Something I found on Twitter recently. Enjoy!

The person who wrote this, Heinrich Khunrath, was a physician, philosopher and alchemist in the 16th century. The German phrase, was helffen falken, licht oder briln, so die levt nicht sehen wollen is translated as “what good are torches, lights or glasses if people do not want to see?”.

This is a good reminder that people can get so caught up in beliefs, that they refuse to see the truth, even if it is right in front of them.

It reminds me of a quote from the novel Dune, specifically from the holy book the “Orange Catholic Bible”:

Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us? What is there around us that we cannot know?

Or from the 16th chapter of the Lotus Sutra (quoted here too):

For him [the Buddha] there is no birth or death, neither retreat from nor emergence into the world. Nor is there any existing in the world and entering extinction follow that. Nothing is simply real, nothing simply empty, nothing as it seems, nothing the opposite. The threefold world is not as we experience it.

Deep words to think about. πŸ™‚


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

One thought on “Ignorance”

  1. Thanks for bringing these teachings together. Isn’t it wonderful to feel these threads which connect what appear to be separate thoughts?
    It’s compelling to accept that each of us is on the cusp of a deeper understanding or knowing.
    I’ve found myself dancing when others don’t hear the music. Shall I wait until others can hear the tune? Shall I still my feet until I’ve found a way to teach everyone the steps or to hear the tune? Maybe, and I’m happy to help. Yet, that’s not why I dance. I just dance.


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