The world is broken.
There was a time when those words would have been considered unremarkable—a truism, even. Of course the world is broken: Our first parents, Adam and Eve, broke it. They did so by their sin. They had everything that any man or woman could ever reasonably want: a paradise to live in, all the food they would ever need, the ultimate healthcare plan (that is, no need for one), human companionship and the company of animals, leisure. The God Who had given them life had blessed them and given them a mission, too: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.” Their leisure was meant to be the basis of a true culture. They had no need of faith, as Hebrews 11 defines it: “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” They could see everything they needed to see—not through a glass darkly, as we do now, but face to face. They walked with God. Had they kept to their mission, had they used their leisure properly, their children would have walked with God, too.
But they didn’t keep to their mission. They didn’t use their leisure properly. They broke the world. And their children kept on breaking and breaking and breaking, starting with Cain, and continuing down to this very day.
Leo Strauss said that Eve was the first philosopher, because...