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QUOTE (T.S. Eliot)

January 4, 2016

T.S. Eliot“So long…as we consider finance, industry, trade, agriculture merely as competing interests to be reconciled from time to time as best they may, so long as we consider “education” as a good in itself of which everyone has a right to the utmost, without any ideal of the good life for society or for the individual, we shall move from one uneasy compromise to another. To the quick and simple organization of society for ends which, being only material and worldly, must be as ephemeral as worldly success, there is only one alternative. As political philosophy derives its sanction from ethics, and ethics from the truth of religion, it is only by returning to the eternal source of truth that we can hope for any social organization which will not, to its ultimate destruction, ignore some essential aspect of reality. The term “democracy,” as I have said again and again, does not contain enough positive content to stand alone against the forces that you dislike––it can easily be transformed by them. If you will not have God (and He is a jealous God) you should pay your respects to Hitler or Stalin.”
~ T.S. Eliot

In honor of Thomas Stearns Eliot, one of the twentieth century’s major poets, who died on this day in 1965.

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T.S. Eliot, If You Will Not Have God
Today in Christian History

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QUOTE (Phillis Wheatley) – Dec 5

December 5, 2013
English: Portrait of Phillis Wheatley

English: Portrait of Phillis Wheatley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand,
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
“Their color is a diabolic die.”
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.”
~ Phillis Wheatley

In honor of Phillis Wheatley, who died on this day in 1784.  She was the first African American and first U.S. slave to publish a book of poems and only the third American woman to do so.

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Phillis Wheatley died on this day in 1784.

Today in History – December 5

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