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January 03rd, 2016
Thomas Merton: "The taste for Zen in the West is in part a healthy reaction of people exasperated with the heritage of four centuries of Cartesianism: the reification of concepts, idolization of the reflexive consciousness, flight from being into verbalism, mathematics, and rationalization. Descartes made a fetish out of the mirror in which the self finds itself. Zen shatters it."
And as a corrective to human hubris, again from Merton: "A Zen line in Job: 'Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars?' (39:26)"
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