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Two Cheers for Democracy I do not believe in Belief. Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world which is rent by religious and racial persecution, in a world where ignorance rules, and Science, who ought to have ruled, plays the subservient pimp.
Tolerance, good temper and sympathy - they are what matter really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come to the front before long.
But for the moment they are not enough, their action is no stronger than a flower, battered be- neath a military jackboot. They want stiffening, even if the process coarsens them. Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
I dislike the stuff. I do not believe in it, for its own sake, at all. Herein I probably differ from most people, who believe in Belief, and are only sorry they cannot swallow even more than they do.
My temple stands not upon Mount Moriah but in that Elysian Field where even the immoral are admitted. I have, however, to live in an Age of Faith - the sort of epoch I used to hear praised when I was a boy. It is extremely un- pleasant really. It is bloody in every sense of the word.
And I have to keep my end up in it. Where do I start? Here is something comparatively solid in a world full of violence and cruelty. Not absolutely solid, for Psychology has split and shattered the idea of a " Person", and has shown that there is something incalculable in each of us, which may at any moment rise to the surface and destroy our normal balance.
How, then, can we put any trust in personal relationships, or cling to them in the gathering political storm? In theory we cannot. But in practice we can and do.
Though A is not unchangeably A, or B unchangeably B, there can still be love and loyalty between the two. For the purpose of living one has to assume that the personality is solid, and the "self" is an entity, and to ignore all contrary evidence.
And since to ignore evidence is one of the characteristics of faith, I certainly can proclaim that I believe in personal relationships.
Starting from them, I get a little order into the contemporary chaos. One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life, and it is therefore essential that they should not let one down. The moral of which is that I must, myself, be as reliable as possible, and this I try to be.
But reliability is not a matter of contract - that is the main difference between the world of personal relationships and the world of business relationships. It is a matter for the heart, which signs no documents. In other words, reliability is impossible unless there is a natural warmth.Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback.
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