quotes tagged with 'dialectic'

Satan's masterpiece of counterfeiting is the doctrine that there are only two choices, and he will show us what they are.  It is true that there are only two ways, but by pointing us the way he wants us to take and then showing us a fork in that road, he convinces us that we are making the vital choice, when actually we are choosing between branches in his road.  Which one we take makes little difference to him, for both lead to destruction. This is the polarization we find in our world today. Thus we have the choice between Shiz and Coriantumr -- which all Jaredites were obliged to make. We have the choice between the wicked Lamanites (and they were that) and the equally wicked (Mormon says "more wicked") Nephites. Or between the fleshpots of Egypt and the stews of Babylon, or between the land pirates and the sea pirates of World War I, of between white supremacy and black supremacy, or between Vietnam and Cambodia, or between Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers, or between China and Russia, or between Catholic and Protestant, or between fundamentalist and atheist, or between right and left -- all of which are true rivals, who hate each other.  A very clever move by Satan! -- a subtlety that escapes most us most of the time.

Author: Hugh Nibley, Source: Approaching Zion, p. 112-3Saved by cboyack in politics devil satan choice error confusion dialectic opposite polarity 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I feel a strong desire to tell you–and I expect you feel a strong desire to tell me–which of these two errors is the worse. That is the devil getting at us. He always sends errors into the world in pairs–pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.

Author: C.S. Lewis, Source: Mere Christianity, Book 4, Chapter 6Saved by cboyack in politics devil satan choice error confusion dialectic opposite polarity 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Today, freedom – political, economic, and individual freedom – lies destroyed or is in the course of being destroyed over great areas of the globe. And it has been destroyed and is being destroyed in the name of freedom.... A ruthless dialectical battle is being waged against the Christian way of life, against political liberty, against individual freedom, and it is being waged in the name of Freedom. Black becomes White; Tyranny becomes Freedom; The Forced Labor Camp stands for Liberty; The Slave State is represented as Democracy. This is the deadly challenge of Communism.
Author: David O. McKay, Source: Conference Report, October 1962, pp. 6-7Saved by cboyack in politics liberty government fight freedom tyranny communism war evil destruction good democracy dialectic 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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