“Unfortunately, human skepticism is a stronghold capable of defying any amount of testimony. And to begin with Mr. Huxley, our men of science accept of but so much as suits them, and no more.
“Oh shame to men! devil with devil damn’d
Firm concord holds – men only disagree
Of creatures rational….”
How can we account for such divergence of views among men taught out of the same text-books and deriving their knowledge from that same source?
Clearly, this is but one more corroboration of the truism that no two men see the same thing exactly alike. This idea is admirably formulated by Dr. J. J. Garth Wilkinson, in a letter to the Dialectical Society.
“I have long”, says he, “been convinced, by the experience of my life as a pioneer in several heterodoxies which are rapidly becoming orthodoxies, that nearly all truth is temperamental to us, or given in the affections and intuitions, and that discussion and inquiry do little more than feed temperament.”
This profound observer might have added to his experience that of Bacon, who remarks that”…a little philosophy inclineth a man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth man’s mind about to religion.””
H. P. Blavatsky