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On Truisms

by Maarten van den Driest

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Thomas J.'s strongest point in his last post is basically, as he says:

"The thing you have to realise is; we'll never fully realise what it is all about!"

This is a truism and who would deny it? However, enquiring minds should also realise that using statements that are always true as proof is a dangerous business.

Because we can never really know:

Mustrum Ridcully[1] is said to have thought that trying to find deeper meanings behind everything is akin to trying to find reflections in a mirror. You always succeed but you almost never learn anything to your advantage.

 

Footnote:

  1. Ridcully is Unseen University's Archchancellor in 'The Science of Discworld', by Terry Pratchett.