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Only at the end of a course in these studies can their intellectual, ethical, and practical importance to mankind be adequately assessed. If they do no more than rationally establish without reliance on any supernatural revelation the existence of a Deific Principle and thus confirm the profoundest yearnings of the human heart; if they do no more than dispel the current orthodox errors and unorthodox illusions about the Supreme Mind and reveal a new and truer way of thinking about it; if they provide a proper basis for the belief that death cannot really touch us; if they trace out the secret significance of all the struggle and sorrow in this life and proffer the hope of a new and better one here and now, they will surely have done enough. But the world view which is developed here can do very much more than that. For the theoretical worth of man, the personal happiness of his existence, and the practical contribution of his citizenship depend partly upon his discovery of a world conception which not only satisfies his own head and heart alike, but also serves the social interest.

-- Notebooks Category 20: What Is Philosophy? > Chapter 1: Toward Defining Philosophy > # 197

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