“I Call Myself a Liberal”

Compartilho aqui o artigo que publiquei hoje (em 5/12/2015) em meu blog Theological Space, no URL http://theological.space/2015/12/05/i-call-myself-a-liberal/.

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No início de seu justamente conhecido e famoso Ensaio sobre o Homem: Epístola II, Alexander Pope, poeta inglês (1688-1744), considerado por muitos o maior poeta britânico do século XVIII e, em todos os séculos, sendo segundo apenas em relação a Shakespeare, afirma o seguinte (minha tentativa de tradução é fornecida na sequência):

“Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the stoic’s pride,
He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a god or beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little or too much:
Chaos of thought…

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