Loving the Truth
My posting on scholarship and personal stakes drew some attention, and so I dare to make another foray into cognitive matters, this time with a quote from one of my favorites: Blaise Pascal (1623-1662). He died sadly before completing his grand project of a full defense of Christian faith, leaving only the several hundred “Pensees“, notes for that grand work. But he had a native eloquence and a memorable way of expressing things. Here’s one of my favorites (#739, citing the Penguin English translation by A. J. Krailsheimer):
“Truth is so obscured nowadays and lies so well established that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it.”
Loving truth as a means to know it: That’s a cognitive approach you don’t often hear about in university courses, but I think it’s terribly important.