"Without the ultrarational hopes and passions of religion no society will ever have the courage to conquer despair and attempt the impossible; for the vision of a just society is an impossible one, which can be approximated only by those who do not regard it as impossible."--Reinhold Niebuhr
Metaxis We are in-between beings whether we like it or not. We become substantive to the degree that we hold our opposite tendencies, especially the spirit vs. matter tension, in balance and to integrate them.
The Reasons for My Concern Comprehensive background statement that explains the historical cultural framework that informs the posts I put up on this blog.
How Liberalism Got Its Bad Name How the sixties put Liberals in an impossible situation, and were blamed for chickens come home to roost that were hatched from eggs laid in the 1870s.
Latent Authoritarians Talks about the role of the principle of susidiarity in combating the top-downism of the right and the left.
Believing What we believe shapes how we live, whether our beliefs are superficial or profound. Whatever narrative we ultimately choose opens up certain possibilities and closes off others; it shapes what we can see and what we are blind to.
The Hypertropied Eye Modernity and its eye centeredness created the conditions for the possibility of individualism and critical reflection, but it also led to the gradual disenchantment of the world which became reified.
Dying Traditions Living traditions survive in the U.S. only so long as they can resist acculturation into the larger modern American milieu. The economic pressures working to break down such subcultures are terrific.