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Confusion as Enlightenment

"Every so-called fact is embedded in some kind of theoretical context" ( Van Kaam in Existential Foundations of Psychology).

Is that a fact?!

"There is no concept that can define the condition of “what is” but vision nevertheless manifests: all is good" ( The Six Vajra Verses, quoted in C. N. Norbu, Dzogchen, The Self-Perfected State).

Is there not?!

"To question is to presuppose the possibility of a negative answer, a negative answer being one in which the questioner would encounter as a result of his questioning the fact that a certain state of affairs is not" ( Fernando Molina in Existentialism As Philosophy).

"The fact that a certain state of affairs is not" - Hmm... So, to question a given fact is to allow the possibility of a fact that a given fact is not a fact?!

It's hard to know what "to know" is, isn't it?

Enjoy the confusion!

After all:

"Confusion, it seems, is a pre-requisite for enlightenment <...> Confusion is a loss of attachment to certainty, a state in between "this" and "that." <as such, confusion enables> a search for clarity by way of removing the presumptive veneers of certainty that layer our conditioned minds." (Somov, The Totem of Tautology: from a sense of "i" to a sense of awe!).

Confusion. Con-fusion: from L. confusionem, noun of action from confundere "to pour together" (Online Etymology Dictionary).

So, yes, embrace the Confusion - the Pouring Together of All Perspectives... The truth is in the Middle! The truth is in between "This" and "That."

For whatever All this means...


Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Copyright, 2008