We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This quote from Benedict represents the crux of the problem not only for the West but the modern world as well. Eric Voegelin says essentially the same thing concerning the moral and political crisis in the West. Unless there is a way of rekindling contact with the transcendent reality we will continue on our muddled way, making scientific progress while becoming less satisfied and more confused as time goes on. Voegelin felt that there would be a resurgence of natural morality, Spengler didn't. I don't know if Benedict is optimistic or not. All of this has nothing to do with dogmas, ideology, etc. Personally I have felt for the last 20 years that the future would be a gradual downgrade of life, I have not been disappointed. Thanks for the quote by the Pope, I think he probably gets very little credit these days.