Light, Colour, Craftsmanship, and Love

“They had a great yearning for beauty and a great faith in God and the ideal world.  And somehow that great faith produced this,” Harold said, gesturing up at the Chartres cathedral.  He described how nobles and peasants would volunteer their labor to build the great church, how whole villages would move close to the cathedral town so they could help create these great edifices soaring above the normal hovels of wood and grass.

— David Brooks, The Social Animal