Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sacred Technique

“Nothing belongs any longer to the realm of the gods or the supernatural. The individual who lives in the technical milieu knows very well that there is nothing spiritual anywhere. But man cannot live without the sacred. He therefore transfers his sense of the sacred to the very thing itself that has destroyed its former object: to technique itself.” Jacques Ellul

By contrast, the noble man seeks the Grail, which is the heavenly Europe. No technological technique can guarantee this - it is a conquest of soul, first the self - the noble man loves to dominate himself, and is capable of dominating others, but prefers not to. Rather, he shows clemency, insofar as possible, but is capable of whatever action is needed in a crisis, because he rules himself.

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