In a message dated 1/12/02 1:36:36 AM EST, [log in to unmask] writes:
> After speech, words fall into the darkness of silence. They are swallowed
> the river of time. That's why they always fail to capture the atemporal
> pattern of human existence - the pattern that will give sense to human
> experience as a whole. Words "try hard", no doubt:
> Words strain,
> crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
> under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
> Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
> Will not stay still.
> Only direct contact with this atemporal pattern can perform the task.
> cannot take us there. Quite the contrary. It is only by getting there that
> can give full meaning to our faltering words
> Only by the form, the pattern,
> Can words or music reach
> The stillness
But TSE also warns that, initially at least, experience does NOT lead to
truth. In fact, we may derive the wrong conclusions from our personal
experiences and see false 'patterns' that are not there:
East Coker II
There is, it seems to us,
At best, only a limited value
In the knowledge derived from experience.
The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies,
For the pattern is new in every moment
And every moment is a new and shocking
Valuation of all we have been.
I think TSE believed that It is only through mature reflection (and, as JP
said, suffering) that we gradually move from so-called "knowledge derived
from experience" (which may be false) to an understanding of divine truth.
-- Steve --