Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Streetwise: Towards a Tragic Wisdom and Beyond

'Though I shall certainly cause some dismay and scandal among philosophers and theologians, I would say that in this age of absolute insecurity we live in, true wisdom lies in setting out, with prudence to be sure, but also with a kind of joyful anticipation, on the paths leading not necessarily beyond time but beyond our time, to where the technocrats and the statistic worshippers on the one hand, and the tyrants and the torturers on the other, not only lose their footing but vanish like mists at the dawn of a beautiful day.'

-Gabriel Marcel,
'Toward a Tragic Wisdom and Beyond'
1968 (?)

Alas, I am not confident that we have built much on this suggestion in the last 38 years. -JF

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