Chesterton on Humility and the Postmodern Mind
Long before postmodernism became part of our cultural vernacular, the British writer G. K. Chesterton described what was to be one of the distinguishing characteristics of this philosophical movement and the cultural shift it would provoke.
But what we suffer from to-day is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt – the Divine Reason. Huxley preached a humility content to learn from Nature. But the new skeptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn.