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The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten.
The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits.
When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten.
The purpose of words is to convey ideas.
When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words?
He is the one I would like to talk to.
–Chuang Tzu

“Suppose there were an iron room with no windows or doors, a room
it would be virtually impossible to break out of. And suppose
you had some people inside that room who were sound asleep.
Before long they would all suffocate. In other words, they would
slip peacefully from a deep slumber into oblivion, spared the
anguish of being conscious of their impending doom. Now let’s
say that you came along and stirred up a big racket that awakened
some of the lighter sleepers. In that case, they would go to a
certain death fully conscious of what was going to happen to
them. Would you say that you had done those people a favor?”

– Lu Xun (1881-1936), Chinese writer, from Diary of a Madman and
Other Stories, translated by William A. Lyell.

Nothing matters; everything counts.

“Everyone is a reactionary about subjects he understands”.

– Robert Conquest, historian. The statement is known as “Conquest’s Law”.



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