We respond to what we don’t understand in four different ways.
A) We fear it.
B) We exalt it.
C) We learn about it.
D) We ignore it.
A) is the reaction of small minds and small people. Of intellectual cowards. B) is the reaction of the weak. Lacking the strength to challenge, they submit to and deify the oppression they feel from the incomprehensible. C) is the reaction of the prudent, for they sense a possible advantage in the unfamiliar. D) is the reaction of most people to most things. We don’t have the time or resources to face up to the infinite things beyond our understanding. So we reply with determined indifference