aegis \EE-jis\, noun:1. Protection; support.2. Sponsorship; patronage.3. Guidance, direction, or control.4. A shield or protective armor

It is this ideal of the human under the aegis of something
higher which seems to me to provide the strongest counterpressure against the
fragmentation and barbarization of our world.–
Ted J. Smith III (Editor), In
Defense of Tradition: Collected Shorter Writings of Richard M. Weaver,

What a great word. I wonder if Ted Smith and I have the same “something higher” in mind?