“We, the young, are stirred by spiritual urges, free from the crude selfishness of the old political bosses—what we have been seeking is a Spain having greatness and justice, order, and a faith.”—Jose Antonio de Primo de Rivera.
Most people feel a need to believe in something beyond themselves but cannot authentically believe in any kind of metaphysical reality (except perhaps utilitarian rationale). However, the third position’s synthesis of faith, action, and order provides the ontological framework for a spiritual reality.
Arguably the most significant distinction between the third position and its adversaries, communism and capitalism, is being non-materialist. This not only sets the third position apart, it stands as its most crucial delivery point. Its ability to give meaning and actualize spiritual experience will prove vital in third positions struggle for realization.
History has shown the biggest hurdle for any ideology of a religious nature is the battle against belief. ‘Belief’ has come to have a certain liberal tinge, as if belief remains a mostly cognitive action chosen by the individual. Faith, on the other hand, is totalitarian. Faith seizes one in his entirety. The soul, awakened to a higher purpose, overrides the conscious rationalism of the ego. Unlike belief, faith does not segregate itself to one given area but demands a full expression across one’s life. The third positionist state being a totalitarian entity is crucial here, as, like belief, liberalism dissociates and individualizes nearly every aspect of our society. Since to be spiritual is to faithfully believe in a higher-order, our goal should be a state which associates and harmonizes.
A Purpose is instilled in every aspect of the totalitarian state; thus, the state, both on the individual and community level, embodies a higher spiritual pursuit, sought after through faithful action before becoming aware of itself as a metaphysical entity. The critical takeaway here is that metaphysics, as a higher form of consciousness, can only exist as long as there is an integrated conscious order—the highest level of which is the state.
Only after this unique kind of state is established, through faithful action, can a genuine metaphysic emerge in its own right. In hindsight, the metaphysical ideology becomes the realization of faith—a faith driven by the intuitive spirit, not yet fully conscious in or visible to the faithful. Thus we come to grips with why modernism and postmodernism have failed to conceive the metaphysical in other than practical or evolutionary terms. It is action, not merely thought, that affects our understanding of being.
We may not witness the emergence of this metaphysic in our lifetime. However, we can rest assured that spirit, working through our faith, is laying the groundwork to actualize itself again—as the spiritual state.