Even in the 1930s, Americans Were Too Distracted — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“I found that Americans carry into the tropics their same mad-cap, feverish life which we know on the mainland. Complexity of our program cannot be blamed upon complexity of our environment, much as we should like to think so. Nor will simplification of life follow simplification of environment…”

“We western peoples are apt to think our great problems are external, environmental. We are not skilled in the inner life where the real roots of our problem lie… The outer distractions of our interests reflect an inner lack of integration of our own lives. We are trying to be several selves at once, without all our selves being organized by a single, mastering Life within us.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, p 91

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