Tao and words
The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.
The Way of Chuang Tzu
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Travel and wisdom
It is experience that is the ultimate teacher. That is why wise people travel constantly and test themselves against the flux of circumstance.
A Random Quote/Thought
"I'll check the basement."
"There is no basement."
"Well, then, my work is done."
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Yes, the title of this post is a somewhat cryptic allusion to the second half of the familiar idiom used to contrast two ideas or statements: “on the one hand…on the other hand.“
But, no, there are no typos or mistakes in the title itself. Before I explain, here is a syntactical aside.
aside The original idiom not only sets up a contrast between the two phrases, but it also joins them together. By itself, each half is a prepositional phrase of identical structure — preposition / article / adjective / noun — but when used together they function exactly like correlative conjunctions, “pairs of conjunctions that work together to coordinate two items.” Grammatically, this pairing is indistinguishable from either…or, both…and, not only…but also, etc. In fact, as the last one shows, a correlative conjunction can have multi-word elements.