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Poetry: a fool: understanding, knowledge, misunderstanding: mystery, enigma, awe: poem

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a fool


           There is a person who barters for their life's contingency. This is done without intention, and so occasionally succeeds. However, if they were to claim the furrow from the plow, the plants would castigate their hunger by filling it beyond want, and by starving it beyond need, as if cursing life's fecundity by scattering precious salt into a brackish sea

This person is a fool. Not because they believe that knowledge is anything more than the labeling of enigmas, nor for imagining that knowledge is greater than the enigmas themselves. No, they are a fool, instead, for assuming that truth transforms an enigma into knowledge ...and not the other way around.



(excerpted from THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings, by Jack Haas)

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Books by Jack Haas,

Autobiography, Memoir, Spirituality, Mysticism, Comparative Religion, Poetry, Art, Photography.