Monday, August 06, 2007

The Difference Between the Unknown and the Unknowable

"...but it makes a great deal of difference, you see. It is the difference between the unknown and the unknowable, between science and fantasy -- it is a matter of essence. The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three. I may submit to the unknown, but never to the unknowable. The man who bows in that final direction is either a saint or a fool. I have no use for either."

Yama-Dharma (The Lord of Light, p.31)

I guess I qualify as a fool, then. My family will testify that I'm no saint. ;-)
I'm sure many a saint was a fool, before he or she was a saint. Perhaps the only difference is that the saint doesn't care what people think of him or her.
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