Tuesday, May 11, 2010

You were always the curious one-

Arthur Schopenhauer on Hegel: "But the greatest effrontery in serving up sheer nonsense, in scrabbling together senseless and maddening webs of words, such as had previously been heard only in madhouses, finally appeared in Hegel. It became the instrument of the most ponderous and general mystification that has ever existed, with a result that will seem incredible to posterity, and be a lasting monument of German stupidity."
In response to Marx studying Hagel this gem on Zen
Zen practitioners delight in posing paradoxes to their students. They will ask essentially unanswerable questions like "what is the sound of one hand clapping?" and "what was your face like before your parents were born?" The purpose is to get away from verbal or mental responses, and one simply demonstrates one’s misunderstanding if one replies that "one hand clapping would simply create the soft movement of air." If someone goes on from Zen Buddhism to change the world, we cannot claim that it was because they really knew what their face was before their parents were born, or really knew what the sound of one hand clapping was.
-Keith Akers

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