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Belief versus faith

The ideas we profess are our beliefs. The ideas we use to produce our thoughts and to guide our actions — these are faith. The two rarely coincide. * The better a thing is suited to its purpose, and the … Continue reading

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Principled hypocrisy

One of the most distinctive virtues of Generation X developed out of what was initially identified as its distinctive vice: apathy. It is a virtuous cynicism, a principled hypocrisy, a refusal to allow social norms to dictate individual sense of … Continue reading

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Theological geometry

My native language is geometry. Until I see the shape of a thought, I don’t truly know it. This morning, reading Inventing the Individual, I realized Borges might have given me the shape of my theology 25 years ago. When … Continue reading

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Liberal symbol

I’ve been marking passages in Inventing the Individual that show the emergence of liberal traits. I’m making a list of these traits in the back of the book, with the goal of distilling a set of liberal family resemblances which, … Continue reading

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Blackness

When there is no light and we see only blackness, we think we see nothing. We look out into the emptiness of space and we see blackness, we think we see nothing. We see nothing when we look out at … Continue reading

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Isolation and delusion

Isolation makes existent things seem nonexistent. Mass delusions make nonexistent things seem to exist.

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Demographelia

Demographelia is the preference for thinking in terms of social categories over encountering the uniqueness of individuals. And of course, since categories are features of our own minds, this signifies an impulse to reduce individuals to oneself — a solipsism … Continue reading

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