The futility of political systems

"As far as the search of order is concerned, a system is a futile enterprise; for the shell of certain knowledge, stifling a true search of the ground, perpetuates the state of groundless it intends to relieve... When man functions as God, therefore, the cords pulled by the Player of the Puppets become the bars of a prison; and the believer in a system wants to draw everybody into the prison he has built around himself." -- The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Vol. 28, p. 83

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  1. I agree with Voegelin in many respects, it is not as if there is some universal guidebook to refer to in order to know that our beliefs are correct. However, I often like to think that most everybody knows what is up and what is down, and that we can all agree to what those terms mean in context. I still believe that there are objective ways of determining correct vs incorrect propositions, even if the only guideline is that of human understanding itself. It may not be correct in the universal sense (i.e. beyond what our feeble minds can comprehend), but it is the closest approximation to truth that human cognition can produce.