One of the most important questions is ‘what ought I focus on?’
Focus is one of the basic currencies, along with time and energy.
A key problem with ‘reactionaries’ (and here the epithet is largely accurate) is that they are reacting-to, i.e., they are reacting to things other people are doing, instead of deciding what to focus on themselves.
Of course, inevitably one must respond to others’ actions in a sense. Yet if one lets others set the agenda of what one is focusing on by and large, then one has already given up one of the most important currencies – one’s own focus and, more generally speaking, the cultural focus to the extent one contributes to and cultivates a surrounding culture.