Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Doubt is the handmaiden of truth

"Cherish your doubts, for doubt is the handmaiden of truth. Doubt is the key to the door of knowledge; it is the servant of discovery. A belief which may not be questioned binds us to error, for there is incompleteness and imperfection in every belief. Doubt is the touchstone of truth; it is an acid which eats away the false. Let no [person] fear for the truth, that doubt may consume it; for doubt is a testing of belief. The truth stands boldly and unafraid; it is not shaken by the testing; for truth, if it be truth, arises from each testing stronger, more secure. [They] that would silence doubt [are] filled with fear; the house of [their] spirit is built on shifting sands. But [they] that fear no doubt, and know its use, [are] founded on a rock. [They] shall walk in the light of growing knowledge; the work of [their] hands shall endure. Therefore let us not fear doubt, but let us rejoice in its help: it is to the wise as a staff to the blind; rout is the handmaiden of truth."

Robert T. Weston

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