Modern Man's Anxiety: Its Remedy
Twenty-five centuries of philosophical study and argument have deepened our insight into the problem of the individual. But so far as alternatives are concerned, we stand today where we stood in the days of Aristotle. Either each life is part of a significant process, and therefore is itself significant, or it is meaningless and futile. If the individual accepts the first alternative, which is the answer offered by Prophetic and Rabbinic Judaism, he finds a solution. If he does not, he seems destined to remain perplexed and confused. The crisis of the individual in our time is created by our realization of this inescapable dilemma, and by our failure to face it. Men want to have significance but are unable or unwilling to pay the price in moral responsibility. The crisis is epitomized in the individual citizen of the Western countries who hungers for the self-esteem and freedom associated with democracy but will not assume the self-discipline and obligations his citizenship involves.
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