Wisdom on Wednesdays—Justice and charity made respectable

Pencil sketch, Naples, 1915

Pencil sketch, Naples, 1915

“The individual virtues of justice and charity will always be corrupted by the world and socialized so that justice is turned into legality and charity is debased into philanthropy: justice and charity made respectable.”

from the essay “Culture Can Withstand Anything but Respectability” (1931)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Peace cannot be the principal aim

“Peace, like Beauty, cannot be the principal aim—cannot be directly striven for.  Such neutralities are the result of safeguarding activities, beauty being a by-product of life.  Peace is a secondary result of active justice (not legality) and active charity (not philanthropy).”  (1931)

13240 - Peace - no border

Peace, oil on canvas, 1924, 35 x 42 in.