Notebook

Assemble the Treasure

How do you see the creative tension between old and new in an age like ours that has made novolatry a guiding principle?

You are right in calling this tension ‘creative’. To live within it presupposes a sense of gratitude for what is handed on to me, and a sense of being responsible for it. Gratitude and responsibility: two qualities that are being eroded, I’d say, in the world we inhabit, the world we have helped construct. So we must cultivate them, practise them, being like the Gospel steward who knew how to bring forth from his treasury ‘things both old and new’. That image presupposes the patient work of assembling the treasure first.

My conversation with Daniel Capó Laisfeldt, first published in Spanish, is now available in English here.