The deepest problems of modern life flow from the attempt of the individual to maintain the independence and individuality of his existence against the sovereign powers of society, against the weight of the historical heritage and the external culture and technique of life. This antagonism represents the most modern form of the conflict which primitive man must carry on with nature for his own bodily existence.

To read the chapter 1 of Georg Simmel’s book, The Metropolis And Mental LifeHERE.

The Mennonites are Christian groups belonging to the church communities of Anabaptist denominations named after Menno Simons (1496–1561) of Friesland (which today is a province of the Netherlands). Through his writings, Simons articulated and formalized the teachings of earlier Swiss founders. The early teachings of the Mennonites were founded on the belief in both the mission and ministry of Jesus, which the original Anabaptist followers held to with great conviction despite persecution by the various Roman Catholic and Protestant states. Rather than fight, the majority of these followers survived by fleeing to neighboring states where ruling families were tolerant of their radical belief in believer’s baptism. Over the years, Mennonites have become known as one of the historic peace churches because of their commitment to pacifism. [wiki]mennonites-01 mennonites-03 mennonites-04 mennonites-05 mennonites-06 mennonites-07 mennonites-08 mennonites-09 mennonites-10 mennonites-11 mennonites-12 mennonites-13 mennonites-14 mennonites-15 mennonites-16 mennonites-17 mennonites-18 mennonites-19 mennonites-20Mennonites

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