Truth and Numerical Majority

6 10 2007

One person from whom I have always learned important and profound things about faith is Søren Kierkegaard. In the following excerpt he makes the observation that numerical strength does not confer the status of Truth to a statement.

“Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion — and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion… while truth again reverts to a new minority.”