The circumstances of our arrival in the United Kingdom may appear to be mysterious, but they are very straight forward. I work for a large multinational industrial firm, and am proud to have merited consideration for an overseas placement within the company; even prouder that Her Majesty the Queen’s government granted me and my family five-year tier 2 visas for said placement. We are nearing the five year mark on those visas, and this anniversary has stirred some reflection on the direction of our YouTube channel.
The Postmodern Family is a creature of my own mind. I originally intended it to be a source of encouragement for young families who were trying to apply the timeless lessons of the ages to their current circumstances; I wanted it to be a love offering to the community of people trying to live out a “traditional family life” (e.g. the patriarchy) in this modern world. In this sense the mission was broadly aimed at folks within Christian, Western Culture, and was not particularly focused on a given nation.
As we experimented with various topics and genres we made a few insights regarding our channel’s focus. Firstly, there is a very broad range of people in the ‘traditional life’ space at the moment. From radical Roman Catholics with large families, head-covered wives, and latin-rite-loving husbands, to more modest approaches wherein proud homemakers raise children and obey their husbands without all the RC trappings. We thought, what contribution are we making to that space? Not for selfish reasons did we wonder about our focus; we have one life to live, and we want to pour that life into endeavours which meaningfully impact the communities we love.
Here is what living nearly five years in the U.K. and running the channel for two years has taught us: British people who love their country and are saddened by what it has become appear to find joy and encouragement in our content when it explores the Greatness of Britain. Our videos discussing the wonder of London, the bravery of the crew of HMS Victory, the beauty of Lillian singing I Vow to Thee my Country… this content has brought many tears down many cheeks. Thus the second insight is that there is a community of patriotic Brits that have responded with great affection to our love for their country. We and this community are bound together by our mutual love for Great Britain; watching American immigrants defend and love their country appears to bring them joy, and this joy brings us joy.
Which brings me to the point of this post. We are still The Postmodern Family, and we are still living a traditional family life. The ethos of our family will continue to be the patriarchy, and this ethos will continue to shine through in our content. However, the focus of our content will now be directed at that embattled, weary, and loving community of Brits that feel betrayed by their government, their press, their university, and their church. Britannia has welcomed us with open arms, and we shall serve her by defending and honouring her; we will endeavour to bring glory to this nation, that her loving community may be further encouraged to raise up new sons and daughters who will not betray their sacred patrimony.
We will study your history, your arts, your great men, your spectacular contributions to Western Civilisation–all while having fun and being goofy at times. We are on a search and secure mission. We are Americans living in the U.K., searching for Great Britain.