18 August 2009

rereading ...

From "Small is Beautiful" E.F. Schumacher, 1973 (p. 34):

"Next to family, it is work and the relationships established by work that are the true foundations of society. If the foundations are unsound, how could society be sound? And if society is sick, how could it fail to be a danger to peace?"

Schumacher goes on to quote from "Creed or Chaos" (1947):

" 'War is a judgment,' said Dorothy L. Sayers, 'that overtakes societies when they have been living upon ideas that conflict too violently with the laws governing the universe ... Never think that wars are irrational catastrophes: they happen when wrong ways of thinking and living bring about intolerable situations.' "

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