Wisdom on Wednesdays—Factory civilization or total Christianity

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The Sower, 1937, Conte crayon on paper, 18 x 14 in.
Study for the oil painting of the same name.

“Society has been ‘freed.’  It has been emancipated from God.  As has been said, man cannot be neutral for long.  He must be ultimately the slave of God or the slave of the Devil.  Our choice is between the Servile State of avaricious materialism (factory civilization) and total Christianity.”  (1943)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Nothing to lose in the world

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Gertrude, October 1919, pastel on paper, 20 x 17 in.

“The minute a man has something to lose in the world is he enslaved.
“Or to put it better, when one decides he has nothing to lose he can be true and charitable.”  (1962)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Ultimate slavery

“No man can be happy who makes security his end in life.  That spells ultimate slavery, because freedom of will is not to those imaginations which are bounded by economics.”  (1946)

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Gertrude Feeding Gertrude, September 1932, pen and ink on paper
The artist’s wife Gertrude nursing their one-month-old daughter of the same name, the youngest of their ten children and the only girl.

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Complete economic slavery

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Three Children with Toys, c. 1926, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

“We are loath to accept the logical progression into complete economic slavery, but we should be realistic enough to acknowledge that once we have allowed ourselves to succumb to an economic culture, we must see it through to the end.”  (1962)