Cynics think they can see through anything

Paul Miller writes in his book A Praying Life about cynics:

“Cynics imagine they are disinterested observers on a quest for authenticity.  They assume they are humble because they offer nothing.  In fact, they feel deeply superior because they think they see through everything.  C.S. Lewis pointed out that if you see through everything, you eventually see nothing.

‘You cannot go on ‘explaining away for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away.  You cannot go on ‘seeing through’ things for ever.  The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it…. If you see through everything, then everything is transparent.  But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world.  To ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see’

A Praying Life, Paul Miller p.91

  1. A wonderful quotation on a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. Thanks for sharing.

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