Voegelin and Pressure

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Voegelin with a Nock Kicker

History, said Voegelin, is “the perpetual task to regain the order under God from the pressure of mundane existence.”

That’s the science of history? Heck, it’s the science of everyday life. Just as Plato noted that society is man writ large, I guess history is everyday life writ large. It reminds me of Nock’s observation that each person has one responsibility and one responsibility only: to present society with one improved unit. I don’t know if Voegelin would agree (one of his heroes, Solon, impressed his one improved unit on all of Greek antiquity), but he would certainly agree that, at a minimum, each man has that responsibility.

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