Saturday, April 11, 2009

Salvation by Self-Knowledge? Not.

David Livingstone Smith cites the following thinkers who understood how suffocating self-knowledge is. They should have been around in the second century to tell the gnostics a few things.
Immanuel Kant: The "hard descent into the hell of self-knowledge" results in the "gloomiest melancholia".

Wolfgang von Goethe: "Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away."

Mark Twain: "Man, know thyself, and then thou wilt despise thyself, to a dead moral certainty.”
Read the full article, "In Praise of Self-Deception", which elaborates on a theme I've blogged about before.


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