Our Service Philosophy
Societies have to develop organized instruments to achieve their military,
political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual objectives.
The problem is that all instruments eventually become "institutionalized"
that is, vested interests more committed to preserving their own
perogatives than to meeting the needs for which they were created.
Once this happens, change can come only through reform or circumvention
of the institutions. If these fail, reaction and decline set in.
The key to the greatness of Western civilization, and its continuing
capacity for reform and renewal is rooted in unique religious and
philosophical convictions: that man is basically good; that there
is truth, but no finite mortal has it; that we can get closer to the
truth only by working together; and that through faith and good works,
can we have a better life in this world and a reward in the next.
These convictions gave our civilization its optimistic, pragmatic
character and an unwavering belief in the possibility of positive change
and that "the future can be better than the past, and each individual
has a personal, moral obligation to make it so".
Carroll Quigley - Georgetown