Pascal on the Human Situation

When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill. . . , cast into the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant and which know me not, I am frightened, and shocked at being here rather than there; for there is no reason why here rather than there, why now rather than then. Who has put me here? By whose order and direction have this place and time been allotted me?

Quoted from Modern Christian Thought, James C. Livingston and Francis Fiorenza (Fortress Press: 2006), p. 134.

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