Dalrymple: A Loss in True Sophistication

“The loss of the religious understanding of the human condition – that Man is a fallen creature for whom virtue is necessary but never fully attainable – is a loss, not a gain, in true sophistication. The secular substitute – the belief in the perfection of life on earth by the endless extension of a choice of pleasures – is not merely callow by comparison but much less realistic in its understanding of human nature.”

– Theodore Dalrymple, Our Culture, What’s Left of It

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