I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.
I think what I and most other sociologists of religion wrote in the 1960s about secularization was a mistake. Our underlying argument was that secularization and modernity go hand in hand. With more modernization comes more secularization.
I’m sure Putnam is right that there’s been a decline in certain kinds of organizations like bowling leagues. But people participate in communities in other ways.
The world is independent of my will.
Even if one is interested only in one’s own society, which is one’s prerogative, one can understand that society much better by comparing it with others.
A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.
Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.
No one will stop to help you when you are in need, but everyone forces opinions upon you that you do not require.
If spiritual science is to do the same for spirit that natural science has done for nature, it must investigate quite differently from the latter. It must find ways and means of penetrating into the sphere of the spiritual, a domain which cannot be perceived with outer physical senses nor apprehended with the intellect which is bound to the brain.