You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by the rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? The same with people…Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.
Source: C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed.
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