“To minimize suffering and to maximize security were natural and proper ends of society and Caesar. But then they became the only ends, somehow, and the only basis of law—a perversion. Inevitably, then, in seeking only them, we found only their opposites: maximum suffering and minimum security.”
― Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz
I want to post more excerpts of this great book, but I think I would end up posting it in its entirety. If you want a book that shows the timelessness and essentiality of the Catholic Church-- and if you want to see just how the Church would have been quite able to handle "modern man" without the disaster of Vatican II-- this is your book. I can't recommend it highly enough. The Church is the bearer of Christ's light to all generations and in all eras. Circumstances may change, but Man's essential condition does not.
The quote above points out the serious problem that we face right now-- the dictatorship of legal positivism combined with a complete aversion to any sacrifice of our own will. It isn't the only insight in Miller's work.