Saturday, October 29, 2005

Errors of Knowledge and Breaches of Morality

"Learn to distinguish the difference between the errors of knowledge and breaches of morality. An error of knowledge is not a moral flaw, provided you are willing to correct it; only a mystic would judge human beings by the standard of an impossible, automatic omniscience. But a breach of morality is the conscious choice of an action you know to be evil, or a willful evasion of knowledge, a suspension of sight and of thought. That which you do no know, is not a moral charge agains you; but that which you refuse to know, is an account of infamy growing in your soul. Make every allowance for errors of knowledge; do not forgive or accept any breach of morality. Give the benefit of the doubt to those who seek to know; but treat as potential killers those specimens of insolent depravity wo make demands upon you, announcing that they have and seek no reasons, proclaiming, as a license, that they 'just feel it' - or those who reject an irrefutable argument by saying: 'It's only logic', which means: 'It's only realit'. The only realm opposed to reality is the realm and premise of death."

Ayn Rand - "Atlas Shrugged"
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