niemeyerA warning may be in order that our civilization is not in good shape, furthermore, that awareness of this fact and analysis of the disorder are among the foremost obligations of intellectual leadership. Both require a return to basic questions, such questions as are usually answered at the beginning of things. A thinking person should examine his own underlying assumptions, anxious to discover whether the will to power or deference for being may be at work in his soul. He should also shoulder responsibility for strengthening the metaphysical ground of our discussions about order. It is this kind of turning around that could eventually bring about a degree of sanity to our common existence.
—Gerhart Niemeyer

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