Saturday, 5 January 2013

Understanding understanding

When we stop orienting ourselves towards things by beholding them, making use of them, producing them, criticising them, or otherwise comporting ourselves to them in any way, the nature of understanding (which rests at the heart of all possible comportment) can be made manifest. In this way understanding comes to meet itself, and by that I mean it actually comes to see itself, to grasp itself - understand itself... When there is nothing beholden to the understanding, understanding is left simply to understand itself. Accordingly it makes available to understanding the very openness to being which it is itself.

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