09 February 2011

Another Lake Como Gem

The fact that the machine brings a measure of freedom hitherto unknown is in the first instance a gain.  The value of freedom, however, is not fixed solely by the question "Freedom from what?" but decisively by the further question "Freedom for what?"  Every social pedagogue knows what problems arise regarding use of time that is made free by machines.  If we do not succeed in making meaningful use of the free days, then the result of such "freedom" is negative.
Romano Guardini,
Letters from Lake Como, p. 110

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