Clifford Geertz

A Quote by Clifford Geertz on religion, suffering, compassion, humanity, and strength

As a religious problem, the problem of suffering is, paradoxically, not how to avoid suffering but how to suffer, how to make of physical pain, personal loss, worldly defeat, or the helpless contemplation of others’ agony something bearable, supportable- something as we say, sufferable.

Clifford Geertz

Source: Geertz, Clifford. “Religion as a Cultural System”. NY: Basic Books, 1973. Page 70.

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A Quote by Clifford Geertz on achievement, difficulty, life, mind, nature, sharing, tolerance, and world

To see ourselves as others see us can be eye-opening. To see others as sharing a nature with ourselves is the merest decency. But it is from the far more difficult achievement of seeing ourselves amongst others, as a local example of the forms human life has locally taken, a case among cases, a world among worlds, that the largeness of mind, without which objectivity is self-congratulation and tolerance a sham, comes.

Clifford Geertz

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