Wisdom on Wednesdays—Now is the nadir of the world

“Now is the nadir of the world:
To be poor in spirit, but not too poor
To be chaste, but not too chaste
To be honest, but not too honest.
Thus Christianity is an enemy:
‘Be ye perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect’
is the counsel of fanaticism.
The politician must compromise in a ‘possible world.’”
(1964)

Coronation of the Virgin, oil on canvas, c. 1924, 42 x 35 in.

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