… From What Is Left Over by Rémi Brague | Articles | First Things. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
These are large questions, so we do best to end by returning to the simple practice of plainsong. This sort of singing epitomizes the vocation of song, which is to celebrate and praise. Now, obviously, we can sing, hence praise, only what is good. We enter into praise, which is the condition of culture, if and only if there is something praiseworthy. In the last analysis, there can be culture if and only if we are convinced that, in the teeth of evil, that which is is intrinsically good. To give priority to the praiseworthy is an ontological choice. This choice is presupposed by any culture-grounding activity.Read the whole thing. I am looking to see what book by Rémi Brague I should start with. One of the best philosophical essays I have ever read.