Quotes from Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein was a committed atheist philosopher. However, the Lord in His mercy allows these haters of his Name to sometimes cut through the BS and form lucid truth. While these quotes obviously reflect his atheistic faith, he hits on some interesting things that are well worth pondering.

For your consideration:

The whole modern conception of the world is founded on the illusion that the so-called laws of nature are the explanations of natural phenomena. Thus people today stop at the laws of nature, treating them as something inviolable, just as God and Fate were treated in past ages. And in fact both were right and both wrong; though the view of the ancients is clearer insofar as they have a clear and acknowledged terminus, while the modern system tries to make it look as if everything were explained.

We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life remain completely untouched. Of course then there are no questions left, and that is the answer. The solution to the problem of life I seen in the vanishing of the problem. Is this not why those who have found after a long period of doubt that the sense of life became clear to them have then been able to say what constituted that sense…. There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical.

Ethics so far as it springs from the desire to say something about the ultimate meaning of life, the absolute good, the absolute valuable, can be no science. What it says does not add to our knowledge in any sense. But it is a document of a tendency in the human mind which I personally cannot help respecting deeply and I would not for my life ridicule it.

It strikes me that a religious belief could only be something like a passionate commitment to a frame of reference. Hence, although it’s belief, it’s really a way of living, or a way of assessing life.

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