It may be that, without the pressure
of social forces, political ideas are stillborn: what is certain is that these
forces, unless they clothe themselves in ideas, remain blind and undirected.
A nation is not civilized because a
handful of its members are successful in acquiring large sums of money and in
persuading their fellows that a catastrophe will occur if they do not acquire
it.. What matters to a society is less what it owns than what it is and how it
uses its possessions. It is civilized in so far as its conduct is guided by a
just appreciation of spiritual ends, in so far as it uses its material
resources to promote the dignity and refinement of the individual human beings
who compose it.
traditional objectives are gradually fulfilled, and society becomes more
social-democratic with the passing of the old injustices, we shall turn our
attention increasingly to other, and in the long run more important, spheres
- of personal freedom, happiness, and cultural endeavour: the cultivation of
leisure, beauty, grace, gaiety, excitement, and of all the proper pursuits,
whether elevated, vulgar, or eccentric, which contribute to the varied fabric
of a full private and family life…
not want to enter the age of abundance, only to find that we have lost the
values which might teach us how to enjoy it.