24 October 2010

Politics

Here is a quotation on the upcoming elections from the Communion and Liberation movement:
"We understand that there can be no better relationship among people than love. And clearly love costs sacrifice for the other's true good. But, if we surrender to the fear of sacrifice, we become trapped in ourselves, alone, numb to the needs, desires, and sufferings of others. Moreover the social structures we build tend to alienate and manipulate others. Above all we recognize the risk of constantly betting on human freedom and its ability to seek what is good, beautiful, and true. Yet, without betting on human freedom, we entrust ourselves to policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, pretending that -- in the words of T. S. Eliot -- we can dream up 'a system so perfect that no one will have to be good.'"

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

Love that TS Eliot quote. As I was reading for class today, I thought about the interminable number of regulations our society needs to function throughout the day, not to mention each minute of it! We've come to rely so greatly on external motivations and "rules," to the detriment of the internal conscience and desire to simply "do the right thing" because it is the right thing to do.