Abraham Heschel on time, space and the answer to the problem of civilisation.

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“We are infatuated with the splendor of space, with the grandeur of things of space. We know what to do with space but do not know what to do about time, except to make it subservient to space. Most of us seem to labor for the sake of things of space.

As a result we suffer from a deeply rooted dread of time and stand aghast when compelled to look into its face. To understand the teaching of the Bible, one must accept its premise that time has a meaning for life which is at least equal of space: that time has a significance and sovereignty of its own.

The answer to the problem of civilization: not to flee from the realm of space; to work with things of space but to be in love with eternity.”

Abraham Heschel: The Sabbath

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