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Man by nature asks questions he cannot possibly answer. If a man also rejects authority, the result is a detached nihilism or despair.

If a young man decides to scale to the top of a giant walnut tree by himself but simply cannot do it, he will need help. If he is too proud to accept the lumberjack lift or fireman’s ladder or other means of ascending, yet retains that yearning to scale to the top, he must either shut down the yearning (detached nihilism) or despair.