Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Social and Civic Ideals - A Quote

Social and civic ideals, as such, in so far as they are not organically connected with moral ideas, but exist by themselves like a separate half cut off from the whole by your LEARNED KNIFE; in so far, finally, as they may be taken from the outside and successfully transplanted to any other place, in so far as they are a separate ‘institution,’ such ideals, I say, neither have, nor have had, nor ever could have, any existence at all!  For what is a social ideal, and how shall we understand the word?  Surely its essence lies in men’s aspiration to find a formula of political organization for themselves which shall be faultless and satisfactory to all—is it not so?  But people do not know the formula.  Though they have been searching for it through the six thousand years of history, they cannot find it…

And we may ask the scornful themselves: If our hope (of redemption through Christ) is a dream, when will you build up your edifice and order things justly by your intellect alone, without Christ?  If they declare that it is they who are advancing towards unity, only the simple-hearted among them believe it, so that one may positively marvel at such simplicity.  Of a truth, thay have more phantastic dreams than we…

F.M. Dostoevsky

Posted by John Venlet on 07/11 at 04:54 PM
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