“There is only one standard by which any epoch can be fairly judged: . . . to what extent did it allow for the development of human dignity?”
“The health of the spirit depends on its relation to truth, to the good and holy.”
Powerful words. And ones we’re not too accustomed to hearing these days.
These lines come from The End of the Modern World, a classic work by Romano Guardini.
If you ever look around at our world and wonder, “What has gone wrong?” then Guardini’s short, brilliant book is for you. The great twentieth-century Italian-born German philosopher-priest looks at the very nature of the modern age and the prospects for modernity ahead. As Catholic Culture has noted, “Nearly every week brings evidence of how prophetic was the priest-philosopher Romano Guardini in his classic work The End of the Modern World.”
This expanded edition includes the original text of The End of the Modern World as well as the entirety of its explicit sequel, Power and Responsibility. The principle of individual responsibility weaves both works into a seamless, comprehensive, and compelling moral statement. Guardini tirelessly argues that human beings are responsible moral agents, possessed of free will and answerable to God and their fellow man.