Friday, December 21, 2012

Beyond overreach

“No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable—and we believe they can do it again.”—President John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963, commencement address at American University.

    It is not unusual for politicians give vent to puffy, silly, overblown exaggerations of otherwise simple observations of truth. The above quotation, for instance, can be summarized as “Some people have solved hard problems before, and we think that some people can do so in the future.” But this example reaches well beyond the usual level of hubris. In fact, all problems of human destiny are beyond human beings; human beings have made no progress at all on this front, and there is no apparent prospect their for doing so.
    All issues of human destiny have been reserved by God.

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