…ellion, imagination, possibility that it bestows upon us, ignites within us, makes us constructive. Only through love are we willing to engage in the most senselessly sensible act in all creation: to sacrifice some part of our selves to imagine, build, create, what is greater — so we may gain a sense that our lives which are greater than our selves, have mattered.
Modernity’s great heresy was to believe in the self, man standing free against church, state, tradition, culture. For only through the freedom of self could each being find what is greater than salvation, and more necessary than immortality: meaning, happiness, purpose, life. And so it was the greatest act of apostasy in human history. Yet. Today’s necessary heresy is greater still. Not just to believe in the self, but of the possibility of potential. Of invention, revolution, creativity, a higher horizon. That is what separates Uppers from Downers.