Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The happiness of credulity

“The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.  The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.”  George Bernard Shaw

Christian friends and family members have often told me that I would be happier as a believer.  Perhaps if I had never been exposed to the truth, this might be the case. Nevertheless, I would never choose ignorance to knowledge even if it did mean a temporary increase in happiness, any more than I would choose to remain blissfully ignorant that a partner was cheating on me.  My subjective state of mind does not change the hard truths of life.  People who consistently deny reality may very well end up like Willy Loman of "Death of a Salesman."  Eventually, all of their rosy lies catch up with them and leave them with an overwhelming sense of despair.  

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