The Big Picture

Creating a Culture that Endures

José Ortega y Gassett, a Spanish writer and philosopher, wrote in 1930, "Civilization is not 'just there,' it is not self-supporting. It is artificial and requires the artist or the artisan." Ortega saw that it also requires many years of effort and the sacrifice of many to create it. Each of us is born into a world we did not create. We inherit it.

Baby boomers, gen-x, gen-y, and millennials are all inheritors of the moral and material capital of their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents—and beyond. Ortega warned that our way of life cannot be preserved without the same level of effort that it took to create and maintain it in the past: "If you want to make...

 

is the executive editor of Salvo and Touchstone magazines.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #20, Spring 2012 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo20/the-big-picture

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