Monday, February 22, 2010

Shestov on Groundlessness

"Groundlessness is the basic, most enviable, and to us most incomprehensible privilege of the Divine. Consequently, our whole moral struggle, even as our rational inquiry--if we once admit that God is the last end of our endeavors--will bring us sooner or later (rather later, much later, than sooner) to emancipation not only from moral valuations but also from reason's eternal truths. Truth and the Good are fruits of the forbidden tree; for limited creatures, for outcasts from paradise. I know that this ideal of freedom in relation to truth and the good cannot be realized on earth--in all probability does not need to be realized. But it is granted to man to have prescience of ultimate freedom."

- Lev Shestov, Athens and Jerusalem

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