Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Fragility of the Good Life

The question is do we have the ability to see a long term war through to victory or will we sacrifice that goal if our "good life" begins to unravel. You can be sure that the terrorists of the world are counting on us to become distracted.

VDH's Private Papers::The Fragility of the Good Life: "In our own new age of war, terrorism, huge debt, high-priced gas and frightful weapons and viruses that we try to ignore, we should remember that civilization's progress is not always linear. The human condition does not inevitably evolve from good to better to best, but always remains precarious, its advances cyclical.

The good life sometimes can be lost quite unexpectedly and abruptly when people demand rights more than they accept responsibilities, or live for present consumption rather than sacrifice for future investment, or feel their own culture is not particularly exceptional and therefore in no need of constant support and defense."

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