excuse to miss the big picture.
* Advaita Vedanta
This thread is a good place for useful fact about Traditionalism and Tradition.