Saturday, July 15, 2006

Mystery Makes Sense

Mysticism keeps men sane. The ordinary man has always cared more for truth than for consistency. If he saw two truths that seemed to contradict each other, he would take the two truths along with the contradiction. His spiritual sight is stereoscopic - like his physical sight, he sees two different pictures at once and yet sees all the better for it. The whole secret of mysticism is this: a man can understand everything with the help of what he does not understand. The morbid logician seeks to make everything lucid, and succeeds in making everything mysterious. The mystic allows one thing to be mysterious, and everything else becomes clear. (Orthodoxy, by G. K. Chesterton)


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