Where the Effete Meets the Elite

FROM A Philosophical Dictionary

Voltaire

The people of all nations, whether actuated by desires or fears, have invoked the assistance of the Divinity. Philosophers, however, more respectful to the Supreme Being, and rising more above the human weakness, have been habituated to substitute, for prayer, resignation.

This, in fact, is all that appears poorer and suitable between creature and Creator. But philosophy is not adapted to the great mass of mankind; it soars too highly above the vulgar; it speaks a language they are unable to comprehend. To propose philosophy to them would be just as weak as to propose the study of conic sections to peasants or fish-women.

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