Eric Hoffer ‘The True Believer’

Written in 1951, it remains true today:  “There is in us a tendency to locate the shaping forces of our existence outside ourselves.  Success or failure are unavoidable related in our minds with the state of things around us.  Hence it is that people with a sense of fulfillment think it a good  world and would like to conserve it as it is, while the frustrated favor radical change.  The tendency to look for all causes outside ourselves persists even when it is clear that our state of being is a product of personal qualities such as ability, character, appearance, health and so on.  ‘If anything ail a man,’ says Thoreau, “so tht he does not perform his functions, if he have a pain in his bowels even. . . he forthwith sets about reforming the world.” 

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About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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