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Thinking, Clear and Unclear

Some people are able to think clearly. Others are able to think unclearly.

When people who think clearly but not unclearly are confronted with something clear and distinct, they excel. When they are confronted with something unclear, they attempt to make it clear. Sometimes they succeed. Sometimes they succeed partially and fail partially. In the latter case, they fall, because they are unable to see to what extent they have failed, and believe they have completely succeeded, and to believe one has succeeded when one has failed, is dangerous.

When people who think unclearly are confronted with something distinct and clear, they mistake it, imagining one part to be another, missing where the thing begins and ends, confusing it with other things. When people who think unclearly are confronted with something unclear, they are able to be correct. But often they do not know it.

It is for this reason that sages distinguish between the clear and the unclear, between the phenomenon that is comprised of distinct parts and that which is not. It is for this reason that sages fail to distinguish between the clear and the unclear, between the phenomenon that is comprised of distinct parts and that which is not.

It is in this respect that sages differ from non-sages.

It is in this respect that sages and non-sages are the same.

Know this well, and you will be able to String the Bow of the Unvanquished, and taste the Nectarine of the Rainbow Monkey. Know this well and you will be able to live while you are still dead, and die while you are still alive.

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