On Freedom and Human Dignity the Importance of the Sacred in Politics

On Freedom and Human Dignity the Importance of the Sacred in Politics

On Freedom and Human Dignity the Importance of the Sacred in Politics

On Freedom and Human Dignity the Importance of the Sacred in Politics

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We live in an age in which our institutions and our forms of social organization are attacked as vile or despicable. In our utilitarian age everything is given a price, including allegiance. Thus, some proudly proclaim themselves citizens of the world and others proudly refuse to offer the salute of allegiance to the flag. This is an age of violent emotion in which, despite deep belief, there is also a deep cynicism. On the one hand high ideals are flaunted; on the other, theft and self-indulgence are justified. The threats of nuclear war, racial conflict, and ecological disaster hang over our heads. Proposed solutions for these potential disasters range from the Skinnerian advocacy of conditioning to the Charles Reichian glorification of impulse.

The strains and conflicts within our society run so deeply that they invoke the most fundamental philosophical, and even theological, premises. Despite the intellectually contrary responses to these problems, I believe that they can be managed consistently with human freedom and dignity. However, this is possible only if we understand and accept the essentially . . .

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