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Feb 09, 2009

Bertrand Russell on the Certain and the Doubtful

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell

This topic has been on my mind for the last few years, particularly with regard to Quaker faith practices in comparison to others (particularly the Episcopalians, but maybe that's because I hang around with so many).  One of my regular "waitamminit, Phil" moments comes when I definitively criticize others for being so g**damned certain.

Quaker Friends (and yes, that's a capital "F") encourage me to judge less.  While I think I'm more than ready to judge people less, I really want to judge actions more. Lots more.


Gracias a enrevanche for the quote.

06:00 PM in Quotables | Permalink


It's particularly annoying to be shouted down by others merely because they're louder or more insistent or just rude. I guess you have to pick your battles, or at least I do if I'm not going to spend my time being in some sort of brinkmanship with the overbearing.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Feb 9, 2009 7:13:00 PM

->Joe: I see your point: but where was your shouting when you saw me putting pupusa fixings on a cookie Saturday night, huhn? WHERE WAS YOUR SHOUTING?! :-)

Posted by: Phil | Feb 9, 2009 8:14:39 PM

Heh. It was too late by then, Phil. And besides, maybe you'd like it. ;)

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Feb 9, 2009 8:35:54 PM

That's funny - I've been considering the opposite switch. I actually could really use some relatively low-pressure spirituality, which is how I see the Friends in a certain light. I kind of burned out on the "muscle Christianity" that Episcopalianism embodies a lot of the time. Or maybe it's that I have a hard time saying no.

Posted by: etselec | Feb 10, 2009 5:27:43 PM