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Reason alone cannot offer us safe passage across the most challenging waters that we are called upon to navigate. We need faith, and cannot allow our faith to be hijacked by the religious or political institutions that will only degrade it.

Faith is not an unthinking assent to unmeaning verbiage about confessedly insoluble difficulties; rather it is the prescience that forecasts the future beyond what is rigorously justified by the data as yet given. Faith is the pillar of flame that points out the path of the soul beyond the limits of unaided sight.
-- F.C.S. Schiller, from
Riddles of the Sphinx

 

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That reminds me of Gramsci's, "pessimism of the intellect, but optimism of the will". We can't see the future. We extrapolate from the present in a straight line, as if no corners and changes are coming up. Often the extrapolation leads into deepening dystopia, and we can convince ourselves that this is the inevitable future. But by faith, we can feel forward into a better future, one that is possible, but not visible in a straight line from now. We don't have to know how to get there. We just have to keep feeling our way toward it.

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