The Sacred and Profane

I stood before the ruins of the Agora and Parthenon. Here were the foundations of democracy and once again they were falling apart. The promise of liberalism was redshifting into tribalism, a grim cycle described by Plato when he walked among these shards of marble two thousand years ago: the endless swing between democracy and tyranny as determined by the distribution of wealth. Although it’s tempting to retreat into philosophical detachment, to cultivate a world-weary nihilism, I need to believe that history moves upwards rather than in mindless circles.

Atlas Minor Digest