July 15, 2009

The Net

Today on Writer's Almanac, Garrison Keillor quoted Iris Murdoch, who wrote (as one of her characters) in her book Under the Net "All theorizing is flight. We must be ruled by the situation itself, and this is unutterably particular. Indeed it is something we can never get close enough to, however hard we may try, as it were, to crawl under the net." Keillor then adds, "'the net' referring to language itself."

This is the shedding of conceptual thoughts, so tied up as they are in language, and the direct perception of reality.

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