… is from page 318 of the “Random Thoughts” section of Thomas Sowell’s 2002 volume, Controversial Essays:
One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be and how dangerous it is to trust them.
DBx: Of course, not all would-be secular saviors are dishonorable; some are indeed motivated by good intentions. But what is true of all would-be secular saviors is that none of them has, or could possibly ever have, enough knowledge for their schemes to work as publicly advertised. All would-be saviors – whether dishonorable, honorable, or middlin’ – are arrogant; each is slathered in hubris.