Saturday, May 28, 2005

I'm reading GK Chesterton's Orthodoxy, and I am crawling my way through chapter 3.

At any street corner we may meet a man who utters the frantic and blasphemous statement that he may be wrong. Every day one comes across somebody who says that of course his view may not be the right one. Of course his view must be the right one, or it is not his view. We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table. We are in danger of seeing philosophers who doubt the law of gravity as being a mere fancy of their own. Scoffers of old time were too proud to be convinced; but these are too humble to be convinced. The meek do not inherit the earth; but modern skeptics are too meek even to claim their inheritance. It is exactly this intellectual helplessness that is our second problem.

p. 28

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