The Buddha says
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will
also brighten your path.
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There are only a few rules of conduct we must observe. The first is to please assume that I and your fellow travelers mean well. I feel certain I will occasionally offend, though that is not my intention, because my understanding is imperfect and evolving. To paraphrase Lincoln, I will offend all of you some of the time, and some of you all of the time.
An honest reader keeps an open mind. Thus, I trust you will not mind inadvertently being offended. Knowing that our guides may mislead us we each must read cautiously and think for ourselves. And so whom do we blame when we stumble over a rock in the path? The guide we blindly followed or our own eyes that refused to see?
We all stumble because it is the nature of humans to fall. I applaud you for getting up each time, dusting off, and continuing the trek. Only in this way do we come a step closer to the truth.
And how shall we know it when we have heard the truth? The truth shall ring out, clear as a bell, the note lasting and pure. Let us try to find these notes together.
PS - You may be wondering, "Does Klugne mean something? Where does the word come from?" It is a mashup of the German phrase "Klug, ne" meaning roughly "Smart, huh."
My kids suggested it at the dinner table when I was being too much of a know-it-all on something. It was their idea to use it as a website name. I like it because the name is distinctive, relatively short, and easy to say in multiple languages. (Plus it reminds me to be humble when I think I'm being too clever about something.)
Lincoln's comment is as follows: "You can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time; but you can’t fool all the people all the time." ↩︎
After I had first written this, I came across a description of harmonics in the Wall Street Journal (The Subtle Acoustics of our Dishware, Helen Czerski, April 10, 2021). The article mentions virtual pitch, which is the pitch of a complex tone that our brains recognize from individual components even if parts of the signal are masked. In other words, our brains synthesize the tone we hear even though it is not directly present in the individual components. I can’t think of a better metaphor for how we arrive at whole conclusions from incomplete information. ↩︎