I wanted to cast doubt on the step he was about to take, to help him see there are other ways to live,
other ways to seek knowledge, love…even self-transformation. I wanted to convince him his dignity
depended on maintaining a free, skeptical attitude towards doctrine. I wanted…to save him…
Doubt, like faith, has to be learned. It is a skill. But the curious thing about skepticism is that its
adherents, ancient and modern, have so often been proselytizers. In reading them, I’ve often wanted
to ask: ‘Why do you care?’ Their skepticism offers no good answer to that question. 

                                                                                                                                                                                  — Mark Lilla