Tawney

What is wrong with the modern world is that having ceased to believe in the greatness of God, and therefore the infinite smallness (or greatness – the same thing!) of man, it has to invent or emphasize the distinctions between men. It does not say, “I have said, Ye are Gods!” Nor does it say “All flesh is grass.” It can neither rise to the heights or descend to the depths (these meet in a spiritual exaltation which may be called either optimism or pessimisim). What it does say is that some men are Gods, and that some flesh is grass, and that the former should live on the latter (combined with pate fois gras and champagne). And this is false.

Quoted in Ross Terrill, R.H. Tawney and His Times: Socialism as Fellowship, 124.

 

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