Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Saturday, July 03, 2004  

Today's Quotes:

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

Umberto Eco
(1932 - )

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer
(1788 - 1860)

I was going to refute Eco's idiotic statement, but right below it was the next quote doing the job for me.

But let's briefly examine Eco anyway. The world a harmless enigma? I guess there's no harm in all the murders, rapes, diseases, and cruelties in the world that humans and animals experience. But wanting to understand life is what makes all those harmless things terrible, because as we all must know -- there is no underlying truth, but then does that mean there's no underlying truth to language and the statements fools make?

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:19 AM |