Walker Percy Wednesday 70

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“Dr. More is going to diagnose me. Why not? He is going to measure, not my blood alcohol, but my metaphysical status. The device he holds there—correct me if I’m wrong, Doctor—is the More Quantitative-Qualitative Ontological Lapsometer.”

. . .

The students, spiritual pimps that they are, reassured that things are back on the track and that laughter is in order, laugh.

. . .

Students are a shaky dogmatic lot. And the “freer” they are, the more dogmatic. At heart they’re totalitarians: they want either total dogmatic freedom or total dogmatic unfreedom, and the one thing that makes them unhappy is something in between.

Walker Percy at the Bogue Falaya River in Covington, LA