Refashioning Reality – Quote by D.Q. McInerny

From an article written by D.Q. McInerny, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, FSSP, titled “Refashioning Reality.”

“Protagoras was an ancient Greek philosopher who made the bold claim that “man is the measure of all things.”  No, Mr. Protagoras, man is not the measure, he is the measured; he is measured by nature, by the objective order of things.  And whenever he forgets that, whenever he begins to think that his ideas are the standards by which the world is to be ordered, then he becomes a foreigner to truth.  He may persuade himself, in his pride, that he is the master of nature, the dictator of reality, but what in fact has happened – and he is always the last to see this – is that he has become the deluded denizen of a make-believe world.”

One thought on “Refashioning Reality – Quote by D.Q. McInerny

  1. Yes, and once could argue that even truth is an idea that has deluded mankind because we have persuaded ourselves, out of pride, that it exists. Only in our make-believe world is there certainty.

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