Towards Center

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20
Ideas Have Consequences - Richard Weaver
The believer in truth, on the other hand is bound to maintain that the things of highest value are not affected by the passage of time; otherwise the very concept of truth becomes impossible. In declaring that we wish to recover the lost ideals and values, we are looking toward an ontological realm which is timeless...Now the return which the idealists propose is not a voyage backward through time but a return to center, which must be concieved metaphysically or theologically... They are making the ancient affirmation that there is a center of things, and they point out that every feature of the modern disintegration is a flight from this toward periphery.
For them the highest knowledge concerned, respectively, the relation of men to God and the relation of men to men. They did not expect to learn what they most needed to know by fleeing center, that is, by diving ever deeper into the mysteries of the physical world. Such is escape and moral defeatism. When Socrates declared the Phaedrus that he learned not from the trees of the country but from the men of the city, he was exposing the fallacy of scientism.