Bitter yet fertile human truths

Distinguish clearly these bitter yet fertile human truths, flesh of our flesh, and admit them heroically:

(a) the mind of man can perceive appearances only, and never the essence of things;

(b) and not all appearances but only the appearances of matter;

(c) and more narrowly still: not even these appearances of matter, but only relationships between them;

(d) and these relationships are not real and independent of man, for even these are his creations;

(e) and they are not the only ones humanly possible, but simply the most convenient for his practical and perceptive needs.

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