Empty Days

Friday, June 25, 2004



I think what I dislike most and hold to be a clear sign of intellectual and moral dishonesty are principles and principled convictions. Which is also why I can't quite stand religious types (though, as with intellectuals, true holders of faith can sometimes be found even among those). It is not merely that such people abdicate their freedom of thought in subservience to external prescriptions - what is particularly harrowing is how they lie to themselves in claiming to correspond to a principle that is clearly foreign to their actual inner make-up.

As I said before, thought is organic - so is intelligence. Inner truth is the only measure of truth available to man. Principles and principled convictions usurp on this truth - simply because you would not need either principles or convictions to uphold something that is organic to you.

I think I am describing hypocrisy.





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