By Albert Schweitzer (author), Charles R. Joy (editor)
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228] 10 ALBERT SCHWEITZER* AN ANTHOLOGY A Return to Reflection It seems, indeed, little better we than mockery that should men to anything so remote as a return to reflection urge about the meaning of life at a time when the passions and the follies of the nations have become so intense and so when unemployment and poverty and starvawhen power is being used on the powerless in the most shameless and senseless way, and when organized human life is dislocated in every direction. But only when the general population begins to reflect in this way will forces come into being which will be able to effect extended, tion are rife, something to counterbalance all this chaos and misery.
In order to attain to that mysticism which is the only immediate and the only profound world-view. must all make pilgrimage through the realm of knowledge until we reach the point where it passes into actual experience of the world's essential being. must all become religious We We as the result of reflection. [Ethics, p. xviii] History and Modern Thought We have not yet arrived at any reconciliation between history and modem thought only between halfway history and halfway thought. What the ultimate goal towards which ing that we are moving will be, what this something is which new life and new regulative principles to corncenturies, we do not know.
The Tragedy Western thought of Western Thought not governed like mystical thought by the idea that the one thing needful is the spiritual union of man with infinite Being, and therefore (if it is to is obliged THE SANCTUARY OF THOUGHT 19 renounce the hope of attaining to a knowledge of the universe that corresponds to ethical world- and life-affirmation), it is in danger of saying it is satisfied not only with lowered ideals, but also with an inferior conception of world-view. That is the tragedy that is being enacted before our eyes.
Albert Schweitzer: An Anthology by Albert Schweitzer (author), Charles R. Joy (editor)