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20
November
2013

The jewelcrest of wisdom

Text1: "Knowledge is gained by discernment, by examining, by
instruction, but not by bathing, nor gifts, nor a hundred holdings of the breath."

I like this quote, as I believe that it promotes action. It says that you cannot receive knowledge, you must earn it. There are many parts of life that you cannot simply get by performing the bare minimum, or expecting to receive simply because you completed a perceived prerequisite. It's almost like expecting to learn just because you go to class. While going to class is good, just like the religious actions described in the quote, it is not enough.

Text2: "The moon's form must be seen by one's own eyes; it can never be known through the eyes of another."

Here, another quote that promotes action, but in a different way. Before it was a quest for knowledge, now it is one for experience. It seems that people are content to hear stories of the amazing experiences and phenomena that exists in this world and not see them for themselves. It is difficult to learn a new language, or travel to distant places and so its easier to sit back and admire those who have. In reality sometimes all it takes is a little more effort or courage to get up and experience the world.



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