THE STRUGGLE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRUTH (PASCAL)

The war in which violence endeavours to crush truth

is a strange and a long one.

All the efforts of violence

cannot weaken truth,

but only serve to exalt it the more.

The light of truth can do nothing to arrest violence;

nay, it serves to provoke it still more.

When force opposes force,

the more powerful destroys the less;

when words are opposed to words,

those which are true

and convincing destroy

and scatter those which are vain and false;

but violence and truth

can do nothing against each other.

Yet, let no one imagine

that things are equal between them;

for there is this final difference,

that the course of violence

is limited by the ordinance of God,

who directs its workings

to the glory of the truth,

which it attacks;

whereas truth subsists eternally,

and triumphs finally over its enemies,

because it is eternal,

and powerful,

like God Himself.

(J S 1905)

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