Quotation by Hannah Arendt

... the loss of belief in future states is politically, though certainly not spiritually, the most significant distinction between our present period and the centuries before. And this loss is definite. For no matter how religious our world may turn again, or how much authentic faith still exists in it, or how deeply our moral values may be rooted in our religious systems, the fear of hell is no longer among the motives which would prevent or stimulate the actions of a majority.
Hannah Arendt (1906–1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. Between Past and Future, ch. 3 (1961).
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