when a man doubts

cannottalktopolitician

You cannot put a big load in a small bag,

Nor can you, with a sharp rope,

Draw water from a deep well.

You cannot talk to a power politician

As if he were a wise man.

If he seeks to understand you,

If he looks inside himself

To find the truth you have told him,

He cannot find it there.

Not finding, he doubts.

When a man doubts,

He will kill.

                                   ~Chuang Tzu*

 

*source

The Way of Chuang Tzu

Thomas Merton

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4 Replies to “when a man doubts”

  1. Reblogged this on the ruminant autodidactic and commented:

    You cannot talk to a power politician

    As if he were a wise man.

    If he seeks to understand you,

    If he looks inside himself

    To find the truth you have told him,

    He cannot find it there.

    Not finding, he doubts.

    When a man doubts,

    He will kill.

    ~Chuang Tzu*


  2. Perplext in faith, but pure in deeds,
    At last he beat his music out.
    There lives more faith in honest doubt,
    Believe me, than in half the creeds.

    He fought his doubts and gather’d strength,
    He would not make his judgment blind,
    He faced the spectres of the mind
    And laid them: thus he came at length

    Alfred Tennyson- In Memoriam A.H.H.

    1. thanks Marcelo…

      Well. then let’s follow
      the peal of bell to the
      yonder shore.

      ~Hakurin

      (“the other shore” indicates the passage from the world of illusion to that of truth) Yoel Hoffmann


      1. Creeds and doctrines are like a raft
        to carry one to the other shore,
        and then to relinquish.
        Neither cling to the raft forever,
        or reject it when drowning.
        Even better,
        become a strong swimmer.

        Diamond Sutra

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