Wednesday, April 28, 2010

117 / Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), writing as Mark Twain, is reported to have said:
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
This particular characterization of "faith" turns out to define an important aspect of what I have come to think of as my personal theory of social change: we create the realities of the human world we most immediately inhabit by "believing" in those realities, while at the same time understanding that they just "ain't so." They are "not so" until we bring them into reality, that is.

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