Common sense isn't.
Another (old) perspective on words in books (and the Web) such as The Harvard Classics:
Source: The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton, 1965.
The world values books, and thinks that in so doing it is valuing
Tao. But books contain words only. And yet there is something else
which gives value to the books. Not the words only, nor the thought in
the words, but something else within the thought, swinging it in a
certain direction that words cannot apprehend. But it is the words
themselves that the world values when it commits them to books: and
though the world values them, these words are worthless as long as that
which gives them value is not held in honor.
That which man apprehends by observation is only outward form and color, name and noise: and he thinks that this will put him in possession of Tao. Form and color, name and sound, do not reach to reality. That is why: "He who knows does not say, he who says, does not know."
How then is the world going to know Tao through words?
|Quote of the moment|
|The calm, the coolness, the silent grass-growing mood in which a man ought always to compose,that, I fear, can seldom be mine. Dollars damn me; and the malicious Devil is forever grinning in upon me, holding the door ajar. My dear Sir, a presentiment is on me,I shall at last be worn out and perish, like an old nutmeg-grater, grated to pieces by the constant attrition of the wood, that is, the nutmeg. What I feel most moved to write, that is banned,it will not pay. Yet, altogether, write the other way I cannot. So the product is a final hash, and all my books are botches.|
|~ Herman Melville (18191891), U.S. author. letter, June 1?, 1851, to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993). ~|
Common sense isn't.
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