Friend of Dappled Things, Fr. Damian Ference, excerpts Walker Percy’s address upon receiving the Laetare Award from the University of Notre Dame in 1989:
While truth should prevail, it is a disaster when only one kind of truth prevails at the expense of another. If only one kind of truth prevails, the abstract and technical truth of science, then, nothing stands in the way of a demeaning of, and a destruction of, human life, for what appear to be short-term goals. It’s no accident, I think, that German science—great as it was—ended in the destruction of the holocaust.
Whether you’re a longtime reader of Percy’s work, or would like to find out what all the fuss is about, Fr. Ference’s article at Word on Fire is a terrific start. Their next book discussion group will focus on Percy’s Love in the Ruins. We suggest you follow along!