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The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Religion Quotes

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Quote #1

Though the technique is the exact opposite of most discipline, tending toward the experience of Immanence; but I can't categorize any practice of the Handdarata with certainty. (5.28)

It is almost impossible to judge a religion from the outside looking in—especially when you're bringing in a bunch of preconceived notions about what religion is supposed to look like.

Quote #2

"Unproof is the ground of action. If it were proven that there is no God there would be no religion. No Handdara, no Yomesh, no hearthgods, nothing. But also if it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion…." (5.113)

Wow, deep stuff here. The basic idea is that religion can't have proof. If you've proved something, there's no room for faith. So, you have to stay in a state of "unproof."

Quote #3

[God's] existence or his nonexistence, it amounts to much the same, on the plane of proof. Thus proof is a word not often used among the Handdarata, who have chosen not to treat God as a fact, subject either to proof or to belief: […]. (11.21)

We're not touching this one with a 43 and ¾ foot pole. Feel free to draw your own conclusions here. (Hint: it probably has something to do with the Handdara's ideas about light and dark.)

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