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9:13 p.m. - QOTM
"Has it occurred to you that the lust for certainty may be a sin?"

--John Habgood, then-Archbishop of York
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Date:March 10th, 2013 04:25 PM (UTC)
now that's a thought. 'sin' as in 'missing the mark'...that makes sense,since i don't think there's much certainty in life. well,that's my two cents worth anyway!
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Date:March 11th, 2013 12:45 AM (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not entirely sure what the The Rt Revd and Rt Hon The Lord Habgood PC (as Wikipedia says he should be called now) meant by that statement, but it does give me something to think about.
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Date:March 17th, 2013 03:29 AM (UTC)


Or sin as in something that burdens or misdirects the soul. Perhaps a desire for certainty only becomes lust when it tempts one to deceive himself that there is more certainty than there is. ... Or perhaps I'm just tired. :-)

I do think there can be a corresponding lust for vagueness or uncertainty, where one convinces himself that something is less certain so that one doesn't have to commit to action.
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Date:March 12th, 2013 03:56 AM (UTC)
No, it hadn't. I don't actually think about certainty very often, except in mundane cases like, "How certain am I that the poop in the hallway is Melody's?" Or the last frost of spring... I'd totally lust after that certainty, for the sake of my tomatoes.

Sigh. I've become boring.
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Date:March 17th, 2013 01:29 PM (UTC)

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