To know the world is to kill the world

“Their understanding is inertially biased.”

Humans have an addiction for systems because we seek control, and fear chaos.

We have been trying to understand the world in a systematic way for a long time – we have picked up some bad habits that are now deeply ingrained. But the world is not reducible in this way, and life is not something that can be dominated by “rational intellect.” Or, if it were possible to explain the world in a systematic way, to achieve this would be an unparalleled tragedy.

Systematize something and you make it into a machine. Machines are not alive.

To know the world is to kill the world, for unpredictability is an essential element of all that lives.

– David Fryer

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

2 Responses to To know the world is to kill the world

  1. TBS says:

    This brought to mind a statement by one of my favorite, dead anthropologists and mentor:

    For him to have understood me would have meant reorganizing his thinking… giving up his intellectual ballast, and few people are willing to risk such a radical move. — Edward T. Hall

    How few people grasp the difference between ‘description’ and ‘explanation’.

    Thanks for sharing, Julien.

    • julienmatei says:

      Eventually, the function of the intellect is to “protect” us from truly living.

      When the intellect ceases, love arises…- love meaning totality. And where there is totality, true understanding of “the other” occurs spontaneously.

      So that´s why most people are unwilling to risk such a radical move as to giving up their intellectual ballast:

      They are inconceivably afraid of Love, afraid of what true Understanding entails…

      You are so lucky to have had such a wise person as a mentor.

      Thanks for you meaningful comment!

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