William James on Trust, the leap of faith and a new paradigm

“We can and we may, as it were, jump with both feet off the ground into or towards a world of which we trust the other parts to meet our jump – and only so can the making of a perfected world of pluralistic pattern ever take place. Only through our precursive trust in it can it come into being. There is no inconstancy anywhere in this, and no ‘‘vicious circle’’ unless a circle of poles holding themselves upright by leaning on one another, or a circle of dancers revolving by holding each other’s hands, be ‘‘vicious’’. The faith circle is […] congruous with human nature.”

William James

Thank you to Micah Ingle for posting this on Facebook and drawing our attention to it.

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling Exeter since 1994

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