Social and political activists focus primarily on what is possible, on how they can shape the future in new ways. They call it social or political change.
A more measured, esthetically more valid approach to such matters might well be to focus on was is latent, on how to reclaim some past truth about oneself and one's community. To reveal what is latent is less about making anew and more about disclosing what, by virtue of God's hand, is already there. It is about finding the statue in the marble by removing the accidental stone.
Social and political action toward what is latent feels like a return to an earlier, truer state of affairs. It affirms the ancient teachings. It honors what has been shown to survive.