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July 27, 2015 / compassioninpolitics

The Cut-Flower Generation–Cutting Off the Core of Our Values, History, and Roots

“The attempt made in recent decades by secularist thinkers to disengage the moral principles of western civilization from their scripturally based religious context, in the assurance that they could live a life of their own as “humanistic” ethics, has resulted in our “cut flower culture.” Cut flowers retain their original beauty and fragrance, but only so long as they retain the vitality that they have drawn from their now-severed roots; after that is exhausted, they wither and die. So with freedom, brotherhood, justice, and personal dignity — the values that form the moral foundation of our civilization. Without the life-giving power of the faith out of which they have sprung, they possess neither meaning nor vitality.”

Will Herberg, Judiasm and Modern Man

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  1. compassioninpolitics / Nov 12 2016 3:54 pm

    This author speaks to the same phenomena:

    “The terrible danger of our time consists in the fact that ours is a cut-flower generation. Beautiful as cut flowers may be, and much as we may use our ingenuity to keep them looking fresh for awhile, they will eventually die, and they die because they are severed from their sustaining roots”

    Elton Trueblood, The Predicament of Modern Man

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