January 2, 2008

Thoughts for 1.2.08

Assumptions unchallenged soon become beliefs; habits indulged become customs, then traditions. Testimony not given or not heard lies bleeding at the roadside.

Tobias Haller

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

On the other hand, as GKC noted, it can be very foolish to take down a fence when you don't know why it was put there in the first place.

rick allen

Tobias Haller said...

Old Chesterton was surely correct in this. The problem arises when one discovers exactly why a particular fence was put up, and the reason for it no longer holds, or never really did -- the "reason" having been a false assumption to start with. That, it appears, is where we stand with much of our discussion these days.

Marshall said...

What have we long said?

Once is an unacceptable innovation.
Twice is a cautious experiment.
Three times is an unchangeable tradition....