Friday, May 9, 2008

31in31 - May 9th - "Hard Truth"

In Missy fashion I have a quote:

"Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy."
Carl Sagan

Discuss?

4 comments:

Miss said...

To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy -- and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.
Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)
The fact the world is round was once a fantasy. The fact our body is made up of cells was once a fantasy. What is truth? You show me someone that has it all figured out with borders around what is truth and what is fantasy and I'll show you someone whose world is smaller than mine

Jen said...

Great quote Alex. It seems to tie in nicely with what you and I have been going back and forth on. I agree wholeheartedly with the quote. I am sure Carl Sagan will be disturbed and surprised that he has provided comfort and inspiration with the quote for a believer.
Steely

Tan said...

This was what I was going to say before Steely stole my thunder ...Who wouldn't want hard facts over comfortable fantasy? I also wholeheartedly agree with this quote. The intended meaning of "comfortable fantasy" and the context in which this was written remains my question. Herein lies the real discussion.

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