Dec 4, 2008

Language & Philosophy

The written word from time immemorial has been used to express both the inherent and the suggestive meaning. This post is a find from Paulo Coelho's book, Manual for the Warrior of Light, a Harper Collins Publication, that suggests a philosophical sentiment that each of us can stand true to.

The warrior knows that the most important words in all languages are the small words.
They are words that are easy enough to say and which fill vast empty spaces.
There is however one word - another small word - that many people have great difficulty in saying : NO.
Someone who never says 'no' thinks of himself as generous, understanding, polite, because 'no' is thought of as being nasty, selfish, unspiritual. The warrior does not fall into this trap. There are times when, in saying 'yes' to others he is actually saying 'no' to himself.
That is why he never says 'yes' with his lips if, in his heart, he is saying 'no'.

Dec 4th 2008 - Wise Words for The Day
"Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history."
-- Stephen Jay Gould, "Our Allotted Lifetimes," The Panda's Thumb, 1980


  1. You seem to be a sincere student of the word. There is an interesting passage in the Gospel of John referring to Jesus as the Word:

    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning."

    ...and later in the chapter, "...the Word became flesh..."

    It's a perplexing concept - a person and the Word being one. This is not a trick question. I am seriously curious as to your take on this passage, if you would.

    -your new FB friend Rojo

  2. Dear Rojo,

    what Jesus Christ said is indeed very deep, esoteric philosophy. I have always maintained that all scriptures are allegories. For the common man they appear to be just another religious tenet to follow, but for the real seeker, it is much much more than that.

    Unfortunately this one sentence is so profound that the explanation to it cannot be described in a few words. It is literally the end of a long long trail. I am honoured that you asked the question to me, and I am willing to answer, but it may take a long time, are you willing to wait to the end?? because in all sincerity, I do not know whether you are interested in digressing a bit into the esoteric christianity realm (of the Rev. CW Leadbeater/Blavatsky variety)to really understand what Jesus said in that Gospel.

    Let me know. :))

    with intent,
    much love, light and laughter,

  3. Asavari ~

    I thought it interesting - your diligence in the study of words - and this passage, pertaining to "the Word".

    Absolutely willing to wait for your perspective...

    your friend,