'Reading the Newspaper Was Their Morning Prayer'

Despite an atheism in principle, Marxism knew how to articulate this absolute transcendence of an ideal in terms of the immediacy or radical immanence of the here and now. The militant worked for the future, for future generations, for the advent of a perfect society, a paradise on earth, but this aspiration for a beyond was incarnated in a series of concrete practices that claimed to give meaning to the least details of earthly life. Conversely, the most modest of everyday tasks, selling newspapers at a factory gate or organizing a meeting, were rooted in the immaterial horizon of a better world. Religion, religere, to bind, one often says, following an etymology that, however contested, is nonetheless eloquent: it was this connection of the here and elsewhere that ensured the bond among militants. Reading the newspaper was their morning prayer. There, whatever might have occurred, they could detect that famous ‘meaning of history’ in which their personal existence, however modest, played some small part.
— Luc Ferry

Man Made God: The Meaning of Life, trans. David Pellauer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002), 9.