Imagine someone saying that every man must die, to which he receives the reply that this is not true because it makes people feel sad or fatalistic or fills them with despair; and yet this is the way the man “of our time” likes to reason: his objections to truths he finds disagreeable are always beside the point and always involve evasions or confusions of level.
Originally published in Studies in Comparative Religion, vol. 7, no. 2 (Spring, 1973), then as chapter 1 of Logic and Transcendence. Republished here with thanks to World Wisdom Books.