Liberal secular humanism… our current belief system… has a single, honourable aim: to advance human welfare. …But there is a gap at its core: the failure to acknowledge that humans are not necessarily good. For the Greeks, the founders of our culture, the idea was central to their morality. …If man tried to get too high, as he often did, the gods would destroy him.

–Michael McCarthy


The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization. And when man left off this form of development, his humanization was retarded in growth.

–Chief Luther Standing Bear