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Malcolm Muggeridge: “The efforts that men make to bring about their own happiness”

30 April 2016

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“The efforts that men make to bring about their own happiness, their own ease of life, their own self-indulgence, will in due course produce the opposite, leading me to the absolutely inescapable conclusion that human beings cannot live and operate in this world without some concept of a being greater than themselves, and of a purpose which transcends their own egotistic or greedy desires. Once you eliminate the notion of a God, a creator, once you eliminate the notion that the creator has a purpose for us, and that life consists essentially in fulfilling that purpose, then you are bound, as Pascal points out, to induce the megalomania of which we’ve seen so many manifestations in our time – in the crazy dictators, as in the lunacies of people who are rich, or who consider themselves to be important or celebrated in the western world. Alternatively, human beings relapse into mere carnality, into being animals. I see this process going on irresistably, of which the holocaust is only just one example. If you envisage men as being only men, you are bound to see human society, not in Christian terms as a family, but as a factory–farm in which the only consideration that matters is the well–being of the livestock and the prosperity or productivity of the enterprise. That’s where you land yourself. And it is in that situation that western man is increasingly finding himself.”

– Malcolm Muggeridge

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 April 2016 1:59 am

    We were blessed by God and turned away; Isaiah 65, call on Him, He is waiting a biting for us to return, we under the wrath of Satan in Rev. 12, not God, and He will rescue us this time. Matthew 24 lies ahead.

  2. 30 April 2016 2:02 am

    I believe my OS causes problems, second line, I did NOT type “a biting”.

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