The Puritan is often wrong, but never in doubt. Whatever he believes, he believes absolutely. Whatever he is for, he is for to the nth degree. Whatever he is against, he is against utterly. Whatever he doesn’t understand isn’t worth knowing. And the idea that other people with different ways or ideas might see something he does not, which might enrich his understanding of his own ways or ideas, is unthinkable: someone must be simply right, and all others must be simply wrong.
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