Quotable: Longing to Know, Texture 1, Esther Lightcap Meek

Let’s step aside to take a backward and forward glance from a different angle. The default setting [objectivist epistemology] has engendered boredom, indifference. But let’s ask the question, why care about knowing? Because not to care is to be dead. Indifference to one’s surroundings is a telltale sign of sickness, of impending death. You only have to think of the last time you were deathly ill. A sure sign that you were convalescing was that you started to care again about things–like how in need of a shower and shampoo you were, and how cluttered the room around you was. It is human to care. Boredom, absence of wonder, is a sign of sickness. If our outlook on knowledge is such that it leads to boredom, then something is amiss in our outlook on knowledge.

Esther Lightcap Meek, Loving to Know, 31.

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