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"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth." -- Ludwig Börne
It's interesting to me because we often imagine that the wisdom that comes from 'finding a Truth' is going to give us a wonderful feeling, an epiphany, some kind of emotional or spiritual reward. The wisdom we gain when we let go of an illusion might be empowering since it opens the door to seeking rewards that are more grounded in reality, but you can imagine gaining this kind of wisdom without the positive emotional dividend. And I imagine that for most of us, it's the positive emotional dividend that we're really seeking when we look for wisdom or truth. Are we mature enough to become wise, even if it doesn't give us an emotional lift?
When one loses an illusion, does one not also uncover a truth? What is truth, anyway? Is not all an illusion? Hmmmm.... Your question sends but ripples of questions.
When one loses an illusion, mental space is cleared which may admit multiple truths.
Ditto to Garnet and Atwell. Losing an illusion and finding truth are not two distinct events, but closely entwined.
Interesting thought...and so is Jon's take on it asking if we are mature enough to become wise. I had to give that some thought.A four year old is told not to touch a curling iron because it's hot...but that child has touched the curling iron several times when it wasn't turned on and "knew" it wasn't hot...but the next time he touched it, it burned his fingers.Did he lose an allusion...find a truth...or just become wiser? I doubt the "learning experience" gave him an emotional lift. :D
I think we can experience truth but I don't believe that we can know anything other than illusion.It seems to me that from a human perspective truth might be the biggest illusion of all.
Seems to me like it would depend upon the illusion and the truth in question.
Indulging in illusions is a mug's game.The wise don't play it.As for truth, is that ever absolute?
I think it only matters when the illusion you are losing is replaced by a truth. I like to think this is what the author was referring to.When you are replacing illusions with illusions on the other hand then you are not moving forward but rather sideways.
I think it makes you harder, not necessarily wiser.
Three ways to improve my guitar song: (1) Get over the mistaken/bad aspects (or forget them while I sleep) (2) Practice what is correct and established(3) Create something newSo, yep, losing an illusion that "I am playing right or good" does improve make my song more tolerable.But never "true" -- I don't shoot that high.:-)
I believe in this quote, as an illusion and following it will only cause pain and hurt, because its never concrete to build upon. You will have wasted time, but if you use that and learn or rise from that false pursuit, then you will be wiser. It may not relive the pain, but it should make one wiser to not repeat those actions.
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