“…I am mindful of the fact that for the past half century, there has been an assumption in the West that liberal democratic politics and market economics are self-sustaining. They are part of a linear, irreversible process that once achieved is never subsequently lost.
Nothing could be further from the truth. A free society is a moral achievement. Without a shared morality, a strong identity based on memory and narrative, without training in character, self-restraint, and the ability to defer the gratification of instinct, civilization will eventually suffer a decline, as did Athens, Rome, and Italy of the Renaissance. A free society depends on habits of the heart, and without them it declines and falls.
Ultimately, a free society is a spiritual achievement.”
– Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “Covenant & Conversation: Numbers: The Wilderness Years”, pg.28, Maggid Books, 2017