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At the Wifi watering hole

I'm at the Panera Bread Company in Rogers. I drove in this morning to do an interview for this week's podcast. I Skyped out to my guests landline and the audio quality was so bad that we decided to bag it for now. I'm coming back here in a couple of hours to do another phone interview. If this one works better, then the coin toss for the subject matter of the next show will go to shamanism rather than religion.

Digging through the TOTD archive on C-Realm for quotes to use in the coming show, I found the following:
12 Apr 1999
Faith is something very different from belief. Belief is the systematic
taking of unanalyzed words much too seriously. Paul's words, Mohammed's
words, Marx's words, Hitler's words--people take them too seriously, and
what happens? What happens is the senseless ambivalence of
history--sadism versus duty, or (incomparably worse) sadism AS duty;
devotion counterbalanced by organized paranoia; sisters of charity
selflessly tend the victims of their own church's inquisitors and
crusaders. Faith, on the contrary, can never be taken too seriously. For
Faith is the empirically justified confidence in our capacity to know
who in fact we are... Give us this day our daily Faith, but deliver us,
dear God, from Belief.

-Aldous Huxley

Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn
for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists,
other, new insights begin.

-Hermann Hesse

And with that, I'm heading back out to the Frog House to get my wallet, injest nutrients, and then turn around and head back out here for another attempted phone interview. (If you've missed my previous posts on the topic of home-based internet connectivity, we have none._


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 20th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
do you know from when/where that huxley quote originally appeared? the perennial philosophy, maybe? brilliant, nonetheless. thanks for sharing.
Nov. 20th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Context for the Huxley quote.
If you'd asked me 6.5 years ago, I probably could have told you. At this time, I have no clue. I may well have snagged it from somebody else's quote archive.
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