The Third Analytic of Men is a work by Ajencis, regarded by many to be his magnum opus.
The Third Analytic interrogates the aspects of human nature that make knowledge possible, as well as the human weaknesses that make knowledge so difficult to attain. As Ajencis notes, "if all Men disagree on all matters, then most Men confuse deception for truth". He investigates the reasons, not only for deception in general, but for the erroneous sense of conviction that sustains it, giving what has come to be called the "selfish knower" thesis, the idea that convenience, conditioning, and appeal (as opposed to evidence and rational argumentation) are the primary motivation for the beliefs of the vast majority.
"If it is only after that we understand what has come before, then we understand nothing. Thus we shall define the soul as follows: that which precedes everything."
"The world is a circle that possesses as many centers as it does men."
"The proposition "I am the center" need never be uttered. It is the assumption upon which all certainty and all doubt turns."
"One can look into the future, or one can look at the future. The latter is by far the more instructive."
"Love is lust made meaningful. Hope is hunger made human."
"What is the meaning of a deluded life?"
"Death, in the strict sense, cannot be defined, for whatever predicate we, the living, attribute to it necessarily belongs to Life. This means that Death, as a category, behaves in a manner indistinguishable from the Infinite, and from God."
"When a man possesses the innocence of a child, we call him a fool. When a child possesses the cunning of a man, we call him an abomination. As with love, knowledge has its season."
"The world is only as deep as we can see. This is why fools think themselves profound. This is why terror is the passion of revelation."
"It is not so much the wisdom of the wise that saves us from the foolishness of the fools as it is the latter's inability to agree."
"Everything is concealed always. Nothing is more trite than a mask."
"Complexity begets ambiguity, which yields in all ways to prejudice and avarice. Complication does not so much defeat Men as arm them with fancy."
"Gods are epochal beings, not quite alive. Since the Now eludes them, they are forever divided. Sometimes nothing blinds souls more profoundly than the apprehension of the Whole. Men need recall this when they pray."
"Any fool can see the limits of seeing, but not even the wisest know the limits of knowing. Thus is ignorance rendered invisible, and are all Men made fools."
- ↑ Encyclopedic Glossary, p. 493, 'Third Analytic of Men, The'
- ↑ The Darkness That Comes Before, Prologue, p. 1
- ↑ The Darkness That Comes Before, Chapter 7, p. 194
- ↑ The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 3, p. 41
- ↑ The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 9, p. 186
- ↑ The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 10, p. 202
- ↑ The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 25, p. 588
- ↑ The Thousandfold Thought, Chapter 12, p. 240
- ↑ The Judging Eye, Prologue, p. 3
- ↑ The Judging Eye, Chapter 14, p. 296
- ↑ The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 2, p. 37
- ↑ The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 6, p. 152
- ↑ The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 8, p. 227
- ↑ The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 13, p. 443
- ↑ The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 14, p. 497