Wednesday, November 10, 2010

From the Stray Thought Bin - Dirty Windows

In the old lingo, one’s ‘mind’ mediates one’s knowledge of anything. 

And it seems all too easy for people to treat their ‘minds’ like ‘windows’ which they look through but never see. 

It may not be so easy to get people to see the ‘window’ and to see, among other things, the obscuring, distorting ‘dirt’—some of it language-related—that they've gotten used to ignoring. 

First, you have to look at your own ‘dirty window'— hard work even for the most intelligent. 

1 comment:

Austin said...

What's the old saying - fish likely have no word for "water"?

Or, perhaps, Stoppard is more apt:
"All your life you live so close to truth, it becomes a permanent blur in the corner of your eye. And when something nudges it into outline, it's like being ambushed by a grotesque." The same could be said about the limitations we have on our own perspectives.