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Author QuotedKarl Jaspers
Title QuotedNietsche and Christianity
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/01/10
Imprint[S.l.] : Henry Regnery Company. 1961
QuotationJaspers says (and this is analogous to a basic principle in Jacques Ellul also): "Once I envision world history or life's entirety as a kind of finite totality I can act only on the basis of sham knowledge, in distortion of actual possibilities, far from reality, vague about facts, achieving nothing but confusion and advancing in directions altogether different from those I wanted" (Nietzsche and Christianity, p. 58). And this applies also to monastic reform.
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 190
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