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By the time they reach the operative age, society will have conditioned into them many attitudes which will preclude any possibility of that. 66 CHAPTER 10 Fiction In view of the facts of the situation, how do people live? The contents of their minds are unimaginable. But after a time one arrives at the conclusion that, whatever these contents may be, they certainly include a belief in their own survival of death. The fact that everyone emotionally believes this is entirely independent of any views on the matter which they may openly profess.
It is therefore a psychological law that if you see finiteness is intolerable, you can no longer do things which are not sufficiently intense to constitute a reaction to what you have seen. * Some quotations from Tillich, with comments. The walls of distance, in time and space, have been removed by technical progress; but the walls of estrangement between heart and heart have been incredibly strengthened . . But let us just consider ourselves and what we feel, when we read, this morning and tonight, that in some sections of Europe all children under the age of three are sick and dying, or that in some sections of Asia millions without homes are freezing and starving to death.
A human physicist, seeking to restore familiarity to the situation somehow, has named the new particle the 'donkey particle' — it moves towards you when you push, and away when you pull. The degree of compatibility which a given idea has with the human mind, or the number of human beings prepared to accept it as a possibility, has no relevance whatever in assessing whether the idea is likely to be true, except that (if you are at all interested in reality) it would seem desirable to acquire the habit of discounting your emotional preferences — and everyone else's.