Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 21, Part 3

Trey Smith

Confucius also went for an interview with Wen-po Hsueh-tzu but returned without having spoken a word. Tzu-lu said, "You have been wanting to see `Yen-po Hsueh-tzu for a long time. Now you had the chance to see him, why didn't you say anything?"

Confucius said, "With that kind of man, one glance tells you that the Way is there before you. What room does that leave for any possibility of speech?"

~ Burton Watson translation ~
Too often, words are a hindrance to true understanding. When the proverbial light bulb goes off in me head, words don't make the situation any more enlightening. When I try to explain an epiphany to others, I often feel far less enlightened.

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