Stephen Edred Flowers  - Freemasonry and the Germanic Tradition

Stephen Edred Flowers - Freemasonry and the Germanic Tradition

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When we begin to approach the history of anything, we have to be sure that we know what it is we even mean by the word "history." It has only been recently that an academic science called history has been developed. To be sure there were pioneers in the kind of history the modern academic admires, e.g. the Greek Herodotus (5th century BCE)— called "The Father of History." History in the academic sense is the gathering of usually written or otherwise recorded data, placing it in a chronological order and subjecting the resulting narrative to the analysis of reason. This is not the only kind of history, however. There is also traditional history. This is a narrative handed down from generation to generation which perhaps has no basis in hard historical data, but which as come to be believed by generations of people, and has thus greatly shaped those people's lives and their perceptions of who they are. In postmodern theory, even so-called academic history has been seen to reflect a myth of its own. This myth is rooted in linear and chronological thinking and the reasonable analysis of this chronology has also been seen as a mythic metanarrative of its own. In the final analysis when dealing with "history," one must take both tradition and rational analysis into account. Most importantly, one must seek out lost traditions, which might have explained historical facts better than traditions which might have been added later under influences distant from the original idea