The tragedy of the modern world

I am afraid nothing has changed:

” When the heart is sensitive and the mind is perceptive, one look at the world will suffice to see the misery of the human creature and to guess at ways of salvation; when they are insensitive and dull, massive impressions will be needed to trigger even some weak feeling. The sheltered son of a prince saw a beggar, a sick person, and a corpse for the first time – and he became the Buddha; a contemporary writer sees the piles of corpses and witnesses the gruesome destruction of thousands of people in Russia after the war – and he realizes that something is awfully wrong in the world and writes a number of mediocre novels.”

Eric Voegelin, Political Religions, p.33.

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