Albert Schweitzer: An Anthology by Albert Schweitzer (author), Charles R. Joy (editor)

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Unarmed and following the human spirit's primitive and natural fighting method, it must attack the other, which faces it, as Goliath faced David, in the mighty armor of the age, [Decay, pp. ] Truth Must Be Won Since the essential nature of the spiritual is truth, every new truth means ultimately something won. Truth is under all THE STRUGGLE FOR TRUTH 33 circumstances more valuable than non-truth, and this must apply to truth in the realm of history as to other kinds of Even comes in a guise which piety finds strange makes difficulties for her, the final result can never mean injury; it can only mean greater depth.

The Two Problems of Thought There are two great fundamental problems common to all thought: (i) the problem of world- and life-affirmation and world- and life-negation, and (2) the problem of ethics and the relations between ethics and these two forms of man's spiritual attitude to Being. [Indian, p. vii] Enthusiastic The Thought enthusiasm which comes from thought has the same which is produced by mere random feeling as the wind which sweeps the heights has to that which eddies about between the hills.

Just as a tree bears year after year the same fruit and yet fruit which is each year new, so must all permanently valuable ideas be continually born again in thought. But our age is bent on trying to make the barren tree of skepti- cism fruitful by tying fruits of truth on its branches, [Life, p. 259] Life Without Thought No one who opens the sluices to let a flood of skepticism pour itself over the land must expect to be able to bring it back within its proper bounds. Of those who let themselves get too disheartened to try any longer to discover " THE SANCTUARY OF truth for main 13 own thinking, only a few find a substitute in truth taken from others.

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