Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Flandry And Loring
"...been a courteously indifferent member of the Church of England like most men of his class, profession and generation..."
-SM Stirling, A Meeting At Corvallis (New York, 2007), Chapter Fifteen, p. 391.
We must each do what we think is right. Many people not interested in philosophical questions conform like Sir Nigel. Thus, if two babies had been switched at birth, then the man we know as Nigel Loring would have had another name and might have been a courteously indifferent (Muslim/Marxist/Mormon/Maoist/fill in the blank). My attitude was that I wanted to understand. Either the beliefs in which I had been indoctrinated could be rationally defended or, eventually, alternatives had to be considered. There is a library of alternatives out there. Why assume that, among all the thousands of beliefs, you happen to have been born into the one that is true whereas all the rest are erroneous?
Despite their indifference to philosophical issues, both Sir Dominic and Sir Nigel defend diverse cultures in which different beliefs can be considered and practised.