Sarah Soltis hails from Annapolis, Maryland and is currently studying English and Classical Studies at Grove City College. She is editor-in-chief of Grove City's Cogitare Magazine, and she has published work in Plough, The American Conservative, Ekstasis Magazine, and elsewhere.
These modern forms threaten the desire for familial and communal life—an aspiration traditionally associated with conservatism, especially the conservatism inherited from Aristotle, Cicero, and Burke. The spirit of the careerist and the influencer counter this classically “conservative” spirit that aspires towards an actual family and community with all the duties each entail.
Perhaps activism needs such determined gentleness, illustrated in the pro-life students’ hours of prayer and the work of adoption agencies like my grandmother’s. Activism must be framed by an understanding of common grace, shared depravity, and our implications with each other: our membership, which is “the way we are.”