Friday, January 30, 2004

Ideé d’jour

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. — Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)
Considering the number of religious entries I've posted over the past several weeks, it may seem ironic that I post this quote.

Thing is, I don't picture myself as having "absolute faith". In fact, I have extended moments of doubt. I sometimes joke that I have to cross my fingers when reciting certain portions of the Nicene (or Apostles') Creed. I cross my fingers, that is, in hopes that it is not necessary for me to believe that particular tenet.

Those who have "absolute faith" in their position, whether it be religious or political, are the most likely to seek "absolute power" so they may impose their righteous position on others. I occasionally suffer from this tendency to want to be King of the World. The other 98% of the time, however, I recognize how unsuitable I am for the job.

"Absolute faith" may apply to other areas as well — poetics, the proper topics or methods for blogging, etc. This desire to be the ruler in one area or another is ultimately childish. Heaven knows, I've been childish in that respect more times than I care to think.

Whew. Wild to see how many different directions a simple quote can lead you. Or: maybe it's the coffee.

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