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Appealing to Absolute Certainty

The offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith that cant give way, is an offer of something not worth having; I want to live my life taking the risk all the time that I dont know anything like enough yet; that I havent understood enough; that I cant know enough; that Im always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom, I wouldnt have it any other way, and I'd urge you look at those of you who tell you, those people who tell you, at your age, that youre dead until you believe as they do. What a terrible thing to be telling to children and that you can only live by accepting an absolute authority. Dont think of that as a gift, think of it as a poisoned chalice; push it aside, however tempting it is. Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way.


Christopher Hitchens, from closing remarks in a debate at Prestonwood Christian Academy , November 2010

 

Thought I might share one of my favourite CH quotes with all you fellow lovely GSers out there!