One of the core beliefs of New Albion is choosing identity over ideology. It is painfully apparent how divided we have become as a people, and as we fight our various unending conflicts over which ideas would be best, the anger, hurt feelings, and wasted resources make it impossible for us to offer any real resistance to societal programming which basically inundates us with so many choices we lose the ability to make good decisions. A different framework will be needed if we are to organize not even a nation, but any sort of meaningful social connection.
Identity can accomplish the transformation needed. As illustrated above, a focus on identity shifts the debate away from which ideas are better to a more practical question of which ideas can help our people become better. The difference may seem subtle, but there is actually an enormous gap between asking what idea is best and organizing society to resolve that conflict and asking as the core question who are our people and how do we help them?
These values obviously exist on a continuum, but when we look at culture, it seems like the vector of cultural decay is as ideological conflict worsens, the ability to collaborate and communicate disappears making conflict inevitable and resolution only possible through imposition of one idea over another, usually through force. A generational victory is achieved, as communism did over fascism, or liberalism over communism, but the fight recurs eternally as ideas arise anew and we continue destroying ourselves to assert the supremacy of a belief.
Identity represents a radical departure from the game of ideological supremacy, eschewing the competitive fight of trying to accumulate more adherents, more items, more GDP, more cultures, and ultimately dominance for a focus instead on the people as such as looking to have a qualitatively better life. We still ask the questions about what values matter, but understand there are no absolutes beyond mindfulness of the import of our people. Government, corporations, and all other institutions are reduced in import here and can be considered as tools in a much larger arsenal to achieve betterment.
At the heart of this transformation is the choice to seek betterment over accumulation. Quality over quantity. That is the heart of New Albion also, as our people are choosing to walk away from the contest of who can have most, and invest the whole of our energies and talents, our human capital, into our shared identity rooted in our heritage and seeking the good life in our area of the world for our people. We root our search for betterment in true and accessible principles: Nature, culture, heritage, legacy, and community.
We seek to honestly understand who we are and where we live, how we can enjoy that most fully, build upon the work of those before us, provide for the future of our children, and live lives with one another that express this meaning. Those of us here in upper New England or in the Maritimes could have left our homes long ago in search of more, but we stayed because something about home appealed to us beyond the question of having more wealth, stuff, or culture. We all wanted to build, preserve, or join something deeper to fulfill an essential need, and this search, typified by the tree of knowledge at the center of our flag, is the search we undertake together as we build our nation here in the Atlantic.