"I don't see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean. Sometimes a storm arises, a formidable current develops, and it seems it will engulf everything. Wait a moment, another current will appear and bring the first one to naught."Maritain, a Frenchman, wrote a short testimonial to this country as he found it in the 1940's, called Reflections on America. To some in the current moment, these words are a warning; to others, they are strength and consolation. Be patient. "Stay thirsty, my friends."
"The great and admirable strength of America consists in this, that America is truly the American people."
Thursday, March 11, 2010
From a very clear-eyed observer...
...named Jacques Maritain (d. 1973), come these two comments: