Even to the most perspicacious, history dissembles the fact that humanity goes on living and working like the silent sea over which the waves of cataclysm break. Tradition lives in this humble unspectacular world and is therefore always present; to seek it in the past is to seek eternity in the past only, which is a form of death. Genuine, unshakeable tradition resides in the persistent, inexhaustible rhythm of humanity which is ever fertile and provides the strength for victory and for survival in defeat.
Martin Nozick, Miguel De Unamuno * The Agony of Belief, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1971, pg. 77