“Tsze-lu said, “The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be done?”
The Master replied, “What is necessary is to rectify names.” “So! indeed!” said Tsze-lu. “You are wide of the mark! Why must there be such rectification?”
The Master said, “How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.
“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.
“When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.
“What makes us human and differentiates us from slugs is that we know life is more than eating, drinking, reproducing, and then death. What makes life the wonder it is are all the things we know the least about and understand even less in any materialistic way: Spirituality, enchantment, sacrificial love, forgiveness, gift-giving, music, art, poetry, literature, beauty, peace, God, transcendence, memory, consciousness, our silent deep emotional reactions to sunsets, sunrises, Yosemite, babies, a hug, and so much more. The moment we begin to speak of these areas in terms of utility, evolution, or as simply the result of neurons sending signals to nerves, then muscle, how can but the most obtuse and dull-spirited not see that the whole point, the whole sense, the true significance of these things, has now been lost and missed?All the terminology and concepts related to spirituality and enchantment arise from people articulating over the centuries their sense of these things from an awareness of transcendence encapsulated in the stories they tell. From events, experiences, relationships, and what is described as providence, narratives arise compelling enough to become larger than an individual or group, large enough to create as it were cultures, indeed, civilizations. In the West, this is exactly what Christianity did.The materialist however must borrow the imagery, the language, and the concepts invested by those events, experiences, and relationships because his world-view could never produce such concepts or language to begin with; and, of course how could they since part of his narrative is a reaction against that very language and those concepts. Imagine the poverty of a world-view that has no place for, or way to speak about out of its own narrative, what for even the holders of that view would qualify as the most important areas of life: The good, the true, and the beautiful.So the materialist/atheist/philosophical naturalist like the spoiled child of several generations of millionaires must live off the borrowed capital he never produced but simply inherited from those who actually toiled and had the narrative resources to produce it in the first place.”—Darell of Byzantine Dream The Great Zero Gate:
“Dear Sir, I am in a Madhouse & quite forget your Name or who you are. You must excuse me for I have nothing to communicate or tell you of & why I am shut up I don’t know I have nothing to say so I conclude”—Yours respectfully, John Clare. (via kebikec)
“I do declare that no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence or authority, ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm. So help me God.”—