Advice to Clever Children by Celia Green

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Hostility is not a very good thing to start with, if the object is to shed light on how the criterion works. The perception that existence is astonishing provides no direct reason why you 42 should or should not feel anything in particular about other people. What it does provide is an invalidation of anthropocentric and sociocentric emotions — of all kinds. g. Hume) and made use of — to dispel perceptions of total uncertainty. One may also observe — though perhaps this is a subtle observation which one is not likely to make until the existential criterion has become dominant in one's thinking — that it is particularly difficult to entertain any emotion depending on (or containing any concealed element of dependence on) social justification.

But this fear was unfounded. My analysis of the situation is, of course, based on the assumption that the true aim of human psychology is to keep human interaction at a maximum and thought about reality at a minimum. Incidentally, what the human race remembers of the observations of Freud is both tendentious and selective. It is tendentious in the sense that no amount of demonstration of the role played by sex in human interactions relieves you of the necessity of making a quite independent value judgement about the relative importance of sex in your scheme of things.

He refused to claim that the child's suffering would be matched by an eternity of bliss; besides, who could say that even endless bliss could compensate for a moment of suffering here? . The suffering of a child could not be reconciled to anything we know about God. It forced us to the wall, without an answer. But, he asked, do we dare to give up our faith in God because of this? ' . . This is no answer to a child's suffering, but a recognition that we must live with such injustice as our normal lot in this life.

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