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May 14, 2012

Errand into the Wilderness


"Can an errand, even an errand into the wilderness, be run indefinitely?...
Can a culture, which changes to embody itself in a nation, push itself into such remorseless exertion without ever learning whether it has been sent on its business at some incomprehensible behest, or is obligated to discover a meaning for its dynamism in the very act of running....What will America do--what can American do--with an implacable prophecy that there is a point in time beyond which the very concept of a future becomes meaningless? Protestant America, as well as Catholic, has an implicit commitment to this event. What then happens to the errand?" -- Perry Miller

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 14, 2012 6:30 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I want to thank you for publicizing the link to this book. And for attaching George Boughton's charming and compelling illustration.

It's perhaps a topic at the back of everyone's mind here in the USA. Who are we as a people, how did we get here, what (if anything) are we yearning to become? What must we hold on to because it's essential, and what can be allowed to change.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at May 15, 2012 2:45 PM

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