The original article is the link below, in Portuguese. I liked it a lot and thought it is worth sharing.
Causes and Duty: a Draft
Olavo de Carvalho - July 2nd, 2013http://www.midiasemmascara.org/artigos/cultura/14279-causa-e-dever-um-rascunho.html
I don't have nor I defend any "cause". A "cause", by definition, is a collective target to which the individual serves without no control over where it goes, but trusts it will go in the direction of his dreams. Therefore, he assumes a responsibility that later he will deny with all his strength, if the cause doesn't go where he wished it would.
Every cause is a comedy up to the very moment it transfigurates into tragedy. Then, comedians run amock, seeking excuses and subterfuges, trying to mitigate the tragedy with a second comedy.
Today's cause is tomorrow's existential lie. All the adepts of causes, after some time, say they were betrayed. Not one accuses himself of having joined a choir without any assurance on how the music was going to end. Not even the composer or the conductor confess their guilt about the results, putting the blame on the musicians and singers. Among these, though, every single one finds himself innocent, claiming his participation was too little, as if any whole was not the sum of several little parts.
On my part, I reject, abjure and despise all causes, mainly those that are expressed in a harrowing language, making hearts beat stronger.
Instead of dilluting my personal responsibility in the waters of a river that I do not know where is going, I'd rather to claim it fully and, instead of serving an anonymous and collective "cause", fulfill a duty that is mine and nobody else's.
The duty that I have called to me can thus be divided into subduties, from the most generic to the most particular:
1. To search the truth of existence and, gradually (for I'm just human), integrate it into my life every day;
2. Share with clarity and honesty the results of my search, as humble as they may be, highlighting their limits and leaving spaces for the possible corrections;
3. To give to a closer group of people - readers and students - the tools they may need to perform a similar search;
4. Educate the largest possible number of Brazilian so that maybe, tomorrow or after, they can restore national culture and take the country out of the moral and intellectual abjection it has sank into. If they can't do it, at least each one will have personally have left the mudpit;
5. Periodically analyse the political and cultural situation of the country, so that the best efforts are not dissolved in the windstorm of hallucinations that "public debate" has become.
If, in the results of my works, some server of a "cause" finds something he thinks is usefull, make good use of it, but do not subscribe me into that "cause" as beautiful and promising as it may sound. I do my part with no expectation of being assimilated into a larger whole and that it produces results that are beyond my competence and even my imagination.