Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Seen and Unseen

Reason is sometimes defined as the ability to conceptualize the particular into universal abstractions. In much simpler terms it is the perception of the unseen by means of the seen. In what way is it anything but perception though? And why has man been inclined to exalt it for its own sake and insist upon our unqualified subservience to its observations? In the manifest world we create the potential for unlimited error when we attempt to perceive the seen by means of the unseen, and yet that is precisely the great game. It is the unseen that energizes the ethical debates of the day, while the seen itself goes along largely unnoticed.

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