Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 12, Part 24

Trey Smith

He who knows he is a fool is not the biggest fool; he who knows he is confused is not in the worst confusion. The man in the worst confusion will end his life without ever getting straightened out; the biggest fool will end his life without ever seeing the light. If three men are traveling along and one is confused, they will still get where they are going - because confusion is in the minority. But if two of them are confused, then they can walk until they are exhausted and never get anywhere - because confusion is in the majority. And with all the confusion in the world these days, no matter how often I point the way, it does no good. Sad, is it not?
~ Burton Watson translation ~
In my view, one of the chief problems with religions like Christianity is that it imbues its followers with a false sense of knowing. So, they strut around pompously because they think they know with absolute certainty what cannot be known absolutely. In reality, Christians aren't that much unlike atheists when it comes to the foundational questions of our lives. The main difference is that atheists admit to our ignorance, while Christians mistakenly believe they have vanquished it.

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