Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Modern Dilemma

Excerpt: The Modern Dilemma
By Christopher Dawson

"The only way by which our civilization can recover its balance and stability is by the restoration of the spiritual element that is no less essential to modern culture than has been to the civilization of the past…No doubt civilization is in a sense dependent on the economic process, just as a man of genius depends on his dinner. But economic causes do not create civilization, any more than good food make great men. In both cases greatness is a spiritual quality, and has its source in the intelligence and will of the individual and the society. A civilization lives by its faith and its ideals no less than by its wealth and its material organization."