Wisdom on Wednesdays—The only hope for sanity


Gertrude (the artist’s daughter), c.1945, oil on hardboard, 18 × 15 in.

“In a breakdown, which is at the end of our millennium, the conscience of most people is collective.  How else could we have achieved war on such a grand scale?  I am sure the only hope for sanity—for a return to goodness and beauty—lies in the rapid advance of the personal idea.  Not, of course, in personal tyranny, which is worse if possible than social tyranny.  But unless the personal conscience challenges and checks the social conscience, we will go to the devil.  The Barbarian will have triumphed.”
—from the essay “Socialism”  (1943)

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