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Flannery on the connection between truth and feelings

February 18, 2011

“I can never agree with you that the Incarnation, or any truth, has to satisfy emotionally to be right (and I would not agree that for the natural man the Incarnation does not satisfy emotionally). It does not satisfy emotionally for the person brought up under many forms of false intellectual discipline such as 19th century mechanism, for instance.

“Leaving the Incarnation aside, the very notion of God’s existence is not emotionally satisfactory anymore for great numbers of people, which does not mean that God ceases to exist. M. Sartre finds God emotionally unsatisfactory in the extreme, as do most of my friends of less stature than he. The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally.”

–Flannery O’Connor, in a letter written September 6, 1955 (Collected in The Habit of Being.)

http://wittingshire.blogspot.com/2005/11/truth-does-not-change-according-to-our.html

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