124. Absolute Knowledge and Moral Growth
The result of all philosophical thought is that absolute knowledge is an impossibility. The poet Browning turns this impossibility to ethical use by a very ingenious argument. The uncertainty of human knowledge, teaches the poet, is a necessary condition of moral growth; since complete knowledge will destroy the liberty of human choice.
* This reflection was published in New Era, Lucknow, in 1917.
“…teaches the poet” was changed to “says the poet” – KAS.