Benign Principalities

by Caleb Roberts

As commonplace and recurrent as such aggressions by the demonic powers against human life in society are and, literally, forever have been and so long as time lasts will be, human beings generally and, it seems, Americans particularly persevere in belaboring the illusion that at least some institutions are benign and viable and within human direction or can be rendered so by discipline or reform or revolution or displacement.  The principalities are, it is supposed, cable of being altered so as to respect and serve human life, instead of demeaning and dominating human life, provided there is a sufficient human will to accomplish this. (83)

William Stringfellow | An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land