"Never believe a thing simply because you want it to be true."
My own ideas on the quote:
The grim reality is that too many of the things we all choose to believe to be true we might believe just because we just so very much would want these things to be true. One needs to be really on the guard to detect this tendency.
Comforting and soothing lies are always more tempting and easier to accept than the often all too hard reality. It is, for example, undeniably extremely tempting to believe that there is life after death. It would also be so extremely nice, if all the bad things we have done would be forgiven, if we just choose to believe in a certain religious ideology.
Alas, as this is not quite probably the case, we just need top make the best of the only life we have and try to live as justly and honorably as we can.
PS. It is time for a confession here. I do not have a faintest idea who this Diax is, but the quote would be a good one, even if I had invented it myself. My best guess is that Diax is a fictional character in the Neal Stephenson's science-fiction novel 'Anathem'.
(This piece was completely refurbished on 15th of September, 2012)
"Anathem is a speculative fiction novel by Neal Stephenson, published in 2008. Major themes include the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and the philosophical debate between Platonic realism and formalism."