John Adams, US President 1797-1801 “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
I like to take walks outside and think. I never take my phone with me unless I’m listening to an audiobook, because walking is a perfect time to think. Lightbulbs go off while you walk, and your conscience speaks. You connect dots.
Sometimes they’re happy thoughts, sometimes sad, sometimes both or in between.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about John Adams, specifically a quote of his.
I saw a story this week about yet another freeway shooting in Atlanta. Someone I know had a friend shot at who had their small child in a car seat almost killed, spared by a few inches.
“In just the first month of 2022 in the city of Atlanta alone, police are investigating four interstate shootings.
Last year, police reported at least 30 shootings across metro interstates.”
John Adams was correct. This quote keeps popping up in my head. He was a very wise man.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
This is why the life of the spirit is so important. A purely materialist concept of the human person, or human soul, without morality, or a religious anthropology will allow and even promote anything, no matter how degraded, nihilistic, or banally evil. Just ask the Chinese or Russians, victims of a materialist communist ideology that took the life of over 100 million people.
People can’t hope to live in a free society without some limits or objective conception of good and evil. The great hope of America was that with the right amount of virtue, people could be free and self-govern. Unfortunately, no one seems to want to talk about virtue anymore.
John Adams predicted the future.
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