Smith Orlando Jay - A short view of great questions

Author : Smith Orlando Jay
Title : A short view of great questions
Year : 1899

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In these times a number of the great minds in the world of science and philosophy have lent their approval to the theory that the study of what may be called the Eternal Problems is profitless, being only an exploration into the land of the Unknowable. The position I do not know is a very modest one. Every man must take it in relation to many things, for " our knowledge is as the rivulet, our ignorance as the sea." But the extension of the formula " I do not know " to " I cannot know; no one knows ; no one can know," does not bear the tone of humility or of open-mindedness. It has the sound rather of a last word to which there can be no answer, a subtle form of denial which should end discussion. ...

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