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16] A Plea -for Thought with complete confidence that I step forward to press the claims of unprejudiced rational thought. I know well It is ALBERT SCHWEITZER: no that our times have affinity AN ANTHOLOGY whatever for anything that as rationalistic, and would like to dismiss everyof the sort as an eighteenth-century aberration. But thing it will soon become evident that we shall be obliged to take is branded up the same which the eighteenth century deThe period which lies between those position fended so stoutly.

Ways, and indeed then most truly suitable to actual circumstances. No Its when Special hour it is Hour now al- seems most un- [Edge, p. 174] Testing for Truth The highest honor one can show to a system of thought is to test it ruthlessly with a view to discovering how much truth it contains, just as steel is assayed to try its strength. [Indian, p. viii] The Po*wer of Truth Because spirit, and I I have confidence in the power of truth and of the believe in the future of mankind. Ethical world- life-affirmation contains within willing and hoping which can never be never afraid to face the dismal really is.

Depreciation of thinking our generation has lost is feeling for sincerity and with it that for truth as well. can therefore be helped only by its being brought once more onto the road of thinking. its It Because I have this certainty I oppose the spirit of the and take age, upon myself with confidence the responsi- bility of taking thought. my [Life, pp. ] The Enigma of Creative Force We shall not solve our problem by blotting out the dualism which taking exists in it up the world as we know into our lives as something it, but rather by which has no longer THE SANCTUARY OF any sinister when we THOUGHT 21 power over us.

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