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Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Alan Lightman, mystery, life, and this marvelous existence

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas




“What kills life, is the absence of mystery.”

Anais Nin



The libertarian and friend of Anais Nin, Henry Miller, was equally nauseated by the conventional process of thought. He declared: “This is a mania- explaining things. It goes with a certain type of mind which I abhor. And always leaves me with the feeling that nothing is explained, that we are simply eating into a hole. ...The good thinkers are a race apart and they leave a bad smell behind them. You think perhaps they penetrated a little further into the unknown than the ordinary fellow? That is a great falsehood. The unknown is a constant and the advances we make into it are illusory. I love the unknown precisely because it is a ‘beyond’, because it is impenetrable.”

           That is, the mind cannot elucidate the mystery of the universe to us, it can only falsely convince us; it convinces us that we comprehend the incomprehensible. And this false certitude, that we then carry through life as our guide, is far from the open acceptance of honest ignorance which would bring to us the reality of our marvelous existence.

Life is so far beyond us that the statement “I understand” is a person’s first lie to themselves; certainty is like a psychopathological condition; the confidence of facts and theorems is a mangling lobotomy; by ‘explanation’ we condemn ourselves to the explainable. The least of concepts mutilates the innocent mind.

We are best to ease back into the gentle splendor of puzzlement, regarding the world with humble admiration, rather than invent understandings and then proceed to sheepishly convince ourselves that these are ‘true’.

“Scientists are buffoons,” claims Alan Lightman, “not because they are rational but because the cosmos is irrational.”


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THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

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