In lieu of new original thinking from me, a quote from Calvin Coolidge from a speech he gave at Wheaton College in June1923:
“We do not need more material development. We need more spiritual development. We do not need more knowledge. We need more character. We do not need more government. We need more culture. We do not need more laws. We need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.”
Sentiments that may strike as remarkable those who have been used to the caricature of Coolidge as a sleepwalking materialist. While his views regarding laws may not be surprising, his view of culture may well be. And in fact, the much-maligned 1920s saw a flowering of American culture in many disciplines that is unparalleled in history.