Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Man and Mystery

What saved me from moral and emotional paralysis in this pseudo-philosophy was, I think, a deep-seated interested in humanity. I could not reason myself into believing that men are only machines; I could not smother in logic the sense of mystery that broods upon the world, not find any place in the network of blind chance and fate for the human will. What is the nature of this thing we call life, this irrational power which by its own initiative expands into endless activities, and finally creates for itself a conscious soul of suffering and joy? 

-- from Paul Elmer More's Pages from an Oxford Diary

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