"Who, then, are we, we prideful late-twentieth-century creatures? Lord knows, we no longer think of ourselves as belonging to anyone or anything. We do not belongwe own; we possess. And that, to say the least, is not the same thing. We plunge into self-aggrandizement convinced that the dazzling success of our projects will prove definitely who we are. But this fails to satisfy. Our triumphs ring hollow. Our victories so often turn to ashes in our mouths. But never mind. Tomorrow we will run faster, climb higher, and one fine morning. Who are we?
We are creatures who have forgotten what it means to be faithful to something other than ourselves." --Jean Bethke Elshtain, Who Are We? Critical Reflections and Hopeful Possibilities (Eerdmans, 2000)