Leo Strauss On The Heart Of The Surface Of Things

I have been reading Leo Strauss’ Thoughts On Machiavelli.

Strauss reminds us that Marlowe had Machiavelli say on stage that,

“I hold there is no sin but ignorance”.

Here is Strauss‘ own deep insight into the surface of things that must have left him free of all stain of ignorance:

“There is no surer protection against the understanding of anything than taking for granted or otherwise despising the obvious and surface. The problem inherent in the surface of things, is the heart of things.”

David Hurley