Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Blinders of Diversion

"How do people manage to ignore the deepest and most important questions of life and death? Why don't people worry more about what this life, with all its problems, is all about? To these questions Pascal has an intriguing answer. People manage to put on the blinders, to avert their gaze from these ultimate issues, and to avoid facing their utter hopelessness by means of diversion." -Thomas Morris, Making Sense of it All (Eerdmans, 1992)

"What people want is not the easy peaceful life that allows us to think of our unhappy condition, nor the dangers of war, nor the burdens of office, but the agitation that takes our mind off it and diverts us ... That is why men are so fond of hustle and bustle; that is why prison is such a fearful punishment; that is why the pleasures of solitude are so incomprehensible." -Baise Pascal, Pensées (136/139)

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