Friday, December 26, 2003
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."
Principles for our aspirations and judgements are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition. It is a high goal which, with our weak powers, we can reach only very inadequately, but which gives a sure foundation to our aspirations and valuations. Taking that goal out of its religious form and looking merely at its human side, we might define it as a free and responsible development of the individual - so that we may place our powers freely and gladly in the service of all mankind. Souls are found in individuals, and the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any otherway.
Consider the interrelationship of means and ends. Mere thinking cannot give us a sense of the ultimate and fundamental ends. To make clear these fundamental ends and valuations and to set them fast in the emotional life of the individual, seems to me precisely the most important function which religion has to form in the social life of man. Balance, perception, form - all play a part. The question of faith rests in ideas. Ones that you might take or leave with breakfast, and others that you might be willing to give your life for? What is your truth today?
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