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Obstacles to the Obstacles

Obstacles to the Obstacles: Insights arrive to overcome irritations and obstacles.  Yet too many obstacles to insight disappear with inculcation and repetition-blindness for us to cast suspicion on our own clarity. Thus, as we age, clarity becomes a sensation where the more that is stolen from it, the less suspicion it has of a theft.  
Perversely, we believe clarity increases because, in comfort’s inability to perceive obstacles to insight, we become confident. And we actually believe that clarity decreases because of comfort’s sensitivity to an obstacle, precisely the point of contact with our heretofore hidden reality.

Clarity as a narrative uninterrupted by reality

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When we experience, “Truth,” what we mean is a pool which increases or decreases in volume according to a calm backed by our aerobic capacity, and this should not be confused with the greater number of experiences or facts, which despite their indisputable contribution, are nonetheless irrelevant for their being inaccessible to the natural flow of our expression.If we are not experiencing “Truth,” it is because petty little reality has interrupted our flowing narrative.
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The experience we think of as “clarity” requires a good deal of common sense.It goes a long way in obscuring any precise observation that would upset habitual thought.

Erroneous Progress

Public ambition is difficult. You have to make a few very sensible decisions early on and then live with them for the rest of your life.Knowledge works the other way around. You make many decisions, not all of them sensible, and then if knowledge is your living, the errors grow through you as experience reveals them, like seeds sprouting in farmland.

There are no Truths, only Reality

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Experience is a recession from presumption to reality. We trade the sheen on Truth for the forced recognition of our dependence upon condition, for the hardness of being aware. If our truths had been stronger, pride would have prevailed over awareness of ignorance and we would not be.

The Highest Incentive … Or the Strongest?

In sales, walkaway power is pricing power. And walkaway power is leveraged by the power of having an available alternative. To what degree of power does self-interest hold the intellect?Does the intellect have an alternative?Or, is it already the alternative?

If either self-interest or clarity of thought should find a distinction between them, an exclusive choice, who would pay the higher price?... who would follow whom?
For a human to become more than his animality he must not only achieve the clarity that spies the difference but in having spied that difference accept that the animal has not evolved to accommodate this clarity, but that it has evolved to accommodate its rank, and that in over-crowding, everyone finds his health if there is an alternate ladder possible within his condition.For a very few, clarity of thought constitutes in itself their projection of rank, precisely feeling itby having defined the difference between this state of mind and the natural animal state. From h…

The Prudence of Ignorance

Not knowing may be my inability, but if it is truly unknowable, then knowing would have been my disability.As the odds go, what passive ignorance prevents or destroys is not more than what an active error can do. One should not underestimate acknowledged ignorance. It is one of the most difficult achievements whose rarity exists in inverse proportion to its maximum availability and ease.

Machine Language

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Only the naive would think that rationalism were the same as mechanism.Lacking exprience they continue to intellectualize nuances where simple levers would have elevated potential, shoved the entire cognitive apparatus into a “new dimension,” the reflection on which would have been simpler but the power of the intellect now so much sharper that nuance no longer robbed opportunity but presented it.

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I betray the god of clarity only with the effort to record its realization, but I also prove it in the same act. I step away from it, turn, and bow.

The Murder

Spontaneity

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An insight is not completely inevitable, but we would say that it is probable.An inner tension, made up of pooling energy and past frustration, has formed within, overnight, and as one enters the various contexts of the day something animal in one is alert and hunting, involuntarily, for opportunities to snag oneself on a jagged edge, pull, and snap the tension. If one is too busy, it does not happen.It will wait in line behind a host of other postponed releases. One has been sick, or busy, and then finally there is room enough for calm, into which one litters countless splinters as if they were so many accidents ... a feeling of spontaneity, as past the jagged edges are no longer present.

Aim

There are thinkers who are not quite right, but which are consistently not quite right. They have a fundamental orientation from which they bounce off and where only the completed expression is poorly aimed.It is as if their aim were inverted, sent through smoke, ricocheting off of a solid surface one could not see except in the stray outcomes.

These incomplete insights and the gaps between them are necessary and provident.To the degree that it is a perfect and accurate truth it is a mind-trap in the corner of one’s being. The not-quite-right have wiselyleft in the gaps for the sake of their own accelerated progress, not to mention ours.Potential grows only with exercise, and wisdom is made from the experience, not the description of one. The opportunity to fill in the gaps does more toward the fulfilling of one’s potential than any third-party description whose exhaustive defense leaves one without a means of exercise. Can it be called perfection if it is incomplete?It is as necessari…