Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Mencken's Creed

I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind--that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.

I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious.

I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect.

I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech . . .

I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run.

I believe in the reality of progress.

But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.

LINK: H. L. Mencken


beepbeepitsme said...

Thunderous applause

Krystalline Apostate said...


Stardust said...

I am tempted to put this on flyers and hand them out with candy at Halloween! Hey...they are coming and knocking at MY DOOR...why not give the parents a treat as well?