Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Verbal Thinking

"The tendency of verbal thinking to dominate and monopolize consciousness has its blessings and its curses, though the latter are less obvious than the former. ...What needs stressing once more is that words are symbols for perceptual and cognitive events, but they are not the events. They are the vehicle of thought, but the vehicle should not be confused with the passengers."
—Arthur Koestler, The Act of Creation: A Study Of The Conscious And Unconscious In Science And Art, (p. 600)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

For One Who Has Perception

For one who has perception, 
a mere sigh
is enough. 
For one who does not heed, 
a thousand explanations 
are not enough. 
—Hajji Bektash Wali (Persian Mystic, 1209-1271)