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Believing the Big Lies

HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN, TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

“Tooth Fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

“So we can believe the big ones?”

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

“They’re not the same at all!”

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE, AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY, AND YET— Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOMESOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or else what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY.

This is a quote of Terry Pratchett from Hogfather. The original finding/composition date for this entry is unknown; posted around 1:23am on 2 May 2005.

Comments on Believing the Big Lies

  1. Thank you for posting this. I have been searching for this quote for a very long time, and i was reminded of it again when my friends in school were discussing justice and despairing that there may not be any justice at all.

    Your site is one of the first i got when i googled “pratchett justice death atoms quote” haha. Thanks again!

    commented Sun 22 Oct 2006, 06:05:19 PM :: link
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