Universal truth

In The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse wrote:

… let us recall the well-known statement of a university professor in the Republic of the Massagetes: “Not the faculty but His Excellency the General can properly determine the sum of two and two.”

In a similar spirit, G. K. Chesterton, in rant mode in the final chapter of Heretics, said,

The great march of mental destruction will go on. Everything will be denied. Everything will become a creed. It is a reasonable position to deny the stones in the street; it will be a religious dogma to assert them. It is a rational thesis that we are all in a dream; it will be a mystical sanity to say that we are all awake. Fires will be kindled to testify that two and two make four.

So it was a great relief to find this young person stoutly maintaining a simpler case of the proposition, with no sign of fires or swords:

one plus one equals two

About Peter Cameron

I count all the things that need to be counted.
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