We must know what we are...


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​​Before we can pretend to do anything about the present, we must know what we are, what the world is, and yes, what God is. Construction of a civilization that knows little or nothing of these deeper realities can only make things worse. […] We are not simply to devote ourselves to politics and economics or to making a living, however valid these are in their own spheres. […] [W]hen everything human is defined in terms of utility or pleasure, the enterprise of knowing what we are loses its centrality in our lives. There are things beyond politics and without which politics cannot be politics.

James V. Schall, S.J.

from the Foreword to Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

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