Reading Blaise Pascal is like a tall, cool glass of water on a hot summer day. Thanks be to God for thoughtful Christians like Pascal.
Notice how well he knows the youth of his own day, and thus the youth of our day. And how many adults are still youths as Pascal depicts them?
36 Anyone who does not see the vanity of the world is very vain himself. So who does not see it, apart from young people whose lives are all noise, diversions, and thoughts for the future?
But take away their diversion and you will see them bored to extinction.
Then they feel their nullity without recognizing it, for nothing could be more wretched than to be intolerably depressed as soon as one is reduced to introspection with no means of diversion. (164)*
*Pensées (trans. A. J. Krailsheimer; New York: Penguin Books, 1966), 38.